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Good evening, welcome to Metal Shop! You’re late!!!
In 1983, Fingers Metal Shop (FMS) made its debut on 102.3 WBAB, Babylon. It roared on, loud and proud, for 21 years. Then, in 2004, FMS was no more.
Seven years later, it came back, complete with web site, Facebook, and Twitter presence.
I’m not sure why the show went away in the first place. Was Fingers tired of the show? Were the show preparations too time-consuming? Did grunge have anything to do with it? I guess that doesn’t matter now. FMS is back, and the hard rock and metal fans have new/old place to find the music they love. Nowadays, they don’t have to stay up very late on Sunday nights anymore, since the show starts at 9pm. No more falling asleep during Monday morning staff meetings!
Just in case that’s not enough loud music for you, there are a few other options.
Friday nights on Q-104.3 (WAXQ, New York), Eddie Trunk hosts Friday Night Rocks at 11pm. This same show is syndicated elsewhere under the title Eddie Trunk Rocks. You may also be familiar with Ed’s face/voice on VH1 Classic or SiriusXM’s Boneyard Channel. Twisted Sister frontman, Dee Snider, hosts the syndicated House of Hair, heard every Saturday night on 103.9 WRCN, Riverhead. House of Hair focuses on metal/hard rock of the 1980’s and early 1990’s. You’ll also find other metal shows sprinkled in the schedules of 88.7 WRHU, Hempstead and 90.3 WHPC, Garden City.
Coincidentally, I’ve been trying various metal/hard rock streams via TuneIn, just to see what’s out there. Hair Metal Radio, like House of Hair, plays mostly 1980s and early 1990s metal, but seemed a bit repetitive when I listened for a couple of hours. They went back to the KISS catalog several times, and felt more like a jukebox than radio. KNAC.COM and Pirate Radio 100.3 recall the spirit of their former on air counterparts (105.5 KNAC and 100.3 KQLZ in Los Angeles). Both sounded more like real radio stations, but Pirate Radio seemed to play more obscure songs than KNAC.
Got all that? Now show the horns!