Lady Antebellum. Photo: AP
NEW YORK (AP) - Even though a cowboy hat sighting on Fifth Avenue is still pretty rare, country music has made an important move into New York City.
Country has its own radio station in the nation's largest market for the first time in 17 years. WNSH-FM, which calls itself "NASH 94.7
," began broadcasting in January and its operators say it has established itself more quickly than expected during its first few months on the air.
For country musicians, the news gets a big yee-haw.
"I feel proud for country music," said Dave Haywood
of Lady Antebellum
. "It shows that you cannot deny where country music is in today's overall music world."
While no one considers New York to be Nashville North, it was a curious absence. Country went off the air in 1996 when WYNY switched formats. Before that, the fabled WHN and Lone Star Cafe were the capitals of country in the big city from 1973 to 1987.