by Mike Breen
'CincyMusic Spotlight' to air Sundays beginning this weekend
Over the years, Greater Cincinnati has been lucky to have
at least a few radio stations dedicated to giving original, local music
some airtime. While WEBN (yes, that WEBN) strongly supported
local music in the ’70s/’80s, most substantial local airplay now comes
courtesy of community and/or low-powered stations, plus the occasional, short-lived niche show from a huge corporate radio outlet.
At 88.9 FM (or 89.1 FM in Northern Kentucky), Class X
Radio's diverse programming and lineup of shows include the
longest-running local music program in the area — Kindred Sanction —
which got its start on WAIF over 25 years ago (the station also
incorporates local music into its other programming). The community radio
station WVQC (Radio Free Queen City) is run through Media Bridges and
features numerous shows that spotlight Cincy artists (listen online or
at 95.7 FM). And Northern Kentucky's powerhouse public radio channel,
WNKU (wnku.org or 89.7 FM) integrates local artist cuts into its normal
This past April, 94.5 FM became Cincy Rock 94.5 … for a
month. Owners Clear Channel threw a bone to local music after Northern
Kentucky resident Josh Fields won a contest to program the channel until
its May 1 conversion to a 24-hour FM simulcast of AM superstar,
This Sunday, in what will hopefully be a more permanent
occupation of some FM airtime for local music, another Clear Channel
outlet, The Project (at 100.7 FM and 106.3 FM), will launch what looks
to be a great new program, CincyMusic Spotlight.
One of the few conglomo-stations to consistently play
"Alternative" music in the city (it also plays the bigger local bands,
like Foxy Shazam and Walk the Moon, on a regular basis), The Project
will now delve into Greater Cincinnati's music scene head first every Sunday night
at midnight. The program will be made available as a podcast at
CincyMusic.com, which partnered with The Project for the new show
(podcasts will also be available at CincinnatiProject.com). You can
subscribe to the podcasts at both sites starting Sunday.
In a press release, the show is described as "a mix of the
region's most talented musicians" and will also feature a "weekly recap of
all the local music news from CincyMusic.com."
The program certainly has the right hosts in place.
CincyMusic Spotlight will feature two local music/radio veterans —
Venomous Valdez (who has done radio in the past, helped keep the MidPoint Music Festival running smoothly last year and currently works with
local bands as a manager/road manger) and Joe Long (who helms the music
blog Each Note Secure and was a former DJ on the late, great 97X/WOXY).
Tune in this Sunday night and be vocal in your support of the show so
CincyMusic Spotlight stays on the air and proves wrong the seemingly
conventional wisdom that there are no ratings or money in "local music."