[JPL] Announcing local events

Cory Weeds cory at cellarjazz.com
Sun Jul 19 14:12:17 EDT 2009

I think we're on a slippery slope here regarding musicians being  
expected to donate or contribute to their respective community radio  
stations.  Im coming at this from a few angles. I have a radio show  
that does 2 major fundraisers per year, I own a club and I am a  
musician.  As a radio host I feel it is my responsibility to keep my  
audience abreast as to what's happening on the local jazz scene  
because I believe it all goes hand in hand in terms of garnering long  
term support for the music.   Instead of expecting musicians to donate  
dollars I do ask for a CD or two for a giveaway, and have also had  
them come in play live in studio for free to enhance the show for my  
listeners, therefore hopefully getting more donations.  I have found  
as the host of the show musicians in general have been very very good  
at letting me know when and where they're playing and requesting  
interviews and making their music available etc. but in the event that  
they don't, I certainly make the extra effort to find out what is  
happening in the local clubs and make sure I mention it and encourage  
people to go out and hear live jazz at any and every opportunity.

I think that the major responsibility should lie with the venues  
themselves.  I as the owner of The Cellar am a yearly subscriber to  
102.7 CFRO. I get a ton of advertising through them for free and the  
value of that is impossible to figure out.  My donation is modest in  
terms of dollar value but  I also  supply the other DJ's who do jazz  
shows with countless CDs to give away on their shows to help raise  
money. I also advertise my show in The Cellar calendar and on y  
website etc. etc.  There are however a lot of venues that don't  
support the station that I really think should.

This is just my two cents worth.

Cory Weeds
The Cellar - www.cellarjazz.com
Cellar Live - www.cellarlive.com
Chasin The Train Radio - www.coryweeds.com

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