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Spreaker on the Road: Montreal

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Elegant Montreal is the cultural and economic center of Quebec, Canada. It’s the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris, and one of the most historic cities in North America. Boasting old-continent architecture and a lovely blend of cultures, it’s also a great place to find talented podcasters.

 

Maintaining a rich ancestral heritage intact and keeping listeners up to date with vodou is RadioVodouMagazine‘s goal and achievement. Tune in each month for news on the subject, coming in from around the world in different languages.

Tune in to The Benben Bass Raver Show for original DJ mixes and music production by the young artist himself. You’ll be treated to a wide of variety of styles from
techno, to acid-tech, to drumcode. The dancing starts as soon as you push play.

The Tacklebox features the latest in fishing trends, technology, techniques and tackle every week “for the avid angler.” The host is none other than expert Ben Woo of  WoodooFishing, always giving clear and informative tips and advice.

We’ll see you at our next stop!

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Discovering the Community: Mike Russell

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Mike Russell is our own expert audio guru on Spreaker. From audio production to internet business and marketing, he offers great tips and information via his excellently produced shows Audio Marketing Tips and Jingles Made Easy.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Mike Russell the Creative Director at Music Radio Creative. I started my career in radio learning how to produce audio and present radio shows. Now my wife and I run our own company that helps podcasters, radio hosts, DJs and businesses to sound great using the power of audio.

Yours shows, of course, sound great. How did you get into audio content and podcasting?

I have a passion for making creative audio and have always been interested in online business. It was listening to other podcasters that really got me hooked on the idea that I could use my radio experience to begin podcasting. I started the Music Radio Creative podcast in the summer of 2012 and have seen great results. I also found the fact that you are your own boss appealing. There is no radio station director or broadcasting authority telling you what you can and can’t say!

When and why did Audio Marketing Tips and Jingles Made Easy start?

I started creating these new podcasts at the beginning of February 2013 as a way to distill my thoughts and ideas into short form podcasts. I read about audio marketing ideas and jingles on a daily basis and wanted to easily share the content that excites me with an audience. It always thrills me to put something out there and see how listeners will react to it.

They’re super well done. What recording tips do you usually give to new broadcasters?

Start your own radio show or podcast online as soon as possible and don’t think about it too much. If you can’t think of anything to say, find a topic that excites you and make a list of 10 talking topics before you start. The audio quality doesn’t have to be perfect when you first start just get something out there! Spreaker is such a great platform to experiment with multiple different show themes and ideas as it allows you to host an unlimited number of different shows.

Great advice, and thanks for the mention! What does podcasting mean to you?

Podcasting has changed my life. I mean it. I wouldn’t be living on a beautiful English island doing the work I love surrounded by my family all the time if it wasn’t for me listening to podcasts. Everyone has a different way of learning. Some like to read, others consume video, but I am certainly an auditory learner. I found myself listening to and learning fast from different podcasters with a wealth of experience. These podcasts really helped me to move my own business and lifestyle forward. I enjoy podcasting myself because of the close connection I can form with my listener.

What brought you to Spreaker?

I love trying out different platforms to publish my audio and I was attracted to the clean and easy look of Spreaker. Publishing a podcast and submitting it to iTunes is easy (no technical knowledge required) and I can include all my show notes on my Spreaker profile so it cuts out tasks like installing a website, setting up an RSS feed, finding an audio host, etc. I also really like the social aspect of Spreaker in that users can follow me, comment on my episodes and even share my content on other social networks.

Has this station helped you personally or professionally?

Yes, at the time of writing I’m less than two weeks in, I already have over 1,000 plays on the Spreaker platform alone. It can only be good for my business to have that many people hear about me in such a short space of time.

Glad to hear that! Anything else you’d like to share?

Seeing as it’s so easy to start a new show on Spreaker I’d certainly consider adding to my show portfolio. At present I’d like to work on and develop my current shows. I’d like to add more audio clips and examples to Jingles Made Easy and invite some guests to come on to my Audio Marketing Tips show to share knowledge.

We’re looking forward to the new shows and developments you’ll come up with! Thanks Mike!

