MMJ’s drummer salutes public radio

The top 10 reasons I love Louisville, Ky. public radio station WFPK
By Patrick Hallahan, My Morning Jacket

I am forever inspired by the passion it takes to drive a public radio station. In the winter of 1999, I experienced what would be the first of many trips to WFPK’s studio.  There, in the basement of the old Louisville Public Library, I stood impressed. The studio wasn’t slick, it wasn’t packed with new equipment. But the passion that guided the staff was palpable, and listeners can feel it coming through the airwaves.

WFPK makes it their mission to expose local talent. The direct connection to the local music scene and amazing platform public radio provides to break new bands is undeniable.

Public radio -and WFPK in particular- has helped bands such as My Morning Jacket greatly. Even with little or no commercial radio success, bands like ours have a direct link through public radio to people who aren’t in the habit of buying news music or concert tickets.

Community involvement is at the center of the work our local DJs and program directors do. Programs like the Waterfront Wednesday concert series tie WFPK into the heart of Louisville.

Public radio keeps the art of true disc jockeying alive with shows like “Sound Clash,” “Woodrow on the Radio” and “Roots and Boots”.

WFPK is a key attraction that brings national acts into the Louisville community. In-studio, live performances are a treasured part of our city’s culture.

Public Radio offers distinctly local flavor to an increasingly homogenous world.

WFPK continues to play genres that have been abandoned by commercial radio, from jazz to bluegrass.

WFPK promotes and partners with local businesses, and it’s an absolute win-win for both of them.

Public radio is a gigantic part of my every day life. “Woodrow On the Radio,” “This American Life” and “All Things Considered” are in constant rotation in my home.

photo by Autumn de Wilde

2 Comments

  1. Nicole Vandenberg
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    amazing. go patrick. love to public radio.

  2. Steve
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Right on, Patrick. WFPK’s benefit to musicians of Louisville is exactly why I’m proud of the WFPK smartphone app my company built (my first big project when I was hired). Love meeting and pitching ideas with the people who work there, who share our love of music. And as a musician myself, I love the artists and events they promote. This town is lucky to have them.

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