Original Story Posted on: WXPN The Key Date: May 18, 2017 Written by: Megan Cooper A major part of being a public radio station is connecting with the public. This morning at NonCOMM, Mike Henry from Paragon Media Strategies hosted the panel “Walking The Walk and Talking The Talk – Acting and Branding Local,” which featured conversations between Matt Reilly from KUTX Austin , Benji McPhail from The Colorado Sound, and Jordan Lee from Radio Milwaukee. These three industry pros sat down to discuss the various challenges, and also major advantages, to running successful noncommercial stations grounded in locality. Since each panelist represented stations varying widely in age, location, and background, each provided fresh and helpful perspectives from different stages in the industry. Riley from KUTX served as the radio vet, and gave insights into working with an established, well-recognized organization; McPhail of The Colorado Sound discussed the struggles and strategies for building up a completely brand new organization, and Lee from Radio Milwaukee gave a behind-the-scenes look into a fairly new, but quickly rising station. Though the panelists varied across the board in a number of ways, one element remained constant: the importance of community. Radio Milwaukee’s Jordan Lee especially emphasized this fact, as he described the unbreakable link between music and community, and how important it is in bringing people from all backgrounds together and create actual lasting social impact amongst its fans. Lee gave background into Milwaukee’s very segregated population, and how Radio Milwaukee’s active and intentional inclusion of a wide catalogue of diverse artists and genres has had the effect of enacting a real social impact on the community. KUTX Austin’s Matt Riley and The Colorado Sound’s Benji McPhail also spoke on the importance of including and strengthening all parts [...]
Reno Radio Personality Willobee Carlan signs on Reno, NV (April 11, 2017) – NV89 – Nevada Public Radio’s (NVPR) music discovery channel with no commercials – is now live on 89.1 FM in Reno, online at NV89.org and on social media @NV89Radio and #HelloNV89. The public radio station is a champion of emerging artists and Nevada musicians who will be the stars of tomorrow, as well as established artists with a history of creating compelling music from recent years. NV89 airs NPR’s World Café and will be affiliated with the VuHaus video platform to stay connected with national musical tastemakers. Along with music, NVPR’s news magazine “State of Nevada” will air weekdays at 9am. […]
Original story posted in: RainNews Date: March 10,2017 Written by: Anna Washenko VuHaus, a public media music video platform, announced a new partnership that will highlight Colorado radio stations. VuHaus has added a VuHaus Colorado page thanks to a collaboration with six public radio stations in the state that are part of the Colorado Music Strategy, a program aimed at increasing revenue for local musicians and music businesses. The stations showcased on the page are: KJAC-FM “The Colorado Sound” in Greeley-Ft. Collins KRCC-FM in Colorado Springs KSJD-FM in Cortez KVNF-FM in Paonia KSUT-FM in Durango KRFC-FM in Ft. Collins “The new Colorado page is unique to VuHaus in three ways,” VuHaus Brand Manager Mike Henry said. “This is the first time multiple stations have created a local page, and this is the first state-wide page. Also, this is the first instance where a local page has been funded by a foundation to promote local music. We look forward to more Colorado public radio stations coming aboard.” View original story on RainNews here. View press release here.
Original Story Posted in: Boulder Weekly Date: February 2, 2017 Written by: Sarah Haas In his line-in-the-sand 1966 album Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan sang “everyone must get stoned” on the track “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” In 1971, John Prine sang about escaping reality with a joint, chasing rainbows down one-way streets in “Illegal Smile.” In 1980, Muddy Waters sang, “Well, you know there should be no law on people that want to smoke a little dope,” in “Champagne and Reefer.” These are just some of the songs from the ’60s rock ‘n’ roll sound track of the hippie home that raised me, mixed into catalogs of songs that, on the surface at least, appeared to have nothing to do with marijuana. As I got older, I added other cannabis classics from other genres to my playlists from the likes of reggae kings Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and The Toyes or rap acts like Madvillain, Dr. Dre and Musical Youth. Of course you don’t need drugs to be creative or to get down with music. Regardless, there is an irrefutable relationship between marijuana and music that’s becoming all the more apparent as legalization unfolds. “Marijuana and music have shared the stage for many years,” says lifelong radio consultant Mike Henry. “Coming from, and still being in, the entertainment business I can say there has always been a strong connection between these two cultures — they are very naturally bonded.” […]