Miami's Six Best Local Radio Stations

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 is curated by DJs and music directors’ personal tastes, not by advertising efforts or corporate pressure.

6. Jolt Radio,

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,” 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.”
5. Klangbox,

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 are Yo Amo 305, which airs Mondays and is hosted by the Telekinetic Walrus guys. They bring guests that are active in the local art scene, mostly musicians. Also, Ricardo Guererro is doing a Death to the Sun show that will feature a lot of local artists.”
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 Electric Kingdom, a show that specializes in electronic sounds and often has local DJs as guests. Kunal Kohan, WVUM’s general manager and the host of Electric Kingdom, sees nothing but potential in the local scene. “I think Miami is a very young city compared to New York... But its music scene is growing fast — there are many boutique venues that are giving, once again, a place to local bands and DJs. There are also bigger events and festivals that feature many local artists such as III Points. It’s only going to get better from here.”

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Flor Frances is an Argentine journalist and marketer based in Miami. She has her own publication, Too Much Love; and a marketing agency, Raygun Agency.