That would be for master music promoter, Live Nation’s Jim Koplik who didn’t fix the controversy at WCCC “The Rock” but apparently did help broker a bit of a deal resulting in a return of some of that hard rock music the station was best known for until recently.
While a smallish group of miffed fans readied to rally outside the Asylum Street station in Hartford Friday, Koplik was inside with station owner Woody Tanger of Marlin Broadcasting, talking it up about why the station might want to reconsider its new “old” rock music format, and put back some of its signature edgy rock back into the mix.
According to rally organizer Wayne Suprono, Koplik apparently helped sway management into putting “hard” back into the rock, evenings beginning in two weeks during its 9 p.m. broadcast.
“I think he has something in this, too,” said Suprono about Koplik’s intervention. “He promotes concerts featuring the bands that make this music. He would want WCCC to continue playing it.”
”I do have a vested interest in it,” acknowledged Koplik, who dismissed the idea he was a hard rock hero but rather someone just trying to get to sides to meet in the middle. “But it’s not financial. I think there needs to be an active rock station. ”
Trouble started about two weeks ago when WCCC announced it was changing its playlist to include more classic rock along with the heavier rock that had been its claim to fame. Hardcore fans were outraged and a Facebook blitz began challenging the station decision.
A rally on Friday attracted only a few dozen people but did prompt Tanger to come to the station and talk with protesters, as well as Koplik, Suprono said.
Suprono said he is cautiously optimistic.
I think it was a good step one,” he said about the promise of new rock music again.
However, Suprono said a second, “Save the Rock” rally has been slated for April 13 at the station.
For more information, go to savetherockct.com