Stumbling onto 91.5 while scanning the dial is like crash-landing in an alternative radio universe — a dimension of broadcasting in which every genre of music is honored, the DJs are unpolished and, in the spirit of non-commercial FM, all things really are considered.
While commercial stations thrive on rigid formats and frequent repetition of popular songs, WPRK proudly defies programming niches. It’s an indie rock station. It’s a blues station. It’s also, at various hours of the week, a jazz station, a reggae station, a country station and a late-night punk station. (What? You haven’t been tuning in for Punk Rock in Your PJs?)
The dozens of students and community volunteers who host the station’s music and talk shows around the clock are not paid for their on-air work, and their “announcing” is often more like coffee-shop chatter — informal, unscripted and sometimes meandering.
They give WPRK an eclectic, unpolished vibe heard nowhere else in Central Florida, with long, uninterrupted stretches of alternative music; earnest discussions of politics, economics and books; live performances by local bands; and endearingly goofy station-identification jingles.
I even got to add my take on this treasure of a radio station. (Note, this was written before I exited Dandelion, I’m no longer a co-owner):
Someone like Julie Norris, host of Front Porch Radio (4 p.m. Wednesdays). As co-owner of the organic Dandelion Communitea Café in Orlando, Norris says she’s found herself “at the intersection of people who are doing amazing things” and has brought their ideas to her show.
For seven years, Norris, 36, has hosted “everyday conversations” with guests on such topics as farmworker rights and holistic birth. “I talk about things that are not commonly talked about in mass media,” she says, describing her viewpoint as progressive yet pragmatic.
Norris says she’s not afraid to seem vulnerable on the air and that her lack of broadcasting expertise has helped make her show what it is. “The rawness keeps it real,” she notes.
Read the whole article here: https://winterparkmag.com/2015/04/17/winter-2012-8/