When college radio went mainstream—and 21 bands that came with it

In the early 1980s, a new generation of radio programmers took over the airwaves at college radio stations around the United States, introducing their fellow students to underground rock, British and European imports, regional punk scenes, and a different kind of hip-hop than you’d hear on commercial stations. A few years later, some of those bands started showing up on MTV and breaking into Billboard’s albums and singles charts. Here are some of the college-radio bands that made major moves into the mainstream in the late 1980s and early ’90s.
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