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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Sites Where You Can Get Your Music Reviewed
3. Radio Shows that will Play Your Music
4. Services/Labels that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources
7. Alternative Radio Trends and What They Mean to You by Liz Koch, Notorious Radio














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- Peter Eldridge, New York, NY

This month's winner of the Publisher's Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) is:
- Toney Senator, Norcross, GA

This month's winner of the CD Trophy Clock (for more information visit http://www.cdstands.com/index.shtml?icn ) is:
- Jed Split, Boise, ID

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- Carl Remde, San Francisco, CA
- Greg Segal, Portland, OR

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- Jim Jagodzinski, Stamford, CT

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- Mike Kaplan, Metuchen, NJ

This month's winner of the 1-2-3 Music Store (for more information visit http://easybe.com ) is:
- Chase Gregory, Gibsonia, PA

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the February Indie Contact Newsletter.

This month Liz Koch of Notorious Radio has written an exceptional article (through the eyes of an insider) on the current trends in radio, focusing on how Internet/Satellite Radio continues to rise in popularity, and how that benefits Indie Artists of all genres.

As Internet/Satellite Radio continues to become more popular, radio hosts will need to seek out MORE of the NON Top-40 sounds that makes this medium unique and respected by true music lovers.

As is the case every month, there is a large group of new contacts in this newsletter that can help you to gain more exposure for your music. So dig in, and enjoy the February issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
Editor
The Indie Contact Newsletter
newsletter@indiebible.com

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Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in January.
The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections.


1. Publications that will review your music
2. Radio stations/shows that will play your music
3. Services/labels that will help you to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Helpful resources and promotional sites for recording artists

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2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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/w/e/ /reviews/
11207 River Ridge Dr. Canton, GA 30114
PH: 770-823-9179
Billy Wilcosky billywilcosky@mail.com
http://www.wereviews.cjb.net
We give detailed, quality, reviews for independent musicians of all genres.

Aural Minority
PO Box 6681, Oceanside, CA 92052
PH: 714-914-6498
Jeremiah Griffey jeremiahgriffey[@]gmail.com
http://www.auralminority.com
We are a weekly online magazine looking to promote innovative and intriguing new artists.

Sound Bytes
#6-710 Division St. Kingston, ON K7K 6T9
PH: 613-546-5114
Bob MacKenzie soundbytes@communication.ca
http://communication.ca/soundbytes
Comprehensive, indepth reviews of Roots & Roots-related music releases by independent artists.

Lilith's Child Webzine
44 Rooney St. #2, Clifton, NJ 07011
PH: 973-945-3562
Erin P. Capuano ErinP@lilithschild.com
http://www.lilithschild.com
We focus on indie female musicians. We offer artist highlights, interviews, CD & concert reviews, with reoccurring columns. Send us your press kit and we'll get you exposure!

josaka
PO Box 5027, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 7ZN UK
PH: +44-118-826-1440
Kevin Harrington kevin@josaka.info
http://www.josaka.com
Supporting live music in Berkshire. Gig and CD reviews, venue information, news and a lot more.

Brand X Media
106 715 Vancouver St. Victoria, BC V8V 3V2
Jesse Ladret jesse@brandxmedia.ca
http://www.brandxmedia.ca
An online alternative arts and music magazine that reviews music predominantly from Western Canada, covering all genres of music.

California Bands
PO Box 661254, Sacramento, CA 95866
PH: 916-247-9024
http://www.CalforniaBands.com
Robert Michael Lockwood II robert@cabands.com
We do concert and CD reviews and list over 7,000 local CA bands. Now offering bands a 10 page website where they can upload MP3s, pictures, news, info on upcoming shows etc. (only $5 month!).

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RocketRadio.com - Launching Music Careers

RocketRadio.com offers Independent Artists a FREE website with the ability to upload their music and sell their CDs! Other features include Radio Stations, Music Charts, Show & Event Calendar, Contests, Community Forums, plus much more!

