KDHX Wants You to Know How to Get Your Band on Both National and Local Radio

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Alan Levine
The good people of KDHX (88.1 FM) will be hosting a discussion this weekend about how up-and-coming musicians can get their music on the radio. The conversation will not just focus on the local station itself specifically, but it will include tips for breaking into national radio as well.

This Saturday, January 11, KDHX music director Nick Acquisto will be leading the informative event, set to take place at the newly opened Space at KDHX in the station's newly opened building, as part of its ongoing "Get Down to Business" series (watch for much more info on the new digs in next week's print edition).

Jaime Lees
The event will take place in the venue space on the new building's ground floor.

We spoke to Acquisto, as well as chief engagement officer Kelly Wells, to get the full scoop on the community-based event.

Daniel Hill: Could you tell us a little more about the "Get Down to Business" series?

Kelly Wells: KDHX's "Get Down to Business" series is a series we created to support local musicians in their musical career endeavors. Once per month we host a clinic led by an expert where musicians can learn, hone skills and ask questions. We've hosted clinics like "Ask the Music Lawyer," "DIY Recording" and "Guitar Maintenance." Upcoming clinics will include "Music Marketing" and "Booking a Successful Tour." Our goal is to inspire and educate both aspiring and veteran musicians toward a successful musical career.

Does KDHX have more series like this one planned for the new space? What other events do we have to look forward to?

Wells: Another series we are excited about hosting is "Tuesdays at KDHX." "Tuesdays at KDHX" will begin in February and will feature a different event each Tuesday night of the month. First Tuesdays will kick off with a narrative musical film, second Tuesdays will feature "40's and 45's," where you can bring your vinyl to spin and drink good, local beer while you do it, third Tuesdays will feature a musical documentary, and fourth Tuesdays will be interactive programming, some of which will be hosted by KDHX programmers. February's fourth Tuesday will feature KDHX DJ Ron Edwards, who will host "Stories of the Blues." You can find out more details on "Tuesdays at KDHX" at www.kdhx.org/events.

Continue to page two for more of our interview.

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Jason Goad
Jason Goad

Not as important as performing live which is the only real way to make money in the music biz..

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Not important but certainly helpful and cool

Brian Seim
Brian Seim

Nice hopes but never going to happen. Doing it 34 years and still the same ole same ole. Great product does not even mean it will get airtime. I fought hard for this back in my wmry days. Some will give airtime but not enough to make a difference.

Phil Reeder
Phil Reeder

radio is still an important part, especially the LOCAL stations. The conglomerates have hurt the ability to find new/local/interesting music as a whole (b/c there are some exceptions). Not everybody is connected to the internet/smart phones to the extreme, as can be portrayed at times. I don't live in StL, so I don't know what the service is like, but when I attempt to stream internet or terrestrial stations on my phone it's constant buffering (think RealPlayer circa 1998) and unlistenable nearly half the time. Radio also gives you personalities to talk to, call, email and interject with. Those people help form the personality of the station and without them, a music only stream (pandora, etc) has zero personality and can become stale and boring. If "Radio Guy", whom you've developed a "kinship" with says that "Band Awesome" is great b/c of A, B & C you may listen a little harder to see what he's talking about. If you're streaming service only plays the song, you may not hear it b/c it's become background noise and nobody told you to listen to this bad ass track. Just my thoughts.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

Not as important as it once was. Certain markets that are embracing old styles of delivery like St. Louis still have a major radio fix, but as a whole nation and multiple cities the necessity is not there.

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