With the fullness of Spring in the Air, RadioFlag’s Inaugural RadioStar Awards was one all about “Spreading the Love.” Much of the feel good affections RadioFlag is planting this vernal season is of the much needed green varietal; fresh, fertile, lush, “cashola” without the payola. In spite of being a boot strapped, totally self funded start up; Radioflag wanted to give back to this community of early adopting tech savvy stations in a way that really matters. The RadioFlag team consists partly of a handful of veteran and current college DJ’s, who know first hand how much it helps a station to receive those cash donations, especially considering how skilled many university campus broadcasters can be at making those dollars stretch. So RadioFlag decided to put its money where its mouth is!
In the weeks leading up to the RadioStarAwards, it was quite a kerfuffle among the judges to select winners. Some of the fuss was caused by judges feeling as though certain shows were not placed in the most appropriate categories, as seemed to be the case with shows like Scottie Lee Meyers’ General Store Social, a total righteous slice of Folk, Rockabilly, and Soul pie served up by a genuine Redwood forest dwellin’ Organ Grinder’s Monkey. Tune in to iKRFH sometime to taste some of that downright wholesome retro goodness, sure to shake the wax right outta y’er ear blossoms.
It was difficult choosing some shows as winners, like one recognizable DJ who was nominated by iKRFH, and then soon thereafter left the air and the station. This was the case with Elliot Golan’s Friday Night Feast, a ever revolving ear feast of themed based & listener driven delectable lixx. Similarly, show favorites like Burrow Klown’s 54/40 or Bust, a multi- genre trek into the Canadian Music scene, was difficult to consider, since she had unexpectedly moved from her nominating station WSBF Clemson in South Carolina to KNDS in North Dakota. Other shows like DJ Hot Sexy Midnight’s “Music to Make Love to your Old Lady By“ were simply deemed un-categorizable ( beyond a solely “Music” Category to say the least) due to an absurdly creative “out of the box” extraordinarily, disorderly, un-ordinary radio personality. Ahhhem….
Next year RadioFlag expects to see even more stations connecting with listeners through its social- radio tech platforms. A totally new way of socializing ‘Real Live Radio’ is pretty foreign to most people, but the momentum that has been generated after barely just one year is evident that things are on an emerging upswing!
For those who are curious to know more about the “big decision makers;” the RadioStar Award judges were a blend of longstanding RadioFlag team members, RadioFlag interns, veteran college radio Djs, current college radio Djs, professional sportscasters, professional radio hosts, professional musicians, RadioStar bloggers (yes little ol’ me had her two cents to share).
I personally was relieved to hear the decisions were finally made, and was happy to see the love reach out to as many winners as possible, for this first ever Radio Star Awards. In the future, RadioFlag is keen to connect with sponsors for the upcoming Fall RadioStar Awards. Do you know a sponsor you think would pair up nicely with RadioFlag & partner up well for next season’s RadioStarAwards? If so, you can let RadioFlag know by just dropping them a line at the email below.
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