RocketRadio.com advertises on TV stations (including MTV), Online and in Print Publications in order to get Artists the exposure they deserve!

For more information visit: http://www.rocketradio.com
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3. RADIO SHOWS THAT WILL PLAY YOUR MUSIC

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Instatone Radio
Aaron Cohen aaron@instatone.com
http://www.instatone.com
Community Indie Radio guarantees internet air time for unsigned bands and offers unique feedback mechanism to create great rotation. All genres welcome!

SpiderBiteRadio.com/SpiderBite Records
435 Elm S. Manchester, NH 03101
PH: 603-645-1449 FX: 603-657-7202
Tracy Vail Tracy@Spiderbiteradio.com
http://www.spiderbiteradio.com.
A FREE Internet based radio station streaming independent/unsigned bands 24/7. Includes live acoustic performances and interviews.

The Underground Radio Network
17 2nd Ave. W., Dickinson, ND 58601
PH: 701-483-0491
Kyle Thiel Gonaweigh@Dickinsonbands.com
http://www.DickinsonBands.com/Underground.html
Weekly radio program that features people involved in all aspects of music and the arts.

What's the Buzz WCNI
247 Haley Rd. Ledyard, CT 06339
PH: 860-572-2705
John Fogg Jr. buzzradiowcni@aol.com
http://oak.conncoll.edu/wcni
A weekly 3 hour show. Christian Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop. I am happy to play the music of independent artists.

SoulfulSmoothJazz.com Radio
PO Box 660-100, Flushing, NY 11366
Blackwell feedback@SoulfulSmoothJazz.com
http://www.SoulfulSmoothJazz.com
The world's hot spot for Soulful Smooth Jazz & R&B where you can request your music and hear it instantly. Commercial free all day, every day!

Rock Solid Pressure Radio Show
Patty RockSolidPressure@yahoo.com
http://RockSolidPressure.com
The hit internet music game show returns for a 3rd season. Now exclusively on M4radio.com. Check the site for submission info.

Musiconradio.com
PH: 251-550-7947
Damon Collins info@musiconradio.com
http://www.musiconradio.com
Dedicated to promoting original music and talented songwriters. In addition to our live broadcast, musiconradio.com offers artists and songwriters a personal web page, and a shopping cart to sell music and merchandise.

Monks Media Radio Network
44 N. 9th St. #202, Noblesville, IN 46060
PH: 317-776-4127 FX: 317-776-4128
Jeffrey S. Monks jeff@monksmedia.com
http://www.monksmedia.com
We will be launching a new weekly show to showcase Indie Artists. Prizes are... 1st Place: Artist/Band will open at a venue in Central Indiana in July, 2005 in front of 15,000 people! 1st-3rd: 5 Hour recording session to cut your new demos!

discoverRadio
PO Box 864281, Plano, TX 75086-4281
John Patrick john@globaldust.com
http://www.globaldust.com/radio
We play every genre of music from any source. If we like your sound, you will get airplay.

Passion FM UK
Music Director paul@nervecenter.wanadoo.co.uk
http://passionfmuk.com
We will air your music for free, regardless of the style. Get your music into our rotation forever! Our success is your success!

WCSE
126 Sharp Hill Rd.Uncasville, CT 06382
PH: 860-848-7400
Steve Harper (General Manager) stepharper@snet.net
A Christian stations that plays the music of independent artists.

Reggae Connection
68 rue de Roux. 6140 Fontaine l'Evêque, Belgium
Salvatore Baldacchino reggaeconnection@be.tf
http://www.reggaeconnection.be.tf
If you have a new promo and press info, send them to the above address.

The Artistlaunch Hour
Paul dos Santos cavalierhome@aol.com
http://RadioFreeTunes.com
Showcases the music of Artistlaunch.com subscribers..... outstanding independent artists from all over the planet. The show is aired on FM and AM stations in the US, UK, Canada and Sweden.

