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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 5:57 am | Updated: 2:33 pm, Tue Jul 23, 2013.

Whether it be about video games, the most recent Comicon, independent music, or current events with a comedic undertone, the voices behind Four Eyed Radio Network have hit quick success.

“It’s just fun to do and I’m glad other people listen in and enjoy it,” said co-host Stephen Mooney, a 2002 Desert Vista High School graduate.

Along with Eric Dewey and Matthew Renfro, Four Eyed Radio started in January with just three shows, which since has grown into 13 independent shows with hosts in three different states. Their online traffic has hit an upward of 100,000 page views on their website per month, and nearly 10,000 listens.

Every Friday the trio hits the studio — set up in Mooney’s Tempe apartment — to do a live show along with Renfro’s music podcast, “The Fro Show.” Sitting in their living room one afternoon, the three guys’ dynamic begins to come out as they joke and talk about their interests in the medium of online radio.

“It’s a unique way of hitting the Internet and just sharing your love for something,” Mooney said.

Though Arizona and the Valley on a general scale isn’t thought of to be a hub for independent podcasts or radio shows, Dewey said he’s seen a flux of more people interested in the option of doing a podcast.

“It’s kind of a happy medium between traditional blogging and video blogging,” Dewey said.

For Renfro, who lives in Ahwatukee, having a music podcast makes it easier for listeners to hear music he refers to or plays on air.

“I enjoy the podcast medium for my show because I deal with music. I am able to record my show the way I want to and upload it to the world,” he said.

Part of several bands from his high school days at Desert Vista and beyond, music was always an interest for Renfro, and he hopes to give local Ahwatukee high school bands the opportunity to be heard.

“I’m just doing something fun that I’m really passionate about,” Renfro said. “I guess that’s all I can be thankful for.”

Though the three would hope that a steady climb in listeners, sponsors and the like could eventually take them out of their day jobs, they said the network is about having fun and being heard.

“We really stuck to it,” Dewey said. “We love doing it and it’s something where if we didn’t have anyone listening, we’d probably still do it.”

For more information about Four Eyed Radio Network, visit foureyedradio.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

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