'Dare to Be Different'
Gather 'round, children, and listen to the tale of WLIR, a Long Island radio station that, sick of trying to compete with classic rock outlets crowding the dial, decided to start playing all this weird music coming from England. In the process, they introduced most of the bands that your parents listen to on that Sirius "oldies" channel (i.e. Eighties New Wave) to American audiences, paved the way for MTV and helped goose a musical revolution. Never mind the rather stock talking heads/archive footage doc format; see this for the who's-who of "modern rock" royalty that testify to WLIR's tastemaking power (Howard Jones, Joan Jett, The English Beat's Dave Wakeling, members of Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls). You don't get U2 or Musical Youth without these FM mavericks. DF