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4. SERVICES/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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White Eagle Music Promotions
122-250 The East Mall #1109, Toronto, ON M9B 6L3
(US address) 342 Broadway #101, New York, NY 10013
PH: 416-620-1231 FX: 416-620-5912
Maureen Smith maureen@whiteeaglerecords.ca
http://www.whiteeaglerecords.ca
The more quality you put into your materials, the higher your chances for success! Consulting can help you with getting all the marketing channels established and working together, while building your buzz and fan base, and/or just selling your CDs .

Kari-On Productions
PO Box 436, Evans, GA 30809
PH: 706-294-9996 FX: 706-210-9453
Kari Gaffney karionprod@knology.net
http://www.karigaffney.com/publicity.html
Solicits all major magazines, network television morning/ weekend news programming, online publications & critics for reviews, interviews and appearances. Creates online image awareness. Supports tour dates via weekly & daily publications by soliciting for preview, review or interview for appearance. Distributes weekly press releases.

Collaborator Records
Paul Corket couk321@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.collaboratorrecords.com
Specialising in producing limited edition EPs - which feature studio recordings, demos and live versions of songs that will be rerecorded for the Artist's first albums.

Urban Angels Recordings
169 Washington St. Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
PH: 646-217-5392
Florence Marie Beauredon fbeauredon@angel4life.com
http://www.angel4life.com
Our sports and entertainment company's newest label. Dedicated to Urban music on both continents.

Lucky Unicorn Records
4339 Rialto St. #1, San Diego, CA 92107
PH: 619-246-3195
Mark Saalwaechter mark@comedymadness.com
http://www.luckyunicorn.com
Very small, independent record label interested in offbeat yet wildly talented bands. CDs sell for $5, with $1 going back to the band.

2nd Floor Music Management
5739-68 St. NE, Calgary AB
PH: 403-285-3047
Chris Perrault chris@2ndfloor.ca
http://www.2ndfloor.ca
Canadian based management company assisting artists with direction and development.

Perris Records
PO Box 841533 Houston, TX 77284
PH: 281-550-0988 FX: 775-719-4768
Tom Mathers perrisrecords@ev1.net
http://www.perrisrecords.com
80's Rock Label, mail order & distribution company that sells worldwide. Perris is now Accepting CD's or CDR's for possible label consideration and distribution deals worldwide. Perris Distribution includes the following Countries: U.S.A., Canada, Germany, U.K., Italy, Brazil, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Denmark, Japan, Spain, Australia, The Netherlands, Greece, & Argentina.

M-Squared Productions - Full Service Media Business
POB 1331, Oklahoma City, OK 73101
PH: 405-601-1479
Mark Maxey m-squared@m-squared.org
http://m-squared.org
Graphic designs, photography, public relations...marketing. Over 20 years experience in the arts industry.

Plastic Pancake Records
180 ch des Pitous, 82000, Montauban, France
Pierre Antoine plasticpancake@hotmail.com
http://www.plasticpancake.com
French Indie Pop label and website.

CPR Music
PO Box 35489, Albuquerque, NM 87176
PH: 505-836-2398 FX: 505-833-1800
Murphy L. Platero nativeedge@prodigy.net
http://www.nativecprmusic.com
A Native American Christian record label. Provides recording and distribution.

AlphaMusicGroup
1133 Broadway, #706, New York, NY 10010
PH: 212-696-7934
Sylvie Harris sylvieharris@alphamusicgroup.com
http://www.alphamusicgroup.com
A selective independent A & R company that strives to be the most reliable source for unsigned artists/bands looking for help in getting a record deal.

Camobear Records
21646-1424 Commercial Dr. Vancouver, BC V5l 3X9
Cass Elliott cass@camobear.ca
http://www.camobear.ca
An Indie record label distributing Hip Hop music to the people. We also book Hip Hop shows in the Vancouver area.

United For Opportunity Music
133 W. 25th St. 5th Fl. New York, NY 10001
PH: 212-414-0505 FX: 212-414-0525
Regan Meador info@ufomusic.net
http://www.ufomusic.com
An organization of experienced, independent-thinking music industry activists that have come together to create a new model for a record label/music distribution company.

