Add another reunion to set the stage for the return of ’80s heroes The English Beat and Soul Asylum at The Paramount on June 28: the DJs of WLIR.
Larry the Duck, Malibu Sue, Andre “The Dredog,” Rob Rush, Jodi Vale and Jon Daniels will reunite on the Paramount stage to talk about the legendary Long Island radio station that was among the first in the country to play The English Beat, Soul Asylum and so many of the new acts of the ’80s. (Larry the Duck, aka Larry Dunn, is currently Newsday’s senior vice president of advertising.)
The DJs will also introduce The English Beat — which recently completed its first album in 34 years, “Here We Go Love” — at the Huntington club.
Though WLIR went off the air in 2004, its legend lives on. A documentary called “Dare to Be Different,” about the station’s heyday when it was introducing the area to new artists like U2, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode, is expected to be released later this year. The station also continues online at WLIR.fm. “It’s amazing how many people still remember listening to WLIR,” Bob Wilson, WLIR.fm’s general manager, said in a statement. “They still tune in online by the thousands to hear bands like The English Beat as well as other ’80s and ’90s alternative music.”