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Best Radio Station to Die in the Past Year

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The news came as a shock to the DJs — they thought East Village Radio was doing well — but in May, the online-only station that occupied a storefront on First Avenue went silent. The end came suddenly for all of us — the announcement came just 10 days in advance. The cost of running the station was to blame: “After doing some projections, we see that it’s going to be very, very difficult for us to continue to break even,” co-founder Frank Prisinzano told neighborhood blog EV Grieve. One could argue that EVR was New York’s best radio station every year since its inception in 2003, based on its diversity and commitment to DJ freedom. If you liked tough-guy New York hardcore, there was a show for you (Tuesday nights). If you needed somebody to comb Bandcamp and Soundcloud for the best trance music, they had it. Best of all, many episodes were archived if you missed them. The key word in that last sentence is were: The New Yorker reported that Johnny Thunders’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory” was the final song EVR played, and boy, do we wish we could get our hands on some of those archived episodes now.