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Spreaker on the Road: Rome

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We return to our homeland, back to our roots in Italy, for our next stop on the road. This time it’s the beautiful capital, Rome, the Eternal City, the ancient center of the western world. Famed for its Seven Hills and La Dolce Vita,  its history makes it fertile ground for great content.

Its rich in culture and definitive a spirit made great shows easy to find. From fun and easy entertainment, to opinionated talk shows, we’ve got some awesome picks:

Rome has always been a cultural crossroads throughout its history, and its diversity is highlighted on Note d’Oriente. Listeners can indulge in Arab and near eastern flavors from music to literature throughout the week. Enjoy traditional music, as well as rock, and keep up-to-date with news in Arabian art and culture.

Radio UBI is Rome’s full-fledged station on Spreaker, bringing tons of variety to the city as well as the world. From the bubbly chatting on Soul Kitchen to fun remixes and DJ sets on Goofi Land, it’s entertainment for every mood and moment.

On Spazio Giovani, young people can come together to speak freely on issues that pertain to them. Topics range from local news occurring in Rome to bigger issues involving the country, plus enjoy culture and art tips from informed and intelligent hosts.

Arrivederci for now, guys! We’ll catch you at our next stop!

 

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Discovering the Community: Chris Orr

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If you aren’t already familiar with the blips, whizzes, and bams of Memory Gnome Saga, the science-fiction adventure created by Chris Orr, now’s your chance – and you should! He spoke to us about the creative process between him and his teammates Trevor Scales and Ben Crawford, and how the show, as well as Hove Live, has grown with time.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Chris Orr, a director and actor whose main projects are in the Theatre. I live in Brighton on England’s South Coast. I am a huge animation fan and an unfulfilled ambition is to voice animation.

Nice to meet you! How did you start podcasting? Had you always been into storytelling? 

I bought myself a small digital recorder to help me audition and record voice over, so I thought I needed to practice with it. I got together with fellow actor Trevor Scales and just did a bit of off the cuff conversation. He said something about fishing for a memory, and I replied I had a vision of a gnome fishing in the top of his head; that started The Memory Gnome Saga. After hearing the first unedited podcast, another friend Ben Crawford volunteered to add music and sound effects – we’ve never looked back. Although I appear to do lots of different things creatively, act, direct, improvise, devise and write – they’re all in fact about telling stories, so I guess it’s in my DNA.

What are your influences?

Influences are Chuck Jones, William Shakespeare and anyone who tells a good story in whatever medium. I’m not sure I’m consciously influenced by someone, but my subconscious is because after I’ve done something I often recognise similar things. For instance the Gnome world is a weird world but in actuality operates like ours with similar domestic problems. I think you see that in The Flintstones and Monsters Inc., so that went in without me realising.

Who else works with you on the show?

Trevor Scales and I go to a café, decide where the story goes next, and then improvise an episode. We don’t usually script, so on record day (not in the café) we run the scene unrecorded three times then record three versions. We critique, edit and refine between each. We usually use the third recording – it’s emailed to Ben Crawford who adds music and sound effects.

How do you come up with all the sound effects? You’re very skillful in understanding when to use them!

With the sound effects Trevor and I leave a gap where we think one should be. The actual effects are down to Ben Crawford – we leave it entirely to him and are often surprised (in a a good way) by what he comes up with. I am highly collaborative and have found trusting people to do their own job always pays dividends.

It’s definitely worked out for you. How do you advertise the show?

We just push the show on social media, Twitter and Facebook. Sometimes I’ll email a link to an individual that shows an interest in it. Trevor tends to email his close friends.

Any favorite episodes?

My favourite episode is the podcast Gnome Extra – An Actor Prepares. This is where Trevor and I play slightly twisted versions of ourselves and I interview Trevor as to how he, a 6′ 7″ actor, plays a Gnome who’s 3′ 6″. Trevor’s favourite episode is Gnome 6 where we play two special ops Gnomes. Gnome 6 probably has the best sound effects.

Has this show helped you personally or professionally?

