by Nick Murray | May 30, 2013
Like Barbara Mandrell, New York's WHN was country when country wasn't cool, arriving at a time -- February 1973, to be precise -- when a fresh place to hear the latest from Marty Robbins seemed to be the last thing the city needed. But in between their first broadcast (opening with George Jones' "The Race Is On") and their last (saying goodbye 15 years later with Ray Price's "For the Good Times"), the station changed not only New York but country music, helping launch crossover hits by stars like John Denver and Dolly Parton. For a time, WHN was the second-most-popular radio station in the world, trailing only crosstown rival WABC; the station's legacy was renewed in early 2013, when Nash FM brought country music back to the five boroughs. Our playlist compiles two and a half hours of the station's biggest hits, unforgettable tracks by artists like George Jones, Alabama, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle and Kenny Rogers.