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McNamara to Receive Award

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame has announced that it will present a Long Island Sound Award to DJ legend Denis McNamara in recognition for his outstanding contribution to Long Island's musical heritage. He will receive this award during the Party Out of Bounds: Malibu Sue's Radio Reunion, at Posh Nightclub in the Garden City Hotel, on Friday, May 12.

Denis McNamara is unanimously credited with almost single-handedly creating the New Wave and alternative radio formats that defined a generation and swept the nation. He was also known for his now famous concert series and his support of local bands. When most rock stations drifted to the more commercial AOR format, McNamara bucked this trend by seeking new and innovated music. As punk and New Wave started to become popular at the end of the 1970s most rock stations ignored these genres but he once again bucked the trend by playing artists that were breaking new ground.

McNamara's LI Sound Award presentation will be one of the many highlights of Party Out of Bounds: Malibu Sue's Radio Reunion. The evening will be hosted by Malibu Sue, who has been heard on Long Island radio since 1983. The evening will be co-hosted by Denis McNamara and Larry the Duck. DJ Maxx, currently a renowned music video programmer, will be spinning all your favorite tunes! This evening will be a reunion of Long Island radio DJ's whose voices and personas helped create an indelible music era. This is a one time gathering of many of the key people who created and defined the new wave / alternative / modern rock scene.

In addition to the guest air personalities, Fred Schneider of The B-52's will be a featured DJ and host, spinning the music that defined a generation. The B-52's are best known for such hits as "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster," and other great party songs that were both first heard on New York radio. Some of the other confirmed reunion DJ's include: Bob Waugh, Jeff Beck, Barry Ravioli, Steve Jones, Nancy Abramson, Carol Silva, Maria Chambers, Jodi Vale, Alex Anthony, Rob Rush, Jon Daniels, and Joey O'Brien...with more DJ's and special guests to be announced.

The Long Island Sound Award gives the Long Island Music Hall of Fame the opportunity to recognize those individuals or institutions which made a significant contribution to Long Island's musical heritage and to give Long Islanders the opportunity to celebrate those contributions with us. Previous Long Island Sound Award recipients have included Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, Harry Chapin, Pat Benatar, Leslie West, Twisted Sister, Blue Oyster Cult, Eddie Money, Dee Snider, Billy Cobham, Norm Prusslin, Zebra, Sam Taylor, Gary US Bonds and Richard Shindell amoung others.

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the idea that Long Island's musical heritage is an important resource to be celebrated and preserved for future generations. The organization, which defines Long Island by its geographic boundaries, which includes Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties, was created as a place to inspire in each person the desire to explore and celebrate music in all its forms and to be a place where the music community will find the support, resources and leadership necessary to aid them in that exploration. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame sponsors the Long Island Sound Award, traveling educational exhibits and is working to create a permanent home for the story of Long Island's musical heritage.

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