Zionway Recordings
2747 Glenwood Ct. #7, Boulder, CO 80304
PH: 720-300-4264 FX: 303-443-8701
Ras Marcus Benjamin jahfamilybenji@aol.com
http://www.zionway.net
Record label, recording studio and producers of conscious Reggae and Hip Hop music.

Phuture Sole Recordings
227 Madison Ave. Clifton, NJ 07011
PH: 973-614-0302 FX: 973-614-0302
Sweet Sarah SweetS@PhutureSoleRecordings.com
http://www.PhutureSoleRecordings.com
We are an independent label specializing in soulful House Dance Music.

Sound Stop Music
80 Woodwinds Rd. Callaway, VA 24067
PH: 540-483-3373 FX: 540-483-0161
David Cannaday soundstopmusic@aol.com
http://www.soundstopmusic.com
Independent CD sales for Bluegrass artists, PLUS publishing, BMI for Bluegrass writers.

Art Attack Promotions
2414 Elmglen Dr. Austin, TX 78744
PH: 512-445-7117 FX: 512-447-2493
Gigi Greco info@artattackpromotions.com
http://www.artattackpromotions.com
Full service entertainment marketing company specializing in grassroots marketing, online promotions, lifestyle campaigns, and street team development.

Paradigm Shift
10 Wheeler St. Montclair, NJ 07042
PH: 973-783-5847
Casey Lee Morgan beardiemalone@aol.com
http://www.theforeverendeavor.com/paradigmshift.html
A NJ based label that puts out Underground Punk/Rock records. We also organize shows!

Do Love Gospel Records, Inc.
123 NW 14th Way, #1, Dania, FL 33004
PH: 954-209-5313
D.L. Gilbert DoLoveGospelRecords@EmailAccount.com
http://www.DoLoveGospelRecords.com
An independent Gospel label based in South Florida.

Explosive PR
PO Box 31227, Los Angeles, CA 90031
PH: 323-223-2767
Kim Cooper explosivepr@gmail.com
http://www.explosivepr.com
We offer low cost press release writing and media mailings to a huge network of online, print and radio journalists.

Awake Music Group
659 Barking Rd. Plaistow, London, E13 9EX UK
PH: 011-44-8-821-9597
Lucas Langdon info@awakemusicgroup.com
http://www.awakemusicgroup.com
We provide manufacturing and distribution services for The UK & Europe, to Christian Recording artists from all over the world. The service also includes marketing & promotion.

Spark Publicity
452 Pompton Ave. #6 Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
PH: 973-857-3298
Armando Triana armando@sparkpublicity.com
http://www.SparkPublicity.com
A Christian music publicity firm aimed at enhancing the exposure of its artists using all available print and online media outlets.

Top Five Records
M. Andersson, Dansbanev 37, S-12631 Hagersten, Sweden
Mattias Andersson mattias@top-five-records.com
http://www.top-five-records.com
We are a mail order company that is starting to release records. Send us your demo. Indie, Alt. Rock, Electro, Garage, Pop etc.

Party Host Records
PO Box 3207, San Rafael, CA 94912-3207
PH: 510-367-4349
Craig Sitter Bobfrehley@aol.com
http://www.partyhostrecords.com An indie label that puts out music with originality and substance, regardless of what musical style it may be.

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5. SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s OR VIDEOS

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ArtistLabel.com
webmaster@artistlabel.com
http://www.artistlabel.com
Offers artists and bands a free web page and a place to upload and stream their mp3 files.

UnderworldHipHop.com
PH: 416-333-2446
Justin Hardy admin@underworldhiphop.com
http://www.underworldhiphop.com
A free MP3 uploading service for Hip Hop artists. We also do reviews.

Magazine X
PO Box 56, Rosepine,LA 70659
PH: 877-571-2357 FX: 877-571-2357
Jazon Dion Fletcher magazinex@xmuzik.com
http://www.magazinex.org
Free 100 MB MP3 account for Electronic artists seeking to help build an American Electronic network.

