There’s a new player in the online bluegrass radio market.
RadioBluegrass.com has actually been cybercasting a 24/7 bluegrass signal for just over a year, but owner/operator Sid Zipo is just now starting to promote the feed, which can also be found at nwa.fm.
Zipo has been in radio since 1980 when he did, Eureka AM, the morning show on KESP, a low power FM station in Eureka Springs, AR. He tells us that he recalls the studio being located in the penthouse of the Crescent Hotel, an historic, Victorian landmark built in 1886.
“I was soon promoted to station manager and trained over 50 volunteers to do on air shifts. Later I worked at KTCN in Eureka Springs as News Director and Jazz programmer before moving to KTHS in Berryville, AR as Producer and On Air Person.
My first experience with Internet radio was in 2001 when I did a weekly show on NetRadio called Music For Misfits.”
But bluegrass was where his heart lay and the increased availability of automation software for radio broadcasting made the decision to launch his service a much easier one.
Sid said that the increased internet broadcasting fees announced earlier this year gave him second thoughts about continuing to pursue RadioBluegrass, but his love for bluegrass music won out.
His current plans for the service include an increase in hosted content, and hopefully some live, in-studio musical performances.
Check out what’s going on at www.radiobluegrass.com.