"Like the music you hear? Buy the music you hear!"
Note: if the songs below don't match up with what we're playing right now, it's time to refresh the page. Thanks!
Remember, we have no govt. funding, no commercials - we operate strictly on your donations. Totally. Listen all you want - donate whenever you can. Thanks!
PS: Donations to this station are not, as far as we know, tax deductible at this time. We aim to change that. Meanwhile, check with your tax adviser, maybe they know a loophole for you.
Wrecking Ball Radio:
"A seductive, addictive, professional blend of Americana, Contemporary Blues, Modern Bluegrass, Jam, Folk Rock, AAA, soulful alt.country and more..."
Like the artists we play? Support their music! Obviously, buy their music, go to their websites, buy their t-shirts, go see them in concert, friend them on social media. We need our artists to survive and thrive - just as we need our web-streams to continue to do so For as long as you allow us, we're going to promote them with the loving care they deserve.
Wrecking Ball Radio
Our Fall Fund Drive is Happening Now! Goal is only 700 dollars. So far we've collected 225. Good start!
Remember this money collected helps so we can pay our artists thru the various outlets like ASCAP, etc. Also so we can purchase more music to play. Interest on paypal adds up quickly, too. Webhosting and Streamhosting costs money and sometimes we have to replace a microphone or something basic like that.
We don't have a huge overhead because there's no studio or tower to worry about. It's not a huge expense but since this is my only "job", I do have to put on my fundraiser hat now and then.
You can donate through our Paypal (above) or through our Patreon page, found here: www.patreon.com/WreckingBallRadio -
Old school checks and money orders are also fine, through our mailing address
Wrecking Ball Radio
500 Umstead Drive #202A
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Thanks to our donor family at WreckingBallRadio.NET we are able to be a sponsor of this Fall's
Shakori Hills Festival outside of Chapel Hill, NC, coming up quick! Oct. 5th thru the 8th!
Not writing this part for sympathy, at all. We all have stuff, I know. But I did want to thank you all for hanging in there with wreckingballradio.net during this weird time in my life. Recovering from a cancer scare and a mild stroke, recovering my "dj" voice and all of that stuff. It's been a weird year for me personally. Like I said, thanks for hanging in there with WBR!
Know a good lawyer who can help us get an LCC not for profit license so our donors can get a tax break for donating? It's out of my price range right now, from what I can see, so it'd be nice to find a lawyer who would do it and let us pay in installments. Any advice on this would be appreciated. I suck at business stuff.
The question came up about our fund drives and what we do with the collected money. Well, it costs about 80 a month for just the stream hosting, which includes music licensing fees. Multiply that by 3 for the quarter and that's 240 right there. Add the website hosting which comes up from time to time. Add the cost of buying new music which is running about 250 a quarter. And little things like replacing busted headphones, etc. Then there's paying for the privilege of using Paypal, which racks up pretty quickly I'm also doing some promotion, including helping to sponsor in some small way the upcoming Shakori Hills Festival, as I mentioned (below).
Basically I'm losing money on this project but I love it too much to let it go, so I'm not complaining. And no, I'm not filthy rich or anything. Far from it, really.
Spotted and sent in from The Newport Folk Festival! So very cool, thanks Bill!
If you have a pic of yourself wearing the official WreckingBallRadio.NET T-shirt, send it in and I'll post in here in the blog area of the site!
Wearing our new shirt helps with word of mouth promotion. But just know it's not a donation. I get nothing from those things in terms of tangible money to pay our bills. I was just encouraged to make them because some of you have asked for some SWAG and I thought it would be a good way to make some SWAG available.
Maybe if we sold a couple thousand of them I'd make a few bucks but I'm not holding my breath on that one!
Meanwhile, what really helps is the paypal donation page. The patreon page is new and I'm not sure how to use it yet. Hopefully if you donate thru patreon we'll have access to the donation and can pay the bills.
Attention ROKU users!
Roku and other such devices, that is. If you'd like you can hear us on the Tune In app. Just make sure and visit the website for song and artist listings. But if you like hearing the music through your home sound-system, we're there!
On Demand Podcasts For You: Listen Any Time! More to come.
Donations collected go for music, music licensing fees so the artists get paid, station equipment upgrades and maintenance,
Aside from that, our overhead is very low since we don't have a fancy studio or radio tower or anything. It's all done "in the cloud".
But whatever you can do to help out and keep WreckingBallRadio.NET alive and well, that'd be awesome of you, as always!
New: Another way to help WreckingBallRadio.NET when you're feeling generous is to buy stuff for the studios from our Amazon wish list, HERE.
Do you have fundraising skills going to waste and you'd like to use them for a great music cause? It could be very lucrative for you. Or it might turn out to be a little extra beer money. It's be up to your own abilities and desire.
I'm hoping to find someone who enjoys our music platform and would like to help out with obtaining underwriting grants for the station and websites. And also that same person would ideally know a lot about monetizing a site like this one so we can turn this into more than just a hobby. Maybe, if not you, you know someone who might fit the bill? Let me know!
."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!"
"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.