I thought WPLR played them kinda regularly.
New Haven repruzunt! lol
No, not from New Haven but can kind of tune in WPLR if I am in the car along i95. Same with i95 (WRKI in Brookfield, CT). Those are good stations and have been. The NYC stations, which are the strongest in my area include Q104.3 a Bob Seeger station (Classic rock that every damn time I turn it on has a Bob Seeger song on it) and a new one Alt 92.3, the old K-Rock, which now plays a modern alternative (think more Coldplay and Lorde than Nirvana and Soundgarden). In Norwalk we have a classic rocker in the form of 95.9 The Fox which is more in the Q-104.3 vein. On Long Island we've got 103.3 WBAB which is kind of like PLR/i95, bigger playlist like them. Really, the suburbs have it, in terms of rock radio in the NYC area. Most consistent player of Rush to my ears has always been i95. Depth-wise these stations never stray from the following:
Fly by Night
Closer to the Heart
The Spirit of Radio
New World Man
Distant Early Warning
The Big Money
Show Don't Tell
I'm being kind, some of those songs haven't been played since the early 2000s.
The airplay started with Permanent Waves, TSOR/Freewill primarily and it was rare. Peak for Rush on the radio was probably the release of Signals when they were playing Perm Waves songs, MP and the new Signals stuff.