Finding Spreaker was great – we were using another website but now we not only record Gnome but also broadcast another show live – Hove Live (Hove is a suburb of Brighton where we both live). An artistic director of a theatre company we auditioned for loves Gnome so it’s a great excuse for staying in touch. No monetary rewards as of yet, but we’ve both learned a lot and and that will, I’m sure, pay dividends both creatively and financially in the future. Meanwhile we’re having a ball.

So are we! Anything else you’d like to share?

Hove Live, the other show, will have many strands but for now it takes us both back to the way we started – talking nonsense and having a ball. The conversations that Trevor and I have can get a little competitive and come out like a contemporary version of The Sunshine Boys, which I really like.

 

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Spreaker on the Road: London

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London! The United Kingdom’s exciting capital and our next destination in our search for Spreaker users. It’s the largest city in the European Union, as well as one of the world’s truly global cities. From its rock music history to royalty, London never disappoints in its variety in fun and culture.

Of course, all of this energy and spirit can’t help but come through in these great podcasts:

On Entrepreneur Wilderness our charismatic host talks to leaders and creators of small businesses and start-ups on their passion and the roads they’re facing. It’s fascinating and features great conversations that listeners will surely be inspired by.

Mark Johnson is new to Spreaker, but already has great potential for success thanks to the solid show he’s presenting: LawTalk covers information on public services law firm TPP Law, and features up-to-date news, views, and features on outsourcing, public and private partnerships, plus new service models. Tune in to keep informed!

The Parish Counsel, hosted by the Rocking Vicar, is great entertainment with polished flair featuring talk and your favorite tunes. “The Vicar is a tireless evangelist for all things rockular and rollable, ministering to the musical and media needs of his parish.”  Need any more convincing than that? Check out the Vicar’s official site for more fun!

London, you haven’t disappointed us. Now – off to our next stop!

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Discovering the Community: Pit Stop Radio

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Formula 1 fans can always find a steady source of information and entertainment on Pit Stop Radio, hosted by the super expert on the subject: Sarah. She spoke with us on the evolution of the show, and her passion for racing:

Do you mind introducing yourself?

Hello, my name is Sarah, I am a massive Formula one fan, and I am the host of Pit Stop Radio on Spreaker. I also run #F1POTD on the @F1_Fans_Updates Twitter.

Great! How and when did you get into F1?

I first got into F1 in 2007, which was Lewis Hamilton’s first season in the sport, I was intrigued and amazed with his first season and his driving style, as it was a very close and interesting battle between Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen. The rest, as they say, is history and I’ve been hooked ever since.

How did Pit Stop Radio start? Had you already been doing it before coming to Spreaker?

A good friend of mine, Dr Detroit from Couch Potato Radio on Spreaker, knew about my love for Formula 1 and he suggested I start up my own F1 show. I researched the internet, and although there were a couple of F1 radio shows, Spreaker had none for F1 fans. I put the wheels in motion on May 11, 2012 and started my F1 radio show Pit Stop Radio on Spreaker.

We’re happy to have you! Can you give us some racing 101 for those who don’t follow the sport?

Sure, to put it simply there are:

  • 11 teams – RedBull, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Lotus, Williams, Sauber, Force India, Toro Rosso, Caterham, and Marussia
  • 22 drivers – each team competes with 2 drivers.
  • 19/20 races all over the world
  • 2 trophies – World Drivers’ Championship (for the driver who at the end of the season has the most points) and World Constructors Championship (For the team who at the end of the season has the most points)
  • Points are given out at each race – 1st – 25pts, 2nd – 18pts, 3rd – 15pts, 4th – 12pts, 5th – 10pts, 6th – 8pts, 7th – 6pts, 8th – 4pts, 9th – 2pts and 10th – 1pt
  • For more information on Formula 1 click here

Any other racing events you look forward to throughout the year?

Personally, I don’t watch any other motor sport, but there are some great ones out there such as: GP2, BTCC, MotoGP, and many more.

Do you use Spreaker’s interactive features to chat with your listeners?

I use VACs to link up Skype with the DJ console to enable callers to call in live on the show and share their opinions. Also, I have a website where I have a Pit Stop Radio chat room that gives listeners the opportunity to chat along live with the show, and have their opinions read out on air.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

I would defiantly say that Pit Stop Radio has helped me personally, as I have met some amazing people through it. Also, it has helped with my confidence as I used to be quite shy and had a stutter, but since starting Pit Stop Radio my confidence has grown and my stutter has improved a lot.

