Resource Directory: How to Send Music to Friendly Radio Stations
The Advocacy Committee encourages every composer and performer with a commercially produced CD to send it to appropriate stations–and, as Ursula Rempel says, “let us know that you have.”
We encourage everyone who hears women’s compositions over the airwaves or the Internet to thank the broadcasters.
A growing list of “friendly” stations follows. “Friendly” stations are those inclined to broadcast recordings of compositions by women and living composers.
[If possible, before mailing CDs, go to the stations' Web pages to get a sense of the types of music they play.]
ABC Classic FM (Australia). The Web address is http://www.abc.net.au/classic/. Please direct correspondence relating to new releases and other broadcast proposals to the new network Daily Programming Unit – email@example.com, address Daily Programming Unit, ABC Classic FM, GPO Box 9994, Sydney, NSW 2001 AUSTRALIA. The unit has a strong commitment to improving gender balance in classical programming across the board from early music to the latest compositions. Note that, while ABC Classic FM does not have a dedicated new music program on radio, the network does have the New Waves Podcast (http://www.abc.net.au/classic/australianmusic/podcast.htm), a weekly podcast program of new Australian music and interviews. For inquires regarding this program, and for event, recording, and production proposals relating to new and repertoire Australian music, please contact Australian Music Unit producer Stephen Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org). (NB: Stephen is also a member of the Daily Programming Unit.)
Berklee Internet Radio Network (BIRN). Music must be submitted on CDs only. “The BIRN will only play the submitted music if a BIRN DJ chooses to. You should try to identify that DJ in your submission. The BIRN will not play music with obscenities or indecent content.” Print the Submission Form from the Web page (http://media.thebirn.com/
COAST TO COAST A.M. Composers and performers interested in having excerpts of their work played as “bumper music” on Coast to Coast A.M.–a commercial radio program carried by “more than 500 stations in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and Guam” and “heard by nearly three million weekly listeners”–may want to see http://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/new-music-sundays. The first Sunday of every month, Coast to Coast A.M. plays short clips of new music as transitions between program segments.
ECR (ELLENSBURG COMMUNITY RADIO) streams Gathering Her Notes, a program focusing on “women’s contemporary classical music from the late 20th and the 21st centuries with the occasional digression” online Thursdays 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Pacific Time at eburgradio.com. Previous shows are archived at https://www.mixcloud.com/
THE GRAND at 101.1 FM in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, and at www.thegrand101.com. Tom Quick’s show, Women in Music, is broadcast at least two Sundays a month, 10:00 P.M. to midnight Eastern Time. He is especially interested in Canadian content, and can still be reached at email@example.com.
HILDEGARD TO HILDEGARD (www.hildegardtohildegard.blogspot.com), “an exclusively female music show, ancient to contemporary, from Hildegard von Bingen to Hildegard Westerkamp,”runs in the United Kingdom Thursdays at 2:00 P.M. (GMT) on Soundart Radio (www.soundartradio.org.uk). Producer Ariane Delaunois reports, “We offer air space to living female composers and sound artists, classical, electro-acoustic, electronic and experimental, any music written by women that isn’t pop genre, singer-writer. We love receiving CDs (best to e-mail first); don’t hesitate to submit your music!” The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
KALX (http://kalx.berkeley.edu/kalxfaq.htm). Information about submitting music is at http://kalx.berkeley.edu/submit_music.htm. Music directors Lindsay Melnyk and Brittney Stanley can be reached at email@example.com (“Do NOT email MP3′s or other attachments!”). The mailing address is KALX / Attention: Music Director / University of California / 26 Barrows Hall #5650 / Berkeley, CA 94720-5650 (U.S.A.).
KDFC (http://www.kdfc.com/) in San Francisco, California (USA) (online at www.kdfc.com). “Since we are now under the same programming umbrella as KUSC in Los Angeles, our (mostly) shared programming reaches more than a million listeners each week throughout the state of California (and beyond, on-line),” says music director Rik Malone. CDs may be sent to him at Classical 102.1 KDFC, 201 Third Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103. You may e-mail him through the Web page. Please note that Rik reports that “we try to stay as tonal and melodic as possible in our playlist.”
KGNU-FM (www.kgnu.org). You may contact Timm Lenk, Music Director, through the Web page. The mailing address is KGNU-FM, 4700 Walnut St. Boulder CO 80301 (U.S.A).
KLCC-FM (http://www.klcc.org). The contact person is music, arts, and culture reporter Eric Alan. He can be reached at KLCC-FM /136 West 8th Avenue / Eugene, OR 97401 USA / (541)463-6045 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
KMFA (http://www.kmfa.org/) was named one of the IAWM’s Honored Broadcasters for its commitment to broadcasting music written by women. Also at KMFA, IAWM member Kathryn Mishell— winner of the 2009 Gracie Award for Outstanding Portrait/Biography, given by American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) in recognition of “superior quality in writing, production and programming,” and the 2008 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction for Audio—produces and hosts Into the Light, which broadcasts women’s compositions over the airwaves and the Internet (http://www.kmfa.org/listen_index.htm). Contact KMFA: 3001 N. Lamar #100, Austin, TX, USA. Please note that Into the Light is on hiatus.
