Center Stage on Live365 this week is VPN Digital 1 - "LA's Party Station!" We spoke with station manager Ben Brown 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?
Previous radio experience that never leaves you! Digital broadcasting is the natural next step in radio.
What brought you to Live365?
Licensing, pricing, and overall ease of starting a station.
What's your favorite part about running your own radio station?
The freedom to program what people really want to hear and give exposure to artists who are being overlooked on Top 40 and Urban radio.
Tell us about your station's programming. What can listeners expect when they tune in to your station?
The station is a commercial Rhythmic Top 40/Dance format playing today's hottest dance and urban crossover hits, plus exclusive Hot-Mixes of the hottest songs on the charts. Listeners can expect a dose of pure energy 24/7 and the most new music in SoCal. It's the beat that makes L.A. move!
Name one artist that you play on your station that is underrated in your opinion.
V. Cartier is one of our favorite new artists! His music encapsulates the urban-dance sound and vibe of VPN Digital 1, in particular, his tracks "Gonna Do" and "Lights Go Down." Very underrated and a potential star in the making!
What's your favorite music memory/moment?
The first day VPN Digital 1 signed on the air was the beginning of a new era in digital broadcasting in Los Angeles and the birth of a new sound for Rhythmic Top 40 radio.
Please list your top 5 or 10 songs.
Here are the top 10 songs that define the sound and vibe of VPN Digital 1:
- "Stars Align (feat. Drake)" - Majid Jordan
- "Gonna Do" - V. Cartier
- "Love In Ruins (feat. Sinead Harnett)" - Gryffin
- "West Like" - Destiny Rodgers
- "Back & Forth (feat. Lily McKenzie)" - Jess Bays
- "Better On My Own (feat. Anabel Englund)" - Disciples
- "Affection" - Boys Noize & ABRA
- "Don't Start Now (Kaytranada Remix)" - Dua Lipa
- "Watch Your Step" - Disclosure & Kelis
- "Show Me Some Love (feat. Lauren Murray)" - TRP
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