Amazing work, we can honestly say that. Anything else you’d like to share?

I have a lot planned this year for Pit Stop Radio, including some very special F1 personalities as guests. During the F1 season shows are LIVE Saturdays and Mondays 8PM GMT, and you can listen to yesterday’s episode with special guest Gary Hartstein, the former F1 doctor.

Also as well as doing PitStopRadio, I also run a F1 Twitter page called @F1_Fans_Updates, where I keep everyone updated with the latest F1 news, tweet live updates from every race, and also run a daily F1 poll called #F1POTD. There I ask a daily F1 question for my followers to answer, and at the end of the day I collect the results and tweet the top 3 answers. If anyone misses a #F1POTD answer they can find a list of all the 2013 #F1POTD results on the Pit Stop Radio website.

Finally, if anyone would like further information on Pit Stop Radio, please see the below key links:

  • The PitStopRadio website where you can listen to the show live, and take part in the show LIVE via the chat room.
  •  The official Pit Stop Radio Twitter.
  • And of course the Pit Stop Radio Spreaker page where you can listen live to the show and listen back/download all past shows.

Great Sarah, thanks so much and keep up with the amazing work!

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Discovering the Community: Wau WebRadio

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University radio stations are the place to look for young entrepreneurs, fresh ideas, and an excellent example of how far podcasting can really go. We spoke to Nicola Caputi, president and founder of WAU, on what he believes radio can do for students:

How did your radio adventure start? 

Radio WAU stands for “Web Ateneo Unisalento.” The idea was born from joking around, in February 2012, when a group  of students decided to create a web radio dedicated to the students of the university, intending to offer and share information and different perspectives on university life. We wanted to give students the opportunity to channel their creativity through radio and music.

How did you find Spreaker?

We already knew about Spreaker from before from others who were playing around with broadcasting programs and music.

We decided to use this platform because we appreciated how easy it is to use and how quickly we could manage music and mixers right on the web.

Who makes up your team? 

We’re made up of about 70 students who decided to take part in our project and association. WAU actually started as a student association from within the Università del Salento, and in a year had drawn 200 students, as well as professors and the dean.

Why a university radio?

Initially the idea was to give a voice to the university.

We also realized that the project was well-liked, and we got more collaborations each day. There was a real need for a station within the university, and in Puglia we’re the only official university radio station. We’ve also been contacted many times, by other Pugliese universities, like from Taranto and Foggia, who were interested in starting similar projects and needed our experience and guidance.

Any favorite memories you’d like to share? 

Since we started last year (our first episode went on the air April 16, 2012) it’s hard to pick just one.

In this year we’ve shared so much, and remember with  joy and bittersweetness our first week of broadcasting, when we were still naive and insecure in front of the microphone. We didn’t have the right tools, or enough experience to understand our users’ tastes. Maybe this is our favorite memory that we’d like to share, as an inspiration for all those who had the intentions of starting a similar projects.

In the beginning everything seemed overwhelming, but with enthusiasm, passion, and work we were satisfied with our work. 70,000 listeners are our proof that we made the right choice.

We had artists like Erica Mou and Niccolò Fabi, participated in days like College Radio Day, organized lots of lively events for the students here, and even told our city’s story to RAI 3 on “Alle falde del kilimangiaro.

How do you prepare each episode? 

The weekly programming is made up of over 35 programs made with passion by the students in our association. Everyone is free to prepare their episodes and add music as they’d like. The common denominator of every program is the university, so we ask our hosts to interact with its world, inviting students and docents to our shows, and to find arguments that can be connected to university life.

How did you find your listeners? Or better yet, how do you use social networks to help grow your community? 

Obviuosly, before launching the station we pushed a marketing campaign, both on the web and in the Uni’s hallways, all financed by the association itself. We distributed pins and stickers, set up a contest for our logo’s design, and organized a party tour to prepare the public for our debut . On our first day of broadcasting, we had 1,000 listens.

