The Local Spin on Public Radio 90

Feb 9, 2021

Credit Kurt Hauswirth

Are you a local musician in the Upper Great Lakes region? Public Radio 90 wants to hear from you. We want to share video performances, interviews, as well as consider locally produced music for airplay on The Shuffle with Kurt Hauswirth, as a service and feature called The Local Spin. This is a threefold initiative for championing and discovering local music:

  1. Interview opportunities (from home, for now)
  2. Share video musical performances (again, from home)
  3. Consider independent musicians' music for airplay on The Shuffle

Musicians in Marquette, Marquette County and the Upper Great Lakes region are invited to submit home-recorded concert videos (as YouTube uploads) in different genres, and have an opportunity to be interviewed. This could be considered similar to NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, just without a competitive aspect. Also, there is no set schedule for performances as of now - submissions will be reviewed for consideration by Kurt Hauswirth as time allows. 

Download the digital WNMU-FM Broadcast Release PDF here

We hope to provide a virtual creative space and platform for local musicians in the Upper Great Lakes, with these goals in mind:

  • Support independent musicians in our region, as well as traveling musicians (in the future, when possible), with the goal of making our Upper Great Lakes region a landmark for great musical performances, as well as discovering and sharing underground talent
  • Allow accessibility to performances utilizing audio/video technology, safely giving access to socially-distanced performances from across our region
  • Foster relationships with regional musicians and music lovers
  • Provide performances and listening opportunities not available elsewhere
  • Increase outlets and exposure for local independent musicians

Performance videos are considered free and open to the public. We consider this a public service and an opportunity for a wider spotlight on artistry and musicianship for any performer.

Any performance video must contain original music or public domain songs. No covers, please.

Performance videos should be uploaded to a personal/artist YouTube account for consideration to be shared. Depending on the audio quality, a performance could be featured as a live-session for on-air broadcast.

For any video performance consideration for social media boost and on-air play, please provide your most recent music release(s), artist/band information, and high-res photos.

We support artists with potential airplay, promotional material and social media shares.

Since these are performances from home, audio and video quality will vary; that's okay! It's part of the charm, and also allows for individual artist creativity. We understand that this can be daunting, to record audio and video: don't fret! See the following links from NPR's Tiny Desk (Home) Concert Team for tips (don't forget that The Local Spin is not a competition, but an opportunity for all local musicians).

You don't need a nice home studio — like Bob Boilen (of Tiny Desk) has here — to record a great video performance from home.
Credit Bob Boilen

Tiny Tech Tips on Recording a Performance Video:

https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2020/04/02/825152850/tiny-tech-tips-recording-your-tiny-desk-contest-entry-at-home

Tiny Tech Tips on Microphones:

https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2019/04/02/705579879/tiny-tech-tips-microphones

"How to make a Zoom music video fans will love," from cdbaby's DIY Musician:  https://diymusician.cdbaby.com/music-promotion/how-to-make-a-live-zoom-call-video-that-your-fans-will-love/ 

Again, The Local Spin is a service and feature on Public Radio 90's The Shuffle with Kurt Hauswirth, which aims to help the local music community in three ways:

  1. Interview opportunities (from home, for now)
  2. Share video musical performances (again, from home)
  3. Consider independent musicians' music for airplay on The Shuffle

For inquiries about The Local Spin or to submit a video, please contact the host of The Shuffle, Kurt Hauswirth, by emailing khauswir@nmu.edu. You can also visit the program for The Shuffle with Kurt Hauswirth here.

Download the digital WNMU-FM Broadcast Release PDF here

The Shuffle with Kurt Hauswirth, Saturdays at 4pm ET on Public Radio 90
Credit Public Radio 90

Thank you for supporting live music and local musicians in the Upper Great Lakes region!