We’re siblings Jocelyn & Chris. Thanks to our parents we grew up on a steady diet of records and radio. TV was never the focus in our household, instead, music was.
Today as we prepare to release our eighth studio record, we are reflecting on a question we’ve been asked by various well-meaning consultants and otherwise nosy music industry folks.
"Why on earth do you put so much effort into radio?"
The easy answer for us is because it works. Radio connects artists like us to actual communities and real people. It’s not monthly listeners or followers, it’s real people. Radio brings people to shows and introduces listeners to new music because radio is trusted.
Triple A radio in particular has remained our focus because ultimately we believe in it. There is no format with more curators who make decisions by listening. It’s a format where good music sometimes stands a chance against artificially manufactured digital metrics.
We both believe in AAA radio period.
But instead of expounding continually on our own experience, we decided to reach out with some questions to some of the many folks in AAA who have inspired us.
And… if you’d like to be included and are willing to answer some questions from us, we’d love to hear from you! Just email us at email@example.com
Our sincere love, gratitude, and thanks:)
Jocelyn & Chris
Radio is the OG of access for independent artists that STILL need REAL relationships to endure.
President Bridge Road Entertainment
Together with wife Anna, David operates White Lake Music, a five-studio recording facility in New York. The Bourgeois’s also operate Bridge Road Entertainment, an artist co-owned record label and label services company.
Career Talent Buyer
Jackie is a career talent buyer based in Boston. In addition to her experience booking legendary Beantown venues (including, among others, the Rat, Berklee’s Red Room, and Boston City Winery), she’s also spoken on advisory panels at music festivals across the country, including SXSW and the Move Music Festival.
Triple A radio – is curated by people for people.
President of Jack Barton Entertainment
Jack has been a mainstay in AAA radio for decades. From is time AMDing WXPN in Philadelphia followed by a stint as MD at WYEP/Pittsburgh, to his tenure leading the AAA department at FMQB, he’s seen it all. These days, Jack runs his own company, JBE, which offers a host of music industry services with refined expertise and is currently setting up the AAA Summitfest, an industry conference to occur this
August in Boulder.
You’ve worked in AAA radio in a lot of different roles—as programmer, as on-air talent, as FMQB team leader, as JBE founder, as Summitfest organizer, and even as artist manager. Tell us a little about what that variety of experiences has taught you. What keeps bringing you back to the format?
Rik and Roxy in the Morning, WWCT
On-Air Personality KVNA-FM 100.1 / 92.1
Dennis has been a AAA powerhouse for as long as AAA radio has existed. That’s not an exaggeration—he played an instrumental part in the format’s beginnings during his time programming KBCO in the late 70s and 80s. Since leaving Boulder in ’93, he’s consulted with dozens of stations and PD’d at KINK and KFOG. Dennis currently plays an integral role in programming KVNA, WNCS, and WXRV.
Chris and Dave of WEXT
Chris and Dave of WEXT are the reason we write and play music. After seeing us perform way back in middle school, Dave told us that if we ever wrote original music, he’d play it on the radio. Turns out, that was all we needed to hear. We wrote our first song the next week and immediately caught the bug. WEXT was the first radio station to play our music and has been with us ever since!
We’ve talked about our history with you both in all kinds of interviews, but I’m not sure anyone has ever heard things from your side. With that in mind, could you share the story of how we met and got our first-ever radio spins?