Center Stage on Live365 this week is Divergent Media Entertainment - "For the culture, by the culture." We spoke with station manager Kyle Trotman about their history with radio, their station's programming, and we got some music recommendations. Check out the interview below!
What made you get started in radio?
I curated a radio show on Real 1100 AM in Atlanta, GA, which streamed live on iHeartRadio. This sparked my interest in creating not just my own show, but my own station.
What brought you to Live365?
The opportunity to have a full hands-on approach with the creation and management of my online radio station.
What's your favorite part about running your own radio station?
Bringing together unique talent such as podcast hosts and independent artists to fill the airwaves.
Tell us about your station's programming. What can listeners expect when they tune in to your station?
Our station features podcasts that focus on:
- Wellness: A Woman Of Her Word Podcast, Black & Bipolar Podcast, and But What Do I Know?
- Entrepreneurship: The Pre-Game Party Podcast and Divergent Supreme Radio
- Entertainment: Pillow Talk and Dumb Sh-t Podcast
We have 5 podcasts scheduled to play daily along with a brand new indie tunes mix every Sunday. Each mix includes brand new songs from independent artists. The genres include hip hop, dancehall, indie pop, Afrobeats, and contemporary R&B. Throughout the week, we play new and old music from major artists across our respective genres. We use social media to engage with our listeners and get their input on music and podcast topics.
Name one artist that you play on your station that is underrated in your opinion.
What's your favorite music memory/moment?
My favorite music memory is attending my first concert as a young adult. It was a Kid Cudi concert at Buffalo State College. The concert was held outside and the vibes were unmatched.
Please list your top 5 or 10 songs, with a brief reason why the songs made your list.
"Only God Can Judge Me" - Tupac feat. Rappin' 4-Tay
This song speaks to my soul. Tupac is by far the most relatable artist for me, from the message in his music to his views on real life issues.
"Dear Mama" - Tupac
Every time I hear this song it highlights the important role my mother played in my life. From the ups and downs to highs and lows, she’s been there every step.
"Diplomatic Immunity" - Drake
Drake went deep into his bag on this track. It highlights the importance of self sufficiency and confidence.
"Double Up" - Nipsey Hussle feat. Belly & Dom Kennedy
This song is a reminder to keep it going. Don’t stop grinding. “Never let a hard time humble us.”
"Ocean Views" - Nipsey Hussle
This song helped me get through a rough patch in life when I had a huge creative block. The motivation wasn’t there, neither was the discipline. As I started to write down my goals and follow through (as it states in the song), everything was on the up.
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