I first became exposed to college radio while I was in high school, when I would tune in to the station belonging to local York College, WVYC. It was like the sonic Wild West, anything and everything went on the air. From general “college music” (i.e., “alternative” before the term existed) to a slew of specialty programs focused on particular styles or eras, WVYC played it all. It was, for me, the first inkling that I might want to be involved somehow in the music business.
When I started as a freshman at Syracuse University in New York, I immediately joined the long waiting list for a DJ slot on University Union’s WERW (We R Double U, get it?). Sophomore year, I was hosting Sunday overnights…and by the time I was a senior, I had a coveted Friday night pre-party time slot. Sadly, our meager 10 watt broadcast signal or later carrier-current dissemination didn’t merit us many listeners off campus. Still, it was during my time at WERW that I realized record labels had actual promotions departments, whose job it was to send people free records. I was sold.
Only a scant few cassette recordings from my WERW shows in the late 80s and early 90s have survived the test of time. Be sure to follow me on Mixcloud to access past recordings and future episodes as they post, or you can sample the first part of my “Alternative Music Exchange” broadcast from November 6, 1989 below:
(Station ID: Daniel Myer of Haujobb promotes TWITCH)
TWITCH Radio was my first serious attempt at webcasting, via an hour-long radio show that was simulcast by the terrific team behind Tampa’s Communion After Dark (www.communionafterdark.com). The name is a direct reference to my all-time favorite Ministry album, tracks from which were often featured heavily.
At the time, it had been several years since I’d been on air regularly, so TWITCH presented an opportunity for dialogue and discussion (occasionally about emo/screamo bands with my then teenage daughter, Emmilee) and, simply, to talk about records I liked.
I also loved having the opportunity to mix in catalog or other artists/tracks that I frequently listened to at home or remote, but often couldn’t play out. A classic example is this random “megamix” of Virtual Descent, Elegant Machinery and Destroid that I happened to uncover in my inbox a couple of weeks ago. Too synthpop for what I was doing in the clubs in the day, but perfect for getting your TWITCH on.
I have appeared as a guest on a number of broadcast programs over the years, for both over-the-air and streaming radio stations, including several with Long Island’s famous WLIR/WDRE.
More recently, I appeared with SYNTHICIDE founder and DJ Andi Harriman as a guest on her Black Door program on Newtown Radio (www.newtownradio.com).
Harriman is a NYC-based promoter and the author of the post-punk remembrance book Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace. Listen in via the link below and follow on Mixcloud for future updates.