I have a genuine love of music that spans all genres: Rock ‘n Roll, R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Broadway cast albums, and even a little country. Garth Brooks’ “The Thunder Rolls” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” are on my Apple Music Playlist. I am still HAMILTON obsessed, but the first cast album I bought was the first play I saw on Broadway, 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 pure self-expression. A way to figure it out.
I spent my teen years listening to soul music (the Supremes, the Temptations, Martha & the Vandellas, and so forth) on a small transistor radio (AM Stations Only, Everyone!) in my grandmother’s living room dancing the latest moves from American Bandstand and Soul Train. As I grew older, my music palette evolved into a love for Rock ‘n Roll, Funk, and Disco. Back when an album was vinyl and cost only $10.00. A concert ticket topped out at $25.
I saw my first live 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 on stage: 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 absolutely love 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 knew nothing 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. I took on the role of CEO of the production company.
The plan is to turn this spark into a flame. Keith and I hope ReedRADIO.com becomes 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. No matter where you 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 become 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. 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, coming on January 1, 2023. You can find the podcast right here on ReedRADIO.com. Thank you so much for listening to the station.
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