Ligonier sophomore connects to music network
Gage Golding, 15, was looking for a new hobby last March when he decided to take his love of music and started Daily Jamz Radio, an online radio station.
Though it was initially meant to be something Goulding did for a week or so, today the station has had almost 20,000 playbacks, including live listeners and downloads of backlogged episodes.
Seven nights a week Goulding is on the air for approximately 30 minutes playing music, talking about news, analyzing sports and interviewing artists. In addition to playing songs from iTunes top 100 list, Goulding has sought out up and coming artists from the local area, and given them the necessary exposure to be recognized by record companies and earn contracts. Goulding said because the station is broadcasted over the Internet, the artists are not limited to the normal broadcast range of a traditional station. They can be heard worldwide at any time.
“My goal as a person is to have a good time while helping others with the fortunate situation that I have; helping the artists that don't have the knowledge or the background,” Goulding noted. “I always encourage people — especially in this region, since I have the ability, and the equipment, and the software — to reach out to me via Twitter and Facebook. Somehow to get in touch with me. Somehow, if their talent gets exposed, it just takes a couple hundred thousand hits and it's bye, bye. See you in Los Angeles. It's crazy.”
Each day around 7 p.m. Goulding sifts through the latest news stories, making a list of topics he will cover, which he says vary from day to day. At 9:45 p.m. he goes live with the night's schedule of topics and music. Goulding said at first being on the air was nerve-wracking because of a fear of saying the wrong thing and looking bad, but has since shed his jitters and come to enjoy the experience.
Particularly, Goulding said he most enjoys interviewing artists for the show. Three years before the idea for the show even came about, Goulding said he found an artist on Youtube that he liked, but was relatively unknown. At the time the artist's video had only a few hundred hits. When the artists requested an interview, Goulding found the video again, only now the number of views approached one million.
“These artists are coming to me, asking me for an interview, which is really cool, and I say ‘Are you kidding me? I'm on the phone with you right now? Is this real?' ” Goulding commented.
During the interviews, Goulding said he tries to turn it into a conversation rather than a generic list of questions. In doing so, he gives the audience a chance to learn about the person or people behind their favorite songs.
“Listeners really get to understand whenever I am just chatting randomly with the artist about whatever it may be. It might not even be related to music and most of the time it's not. That's where a lot of people understand more about an artist. They say I feel the same way about that. I do the same thing. I eat the same stuff. I did the same thing whenever I was younger. There's emotion behind a song. There's an actual person behind it that is doing the same thing as me.”
As a result of his endeavor, Goulding has made connections with artists all over the country.
Goulding said he has been offered backstage passes to concerts for Jordan York any time he is in the area.
“There's always that web that is in effect and that doesn't just work for the artists, it works for everybody,” Goulding said. “I say ‘hey, I need some artists to collaborate on this project' and I get 17 different emails. These are people who are just at my disposal. It's awesome.”
Goulding said he is not sure how far this venture will take him in terms of a career path. He admitted if he was given an opportunity and could make a living from it, he would definitely take it.
But regardless of future plans, Goulding said he has enjoyed every moment.
“I wouldn't take back anything I have said or done, because it's all a learning experience,” Goulding stated. “Everything I have done with my life has been so worth it, especially with this. It really got me out there; what I want to do out there. It helped artists, it got me into different things. From this, I got to dabble into all kinds of business and life. It's totally worth it. I don't care how much money I have to put into it.”
Daily Jamz Radio airs Sunday through Thursday beginning at 9:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It can be heard at www.spreaker.com/user/dailyjamzrecords, on Facebook, and on twitter @dailyjamzradio.
Peter Turcik is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.