If it’s rock music you’re looking for, WRTC is the place.
We were one the first stations in the Hartford area to play rock music and today, we air more than 40 hours a week of a wide range of rock styles. Back in the 70s, Alien Rock was one of the first programs in the state to introduce progressive, art and punk rock to listeners.
A unique mix can be found on a daily and yes — nightly basis with formats constantly changing. Be prepared to be surprised…
TOP SHELF RADIO
Host: DJ Face
Eclectic party music
PEANUT BUTTER & JAMS
Host: DJ Peppeh-Jack.
An eclectic medley of rock ‘n’ roll, funk, reggae, comedy, and good ol’ fashioned rhythm and blues.
THE DEVO ROCK SHOW
Devo said the show features all kinds of rock music, from old to new.
ALIEN TWO PUNK DIVAS
Host: Rockin’ Rita and Michele
A random smattering of mostly ’80’s punk, post-punk, goth, industrial, ska and everything and anything in between. If you dare, relive your past with them as they relive theirs with you!
A lot of vinyl, which means older rock and yes, Melissa dabbles in that crazy prog stuff! No pre-determined playlists, no iPods or cellphones are used to make this show happen.
Host: The Pseudo Chef
If it was released anywhere from 1965 and the present, you’ll find it here. A wide range of rock — specially catered to meet an equally wide range of tastes. Try a sample.
DAD ROCK, NO POP!
Emily says she plays rock-esque music (hopefully) organized thematically. Tune in and find out!
BORIS ROCK SHOW
Covering five decades of rock ‘n’ roll where boundaries are no issue! Hefty servings of classic rock merge with the latest in adult alternative. CD giveaways and trivia every week! Now in his 18th year at WRTC, Boris’ roots are in the past, but he’s always looking forward!
Host: O.L. From The Basement
Since 2000, O.L. has provided a diverse range of music from the latest underground techno, techo-house and electronic, but he never shies away from the classics. Looking for the full spectrum from “melodic” Detroit to industrial droning sounds, this program delivers the goods.
Host: “Weird” Joe
From ABBA to Zappa, ok just kidding about ABBA, but fear not, we’re talking about an assortment of rock-oriented sounds: from straight-up rock, punk, shoegaze, drone and plain old noise. Warning: the shows are never pre-planned, so it’s a surprise for the host, too.
A QUASI GROWN-UP PUNK
It’s a rock show that’s 50-percent punk and hardcore and 50-percent other mostly rock genres.
ALIEN ROCK or LAND OF MISFIT TUNES
Host: Reynolds the Psychedelic Warlord or Katherine
When it comes to defining “full spectrum” look no farther than this aural soundscape that airs on alternating Thursdays. Rooted in varied rock styles from the late 60s to the present, but really keying on the bands and artists
For more than four decades, Reynolds has shared a keen insight and wealth of knowledge for what is widely viewed as “underground” music. This is one of only a handful of true progressive rock programs in the country. “It’s like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to me,” Reynolds says of prog rock, “timeless music that people will love.”
When asked to describe her show, Katherine said: “Hmmm…alternative, indie, weird?” She plays as much new material as she can, but is known to dabble in funk, jazz, reggae and world. How about just count on spectrum-crossing sounds!
THE FOREST FOR THE TREES
Host: Brian Anthony a.k.a. the Tree Man
Cool music, check it out.
Host: The Chief
“The Chief” won’t ever get accused of never playing “Echoes” by Pink Floyd.
DUCK, YOU SUCKER!
What even was music? Did it ever exist?
SUPERMODEL AIRPLANE GLUE
Host: DJ Dethroky Erickson
Go ahead, squeeze out another dab. Testors has nothing on this!
Host: “Bungalow” Bill Walsh or Melissa, on alternating weeks,
With a combined 70-plus years of broadcasting experience between them, “Bungalow” Bill and Melissa alternate to provide a decades-wide span of rock sounds, always making sure to find some tracks by cool progressive bands that many people have forgotten about and some who never knew. What a way to spend a Saturday night!