Today, The Penguin Rocks will hold its annual Bruce Springsteen Day to celebrate the birthday of New Jersey’s greatest rocker. From 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST), the online radio station will play songs that span Springsteen’s career – including covers by 100 different artists. The station is available everywhere at http://www.ThePenguinRocks.com.
“Due to special rules that apply to internet radio, setting up a day like this is quite a challenge,” explained local music journalist and Penguin Rocks Program Director Gary Wien. “It’s something we started about five years ago that has simply grown with each year. We’ve got famous covers by artists like David Bowie and Manfred Mann alongside rarities by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, the Pet Shop Boys, and Vampire Weekend. We’ve even got never before heard songs given to us just for the show. Each year we search the Internet for new songs to play. I think we’re playing about 40 covers this year that we’ve never played before!”
The Penguin Rocks is a labor of love for Wien. While the station largely spins new indie rock and roll from artists throughout the world, Wien hosts a daily one-hour show called “Beyond the Palace” which is centered on music by artists from New Jersey. In 2003, Wien’s book by the same name became the first comprehensive look at the history of rock and roll in Asbury Park.
“New Jersey has such a great music scene that I wanted to have a show that put the spotlight on the Garden State,” said Wien. “The station has the support of artists and listeners from around the world and we’re proud to let them hear the sounds of our local artists each day. And, to me, New Jersey’s music scene always comes back to Bruce. We hope Springsteen fans tune in at work and celebrate his birthday with us. They’re bound to hear incredible covers they’ve never heard before. Whether we’re spinning Springsteen himself or a cover, the day’s music will prove what an amazing songwriter he truly is.”
In June, The Penguin celebrated its 6th anniversary as an online radio station. Broadcasting out of his sunroom, located a few blocks from the legendary 10th Avenue E Street which gave the E Street Band their name, the station is a leader in playing alternative rock and roll. The station plays a mix of rock, punk, Americana, folk, and country from a playlist of new music created every two weeks by Wien. Artists are encouraged to submit their songs to the station in mp3 form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The station’s motto is “We don’t follow the charts… we make our own.” In addition to its regular playlist, the station features several original and syndicated shows each week. Shows include: “Beyond the Palace” hosted by Gary Wien, “Lazlo’s Den” by Lazlo of Blowupradio.com, “Rock ‘N Roll Gas Station” with Jim Testa, “Radio Show with dw dunphy”, “Best of British Unsigned”, “Sideways With A Badger”, “Deuce Radio Show”, “Classic Artists Today”, and “Rock On Radio with Danny Coleman.”
For more information on the station, please visit the station’s website at http://www.ThePenguinRocks.com or on Facebook and Twitter @thepenguinrocks.