For the many lovers of artists and bands based right here in the five boroughs, Radio Free Brooklyn’s announcement of a new 24-hour stream launching July 1 will literally be music to your ears.

RFB 2: LocalChords is the second internet-based radio stream produced by Radio Free Brooklyn(RFB), a nonprofit radio station based in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, and gives listeners an eclectic uninterrupted setlist of music created by local musicians.

“This new audio experience gives fans of local music a new way to enjoy the bands they love and, more importantly, to discover new bands to love,” says Tom Tenney, co-founder and Program Director at RFB. “The music on LocalChords is the music of our communities, and represents the incredibly diverse spectrum of sounds and music being created by independent artists right here in the city.”

The stream will launch with more than 200 hours of music, over 500 local bands and artists from every imaginable genre – funk, hip-hop, rock, jazz, blues and more. LocalChords accepts submissions from local artists on Radio Free Brooklyn’s website, and considers all local artists for inclusion.

“I hope LocalChords will be a valuable resource for not only bands and fans, but also for local businesses who want to support local musicians by streaming their music in their shops or bars for their customers, as an alternative to national radio or spotify playlists. This is what New York sounds like.”  says Tenney.

LocalChords will also feature some of Radio Free Brooklyn’s most popular music shows at noon Monday-Friday. Programming such as The Rodent Hour, The Lounge Cast, Brooklyn Beat, femchord, Hear & Now with Rachel C. and others will complement the all-music stream with artist interviews and host-driven freeform content that makes RFB unique.

Genre-specific blocks of music programming, representing the diversity of New York’s  local music communities, is scheduled for later in 2017.

LocalChords is streaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online at LocalChords.org.