Soon You’ll Be Able To Tune Into The B-Town Blog Via Internet Radio!
12/28/11 UPDATE: We have decided to change the name of our new Internet Radio Station to ‘SoKing Internet Radio,’ so we can better serve all six of our local blogs in the South King County Area.
More details soon…so stay tuned!
PREVIOUSLY: South King Media, the parent company of six local blogs, including The B-Town (Burien) Blog, announced to a full house at its annual Holiday Party Wednesday night (Dec. 14) that it will roll out something no other local blog in the northwest has – an Internet Radio Station.
“We’re extremely excited to be the first local blog in the region to offer this feature,” said Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer. “After four years of growing into what the Society of Professional Journalists honored as ‘Best Hyperlocal Website’ in the northwest, we think this will be a great new addition.”
Initially focused on local indie music, interviews and live recordings for flagship site The B-Town Blog, eventually a different radio station will be developed for each of South King Media’s five other blogs, including Des Moines, White Center, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila.
Stations will feature local music, news from the blogs, event listings, weekly shows, journalist roundtable discussions, free Public Service Announcements for local non-profits, original content like a weekly Open Mic and much more; and eventually – live streaming from local events.
“Just take what we’re doing online, add local music and move it to radio,” Schaefer explained. “We’ll be the first Hyperlocal Radio Station in the northwest.”
Each station will be Advertiser-supported, and South King Media is seeking Charter Advertisers now – just email Sales Manager Joy Steele at [email protected] for special introductory rates and hop on board the next local media revolution.
“Of course, a venture like this can’t happen without a good team,” Schaefer said. “And we’re actively looking for on-air hosts, bands, show ideas, and especially Sales Reps.”
The current team behind South King Media, in addition to Schaefer, includes:
- Michael Brunk, Photographer/Code Guru
- Ralph Nichols, Senior Writer
- Jack Mayne, Associate Publisher/Writer
- Mark Neuman, Writer/Sales/Host
- Joy Steele, Sales Manager/Writer
- Greg Wright, Editor/Writer, The SeaTac Blog
- Bryan Charles, Intern Animator Extraordinaire
If you’re a musician or know any local bands with recordings, or want to join this growing team in this exciting new enterprise, please contact Schaefer directly at [email protected].
Here’s more info from a press release Schaefer submitted to himself to publish:
In addition to being a former journalist, Schaefer won three National Emmy Awards for Writing on the hit edutainment series ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’ for PBS/Disney. He has over 25 years’ experience in media, including six years in Hollywood, and two years as Music Director for KEWC, his college radio station at Eastern Washington University.
“One of my biggest joys during my college years was programming and hosting original radio shows,” Schaefer said. “And now I can’t wait to get back on the air and entertain and inform, only from a truly local perspective.”
B-Town Blog Radio will be the first Burien-based entertaining radio station since KQIN, once located at 800 AM, which went on the air in October, 1970. The City of Burien currently operates a low-watt informational station at 540 AM, but that can’t be heard more than a few blocks away.
“Terrestrial radio is going the way of newspapers and dinosaurs,” Schaefer added. “Since I started The B-Town Blog in 2007 I have believed that the internet is the future for all media, and I think that within just a few years most of us will even be receiving wi-fi in our cars.”
Schaefer bases his radio predictions on a September 2011 study by iSuppli.com, which states that “sales of cars with Internet radio integrated into their head unit will soar to 24 million units in 2018, up from 168,000 in 2010” – a +14,186 percent increase.
“Of course, the true measure of any successful media is the content, and we’re totally committed to delivering great original radio programming 24/7,” Schaefer said. “And we’re also looking for local bands, on-air hosts, show ideas, Sales Reps and more.”
Schaefer hopes to premiere the station sometime in January, 2012, so stay tuned…
For more information on South King Media, visit http://www.southkingmedia.com.