"Always Eclectic, All the Time."
"A seductive, addictive, professional blend of 'Cosmic' Americana, Contemporary Blues, Modern Bluegrass, Jam, Folk Rock, soulful alt.country & more."
Listen live thru either of these two Most Popular platforms: Tune-In Radio or Radio Garden.
artists & labels, send promo CDs our way for airplay consideration:
WreckingBallRadio.NET - 500 Umstead Drive #202A - Chapel Hill, NC - 27516
WreckingBallRadio.NET - 500 Umstead Drive #202A - Chapel Hill, NC - 27516
Our quarterly goal for operating expenses is 900. We have 300 to go in our Spring Fund Drive. Thank you to all who have helped out so far this quarter. Thanks all for the donations and encouragment to keep the stream alive!
5.19 - And thanks to Malcolm in the UK for his donation and encouragement today, thank you very much!
5.16 - And thank you to Ruth for her donation bringing our quarterly goal down to an even $350. Thank you!
5.15 - Our thanks to Ken for his 50 dollar donation today, along with the encouraging note. Yes, I hope to keep streaming and I will as long as we keep meeting our quarterly goals. Or as long as my health holds up. Either way. I plan to keep doing it til I just can't do it or anything else anymore. WreckingBallRadio.NET simply should exist and if it ever dries up and goes away, I'm sure it will be missed. Let's not let that happen any time soon.
5.14 Thanks Steve for the donation today, helping us get a little further to our 900 dollar quarterly goal. I sincerely can't do this work without our listener's support, so I appreciate it very, very much.
By the way I've decided to keep blogging on this page but the archives will be on the blog page. I'll also put the newest podcasts here but the rest will be on our Mixcloud page as archived material.
If we play your music already and if you'd like to create a little hour long special.... maybe you and a band member chatting, nothing fancy, talking about your latest projects, tours, etc... I'll add the music tracks and edit it down if you send it to me on mp3, and make a little show out of it. I'm thinking this would be WAY more interesting and entertaining than me asking dumb questions like "so, um, how did you get your name and who did you listen to most growing up?" I'm kind of bored with those things and I'm not good at them anyway. I'd rather hear the artist as unfiltered as possible. You don't have to go to a studio to do this. In fact, these days, natural ambiance is better than so-called squeaky clean and polished. With iPhones and stuff you can do it in a park if you want to. Birds are ok. Keep it loose and fun, we'll see what we can do with it and make it a special. I'm hoping to get Sarah Shook and the Disarmers to do one. Also Birds of Chicago. We'll see what their managers have to say.
Here's our latest podcast. it's a good one. Mainly songs with a spiritual nature, without being preachy or dogmatic.
Our archived material: wreckingballradio.net/bloggablogga
We asked on our blog not too long ago for you to send in pix of CDs you've bought, or vinyl, based on artists you've discovered thru, or grown to love even more, after hearing them on wreckingballradio.net - and Paul sent us this excellent shot! See that, record industry, we inspire music sales!
I'm putting together a package of 5 or 6 CDs I'll be shipping out to whoever donates the most to this project this quarter. A few of them are autographed and some I have no desire at all to part with, so they're special to me. I think they'll be special to you, too.
You can donate through our Paypal Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Old school" checks and money orders are also fine, through our mailing address
Jayson c/o Wrecking Ball Radio
500 Umstead Drive #202A
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
If you do it this way, please include your email so I can thank you, ASAP or right away!
The perfect cup for your better moods!
A Cup for Our Times!
900 a quarter seems to just cover the bases. It's a little higher now because some of the licensing companies have raised their fees so our artists can get a raise.
Interest on paypal adds up quickly, too. Webhosting costs money. Music itself costs money. Yes I do get some promo stuff but most of what you hear is music I've bought for the station. And sometimes we have to replace a microphone or a laptop or something basic like that. There's Internet fees & more.
We don't have a huge overhead because there's no fancy studio or tower to worry about. But since this is my only "job", I do have to put on my fundraiser hat now and then. If I could I'd pay for it all myself, I would. Maybe if they ever get that Basic Income thing going. I haven't won any lotteries lately so I do rely on the kindness of strangers.
