A new Mellow Rock station with a decided “Philly classics” twist has just launched on internet radio service iRadioPhilly.
Its name alone – The Plateau – carries local vibes, evoking memories of those groovy, music-driven Be-Ins that occupied Belmont Plateau on sunny Sundays in the flower power hippie days. And for sure, the music mix leans heavily on acts that were from or broken in Philadelphia in album rock's golden age. “Hall and Oates, Billy Joel, Todd Rundgren and Jim Croce were familiar to Philly audiences long before the rest of the country discovered them,” noted iRadioPhilly managing partner Tom Kelly.
Another locally “made” talent – SiriusXM’s heritage rock and blues DJ Michael Tearson – serves as voice for the station. Long a staple of WMMR in the “progressive” years when DJs picked their own music, Tearson remembers not only the whens but where the artists broke here - from the Youngbloods at the Electric Factory and Belmont Plateau to Joni Mitchell at the Second Fret to James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett at the Main Point.
You’ll find this new internet station – plus 20 others with a local angle – streaming for free at iRadioPhilly.com. The stations (though not iRadioPhilly's live concert remotes) also can be pulled down through internet radio aggregators like TuneIn on smart phones, tablets and streaming music devices from Sonos, UE (Logitech), Roku and others.