Although I should emphasize that listens were never our primary objective. We always asked our collaborators to edit and produce their own programs, to broadcast their enthusiasm, and offer a product taiored to students.

Does this podcast help you on a professional level? If so, how? 

To describe in a few words all that radio Wau has given us from a professional, as well as a human, perspective is really difficult. In associative and professional experiences, in my 27 years, I’ve seen quite a bit, but what WAU has given me will be difficult to repeat. Before growing professionally though, we grew as people. Radio has brought us together, has helped us share our ideas and passions.

WAU is now a multimedia platforms in partnership with the Università del Salento, giving students the possibility to go professional during their studies,  offering an alternative to the traditional educational path.

With WAU we can organize events within the city (we proudly remember having Subsonica LIVE at Livello 11/8 in partnership with Salento Concerti), become a university reporter thanks to the online magazine www.unireport.unisalento.it, and ties you to the university radio world www.radiowau.com.

It’s a wide spectrum of alternatives to formal education, with the intent to make what the university has to offer even better. Soon we’ll even start curricular and extra-curricular internships to our format, and enrich our synergy with  Unisalento.

Thanks for this great interview Nicola and keep up the good work!

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Discovering the Community: Mediagol

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Live Mediagol features live sports journalism and live soccer coverage around the clock; and Palermo fans need go no further for info on their team. We spoke to director of Mediagol, William, about the status of online sports journalism today, and how podcasting has helped build the site’s fanbase.

Who makes up your team?

Mediagol.it is an online sports newspaper based in Palermo, established around six years ago, that has become in a short amount of time an important touchstone for web readers interested in the “rosanero” (Parlermo’s soccer team colors). The project is upheld by young and trustworthy journalists, and a prestigious partnership with local companies allowing us to produce TV and radio broadcasts.

Great! How did you enter the world of podcasting?

Since the very beginning, we’ve made technology and new media our strong point by experimenting and looking for new solutions. In terms of podcasting, we’ve tried different options, but Spreaker most satisfied our needs, giving us the qualities and winning social features that work best.

We’re happy to hear that! What do you think of the development of online sports journalism?

Not only did the way we follow sports news change, but the entire journalism world changed as well. Of course, covering soccer, especially on this level, still gives us difficulties due to a number of restrictions upheld by various sports societies and the Soccer League, but I’m convinced that with time the right compromise can be made. For now we’re holding tight to the right to an opinion and relationship with the people.

Any favorite sports memories?

Each day brings a new memory to mind. In Palermo, what seemed to touch most of our readers, listeners, and viewers was our return in Seria A in the final game of Coppa Italia between Rome and. Inter, the athletic preparations during the summer retreat , and, of course, the player trading.

How do you prepare each episode? 

We broadcast using three different product models on Spreaker: classic daily episodes made in collaboration with our partner Radio Action 101.2, where we promote news and music; commentary and opinion episodes that we conduct via Skype;  and finally, live event coverage that we can broadcast via an iPhone or iPad.

How do you find listeners? Better yet, how do you use social networks to make your listener community grow? 

In regards to our web listeners, we’re helped by the fact that Mediagol.it already has a strong following, and so inserting Spreaker widgets during our live shows proves to be really helpful to our readers. Facebook and Twitter also help, with readers interacting with us during our live coverage.

Awesome! Has this podcast helped you professionally? If so, how? 

Certainly. On a technical level, we’re benefiting from a quality and modern product that doesn’t require complex connections, cables, and antennae. Furthermore, our channel is immediately available on Apple’s iTunes Store, and our podcasts are free to download and listen to on any smartphone or tablet.

We’re very satisfied by Spreaker’s service and we’re proud to know that an Italian company was able to find success on an international level.

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Spreaker on the Road: Houston

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Welcome to Texas, folks! It’s sunny, warm, and the home of our quick detour back in the states.

Known to many as the Bayou City, or Magnolia City, Houston is a diverse metropolis brimming with energy and life in the heart of the state. It’s multifaceted, and its international community, creative tradition, and pride in its culture oozes through its airwaves via friendly Texan twangs.

