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the music of Galveston musicians as one
of his DJ heroes, Wolfman Jack, may
have been about the spinning a new Sam
Cooke single in 1963.
“I’m hopeful. I’m 100% behind the
Galveston artists I’m playing.
I have no worries. I know it’s
going to grow,” says Quiroga.
“I think app-based radio is the
thing of the future. Soon, you’ll
be able to get into your car and
there will be a touch screen
with everything you want on it.”
Some newer model cars
already have built-in app-based
touch screens, and many people
already use their cell phones
(via Bluetooth) to transmit a
signal to their car stereo, but
most auto companies are still
working out the logistics associated with safe-driving practices
and technological convenience issues. Corporate-owned, app-
based platforms like iTunes, GooglePlay, or Sirius offer music
that is highly convenient and cheap, but it is missing localized
content.
Profit-driven, culturally homogenizing, nationalized radio
means everyone everywhere hears the same music. The likes
of Galveston’s Lyda Plummer or Lauren Eddy’s band, El Lago,
that reflect the uniqueness of an area or the music of a region
as a whole are simply left out of the mix, making Quiroga’s
Galveston County Radio not only important to the artists he
plays but to Galveston’s cultural identity as well.
“I think it’s really important for people to connect with artists
in their neighborhood”, says Eddy, who is also co-editor of the
DIY Galveston music publication,
Wake the Zine.
Quiroga was born on Galveston Island in 1975 amid the
heyday of the 8-track tape music player, and he was fascinated
by everything from the player itself to the music he acquired.
Willie Nelson, Kiss, and disco music stirred Quiroga’s
imagination and he longed to take part in any way he could.
After trying his hand at music, he found that he was more
aptly suited to promote the music that moved him and make it
available to the masses.
Quiroga worked as a DJ in dance clubs and for weddings and
private parties before venturing into Internet radio with his
business partner and father, Bill Quiroga. Jason Quiroga said
his enthusiasm for celebrating his community may be in part
due his family’s life-long dedication to the island including his
uncle Roger “Bo” Quiroga’s work as a mayor of Galveston from
1998-2004.
The Galveston County Radio studio sits in a room in the
From the Heart Gallery on 23
rd
Street in downtown Galveston.
Quiroga holds his live broadcasts from noon to 1pm Monday
through Thursday, during which he focuses on Galveston artists
as well as other area bands who play on the island. For the
remainder of the time, the site streams music continuously 24
hours a day on several different “channels” which are organized
by genre, including country, jazz, rock, hip hop, and local.
Quiroga said he aims to expand his content by adding to the
number of on-air personalities that will host shows as well
as live guest performers. Local musicians Jordan Tydings, Tex
Renner, Nellie Cornett, and others have performed live in the
Galveston County Radio studio. Performances can be viewed on
YouTube and will soon be available on the GCR site.
DJ Jason Roga
can be reached on Facebook.
Get the free app and listen at GalvestonCountyRadio.com
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dj jason roga
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