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You Will Receive a Royalty from Each CD Sold!

We also offer beats, publishing, review submissions, link exchange, and a section will be made for our compilation artists that are interested in selling their CD's in our store.

http://www.onoproductionsinc.com
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MusicBootCamp.com
Jer cds@musicbootcamp.com
http://musicbootcamp.com
We don't force you to use our services (like many of our competitors) in order to gain access to all the helpful tools that brought you here in the first place. Nay, I say unto thee, go forth: plunder our site, dig into its inner secrets, exploit the knowledge herein, free of charge and without obligation, reaping the benefits of free distribution, answers to burning questions, and otherwise overprotected music-industry insider information.

PLAYiNDIES
411-1529 W. 6th Ave. Vancouver, BC
PH: 604-731-5007 FX: 604-731-5015
Brayden Styles music@playindies.com
http://www.playindies.com
We bring the building blocks of a strong independent film and music community: opportunities for licensing, distribution and online exposure

Three6oh Productions
12218 NW 11th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98685
PH: 360-606-3359 FX: 360-574-6776
Levi May puma@three6oh.com
http://www.three6oh.com
We are a street team that promotes primarily Urban Music releases (Putting up your posters in retail/lifestyle, clubs, concerts & streets). We do feedback and push singles to radio in Seattle WA, Portland, OR and Boise, ID. The best Street Team in the Pacific Northwest!

Wave Capsule Promotion/Booking/Event Planning
3000 S. Hulen, #124, PMB 148, Ft. Worth, TX 76109
PH: 214-274-5544
Jeff Pollard wavecapsule@yahoo.com
http://www.wavecapsule.com
We book Industrial/Darkwave/Goth/Electronic bands in various venues in Dallas. If you are going to come through Dallas on your tour, let us set it up for you.

Compilation Connection
Ryan Jones compilationconnection@yahoo.com
http://www.compilationconnection.netfirms.com
Our site offers a listing/ alert service for compilation projects. Post your project for FREE! Artists are alerted of new projects for FREE!

Supergiant Productions
2109 W. St. #4, Sacramento, CA 95818
PH: 916-501-4799
Gina Azzarello gina@supergiantproductions.com
http://www.supergiantproductions.com
We promote and book bands in the Sacramento area.

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THE 2005 EDITION OF THE INDIE BIBLE HAS BEEN RELEASED!

The 6th Edition lists 4200 publications that will REVIEW your CD and 3400 Radio Stations that will PLAY your Songs. ALL genres of music are covered!

"316 Pages of Pure Gold!"
- Guitar Player Magazine, February 2005

Order online today at https://www.indiebible.com/ib or visit your local Guitar Center, Sam Ash, Borders, Virgin Records or Barnes & Noble (in Canada at Long & McQuade).
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7. ALTERNATIVE RADIO TRENDS AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO YOU by Liz Koch, Notorious Radio
© 2007 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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Last month (January 2005) WHFS, a flagship station for the Modern Rock/Alternative format in the Baltimore/DC market, flipped to Spanish programming. Mid-way through 2004 KHRO in El Paso, TX did the same. Even a year ago, two other flagship stations, KNDD "The End" in Seattle and WNNX "99X" in Atlanta, decided to drop the majority of the 'new music' on their playlists, opting instead to play more 'Alternative Gold' (aka Classic Rock for Gen X) with a few 'cool' and 'local' bands thrown in for flavor.

Meanwhile the trends for 2004 show Satellite Radio, which can be heard Nationally, gaining millions of new listeners last year between both XM and Sirius. Web Radio, which can be heard Globally, DOUBLED its listening base in just ONE year and is now listened to by 10% of the ENTIRE U.S. population!!! Whereas it's true technology and digital listening are on the rise, I think there's something much more important going on.