Alongside the rodeo, the Space Center,  and the Art Car parade, proudly stand these stellar podcasts made by native Houstonians:

Battle of the Sexes Talk Show certainly gets the conversation going, opening up and addressing issues that cross over gender and status. It’s opinionated discussions on topics based in the urban community. Also get a taste of local Texas artists with featured rappers and singers brought to you by JC Productionz.

Exemplifying Houston’s diverse community is DIASPORA Radio, where citizens of Sierra Leone living abroad can come together. Discussing the politics, economics, and important current events going on in the country regularly, listeners can tune in to intelligent and informative conversation. It’s just one facet of the city’s many cultures.

Homegrown talent is never hard to find in Houston, and what better example of this than Montreea, the Berklee graduate, singer, DJ, rapper, producer, and paraplegic bringing both original pieces to the airwaves, as well as the work of other artists. For Christian rap and gospel, look no further than here!

And now you’re all planning your next trip to Houston, right? We thought so!

 

 

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Discovering the Community: RockradioSkultura

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RockradioSkultura brings colorful content to Spreaker‘s airwaves and listeners’ ears. Creative and talented hosts come together, showing-off a spectrum of talent and fun as variegated as a rainbow. We spoke to Frank Lavorino on the power of independent radio, and the magic behind the mega podcast station that has been created. Here’s what he had to tell us:

Whose idea was it to start the podcast, and how many hosts are there?

It was started by a group of friends and people who just love rock and broadcasting. At the moment we have fourteen hosts, but it’ll be double that soon. Lots of professional and non-professional hosts are coming together. Along with programs like “Frank Zapping,” “Corsia di emergenza,” “Siria Rock Gossip,” ” Il filosofo del rock,” “Prog-ramma,” “radio cesso,” “Woody Holland,” “Controkultura,” and “La paura fa ’90,” other new formats are going to be on the air soon: “corso di sardo” ” corso di sardo avanzato,” ” la vita a Genova,” ” Tg rock,” and “sbronzi di riace.”

You’ve got quite the complete setup going on! Who chooses the content to be broadcasted?

Each program is responsible for its own content, and, just like every respectable team, there’s usually a leading brain behind it. We’d love to put even more radical ideas on the air, but we’re still building up the brainpower for it. We’re now getting ourselves together to do just that.

Every time you guys go on the air there are tons of retweets from various platforms all over Italy focusing on rock; is it a sign that rock will never die?

Here I’ll be totally honest: we really have to thank all the bands that follow us and help us spread our programs: it’s thanks to them that we have more followers than Repubblica! (Italy’s leading newspaper.)

I’m not sure how to respond to rock dying: we’re in a shitty country, where a band has to pay 19,000 euro just to broadcast a playlist on the air on national radio. In that sense rock has died. Considering this, small and independent radio stations, bands, and entities very rightly should keep doing what they’re doing, organizing and promoting what they have to offer in any way they’d like,  even if in unconventional ways that could really annoy, say, Google heads (the poor things).

On the other hand, Italy’s underground scene is really rich, and I find phenomenal bands that I really like daily. In this sense, rock is not dead at all (and like you said…those numerous retweets are testimony of that!).

Yes they are! What are your future projects? Any ideas you want to bank on?

To become Virgin Radio‘s competition: we’d call ourselves “No Virgin Radio.”

I don’t think it’s a good idea to mix dreams, a passion for music, and money together. In fact, we were thinking of offering free advertising to any businesses that need it (advertising time we had reserved for Lete water).

How did you find Spreaker?

Just like how we found hundreds of other applications that Italians, mysteriously, don’t use: going out to sea for twelve hours a day, circumnavigating the social media and cyber seas. What you can do from home, in today’s world, is really incredible! If only Italy’s bands, or at least the really good ones, could come together, it would be totally awesome!

Totally! Any message you’d like to share with our community? 

Yes, please listen to free, independent radio, the ones that make zero money.

Any rock radio hosts that create original, crazy  programs (making Google happy) can write us at antipop.project@gmail.com. If you’re as in love with rock as we are, we’ll take you in, with one promise: no one will ever be paid.

Thanks so much Frank, great interview!

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