2008-05-31 / Top News

Internet Radio Station Now Promotes Island Music Scene

Mackinac Island and Michigan musicians are now featured on Internet radio broadcasts as a way to promote the Island's music scene. Broadcasts are available from the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau's Web site: radiomackinac. org.

Providing an online Mackinac Island experience yeararound was the goal of executive director and musician Mary McGuire Slevin.

"Our mission is to bring Mackinac Island and music to the Internet community," Ms. Slevin said. "Many don't realize that the Island has a rich nightlife and great music scene, which is an integral part of the Mackinac experience."

Local artists like Michelle Chenard, Pete Kehoe, or John D. Lamb are played daily on MusiCafe, a one-hour lunch block Monday through Friday on the station. Other Michigan musicians include Nelson Olstrom, Forbes Brothers, Phil and Will Porter, Alex Graham, and Kyle White. All of the artists will also play at Mackinac Music Festival August 19 to August 21.

Supporting local talent is important to Ms. Slevin, a musician herself.

"By having the radio station, we are able to support independent musicians that perform original music," she said. "Now we can share our favorite artists with the Internet community of the Island and beyond the Straits of Mackinac."

Former WNMU public radio jock Chris West will be programming the station, which will include artist interviews and special artist features.

When not playing music by local musicians, Radio Mackinac will play current and contemporary music.

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