RadioFlag just kicked off the Fall 2014 edition of The RadioStar Awards, so nominate those radio shows and local artists, for a chance to get spotlighted like these Spring 2014 winners.
The 2014 Spring edition winners for The RadioStar Awards include three domestic winners in the ‘Best Music Show’ category, and one international winner for the ‘Best Variety Show’ category. The ‘Best Music Artist’ RadioStar winner, Nathan Roberts & the New Birds, are from the States and will be highlighted in a separate blog piece, to follow.
Selecting the ‘Best Music Show’ and ‘Best Variety Show‘ winners was a collaborative decision made by our panel of ’Connective Listeners’ here at RadioFlag Inc.– comprised of radio and music industry professionals, former college radio DJs, local music artists and music minded interns. The ‘Best Show’ selections were based on a combination of the following criteria :
50% - Show content / presentation quality / talent
25% - Introducing listeners to new local artists / helping launch new local artists
25% - Audience size / fan base / social interaction / ability to generate new listeners
First up, RadioFlag presents San Diego’s ’Best Music Show’ winner “Progressive Nights” hosted by Chad Fox from KSDS, San Diego City College’s radio station. The nomination was ‘flagged’ by user @dajules, a listener on RadioFlag from San Francisco, California, and user @blackbeard, from Searsport, Maine.
Progressive Nights takes listeners on a journey to the outer realms into unexpected sounds of jazz. The sounds you will encounter on his Jazz-centric show lie within the free form, improvisational, avant-garde, electro-acoustic spectrum. It’s quite likely that this ‘free to roam’ style will stretch some ears to experience some axes and jams that are “crazy baby” and out of the ordinary, knowing what is normally thought to be known about jazz that is.
Recently played on his show include artists Marcus Rosario, Rob Mazurek Octet , Joshua Redman, Ben Allison, Steve Lehman, Anthony Braxton, Rodrigo Amado Wire Quartet ,Nathan Hubbard, ZEC, Steve Coleman, & Nels Cline to name a few.
As the future of jazz minded music continues to evolve, might as well take some time to lay low, sit back, stretch out and welcome the opportunity to be surprised, or better yet, “jazzified” out of any current “jazz comfort zone”. Once there, take time to sink into the unknown, tap into the night, glide a ride onto a star where new jazz sizzles and stirs, and have a listen to what emanations are burnin’ and bouncing forth out of this dynamic, forward moving, mad music making creative “genuineness”. Go into the night and “get booted” into some hip jazzy play! Progressive nights will take you there every Monday – Friday 10 pm- midnight (PST). Tune into San Diego’s Jazz 88.3 presented by DJ Chad Fox.
Up next, RadioFlag presents North Dakota’s ’Best Music Show‘ winner “Americana Alleyway” hosted by David Breitback, AKA Ramblin’ Dave, from KNDS, North Dakota State University’s radio station. His show attracts listeners from all over the nation, from California to Seattle and New York, to supporters internationally from the UK and as far off as Lagos, Nigeria.
Ramblin’ Dave’s Americana Alleyway serves up a heaping helpin’ of eclectic root music, with styles ranging from Americana, bluegrass, folk, global folk, old-time, acoustic, alternative country and more. You name it, he’s cookin’ up those tunes, to accompany that “flapjacks for dinner” mood. Americana Alleyway is a weekly detour for those roaming hearts, helping to get them through the week and outta all that hustle and bustle BS. DJ Dave welcomes his listeners to retreat into a cozy country cabin of wholesome down home tunes, where that foot loose fancy free barefoot and happy side can come out and freely frolic and let it all go with a ‘hoedown throwdown’ and some tasty knee slaps to boot, or just totally mellow out and kick it with some harmonious little ditties.
Some examples of Artists featured on Americana Alleyway include Shakey Graves, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Pete Seeger, Over the Rhine, Dawes, Ha Ha Tonka, Emmylou Harris, Patsy Cline, Harry McClintock, Steve Martin and Gram Parsons just to scratch the surface. Most recently played artists on the show are Natural Child, Willie Watson, David Johnson, John Fullbright, The Barr Brothers, Puss N Boots, The Friendly City Playboys, Jeff Bridges, Ben Miller Band, Don Reno, Roosevelt Dime, and Israel Nash.
So tune in every Thursday Evenin’ from 6-7pm (CT) to get an earful of nutritious and delicious organic American grown music. Savor sonic flavors from the past, present, and future of folk and roots inspired sound, wrapped up in one expertly curated knapsack filled with tasty tracks; ones that will keep listeners ramblin’ and rockin’ on down those highways, byways, and alleyways. After all, nearly everyone recognizes that the greatest trips are often those adventuresome detours, venturing off the beaten path to discover a gold rush of hidden gems.
