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Miami's Six Best Local Radio Stations

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3. Wynwood Radio, wynwoodradio.com

As the name indicates, Wynwood Radio is located in the heart of Miami’s arts district and streams live from the Junior & Hatter barbershop. It was founded in 2010 by a group of art, radio, and music aficionados who weren’t happy with the options available. They decided to go with a community radio format, giving local organizations, artists, and musicians the chance to have their voices heard. The station’s original programs — Rhythm Radio (Tuesdays at 11 a.m.) and Underneath the Bunker (Wednesdays at 11 a.m.) are great places to hear the newest Miami bands. “Local music and local arts in general are very important for our programming,” cofounder Adrian Olivares says. “We feature songs by local musicians throughout the day, but we are also focused on visual arts and interviews with different kinds of local artists and artists visiting Miami.”

2. WRGP-FM (95.3)

WRGP is another college station, brought to you by the whippersnappers at Florida International University. Its main number on the dial is 95.3 FM, but listeners in Homestead can tune in at 88.1 FM, and listeners in North Miami Beach can tune in to 96.9 FM. It also streams online 24/7 via fiusm.com/wrgp. The station is a throwback to what college radio used to be like in the ’90s: a tad grimy, run by students, for students, and tinged with a youthful rebellion. WRGP’s music leans toward progressive and psychedelic rock, grunge, and garage, although it also has a dose of indie and electronic music. WRGP has a talk show in the mornings and specialty programs covering a variety of genres. You can listen exclusively to Miami-made songs on The Pipeline, a show that airs Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. “We receive a lot of local music constantly,” says WRGP’s general manager, Erica Santiago. “It is so important to us that we have a special music director dedicated only to local music... As a college radio station, we focus on our demographic, and the students want to listen to local music.”  1. Shake 108 (107.9 FM)

Though our beloved little Shake 108 is facing an FCC shutdown after a failed inspection, we’re hopeful that 107.9 FM can find the funding necessary to stay on the air for good. With a hectic playlist spanning the musical spectrum, Shake 108 always has you not knowing what to expect when you flip it on, but whatever the song is, chances are it’ll have you singing along. The station recently announced a lineup of original programming that features local hosts such as DJ Bill Kelly and Lance O. Shake is heavily involved in the local music scene and will throw its inaugural music and comedy festival at the Wynwood Yard this Saturday, which Shake founder Peter Stebbins hopes will raise the necessary funds his station needs to remain up to FCC code.  
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