Country music might not be for you, but a new local radio show can show you it’s deeper than it looks.
“Farewell Transmission” is a new hour-long weekly radio show focused on alternative and American country music, which airs 5-6 p.m. every Monday on Converge Radio 101.9FM. Host Jordan Duroe said the show’s hope is to show fans of local festivals Country Jam, Country Fest, Blue Ox and Eaux Claires that there is more out there than there is at the commercial radio.
“I think that a unique thing about country music is that it’s a genre that maybe more than any other speaks about our weaknesses, our shortcomings and our struggles as human beings of a real way, ”said Duroe. “He does it, however, more often than not with a sense of underlying resolve and resilience. I think it’s important not to be shy about talking about these things, and that’s why I think the show is worth doing and this area of music is worth highlighting and celebrating.
“One thing that is unique about country music is that it is a genre that perhaps more than any other speaks about our weaknesses, flaws and struggles as human beings in a real way.”
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Throughout “Farewell Transmission” Duroe plays music from Tyler Childers, Jason Isbell, Willie Nelson and everything in between. He said the music played on the show will be something accessible to fans of the country genre, but will also push people out of their usual listening habits.
Specialty shows are an important aspect of Converge Radio, said Duroe, as they allow underserved genres to lounge in the limelight.
“There’s already an eclectic mix of music in Converge Radio’s normal playlist, but it’s important to set aside some time to shine the spotlight on a specific genre,” said Duroe. “It exposes listeners to a style of music that they might not otherwise have given the chance.”
Station manager Cullen Ryan said that the airing of specialty shows such as “Farewell Transmission” are just one piece of the big Converge Radio puzzle the station is putting together to invigorate local radio audiences in the Chippewa Valley.
“There is clearly a huge hunger for the arts and music in the Chippewa Valley,” Ryan said. “We have 15-20 people working really hard behind the scenes to bring you some really cool and exciting things very soon.”
You can listen to “Farewell Transmission” Mondays 5-6 p.m. on Converge Radio 101.9FM and online at convergeradio.org.