Grow Radio, Gainesville’s first community internet radio station, will be changing format in 2015, moving from live-streaming, freeform programming to a podcast-only format. Always moving forward with the changing times, Grow Radio has recognized the shift in listener preference towards podcast-based listening and specialized selection with regard to internet-based content.
Grow Radio was established in 2009 in response to a broad community desire for an alternative to the then-existing FM programming available locally. In the following five years Grow Radio programmed a lively schedule of freeform radio following a hybridized format of the best college and community radio models. Grow Radio has engaged an active and loyal listenership, turned on a community of volunteers and listeners to a plethora of music never before programmed in the area, and offered student and community members the unique opportunity to create progressive and original programming. In those five years we have observed the station take shape and identity, gaining recognition and support within and outside the Gainesville community.
With the transition from a live streaming station to a podcast-only format, the majority of existing programs will end, but new programs will emerge in the coming year. The Conch storytelling podcast will continue as will the Homebrew Talk podcast. A new show, I Am Gainesville, will be produced to shine the light on unique community members who bring something special to Gainesville. Other programming will be added as it is developed.
The podcast format will enable Grow Radio to continue to simultaneously add value to, to invigorate and to celebrate the culture of Gainesville that exists and thrives within and outside the mainstream.
Grow Radio is seeking new podcast programming, generated by you, the community, that will be engaging and provocative. If you have a show idea that you would like to develop please contact the station at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your show ideas and assist with the development and production.