Most Popular & Most Featured Tracks 5.25.18
1. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - If We Were Vampires
2. Old Crow Medicine Show - Whirlwind
3. Nicki Bluhm - To Rise You Gotta Fall
4. Luke Winslow-King - Blue Mesa
5. Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Dave Alvin - Get Together
6. Rita Coolidge w/Keb' Mo' - Walking on Water
7. Leftover Salmon - Show Me Something Higher
8. Leon Bridges - Beyond
9. Bob Livingston - Can't Get Enough of It
10. Brent Cobb - High in the Country
11. Jim James - Just a Fool
12. Gretchen Peters - Dissapearing Act
13. Josh Rouse - Women and the Wind
14. Eric Bibb - Masters of War
15. Sam Morrow - Quick Fix
16. Christa Wells - Down Down Low
17. John Prine - Knockin' on your Screen Door
18. Willie Nelson - Ready to Roar
19. Janiva Magness - What's That Say About You
20. Shakey Graves - Mansion Door
Top Featured Albums 5.25.18 (in no particular order):
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Years
Ben Harper & Charlie Musslewhite - No Mercy In this Land
Neko Case - Hell-On
John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness
Chris Stapleton - From a Room Vol. 2
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams
Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
The Wood Brothers - One Drop of Truth
Caleb Caudle - Crushed Coins
Christa Wells - Velveteen
Kerri Powers - Starseeds
Ben Glover - Shorebound
If you ever find you're being "geo-blocked" from a website for whatever reason, here's an excellent article on how to use a VPN service. A good example for needing a VPN: say you work in a big office building and everyone uses the same WiFi but your office doesn't want to follow the same rules as the office building's landlord. A VPN is an excellent way to get around whatever block they've put in place. There are several good ones out there. Do some shopping around. We're not promoting any specific VPN. But we do recommend them.
Your Promo Here!!
We don't have advertising but as an incentive to donate, if you have a small business to promote, a coffee shop, a new album, an ebook or book or movie or comic book or anything (within reason, of course, example: no porn, no guns, nothing racist or sexist), in exchange for any donation $50 or more we'll gladly help you promote it here on this page.
Or.... Hire Me!
Another way to help out with WreckingBallRadio.NET, if you like my voice (and some people do, believe it or not!), I'm available to create a radio ad for you which you can place on various radio stations in your market. I specialize in the "soft sell" approach. Just write me some copy and I'll send you an mp3 or two or three in a timely manner, which can be used when you buy time on other outlets running commercials.
I'm also available to program or consult other radio stations, on line or wherever, in the wreckingballradio.net style. Moving is not an option but you don't need me hanging around your break room anyway, when I can do it long distance just fine.
Questions or suggestions: email@example.com
Wrecking Ball Radio:
Note: cups and shirts are cool. The station doesn't really make money off of these things. I only made them available because some of you asked for them. Our stream, and everything that comes with it, is paid for by donations alone.
."I got into radio when I was 19 out in Walla Walla, Washington. after some time at Whitman College's KWCW I landed a job at KTEL - a little news, sports and country music station. Before too long I became their music director. It was my dream job, really. Same station Family Guy & Batman's Adam West began his career, btw.
Moved to Florida in the mid 80's and spent some time as Music Director at Class 103 in Naples, back when they were 'THE' station to listen to. After that I hosted a popular weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch show on WAVV-101.
I got out of radio for a while to pursue other interests and wound up back on the air at Eye-Q Radio in Miami where I began exclusively playing Americana and alt.country. This was back in 2000. Moved to North Carolina and found myself continuing the Americana/alt.country show at WCOM, a little community station here in Carrboro.
The show got "syndicated" on a few other internet stations in the USA and UK - which was very cool. But a weekly 2 hour show just wasn't enough for me.
Once I finally figured out how to put the pieces together for a full time internet-based radio station, and thanks to the generosity of friends who believed in this project (and my ability to pull it off and create something innovative, fun and interesting) - Wrecking Ball Radio was born in 2011. The station continues to survive ONLY on listener donations and, for that, we are eternally, extremely grateful."
"This is my only real skill and it's becoming less and less marketable so I really do appreciate the support."
"A terrific source for discovering new music! I've bought a ton of music because of you!"
"I had satellite but I got rid of it and now I only listen to Wrecking Ball Radio. Nothing compares."
"WreckingBallRadio.Net must continue. It is the go to sound track for my life. Your programming skills are spot on. Bringing joy to me every day of my life. Telling all my friends about your station."
"[Wrecking Ball Radio] is a goldmine of new and old Americana nuggets curated by Jayson Tanner, who seems to have the knack of uncovering under the radar artists... He has a real ear for intelligent music, the kind that has something to say and which does not simply seek to replicate the past...."
Steve Swift, writing in 'Louder Than War'.
"We play your station every day , and EVERY day, so many clients ask about the station because they LOVE the music that is played. We're sharing the good news! Thank you for playing great songs all the time."
- Dennis S.
"Wow...seriously? Radio with really good music? Really, REALLY good music...song after song after song? Two hours ago I would have said it wasn't possible ... thank you Jayson for proving me wrong."
- Barbara P.
"... reminds me of listening to "underground" radio back in 1969..."
- Ron I.
"Incredible! ... I love ur song selections and could never find all these artists on my own. Thank you I can now lay in bed and listen to my hearts content."
- Virgil J.
"I like having a place I can escape to where I can be guaranteed awesome music."
- Jessica D.
"Wrecking Ball Radio harkens back to the quality and depth commercial radio once had the freedom and chutzpah to explore. Class, quality and excitement."
- Jon M.