Live365's "Featured Spotlight Station" this week is 97.3 The Arc - Your True Alternative! We spoke with Rick Sonic about the station's setup, what listeners can expect to hear, and some of some of the station's best hits. Check out the interview below!
What brought you to Live365?
I've been broadcasting online since 2004. Being in radio previously, I missed playing music to the masses. I was looking for a way to broadcast legally and share my passion for music with the world.
What's your studio like?
The station streams live using Station Playlist playout software, which allows any station to sound as professional as any over-the-air Terrestrial radio station. We currently use an HP all-in-one stand alone computer to stream. We use a Behringer USB mixer, Electrovoice RE20 Mic, and AKG K240S when we want to get our "DJ" on. We have several other mics and headphones but that is our current setup.
What can listeners expect when they tune in to your station?
We take great pride in playing a wide variety of Alternative music. This includes the '90s all the way up to today's current Alternative chart songs. So, in any given sound hour, you could hear anything from Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead to Linkin Park and The Foo Fighters to Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots. We also play Alternative artists and songs that commercial stations can't or don't play.
What has been your favorite moment as a DJ/Station Manager so far?
This is an easy one. When doing a call-in show several years ago, a listener called in and wanted to let us know that they were going through a very hard time and that almost every song we had been playing spoke to her and helped her get through a very trying time. Off-air we asked her for as many songs as she could think of and we dedicated an hour to her. It was a great day for both of us.
What is the best concert you've ever attended, and why?
Having been to over 200, it would be very hard to pick just one. Overall, it would have to be "Rush." All three members are total pros and some of the best musicians of their respective instruments. It has always been amazing how three band members could fill a stadium with a quality sound that rivaled a studio album. Although retired from touring, hopefully they may someday get together for a reunion tour. You'll find me on the floor in front of the stage!
Here are the Top 10 most requested songs from the current charts on 97.3 The Arc:
- Happier by Marshmello ft. Bastille
- My Blood by twenty one pilots
- Natural by Imagine Dragons
- broken by lovelytheband
- Pressure by MUSE
- Ghost by Badflower
- Rescue Me by Thirty Seconds to Mars
- Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts) by The Smashing Pumpkins
- GET UP by Shinedown
- Daylight By Blue October
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