noah | February 5, 2008 4:17 am

We’ve covered radio stations flipping away from rock a lot recently, so it would be only right to note that there’s a new rock station in New York City as of, uh, 17 minutes or so ago. (!) The frequency, 101.9 WRXP, belonged to smooth-jazz station WQCD until 3:59 p.m. ET today, and the first two songs it played–to “signify the music scope of New York’s Rock Experience”–were the Velvet Underground’s “Rock And Roll” and the radio debut of the (pretty good!) new single by R.E.M. The rest of the first hour’s playlist is after the jump (click on the VU pic to get there), and I have to say that, “Rockstar” by Nickelback and that annoying track by the Bravery aside, it’s pretty decent for commercial terrestrial rock radio in 2008! I’m going to stop using exclamation points now! []

1. Velvet Underground – Rock And Roll 2. R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious 3. Elvis Costello – Pump It Up 4.Tom Petty – Mary Jane’s Last Dance 5.Blondie – Call Me 6.The Bravery – Believe 7.Bruce Springsteen – Blinded By The Light 8.The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize 9.U2 – Angel Of Harlem 10.Nickelback – Rockstar 11.Red Hot Chili Peppers – Zephyr Song 12.The Black Crowes – Hard To Handle 13.The Killers – Somebody Told Me

[HT: Bram Teitelman]