RFB Teen Squad Radio Day Camp starts 8/19 – Apply Now!

RFB Teen Squad Summer Radio Day Camp

RFB Teen Squad Radio Day Camp starts 8/19 – Apply Now! From August 19-24 2019, Radio Free Brooklyn will conduct a one-week intensive training in radio broadcasting, teaching participants the basics of radio broadcasting, including studio basics, audio equipment, radio interviewing & field recording, music DJ’ing, audio editing, show preparation, and performing live.  On the last day of the session (Saturday, August 24), students will host or co-host a live radio show that they’ve prepared throughout the week. Training sessions will be conducted Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm, and live broadcasts will take place on Saturday 8/24 between 10am-3pm on our Teen Squad Live stream on Radio Free Brooklyn. Radio Day Camp is open to all NYC teenagers between the ages of 13-18, and is free to all who are accepted.   Apply for the 2019 Radio Day Camp.

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RFB New Show Interview: “What’s The Biz” with Monica Grant

RFB Editorial Volunteer Emily Scott spent a few minutes with “What’s The Biz” host Monica Grant getting, well, the biz—and learning why you should all take a listen! ES: Welcome to Radio Free Brooklyn, Monica! Your new show “What’s the Biz” is now airing every Wednesday at 2pm. How would you describe it for listeners? MG: It’s an urban business talk show. I want to have a fun conversation about making money, starting a business and entrepreneurship. We’re used to seeing business only being talked about in a very corporate, business-y, white male, rich way and I’m bringing it down to earth that everybody needs to make money. And, you know, New York is a place where you got to do a lot of things to survive. So, just having that fun conversation and being real with entrepreneurs that come on and tell us about what they do and how they get by. ES: You have a super-interesting background as a community organizer, artist and entrepreneur. Do you feel these things influence your show? MG: I think activism, entrepreneurship and being an artist are three rivers in my life, and they met up in the ocean with my company Young

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RFB host Matt goes on ATTACK with The New York Times!

RFB host Matt goes on ATTACK with The New York Times! “The Rodent Hour” host Matt Attack recently took on NYC’s newspaper of record for its article about touring musicians that didn’t include any NYC bands…and worse. Take a look at the original article: https://nyti.ms/32v71y6 and see Matt’s rebuttal below: “What a sad attempt at relevance by The New York Times. With all of the great, hard-working bands in NYC you choose a band from New Brunswick and a band from Nashville?! Old Dominion doesn’t need any more exposure and neither does Screaming Females. It’s like you deliberately made ZERO effort to cover the local, independent music scene right in your own backyard. Check out local, independent artists like You Bred Raptors? or Castle Black that are constantly on the road in an effort to bring their art to the people. Or maybe bands like TOP nachos who will soon be heading off to Australia. However, where the article really falls short is in the lack of diversity of the bands covered. The article features eight musicians and you have zero POC represented and only one female. What a joke! If you paid closer attention to the local music scene

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RFB gets mail! A sweet little “Baci” from Italy

Receiving a postcard via snail mail is such an anachronism these days, isn’t it? Who has time to go out and get a postcard, write a personal message on it, bring it to a brick-and-mortar post office (gasp!), affix the appropriate postage and send it out into the world?! Well that’s exactly what we at RFB found in our mailbox last month. The postcard is from Padova (Padua), Italy and wished us “un pensiero forte” (a deep thought), along with a wrapper from a Baci, the Italian (and much more delicious version of our Hershey’s Kisses), saying ”friendship is the main ingredient of human happiness.” It seems RFB has made someone in Italy so happy they had to let us know. So NEVER, ever underestimate the impact you can make with your music, your art, your words, your presence…and your friendship! By the way, this proves that not only do postcards kick emails ass for breakfast, sometimes…analog rules! –With bacis (and besos), Michele Carlo

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Ladybug Festival to feature Brooklyn-based artists

The Rodent Hour, RFB’s champion of indie rock from Brooklyn and beyond, recently featured two Brooklyn-based artists who will appear at this year’s Ladybug Festival, an annual event celebrating women in music in Wilmington, DE on July 18th & 19th. Natalie Mishell was featured Monday, July 1st. She is a singer-songwriter who writes Southern-roots Americana music with a rock flair. Natalie shared tracks from her upcoming album “The Box,” plus the story of how the album came together. For more info on Natalie Mishell: http://www.nataliemishell.com Castle Black, a post-punk/alternative-rock trio long known as one of Brooklyn’s hardest-working (and most-satisfying live bands) appeared in the studio on Monday, July 8th featuring tracks from their upcoming release “Dead In A Dream.” Catch Castle Black’s official release show Tuesday, July 16 at Gold Sounds Bar (44 Wilson Avenue). For more info: http://www.castleblackmusic.com/ Thinking about a road trip? To learn more about The Ladybug Festival: https://theladybugfestival.com/ Listen to both episodes here: https://radiofreebrooklyn.com/show/the-rodent-hour/ Matt Attack’s The Rodent Hour airs every Monday at 8pm.

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