Not everyone in Phoenix is content listening to radio stations that play the Top 40 list over and over. That’s where Radio Phoenix and its band of volunteers can help.
Radio Phoenix is a commercial-free station supported by volunteers, and Ahwatukee Foothills residents can tune in on Sunday evenings to hear one of their neighbors present his own show, The British Jukebox.
Mark Clark is an engineer by trade, but on Sunday evenings he shares his love and passion for current and classical music from his homeland with anyone who will listen. As with all Radio Phoenix shows, Clark’s program can be streamed at www.radiophoenix.org or listened to through an application on smart phones.
“I focus on British music that is new, as well as classic favorites,” Clark said. “You wouldn’t normally hear this music, and I find it by reading lots of UK trade magazines and swapping music with my friends back in the UK.”
Clark’s engineering job is a far cry from his radio program, but he has found that certain aspects of his day job help him on-air.
“I use some of the communication skills I have learned as an engineer on my show, and I really enjoy playing my own choice of music,” he said. “It has also allowed me to understand how the radio business works.”
Radio Phoenix relies heavily on volunteers, but the tasks given to them are generally much different than their day jobs.
“We have graphic designers who are tired of working on the same corporate logos every day come in and do something really creative for us,” said Dan Somers, promotion director for Radio Phoenix.
Aside from The British Jukebox, programming on Radio Phoenix includes folk, electronica, rock, Indie rock, hip-hop, local music and more.
“The whole idea behind Radio Phoenix was that our staff would hand the station over to people in the community who are passionate enough to share with other Valley residents,” Somers said. “We just want to make sure that our programming is not similar to any other station’s programming.”
Radio Phoenix is in the process of pursuing full FM radio power that would blanket almost the entire Valley.
“We’re waiting on the rubber stamp from the FCC, and we’ve been working on the permit for several years,” Somers said. “We’re building up our shows now, though, so that we’re ready when the time comes.”
Radio Phoenix is always looking for more eager music lovers to join its legion of volunteers, and to become involved people are encouraged to attend a volunteer interest meeting, which takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. The meetings are at Radio Phoenix’s offices, 1105 N. Fifth St.