Mark Hayward's City Matters: A push for the return of hometown radio days
Those were the halcyon days of radio, when the electromagnetic spectrum reigned over communication like the Internet does today.
For an hour each week, he does his best to mass communicate the music that is being played and sung in our proverbial backyard.
The show is an on-air open mic show that welcomes local musicians, writers, comedians, entertainers and just about anyone who wants to be heard.
That salesmanship came across during an hour of banter and performance last Thursday night.
He gets Jasmine Mann, a Manchester folk singer, to talk about being on food stamps.
"Rob is a wonderful man, welcoming. He truly cares about everyone," said Mann, who plays open mic in area clubs. A repeat performer, Mann found out about the show through an ad on Craigslist.
That might not be out of the realm of possibility. Last year, 23 New Hampshire organizations asked the FCC for low-powered FM licenses. Two were from Manchester, although Azevedo's show may not easily mesh with the applicants — St. Joseph Catholic Family Center and an offshoot of Manchester Community Television.
But Beihl said the FCC moves at a slow pace. Don't expect more radio stations opening anytime soon.
For him, it's another outlet for a guy who pushes his creativity to the limit. He also freelances for the Boston Globe and directs and produces films. His short film won the Outstanding New Hampshire Film Award at the 2013 SNOB Film Festival.
He's mass communicatin'.
"We all want to perform in one aspect or another," Azevedo said. "We all get something out of it. That's for sure."
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