NonCOMM recap: A conversation on community-building

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 [...]

By | June 2nd, 2017|Creation, Direction, Interactive|0 Comments

Nevada Public Radio Launches New “Discover Music” Station

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. […]

By | April 13th, 2017|Creation, Direction, Interactive, Press|0 Comments

SXSW Panel – “Alternative Radio: Balancing the Art of Music Discovery vs. Playing the Hits”

SXSW is always a big circus, and this year was no different. But, there is also important business to be covered in the actual convention part of SXSW. Last Friday, I moderated a panel focused on the Alternative radio format. The panel, “Alternative Radio: Balancing the Art of Music Discovery vs. Playing the Hits,” focused on music discovery at two levels. First, how do Alternative program directors discover new music in non-traditional terms? Second, how do Alternative PDs provide listeners with their own music discovery when listening to their stations? […]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Direction, Interactive|0 Comments

Canada’s Gary Miles, A Real Man

Former Rogers Media CEO Gary Miles passed away last Tuesday in Toronto with his loving family by his side, but his life and his legend will live on. If you want to read about Gary’s legendary radio career in Canada, then click here. Instead, I’m here to tell you about his life and why he matters so much to me. […]

By | March 20th, 2017|Press, Uncategorized|1 Comment