Rosalind Denise Reed
Co-Founder and CEO
I have a 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” is on my playlist. I am, also, a self-professed HAMILTON groupie. Ironically, the first play I ever saw on Broadway was 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 out life.
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 the show 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, The Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston, and the list goes on and on.
With that kind of music fandom in my life, ReedRADIO.com didn’t seem like a stretch when my brother, Keith, and I began exploring the idea of an Internet Radio Station at his kitchen table. 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, LLC. 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.
Lay Back! Way Back! 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. When music was the consciousness of a nation. Click HERE to learn how you can join the ReedRADIO.com community.
Check out my Podcast, Out in Left Field. With a name like that, of course, we’ll talk politics, but the Podcast is so much more than that. This is a platform where I can take an in-depth look at what’s happening in St. Louis, but sometimes that means returning to my hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Podcast premieres Monday morning, October 22, 2018, at 11:00 am. You find the Podcast on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, and right here on ReedRADIO.com.
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