WFUV goes British with new music show

By Erica Sánchez-Vázquez

Kara Manning, second from left, hosts UKNY, a music show getting a trial run on WFUV's The Alternate Side. She's pictured with members of the English band Daughter. (Photo: Claire Lorenzo)

Kara Manning, second from left, hosts UKNY, a music show getting a trial run on WFUV’s The Alternate Side. She’s pictured with members of the English band Daughter. (Photo: Claire Lorenzo)

WFUV in New York has introduced a weekly broadcast mixing new and classic rock music from the United Kingdom.

UKNY premiered July 6 with host Kara Manning, a music journalist and web editor for WFUV and The Alternate Side, the dual-service pubcaster’s radio and online channel focused on music by independent artists.

The new program airs Saturdays at 11 p.m. and features new British bands such as Money and Public Service Broadcasting, in addition to well-established acts.

Manning, a playwright and former producer for freeform radio broadcaster Vin Scelsa, is also an expert on the British music scene, according to John Platt, WFUV spokesperson.

Manning presents music from other English-speaking countries in a UKNY segment dubbed “Commonwealth Cut,” featuring artists and bands from Australia, Canada and South Africa.

WFUV management has given UKNY a nine-month trial run in its Saturday-night time slot.

This article was first published in Current, July 22, 2013.
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