KMUD plays “anything but hard rock.” Broadcasts are streamed on the Internet and archived. Go to www.KMUD.org to see which programs are appropriate for your vinyl records and CDs. Contact program hosts through the Website (http://kmud.org/).
KTRU, affiliated with Rice University in Houston, TX (USA), produces Scordatura, which is dedicated to new music, avant-garde music, electroacoustic music, soundscape, and anything unusual. The station broadcasts seven hours of new music (many different kinds) each week. They also interview composers and performers of contemporary music on the show. The Web page is http://www.ktru.org/ (there’s a “Listen Now” button). Composers and performers may send CDs and contact information to: Scordatura Show/KTRU-FM/Ley Student Center/Rice University/6100 Main St./Houston, TX 77005.
KUFM plays a very eclectic mix of musical genres–from opera to hip hop. Its personnel have been known to read at length from liner notes of living composers. You may contact from the Web page: Michael Marsolek, Program Director, or Susan Israel, Morning Classics Music Director. Montana Public Radio, the University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 59812-8064, USA. (406) 243-4931. 1-800-325-1565. http://www.mtpr.net/contact.html.
Radio ArtsIndonesia (www.radio.artsindonesia.com, http://tunein.com/, http://tunein.com/tuner/?
Radio Horizon 93.9 FM in Johannesburg, South Africa. Station manager Dimitri Voudouris says that the station likes to broadcast “works by women/living composers.” He prefers to be contacted before people send CDs: email@example.com
Radio Monalisa, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is available over the Internet at http://www.radiomonalisa.nl. Patricia Werner Leanse produces and hosts Muziek Van Vrouwelijke Componisten (Music by Women Composers). Contact her through the Web site.
Sveriges Radio, Swedish Public Radio (http://sverigesradio.se/), carries Birgitta Tollan’s series, Ord och bild blir musik. Levande tonsättare berättar (Words and Images Become Music. Living Composers’ Stories), and Birgitta reports that she is “very interested in receiving CD’s from composers and performers!” Composers and performers may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her surface mail address is Birgitta Tollan / H C Oersteds Vej 11 A, 3 T H / DK 1879 Frederiksberg C / Denmark.
WCNY Classic FM broadcasts Diane Jones’s Fresh From the Wrapper Thursday afternoons, 1:00-2:00 P.M. Eastern Time, “sampling works from the newest CDs we’ve received in the studios.” There is “no need to e-mail before sending CDs” to this classical music station. Jazz CDs for the separate HD stream ought to be clearly marked “jazz.” Email questions to Diane.Jones@wcny.org. Recordings can be sent to Diane Jones / WCNY 415 W. Fayette St. / Syracuse, NY 13204 / USA.
WCRB. In 2009, WCRB was bought by WGBH. WCRB’s 99.5 FM is all classical. CDs may be sent to: WGBH /Attention: Alice Abraham / 1 Guest Street / Brighton, MA 02135 (U.S.A.). For further info & playlists go to www.wgbh.org.
WETA (http://www.weta.org/fm). Classical WETA 90.9 FM accepts all proposals via the U.S. Postal Service. Send CDs you would like considered to WETA-Classical 90.9FM / 2775 South Quincy Street / Arlington, VA 22206 (USA).
On WFCF (Flagler College Radio in St. Augustine, Florida, USA, www.musicofourmothers.com), IAWM member Ellen Grolman hosts Music of Our Mothers, Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 P.M. Eastern Time, on iheartradio.com and on 88.5 FM; NPR-affiliate WFWM carries the show at 91.9 FM in Frostburg, MD, on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
WFIU Public Media (wfiu.org) in Bloomington, IN focuses some of its programming (primarily the weekly contemporary music program Wednesdays at 11:00 P.M. Central Time and a subsequent podcast) on emerging composers. “We acknowledge the importance of recognizing the work of living composers and seek to create new avenues especially for young composers to have their music heard. We would also like to feature prominently the work of women composers. We encourage composition students or other emerging composers . . . to submit CD quality recordings of . . . original works for consideration for airplay.” Interested parties may contact WFIU’s Music Director Joe Goetz at email@example.com or (812) 855-3451. CDs and accompanying information may be posted to WFIU Music Director Joe Goetz / 1229 E. 7th St. / Bloomington, IN 47405 USA.
WGBH (www.wgbh.org/ classical is now news/jazz (also world & Celtic). In 2009, WGBH bought WCRB. CDs may be sent to: WGBH /Attention: Alice Abraham / 1 Guest Street / Boston, MA 02135 (U.S.A.). For further info & playlists go to www.wgbh.org.
