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Mastermind 2012 Honorable Mention: Jolt Radio

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Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 150 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling our honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced March 8 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

Jolt Radio
Screw New Times. We wanna work at Jolt Radio!

The online radio station is based in the 305, and its number one

priority is to push the local music scene as far as possible. After

putting their pennies together from the street, couch cushions, and

linty dryers, the station's founders hired a web designer and started their own site.

Due in part to Jolt Radio's presence on the local music scene, more and more people have become curious about the sounds synthesized in Miami. These days, the website is jam-packed (pun intended) with interviews, features, and loads of information on the city's art and music scenes.

"We've had constant feedback by local musicians saying that they love the fact that their song is being played before or right after their favorite artist," founder John Caignet told us. "It is support like this that helps the artist believe in his city and his fans."

In addition to streaming local music all day long, Jolt Radio also has an artist of the month series. Most recently, they've showcased street artists Morley, Kazilla, and local upcoming fashion designer Susana Alvarado. "We think that being there to be that support is clearly necessary," Caignet says.

Jolt's simple concept -- jam, enjoy, support the 305 -- is essentially the audio version of what we at Cultist try to do in words and pictures. So jam on, Jolt. Jam on.

Honorable Mentions:

Regina Jestrow

Yovani Bauta

UOM

Kevin Arrow

Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova

Hialeah Haikus

Jonathan David Kane

Eddy "Earthtone" Vegas

Bannavis Andrew Sribyata
Sarah Kontoff Baker
Jason Snyder
Valeria Yamamoto
Jayme Gershen

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