Especially when it comes to local music, radio exceeds where websites like Spotify cannot. There is a world of music made in South Florida that moves through alternative channels. Luckily, there are still a few radio stations that look after the locals and give us the chance to enjoy and discover fresh sounds that are being baked right here in our backyard.
What makes these six Miami-based stations even more valuable is that most of their music
6. Jolt Radio, joltradio.org
With a new studio on NW Seventh Avenue in Miami — equipped for hosting live bands and events — Jolt Radio is an online station founded by New Times’ MasterMind finalist John Caignet. When tuning into Jolt, you’re just as likely to hear vintage disco as headbanging sludge metal. Jolt’s music programming includes tons of new local music and also features interviews and live shows with local bands and DJs. “Ever since I started Jolt, that’s been one of the main priorities,” Caignet says. “I remember thinking, How cool would it be to be listening to a local radio station playing a song from an artist you like, followed by a local you know and love? Now we’re talking.”
Klangbox, another station that broadcasts online, is mainly dedicated to electronic sounds, focusing on — but not limited to — underground electronic, house, dub techno, deep disco, and indie dance. It was founded by local radio and nightlife personalities Laura Sutnick and Patrick Walsh. “We’ve always supported live musicians,” Patrick Walsh says. “We do have two shows dedicated to local music, which
4. WVUM, 90.5 FM, wvum.org
WVUM is “The Voice of the University of Miami.” Run and coordinated by students, the station concentrates mainly on indie rock, although it also has specialty shows featuring metal bands, electronic music, environmental issues, and other focuses. According to the station’s management, the DJs are expected to play at least one or two local songs per hour. Every Friday at 6 p.m., WVUM airs Locals Only, a show that features local bands playing live in the studio. And Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., you can listen to