New website created in Joplin offers radio station for local art - KOAM TV 7

New website created in Joplin offers radio station for local artists

A new website created in Joplin offers exposure for artists in the Four States through a local radio station.
For musician Carter Hulsey, having fans in your hometown is a big reward.
"Joplin is great," he said.  "I love it. I tour around the country a lot and it's always great to play at home.  The support here is always over the top."
And that support is growing, thanks to www.ilocalradio.com.
The site, currently in its test phase, is an online radio stream.
The Joplin station features a variety of genres, all songs from local artists.
"When you turn it on, you're just going to hear bands from our area," Hulsey said.
"Basically, my goal was to create something that gives them exposure because so many people out there have such quality music and a love for what they do," said website founder John Buck.  "It's just hard to get them heard in today's music industry."
Buck says commercially, businesses can air the station without having to pay licensing fees.
"We have the authorization from the artists to actually stream their music residentially and commercially without having to charge anything for it," he said.
The site is funded by commercial advertisements and a portion of proceeds go back to the artists.
Carter Hulsey has four songs featured on the site and says the immediate purchase option is a huge help.
"I've sold some songs from it already," Hulsey said.
Buck says the next phase of the site will include listener feedback.
"The option to rate songs, get feedback for the artists, so that way they can know what people like and don't like," he said.  "It gives them that test phase."
Buck hopes the site will encourage support for local music nationwide, starting at home in Jomo.
"Joplin is a small community and it's great to see everybody helping out," Hulsey said.
"If we have a strong music and entertainment industry here in Joplin, we all benefit as a community," Buck said.
Creators say a mobile app version of the site will be launched within the next 60 days.
The site currently only features a Joplin station, but is expected to have stations for Fayetteville, AR and Kansas City, MO within the next six months.
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