Whisperings (www.SoloPianoRadio.com) plays solo piano music exclusively. Composers and performers are invited to go to the submissions link at the bottom of the home page, to check whether recordings are currently being accepted.
WHRB (http://www.whrb.org/). CDs may be sent to: WHRB c/o Classical / 389 Harvard Street / Cambridge, MA 02138 (U.S.A.).
WMBR (http://www.wmbr.org). Ken Field (firstname.lastname@example.org) hosts The New Edge (http://wmbr.org/newedge), “devoted to creative and innovative instrumental music.” More information is available at the Web site. CDs can be sent him at The New Edge / WMBR 88.1FM / 3 Ames Street / Cambridge MA 02142 (U.S.A.).
WMUA 99.1 FM (http://www.wmua.org/). E-mail (email@example.com) before sending CDs, to avoid duplication. Send CDs to Max Shea or Classical Music Director / WMUA / 105 Campus Center / University of Massachusetts / Amherst, MA 01003 (USA).
WNUR is committed to listen to every recording submitted to it, and plays quite a range of genres. According to the station’s Web page, “There’s no reason to contact anyone at WNUR before sending your music; however, if you want to ask any questions, you should contact the music director or producer of the show you are sending your music to.” Please see WNUR’s Web site: http://www.wnur.org/about/wnurfaq.html#Should_I_contact_you_before_sending_my. The address is WNUR 89.3 FM / Attn: [genre of music] / 1877 Campus Drive / Evanston, IL 60201 (USA). To listen online, click on a link at http://www.wnur.org/.
On WOMR, IAWM member Canary Burton plays a great deal of music by women and living composers of both sexes. In addition to commercially produced CDs, she broadcasts some concert recordings on The Latest Score which she produces and hosts. To listen to the show, go to http://www.womr.org, click on the Listen tab at the top of the page, and follow the prompts. Contact: 1-800-921-WOMR (9667); 1-508-487-2619. http://www.womr.org; http://www.seabirdstudio.com/WOMR.html. “If you want your music played on a radio station that broadcasts to Cape Cod and the South Shore of Massachusetts and streams to the world,” host Canary Burton says, “mail your music to Box 3057, Wellfleet, Ma, 02667.”
WOSU-FM (http://www.wosu.org/) at Ohio State University may be heard over the Internet: http://www.wosu.org/radio/listen-live/. For composers and performers interested in sending CDs to the station, the address is WOSU-FM / WOSU Public Media / 2400 Olentangy River Road / Columbus OH 43210-1027 (USA). Music Director Beverley Ervine may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WPRB. Classical Discoveries on WPRB, 103.3 FM and online at www.wprb.com in Princeton, NJ (USA), regularly plays women composers’ music. Winner of the 2005 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award, Classical Discoveries (Wed. 5:30-11:00 A.M. Eastern Time) is devoted to little known repertoire of all musical periods with an emphasis on the old (Baroque and before) and the “New Classical Music.” Composers and others interested in sending CDs should first e-mail Marvin Rosen from the Web page, http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org, because, he says, “Occasionally I receive a CD from a composer of a genre that is not suitable for my program or a recording I already have.”
WQXR (http://www.wqxr.org/). To have recordings considered for WQXR, the 24-hour classical station, please send them to the attention of the Music Department. To have them considered on Q2, a 24/7, online music stream that celebrates 500 years of new music, please send them to the attention of Alex Ambrose. The address is Classical WQXR 105.9 / Attn: [appropriate person or department] / 160 Varick Street, Eighth Floor / New York, NY 10013 (U.S.A.). “Please know we receive a tremendous number of CD submissions, and thus call backs will only be made to artists with whom a show is interested in working.”
WRR-FM (http://www.wrr101.com/?id=1) in Dallas, Texas, streams classical music on the Internet, at http://www.wrr101.com/stream.shtml. Contact program director Kurt Rongey at Krongey@wrr101.com or send recordings (CDs only) to Box 159001 / Dallas, Texas 75315-9901 (USA). Telephone: (214) 670-8888.
WXXI-FM 91.5 in Rochester, NY, USA (streamed worldwide on the Web, at http://interactive.wxxi.org/listen). Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Arild Remmereit is highlighting women composers in his inaugural season, which is broadcast on WXXI-FM 91.5. Contact music director (and midday host) Julia Figueras (email@example.com), who handles new recordings, schedules interviews with composers and performers, and writes the classical e-newsletter.
-Linda Rimel, Advocacy Committee member
[Broadcast Update is available on the Web page of the International Alliance for Women in Music (http://iawm.org), as are the identity and Web address of the current Radio Request composer and a growing list—more than 400 so far—of previous Radio Request composers with links to their Web pages.]