Let's break it down into simple terms: WHFS and KHRO flip, which means they no longer had the listener base to attract advertisers (because sadly that's what Commercial Radio is about: commercials). "The End" and "99X" changed up their formats for two reasons, the first being the above, the second being they saw the writing on the wall before it was too late. But why an 'Alternative Gold' and a 'cool'/local focus? Easy: the risk of losing the displaced Gen X listening community FOREVER, thus losing their base and therefore their advertisers. This group of loyal listeners, who made them what they are, have found themselves less and less able to relate to what was going on on the radio. I know because I was one!

These stations also ran the risk of losing local band support, aka the TRUE music heads of the market. Playlists, over the past few years, have become increasingly less open to 'taking a chance'. Less bands got spun more, in the true Pop radio fashion. Also driving the local bands away was the fact that 9 out of 9 of the bands ON that tight playlist were on Major Labels, with Major Label dollars behind them: something most local bands could only dream about competing with, but realizing the reality.

Mix that all together, and what do you have? Disaffected music fans turning off their radios once and for all. The same group of people searching for alternat e means to hear something different, something local, something tangible and, sadly, something more interesting.

Enter Web and Satellite radio with no commercials. Enter the displaced DJs and programmers who had either quit traditional radio out of frustration or were forced out for caring too much about the music. In most cases these folks programmed the New Music or 'Specialty' shows, which showcased different sounds from the station playlist, a lot of times playing local and unsigned bands. They did the radio that took the chances that made Radio exciting in the first place. They saw in Web and Satellite radio what had attracted them to Radio in the first place: turning people on to amazing new music. They saw in Web and Satellite radio the exact thing that has led to its rapid growth: the ability to deliver something different with less inane talk and no commercials. They saw the freedom that traditional radio had forgotten about.

So, what does this all mean for you, the indie band who wants to make themselves known? Simple: EVERYTHING!!! If more traditional radio stations embrace the format changes "The End" and "99X" have done, you will have more of a shot of getting heard on your local Commercial Alternative radio station. NOT just on the New Music or Specialty show...in regular rotation! But why only strive for local domination? The numbers show that you can easily gain a National audience by getting on Satellite radio. There is a channel, XM-Unsigned, that plays nothing but bands like yours day in and day out. Billy Zero (the channel's programmer) will even mention your band's website on the air, and link you from the XM website. From there you will see record sales in markets you didn't necessarily think would be into your music. And from THERE you can better focus your touring, marketing and promotional efforts.

But why settle for the US? Web Radio will give you exposure around the globe! It's becoming more and more common for me to hear about independent artists touring Scandanavia or Japan, simply because someone over there heard about the band via the internet and had the means or the contacts to bring the band over. Countries outside of the U.S., Canada, Australia and Britain have a MUCH broader taste in music, and the beauty part is: being "signed to a label" matters a LOT less over there. If your music is available for purchase and your site, etc. come off as legit (even if it's a self-release on your own fake label), you can sell a boatload of records!

Don't you see? It's finally happening! The American music buying public, aka your audience, don't want to be told what to listen to, like, or buy anymore. This mass exodus to new forms of music exposure, coupled with the technology being both more available as well as affordable, is the most important thing to happen in music in YEARS. If a station like Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles (a station who cares about the Music) can go up against the mothership of the Alternative format, KROQ, and pull enough listeners to make KROQ broaden its playlist, the door is open. Get your foot in there now!

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Liz grew up in Los Alamitos. It was at the Community College radio station, coupled with a gig at Tower Records, that she got her first taste of the Industry. From there, she became the Los Angeles/ Orange County Street Marketing Rep for 3 years @ EMI Records. During this period she also worked as Danny Elfman's personal assistant for two & a half years. After her first CMJ (College Music Journal) Convention in 1994, she KNEW that the Music Business was what she wanted to do & that New York City was where she wanted to do it. So, she got her Associates Degree, moved to NYC & began working at Tommy Boy Music in the Underground Rock Dept in 1997. She was at Tommy Boy for almost 5 years before the company folded in March 2002. She now works out of her home in Astoria, Queens, NYC.
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