What: Monthly feminist online radio show
When: 10pm EST (United States)
Where: Online (Lucky Star Radio.com)
We caught up with Elysa who manages the Grrrl Power Hour on Lucky Star Radio. This online, feminist radio show has an ongoing open call for submissions from feminist and queer bands, musicians and artists.
Elysa has managed and produced the show since 2014 out of New York City although the Lucky Star Radio station is based out of California. We asked Elysa a few questions about how it all started for her and what she hopes to achieve with the show?
“One of the heads of the radio station and I have been friends since I was a teenager and when he started the station he asked if I’d want to have a spot once a month, and I had never done anything like it before but I had always been involved in music throughout my teens and 20s and I had the idea for what I wanted the show to be, so I thought it would be a great thing to try out, and I’ve been doing it monthly ever since.
The purpose of the show is to provide a platform for current, primarily independent, feminist and queer-identified musicians to get their music out there. The radio show airs through the internet, so anyone can access it. I try to play as many different songs and artists as I can each month and just do the little bit I can to give a signal boost to the bands that out there making really great music all over the world right now when a lot of other platforms still may not recognize them as frequently as they should. So by airing them on the show, plus sharing links to their music and promoting live shows and releases through the show’s social media I really hope to get a few extra people listening to their music.”
Any highlights from running the show you’d like to share with us?
“The coolest thing I’ve seen happen because of the show are different bands connecting with each other. Many of the musicians that I play on the show also listen to the show, and because of that some bands that are local to each other, or even others who aren’t as local, have connected and become fans of each other. There was a band from Texas that was coming to play in NYC and because of Grrrl Power Hour they knew of a few NYC bands they really wanted to play the show with them…I’ve heard a few stories like that of bands connecting to each other because of the show and it has been really amazing to witness and help build the community a bit.”
Submissions can be sent to GrrrlPowerHour@gmail.com.
Past episodes can be found at mixcloud.com