I cleverly mentioned that I do a radio show in a comment to someone's post, which induced someone else to ask for info, and I typed about it forever and ever (it seems) and it was too good to languish as a buried 3rd level reply, so here it all is. Also, I meant to include my most recent show's songlist as part of the reply, but that made the whole thing too long so I had to split it up into two replies. So you get two posts.
Funny you should ask! I do a weekly 3 hour show on WYCE 88.1 FM out of the cities of Grand Rapids and Wyoming in Michigan, USA. You can listen to the live stream at http://www.wyce.org
. Supposedly you can get additional livestream options, including an embedable player here: http://www.grcmc.org/wyce/listen
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My show is Wednesdays from Noon til 3:OO PM EDT, which I think works out as 1600 til 1900 UTC. But... I am but one special snowflake out of scores of special snowflakes, so you should listen to all of us, at all hours of the day and night. With the exception of a 2 hour syndicated folk program once weekly (Accoustic Cafe), we are all local special snowflakes, spinning discs in our studio atop a library branch in a rapidly gentrifying bit of territory just across the Grand River from downtown Grand Rapids.
We're supposed to play equally from our five genres: Worldbeat, Folk, Blues, Jazz, and Rock, with about a third of our plays being new music (10 week rotation), and a heavy sprinkling of local artists. No artist should be repeated within 6 hours, and no song should be repeated within
Complications: Rap and Hip Hop and Funk are filed within Jazz, and Soul and R&B within Blues. Americana (aka Alternative Country)and Cajun are Folk, but Zydeco is Rock. We tell the record companies our format is AAA and that keeps us in the distribution pipeline.
We love to have touring artists stop in and play a few songs live in our studios. Lord Huron was in on Wednesday. Last year I got to interview Peter Case and listened to him play about 6 feet away from me. We've got a weekly show dedicated to local music that frequently invites local musicians into our studio for live performances, and we award "The Jammies" to local artists in numerous categories at a live free giant nightclub event with many of the nominated artists performing, while we broadcast it live on-air.
We're under the umbrella of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, and also under the umbrella is GRTV, the public access channel carried locally by Charter cable, and they'll broadcast The Jammies too. Under the same umbrella is Wealthy Theatre, a renovated classic movie theater that seats 500 for (among many other events) live concerts that WYCE produces featuring national touring artists. (Yay! You get to sit down. You don't need to stand squished and sweating in a club!).
The radio format is meant to force variety. We're not limited to the music that's been vetted and added to our library, but we do need to make sure there are no indecent words, drug promotions, or hot oral sex involved. We're might squeamish about "God damn", also.
On weekdays at noon we do the "Red Hot Lunch". 20 minutes solid of new music (Red Hot & New), 20 minutes of blues (Red Hot & Blue), and 20 minutes of requests (Red Hot & You), so in the first hour my balance is off. Sometimes the requests are slow coming in, or for music we don't have and I can't find and vet quickly, so I don't always actually have 20 minutes of requests to play right then, but requests are always welcome. [Blathering Mode OFF]