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BlowUpRadio

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BlowUpRadio
BlowUpRadio logo.jpg
Broadcast areaOld Bridge, New Jersey U.S. (Internet)
SloganWhere New Jersey Rock Lives
FrequencyInternet radio
First air date15 December 2000; 20 years ago (15 December 2000)
FormatVarious
Language(s)English
OwnerLazlo
Websitewww.blowupradio.com

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BlowUpRadio is an American internet radio station based in New Jersey.

History[edit]

Lazlo is a former disc jockey from the rock music station WDHA. He founded BlowUpRadio on 15 December 2000.[1] The Internet radio station showcases homegrown music from New Jersey, focusing predominately on unsigned artists.[2] The station features playlists, interviews and live performances, and the website features newsletters and videos. Lazlo explains he created BlowUpRadio because "people actually care about hearing local bands," as a response to mainstream Jersey Rock Radio stations "playing an occasional Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi song."[3][4] The Aquarian Weekly says "he concentrates all his efforts on local artists that are doing their absolute best to gain recognition in a field where recognition is fleeting."[5]

Starting in 2006, BlowUpRadio started a benefit program called Banding Together, a benefit show to help those who suffer from spondylitis, with proceeds going to the Spondylitis Association of America. The show is held over several days as a virtual festival, and mostly features acoustic live over-the-air sets from Lazlo's apartment, and occasionally recorded sets from bands performing at venues.[6] Some prominent artist performances include Richard Barone, the Accelerators, Lost in Society and Val Emmich.[3][1]

The tenth anniversary of BlowUpRadio was held at Buddies in Sayreville, New Jersey, with performances by Cropduster, Tea & Whiskey and Mike Ferraro and the Young Republicans.[7] The station temporarily stopped broadcasting on 31 January 2016, after a two-day "Blowing Up the Radio!" broadcast that featured in-studio performances by some of the Jersey artists that the station championed over the years. In a press release, Lazlo says "I am already hard at work on the next phase of how BlowUpRadio.com will continue to promote New Jersey's indie music scene."[8] BlowUpRadio returned broadcasting 14 March 2017.[4]

Interviews[edit]

As of 2018, BlowUpRadio has held over two-hundred interviews with local and national artists, typically lasting between thirty and sixty minutes. The interviews are interspersed with studio recordings, and live performances.

  • 18th & Addison
  • Jon Anderson
  • Asphalt Grey
  • Chris Barron
  • Beatallica
  • Black Wine
  • Mike Brenner
  • The Clydes
  • Cosmo Jarvis
  • D. J. Bonebrake
  • Dub Proof
  • Adam Duritz
  • Val Emmich
  • Fairmont
  • God Street Wine
  • Brendan Hall
  • Colin Hay
  • Hero Pattern
  • Will Hoge
  • Hostage Calm
  • The Howlin' Brothers
  • Charlie Hunter
  • Lloyd Kaufman
  • Kava Kava
  • Larry and His Flask
  • Phil Leavitt
  • Lionize
  • Lost In Society
  • Marcy Playground
  • MC Lars
  • Tris McCall
  • Moving Units
  • Johnette Napolitano
  • The Porchistas
  • Queensrÿche
  • Paul Rosevear
  • Patti Rothberg
  • Neil Sabatino
  • Sacha Sacket
  • Rachael Sage
  • Savoir Adore
  • Paul Sanchez
  • Matt Sorum
  • George Stanford
  • Bobby Steele
  • Ember Swift
  • Jim Testa
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Tub Ring
  • Brian Vander Ark
  • Dave Wakeling
  • Wheatus
  • Ben Wilson

Discography[edit]

Beginning in 2017, BlowUpRadio releases Rock Against Hate compilation albums that contain original songs, to raise money for Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project and Kids in Need of Defense.[9] Coinciding with the charity albums is a live webathon containing performances and discussions on activism, social issues or protest.[9][10]

  • Rock Against Hate Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Rock Against Hate Vol. 2 (2018)
  • Rock Against Hate Vol. 3 (2019)

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