Dawn of a New Age

Today we’re tak­ing you back to the late 1980s with a pro­gramme of music gen­er­al­ly described as “New Age” – of the kind you might have heard on a cou­ple of FM radio sta­tions in Cal­i­for­nia at the time.

New Age music came to the fore in the mid-1980s, par­al­lel­ing the rise of labels like Wind­ham Hill, with radio sta­tions like Metro­me­di­a’s KTWV in Los Ange­les and KLRS in San­ta Cruz. Ulti­mate­ly the field (or at least the radio sta­tions) mor­phed into “Smooth Jazz” – which per­haps had a rather broad­er appeal but at the same time rather lost the unique­ness and spir­it that had orig­i­nal­ly typ­i­fied the sta­tions’ music.

Today’s pro­gramme includes pri­mar­i­ly (but not exclu­sive­ly) the kind of music and artists that you might have heard on KTWV dur­ing a day in the sec­ond half of the 1980s when, in the view of many lis­ten­ers from that time, it was at its best. It includes some of the sta­tion’s Wave Aid AIDS char­i­ty fundrais­ing albums and a wide range of artists from the peri­od.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.  Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er or can play audio streams direct (many can).

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days

Image by Pai-Shih Lee, licensed under Cre­ative Com­mons.

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