Rosalind Denise Reed
Co-Founder and CEO
I have a genuine love for music that spans nearly all genres: Rock ‘n Roll, R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Broadway cast albums, and even a little bit of country. Garth Brooks’ “The Thunder Rolls” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” are on my playlist. I am HAMILTON obsessed, and ironically, the first play I ever saw on Broadway was also a musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
Music has played an important role in my life. I’m not a musician, but, like most people, the music I like is a form of self-expression. A way to figure it all out.
I spent my pre-teen years listening to soul music (the Supremes, the Temptations, Martha & the Vandellas, etc.) on a small transistor radio (AM stations, everyone) in my grandmother’s living room dancing the latest moves. As I grew older, my music palette began to evolve into a love for Rock ‘n Roll, Funk, and Disco. Back when an album was vinyl and only cost $10.00, and a concert ticket topped out at $25.
I saw my first real concert on the campus of Hampton Institute (an HBCU that is now Hampton University) in 1972. Earth, Wind, & Fire opened for Stevie Wonder. Imagine that! Since then I’ve seen most of the great music performers: Rick James, Prince, the Gap Band, Michael Jackson, Sade, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Madonna, Janet Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston, and the list goes on and on. I love nothing more than live music.
With that kind of music fandom in my life, ReedRADIO.com didn’t seem like much of a stretch when my brother, Keith, and I began exploring the idea of an Internet Radio Station. Our first attempt at entrepreneurship failed. We didn’t know anything about Internet Radio or how to run a business. We learned from our mistakes. We formed a production company called Open the Door Productions, Inc. We developed a clearer, more focused vision for ReedRADIO.com, and I took on the role of CEO for the production company. I manage the administrative duties: website design, branding, marketing, and our online presence.
The plan is to turn this spark into a flame. Keith and I hope to turn ReedRADIO.com into a third place, after work and home, where our listeners can relax and recharge. Remember basement parties, slow dances, and first kisses. Remember when music was the consciousness of our nation. ReedRADIO.com is about community, a place where good music may be our common denominator, but as fans, we also share the nostalgia of the music: the clothes we were wearing (bell bottoms and double-knit pants), the dances we were dancing (who doesn’t remember the Four Corners or the Bump), and the politics behind it all. No matter where we are in the world, and ReedRADIO.com has a global audience…we are part of a community that simply loves good music. Click HERE to learn how you can part of the ReedRADIO.com community.
Then, check out my Podcast, Out in Left Field!. With a name like that, of course, I’ll talk politics, but the Podcast is so much more than that. I’ll interview people who look at everyday problems through the lens of innovation and a genuine desire to make the world a better place. Get Out in Left Field! with me, beginning Monday, April 8,, 2019, at 11:00 am CST. You can find the Podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, and right here on ReedRADIO.com.
If you have questions, comments, or you just want to know how your membership in the ReedRADIO.com community works, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.