Miami's Six Best Local Radio Stations
Radio ain't dead yet.
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As old-school as it may sound, radios are still key to discovering new music. While blogs and streaming services soak up most of the spotlight nowadays, radio, though not the giant it once was, remains relevant.
Especially when it comes to local music, radio exceeds where websites like Spotify cannot. There is a world of music made in Miami 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 stations even more valuable is that most of their music
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6. Jolt Radio, joltradio.org
With a new studio on NW Seventh Avenue — 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,”
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,” Walsh says. “We do have two shows dedicated to local music, which
SunGhosts perform live in-studio.
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4. WVUM-FM (90.5)
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 about metal, electronic music, climate change, and others. 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