A couple of years ago, an old radio buddy of mine started an internet radio station with a low power FM transmitter. I’d messed with internet radio a few years earlier, nothing new there, but the 100 watt FM transmitter intrigued me.
The air staff were mostly other friends from back in my radio days so it wasn’t long before he asked if I wanted to do a show. It was all running on a desktop computer with the DJs on voice tracks. I was told most of the guys could record their voice tracks for a four hour show in about 20 minutes. I said, “where’s the fun in that?” As an avid record collector I told him I’d do a show if I could play vinyl. As there was no actual broadcast studio, a live show wasn’t possible. Seeing as my day job was running a post production audio studio, surely some show involving vinyl could be put together. We had lunch to talk about the idea. By the time the check came we had roughed out the idea of Vinyl Snob - an interview show talking about vinyl records and featuring new hi-end ultra analog and half speed masters as well as cool finds in the used record stores.
I set out to produce a demo of the show and enlisted a friend at Capitol Records as my interview guinea pig. The demo was well received at the station and they began shopping it around town looking for a sponsor. A few weeks later I got a “good news bad news” call. They had found a sponsor who was very excited about the program and couldn’t wait to get it on the air. There was one little thing… The sponsor was a high-end audio and home entertainment store who was concerned that the public may already think of them as “snobs” and wanted to back away from that image. They wanted me to change the name. The station suggested “The Vinyl Connoisseur” to which I told them I didn’t think I could pull off the British accent. Other suggestions included “For the Record” which I thought sounded too much like a political talk show and “The Vinyl Authority” but I’m not the authority, I’m just a fan.
So, I had a show but no platform. My old friend Dana Berry joined on as Executive Producer. We brainstormed ideas for further episodes and decided to plug away knowing we would find a means of getting it out there. Dana earned his signing bonus (180g pressing of Rubber Soul and ultra-analog pressing of Close To The Edge) by finding a distributer. He will tell you all about the hard work and connections that brought it about (obviously hoping to score another “bonus” record), but I know the truth. Luck. He wanted to swap concert tickets and through Craigslist found someone who happened to be a producer of a rock n’ roll related podcast network. One thing led to another and Vinyl Snob is now part of the Rock n Roll Archaeology Project. Our last episode topped 1300 listeners in it’s first three weeks, landing it in the top 15% of podcasts.
With the help of my brother, Jerry, we completed the Vinyl Snob Live studio. A podcast dedicated studio right next door to my Post Audio production studio.
Let's spin some records!