Seems we weren’t the only ones wondering about the mysterious disappearance of New York Noise–even Ted Leo wants to know. The excellent local-music-video show on the Bloomberg-conceived, city-funded network NYC-TV–ahem, NYC life–that’s been around for eight whopping seasons, and predates everything from Pitchfork TV to Black Cab Sessions, suddenly evaporated at the end of last month. Reruns inexplicably moved from Wednesdays at 11pm and midnight on Sundays to the zombie-zone of Tuesday at 5 am, the official online archives vanished, and the station declared the show “on hiatus.” Not canceled, thankfully, just not in production. And even though there’s been a massive personnel overhaul at the station, in the wake of a NYC-TV scandal last summer, New York Noise creator Shirley Braha is still working at NYC Media. Which brings us back to the original question: what happened to New York Noise?
An e-mail sent to Braha directly got passed along to the press office–protocol for such things, especially when they involve city agencies–who reiterated that the show’s currently “on hiatus.” As did an update on the network’s Facebook page the day after our initial post, that directed fans to a schedule so they could see what else they could watch instead of New York Noise.
But the reason why the indie-music show is in limbo? According to a press associate, “We’ve been making assessments from a production standpoint to align our programming with our mission of using the City’s television network to educate and inform New Yorkers about City resources.” Like, for example, using supermodels to inform New Yorkers that their city is the global capital of fashion, employing over 175,000 people and generating $1.6 billion in annual tax revenue yadda yadda this is how we justify running MODELINIA Fashion Week TV. Anyway! “We are in the midst of making programming decisions that align with this mission now,” the correspondence continued. In other words, New York Noise‘s is firmly lodged in some Purgatorial wasteland.
The good news is that there’s now a Bring Back New York Noise online petition, created as a gesture to remind the station’s new decision-makers that the show was both excellent and relevant–“popular” too, in the words of assistant to programming director Molly McBride over the phone last week. There’s also a nascent “Bring back NY Noise!” Facebook group. If you have any doubts about whether or not to join, just watch the segment below of “The Real Housewives of New York Noise” calling a Vivian Girls video “The worst thing I’ve ever seen” and “On a scale of one to ten, it was less than one.” Again, New York Noise: just like the internet, but so so much better.