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Industry Interview with Johnathan Swafford, Aqualamb Records

Industry Interview with Johnathan Swafford, Aqualamb Records

“…Music had shifted to streaming, and we felt we were living in the age of invisible music. Something was missing. Not everyone had a record player but had books. The idea came up, what if we launched a record label that would put out books for each release? Sort of like extended liner notes, but it was still something a fan could buy and take home with them. We wanted to have the same effect of sitting down listening to the music while staring at a cover as kids.”

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Genre MD of the Month | Ellen King-Rodgers, KGLT Bozeman

Genre MD of the Month | Ellen King-Rodgers, KGLT Bozeman

“I love rhythm, great voices, instrumental layering and simple sounds too. Every country has artists sharing their special talents and I want to share them with the listeners. So, I’m in touch with promoters and labels and have developed great relationships all over the world. The collection was pretty vast at KGLT before I came along 20 years ago and I built on that.”

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June MD of the Month | Jim Manion, WFHB Bloomington

June MD of the Month | Jim Manion, WFHB Bloomington

“I joined a group called Community Radio Project, a non-profit formed in 1974 to work towards getting a non-commercial community radio station on the air so the local music scene could be heard on the radio. We had no idea this was happening elsewhere, we just wanted to create an alternative to commercial radio that wasn’t college or public radio. Grassroots independence is what we’ve always strived for.”

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Industry Interview with Will Glass, Powderfinger Promotions

Industry Interview with Will Glass, Powderfinger Promotions

“I have been a huge fan of the band Slightly Stoopid for a long long time. David Avery was able to get me backstage on multiple occasions to meet the band and the team that works with them. I would say when you meet someone you look up to for 10+ years for the first time its very nerve-racking.”

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May MD of the Month — Lauree McArdle, WERA Arlington

May MD of the Month — Lauree McArdle, WERA Arlington

“In my “free” personal time I host a weekly music show called Spin Cycle that airs on WERA. It’s been a challenging year for everyone due to the pandemic, and in all honesty, taking on the music director duties is a zen-like activity that helps my mental health as well as reconnect with my true love of music. I feel it’s important to keep new independent music on our music rotation as I believe it’s why listeners tune in regularly!”

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Industry Interview With Daria Gwaltney, Secretly Group

Industry Interview With Daria Gwaltney, Secretly Group

“I have interned/part-time worked at many beloved indie favorites such as The Fader FARM Team (marketing street team for The FADER), Captured Tracks (label), Insound.com (online music retail), Northern Spy (label), trans-pecos (venue), Boiler Room (music broadcasting platform). How could you not want to continue working in music when doors like that open?”

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Industry Interview with Dom Paolo, Pirate! Promotions

Industry Interview with Dom Paolo, Pirate! Promotions

“One artist that meant a lot to me over the years was The Ready Set. He was playing a show just outside of Boston, and I was given the opportunity to be on the crew for the show. I helped with a lot of the behind-the-scenes activities and got to hang out with the rest of the team for the night. I had him write a line down on paper from one of his songs that always inspired me, and a week later I had it tattooed on my arm.”

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Genre MD of the Month | Bruce Trujillo, Indie 102.3 Colorado

Genre MD of the Month | Bruce Trujillo, Indie 102.3 Colorado

“One thing that’s been able to keep a lot of this alive is a new project I co-founded called Colorful Colorado Collaborations, which brings together BIPOC musicians and businesses in Colorado for a truly unique live stream. We partner local musicians with a business to create a new product and release a new musical project, which culminates in a live-stream event with interviews and a live performance. We’re starting our second season next month and I can’t wait.”

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