[Photo by: ALT 92.3/Radio.com]

After six long years, alternative rock is finally back on the NYC radio airwaves! Contemporary hits station 92.3 AMP Radio made the switch yesterday morning to become ALT 92.3 FM following a merger between CBS Radio and Entercom Communications.

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ALT 92.3 is NYC's first new alt-rock radio station since 101.9 RXP switched to an all-news format in 2011. The new station is celebrating the launch by playing an impressive 10,000 songs in a row with no commercial interruptions. Outside the NYC market for this station? Have no fear. You can stream the alt-rock station here.

The first set of songs to grace the new airwaves included "My Hero" by Foo Fighters, "Walk On Water" by 30 Seconds To Mars, "Kids" by MGMT, "Lay It On Me" by Vance Joy and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Not bad for a station who claims it will be "an expertly curated playlist with local, informed discovery."

Entercom's President of Programming Pat Paxton says, "In a city where alternative music is a way of life, we are thrilled to finally fill the void in radio in New York City. With the launch of ALT 92.3, we will cater to the passionate / core audience who have helped define the genre for decades -- and we couldn’t be more excited to turn up the volume."

Entercom announced Friday the merger with CBS Radio was now complete, giving them an impressive 235 stations now. 

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