Next up, RadioFlag presents Nor-Cal’s ‘Best Music Show’ winner, “Electronic Hi- Jinks”, hosted by Matthew Romero, AKA DJ Scrawny, hailing from KSCU, Santa Clara University’s radio station. DJ Scrawny is a long standing member of the RadioFlag community, and has a loyal fan base of old and newbie fans. A nomination was ‘flagged’ by user @etherbunny3 , listener from Mission Viejo, California, who seems to dig DCD–otherwise known as the mesmerizing and un-categorizable duo, Dead Can Dance. Cool!
Hi-Jinks literally stands for a festivity of noisy, boisterous, mischievous, undertakings. Add electronic hand crafted live ‘mood based’ mixing with old and new style influences, and in a nutshell that is what EHJ is all about. Ever since surfing the sound waves on RadioFlag, listeners have been seen from all over, raving to his mixes. As another blogger wrote about the show, “This ain’t no create a playlist and push play party”. This is rawer, livelier, and realer to be sure. DJ Scrawny mans up on the mix board, pounding out beats that will raise the rafters, and then land listeners into some downtime, blanketing his audience in a mind field of melodic chilllllllll…..for a bit anyways. So much versatility and eclecticism exist in his sets, an array of new music, old mixes, and unmixed; certainly anything but scrawny, just dance ready concoctions where anything goes –loads of bass, breaks, drum, ebm, electro, goth, industrial, house, and rave styles mixed fresh and on the fly. Just what’s needed to boss up that next house party.
Check him out every Sunday night 5-7 pm west coast time. Give him a shout out, and if you want to engage him on RadioFlag for some VIP attention, just mention Chainsaw in your comment or flag, and then get braced to experience the ’piece de resistance’, which may as well be the flagship track for Electronic Hi Jinks. Basically, the reaction to getting this hallmark song request seems more like a fix for this EHJ Lifer.
Last but certainly not least RadioFlag presents our international RadioStar from Instanbul, Turkey. Nilce Bıçakçıoğl is a relatively new to the RadioFlag community, but has already generated listeners who seem fascinated with her live on air cultural journeys. She wins the ‘Best Variety Show’ category for her show “Globetrotter”, which broadcasts from Istanbul’s Bilgi University’s student radio station, Radyo Vesaire. The nomination was ‘flagged’ by user @heat, a listener on RadioFlag from Arizona in the U.S. A handful of supporters from Turkey @Hamdi2001 , @didemyalinay , @paoovz , @xeonrey also flagged their nominations for Globetrotter.
Anybody with a mild to severe case of wanderlust fever will want to hitch a ride and go trotting around the globe with Miss Nilce B.; from Istanbul to where ever her gallivanting whim journeys next. Catch her live show and it will feel like a personal international travel guide has just arrived on the mic, packed and prepared to fly your ears to one cultural exploration and playful musical diversion after another. In Grand Bazaar Turkish fashion, Nilce B. likes to keep things spicy, so naturally her show is going to show off the fact that “variety is the spice of life”.
She does this by infusing music laden interludes between talk sets, that keep the ears of her jet setting audience stylin’ with some sensational sounds, as they roam the world over. Like short layovers without the jet lag, she takes listeners back to that really amazing music that they totally forgot about, then she takes them forward to their new favorite “never heard before anywhere else” regional and obscure ‘under the radar’ song and artist. Being that Istanbul is a cultural hub of sorts, there are so many people traveling to and from this colorful and vibrant piece of the world, and Nilce taps into these resources well, often having live studio interviews and talks with foreign visitors and seasoned travelers, which open minds to new cultures and societies; guiding listeners to experience the authentic local vibe of far away places. As the world turns so does the theme of her show, rotating its focus to different global destinations on a weekly basis. Sometimes she focuses on a single country or lingers in one city, chatting with on air guests who have had intimate encounters with her theme destination.
Her guests have been fellow wanderlusters, and local music artists (like the fun and playful band ‘Rubber Walrus’), and people from various places in the world. No matter what, fans can expect to learn really interesting things about various places. For example, did you hear that dying is not allowed in Longyearbyen, Norway and 3 other places in the world? On top of the really curious tidbits of info Globetrotter shares with listeners, her show is a wonder filled excursion into world cultures, global music, city secrets, as well as travel tips including current local hot spots by those ‘in the know’. Definitely worth mapping out some time to wander and roam long side Globetrotter next time she takes to the air. Tune in every Wednesday at 8 PM (GMT +2 ).
RadioFlag just kicked off the Fall Season RadioStar Awards, so keep on nominating your radio shows and local artists, for your chance to get spotlighted on a global stage. The world is waiting to listen, so get heard the ‘Connective Listening way’!
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