New York's WRXP Signs Off with Jeff Buckley's 'Last Goodbye'

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The rock station switched to an all-sports format at midnight on Nov. 2, but not before airing a carefully curated playlist that included songs by Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Black Keys and Killers.

It doesn’t take long following a station purchase for it to switch formats. The latest example: New York’s WRXP, which was bought by CBS Radio for $75 million on Oct. 6, and on Nov. 2, switched to the all-sports format of WFAN. Its final song was, appropriately, "Last Goodbye" by the late Jeff Buckley, whose short career had its roots in the downtown Manhattan music scene of the mid-1990s.  

Formerly owned by Merlin Media, the 101.9 frequency had been a home for rock music, in between Adult Contemporary stints in the 1980s and Smooth Jazz sounds through 2008 -- that’s when Emmis Communication christened RXP the “New York Rock Experience.”

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Veteran radio jock and MTV personality Matt Pinfield was brought in to host a morning show which featured many popular and critically acclaimed rock acts, both of the indie persuasion and arena-sized (among them: My Chemical Romance, LCD Soundsystem and the Decemberists). That gig was cut short as well, to allow for another format switch -- “New Rock” in 2012 -- then news, and finally, sports.

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WFAN is one of the most successful stations on the AM dial. Programming on the 660 frequency first aired in 1922.

Closing out its stay, rock station RXP wrapped its final hour at 11:57 p.m. on Nov. 2, Radio Insight reports. See their last playlist below:

MGMT – Kids
AWOLNATION – Kill Your Heroes
Linkin Park – Waiting For The End
Dirty Heads W/ Rome – Lay Me Down
Black Keys – Little Black Submarines
Killers – Mr. Brightside
Jack White – Freedom At 21
Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Little Huricane – Haunted Heart
Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Pearl Jam – Last Kiss
Beastie Boys – No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn
Semisonic – Closing Time
Green Day – Good Riddance
Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye

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