- April 9 - The Village Voice, the nation's largest
alternative weekly newspaper, today announced the launch of Voice Radio, an
online radio station which will debut on April 11.
Unlike anything on the Internet or radio, Voice Radio breaks traditional
rules about music and radio programming by creating a radio program
comprised of premier content for the web with streaming services provided by
Voice Radio, which can be accessed at www.villagevoice.com, delivers a smart
edgy, lifestyle driven format reflecting the attitudes and taste of the
Village Voice's discerning readers. Music will range from rock to jazz to
blues and hip-hop, from techno to deep house to drum n' bass from blue-beat
to back-beat and beat-box. Additionally, Voice Radio will host live music
from clubs and local venues.
A venture of Village Voice Media, Voice Radio will soon be accessible
through all Village Voice Media newspaper sites and may eventually be
"The Village Voice has played an indispensable role in music history since
1957 when Billie Holiday graced the Voice's cover. Bruce Springsteen found
his E Street Band in the Voice's music classifieds." said Greg Goff,
President of New Media. "The Voice has a long tradition of presenting a
broad range of cutting edge and eclectic music. Traditional radio has become
controlled by a few major players, all delivering similar sounding formats.
This has opened the opportunity for the Voice to introduce a radio format
that our young urban audience can really get excited about."
In addition to an exhaustive genre-bending play-list, Voice Radio makes
web-broadcasting history by being among the fist to broadcast specialty
programming such as:
* The Dean's List -The Voice's Robert Christgau hosts a weekly show
patterned after his signature Consumer's Guide to pop music
* Sessions -A weekly concert series from the hottest clubs in
Manhattan. Covering the scene from underground to unsigned, from
independent to major label artists
* La Dolce Musto-The Voice's own Michael Musto will reveal the
highlights of his popular column in which he rubs shoulders with the rich,
famous, poor, infamous, and the fabulous
* Acoustic Breakfast -Singer/songwriter series. A perfect morning
companion to your coffee and bagels
* Empire-Don Rainwater and guest DJ's will explore New York's
underground house music scene
* The World Café -Music and interviews with host David Dye
* Voice Roundtable-A weekly talk show, covering a mind-boggling range
of topics from yoga to jug band music and everything in between.
Voice Radio plans to take the music to the streets of New York with an
aggressive marketing campaign which will debut this month.