Wednesdays are where it’s at on ZUMIX Radio!

The team behind 94.9 ZUMIX Radio have been hard at work building a lineup jam packed with goodies you won’t hear anywhere else on the dial. Check out a sample of our new Wednesday shows, added to the mix this summer!

Midday Motivation Hosted by DJ Cinco P Beatz
Wednesdays 11am-12pm

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Looking for a jumpstart to your day? Tune in for an electric mix of EDM, Dubstep and Party music all spun live by DJ Cinco P Beatz, a Haitian American DJ who brings his passion for dance music to the studio who you can find more about here: http://www.djcincopbeatz.com

“I find myself preparing for a show every week & compared to a a party its totally different with a radio show being live on air it takes a whole different type of preparation. You might be waking up and be like ‘hey i wanna listen to this!’ to start your day and me being able to play EDM around that time hopefully gives them that little bit of motivation.” – DJ Cinco P Beatz

What’s Up Eastie? Hosted by Kannan Thiruvengadam
Wednesdays 12pm-1pm

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In this talk show, Kannan, an active resident of East Boston interviews thought leaders on a variety of social justice issues ranging from climate change, immigration and inequality.

“I’m doing this show to bring out awareness for issues that people feel in East Boston and also to get a context for that issue in larger sense like a regional or national level. ZUMIX is all about the youth and our future is all in there hands so the better they know the issues we’re facing today the better equipped they’ll be to shape their future.” – Kannan Thiruvengadam

Sakurata Radio Hosted by Sakurata Type~A
Wednesdays 1pm-2pm

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Playing Japanese and Korean music, Sakurata Type~A has an in-depth knowledge of asian music genres and runs a variety of rock/pop from overseas. She is returning to doing live shows this month after being on tour with LOKA, an alternative hard rock band from Tokyo, Japan. You can find more about the show here: https://www.sakurata.us

“SAKURATA RADIO is the latest show about Japanese and Korean music in the Boston area. We don’t just play music, we also learn about the people behind the music in our artist spotlights; so please tune in and have fun!” – Sakurata Type~A

Conservatory Lab Comes to ZUMIX

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This past week, the fearless Nic Benjamin, host of Monday Night Facts, interviewed a group of young brass musicians from the Conservatory Lab Charter School. In addition to his radio broadcasting skills, Nic also plays the trombone. Together, Nic and his guests shared fun facts about brass instruments and discussed the role of music in education. Take a listen to the following clips to hear Nic’s interview and three live songs performed by the Conservatory Lab:

Part I: What is Conservatory Lab?

Part II: Brass Instrument Fun Facts

Part III: Stand By Me

DJ Diamonds and DJ Lolz Shine Light on Living with Chronic Illness and Being Vision-Impaired

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Kaylene Sheran and Kat Raschi, aka DJ Diamonds and DJ Lolz, hosted a special episode of their weekly radio show, Friday Variety. In celebration of Heart Health Month and Low Vision Awareness Month, the co-hosts shared their own personal stories of living with chronic illness and being vision-impaired young people. Their courage, resilience and strength shines through every minute of this memorable radio discussion.

Part I: Kaylene’s Story

Part II: Gratitude

Part III: Kat’s Story / Challenges, Accomplishments & Ways to Help

ZUMIX DJ Carlos Perez Gets Exclusive Tour of AMP Radio

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Long-time ZUMIX DJ, Carlos Perez, has been working with his mentor, Matt Shearer, for almost 3 years. Throughout the course of their relationship, Carlos has grown into a confident and enthusiastic radio DJ, hosting a teen perspectives talk show called Alternative Adolescence. Together, Matt and Carlos have built a strong and caring relationship that acts as a model for what a mentor-mentee relationship can be. We are grateful to both of them for their consistent hard work and commitment to one another.

When Matt’s not mentoring at ZUMIX, he works as a professional radio producer at AMP Radio. This past week, Matt brought Carlos to his place of work for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of AMP Radio — one of Boston’s biggest commercial stations. There, Carlos saw their impressive facilities and had the chance to talk with a number of well-known radio personalities. Here’s what Carlos had to say about his experience: “Getting the chance to see what a commercial radio station is really like, it opened my mind to what a career in radio could be. It was an overall great experience!”

Thanks, Matt! We’re so glad Carlos got this opportunity!

ZUMIX Radio DJ Manuela Melguizo Hosts Youth Musicians from Boys & Girls Clubs Across Boston

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Last week, ZUMIX youth DJ Manuela Melguizo and her mentor Andres Lombana-Bermudez hosted over 20 young musicians from Boys & Girls clubs across the Boston area: Charlestown, South Boston, Blue Hills, Roxbury, Chelsea and the Mattapan Teen Center. If you’ve ever been in the ZUMIX Radio studio, you know that we have only four guest mics. Thus, squeezing so many people into our space was a logistical challenge, and one that Manuela handled like a pro! She interviewed the group in two sections. During each session, she aired the young musicians’ tracks — each produced at their respective Boys & Girls Club — and followed-up with discussions about songwriting process and artistic inspiration. Take a listen to the following two recordings to hear an exciting collaboration between 94.9 FM ZUMIX Radio and Boston Boys & Girls Clubs.

BAD GAL RADIO hosts the ICA’s Fast Forward Class

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ZUMIX Youth DJ Angelina Botticelli, host of the feminist indie rock radio show BAD GAL RADIO interviewed teens from the ICA’s Fast Forward program. The Fast Forward program teaches Boston youth film production, and an important part of that work is collecting and curating audio. And herein lies a beautiful collaboration between ZUMIX and the ICA. Angelina aired the classes’ audio pieces, each a sound-based response to a visual artwork at the museum. Listen to the following clip to hear these pieces, and dive into a conversation about art, music and what’s its like to be a teen artist in Boston today.

Angelina closed her interview by leading a powerful conversation about teenage activism. Check it out here!

ZUMIX Youth Interview Local Hip-Hop Artist Latrell James

Last month, ZUMIX packed the firehouse for an electric hip-hop extravaganza. ZUMIX youth Jr. Biggie opened for local hip-hip acts Oompa and Latrell James. These artists’ powerful poetry and commanding stage presence brought the house down for a night to remember. In preparation for the big performance, the hosts of Ramble Radio interviewed Latrell James and Jr. Biggie on 94.9 FM ZUMIX Radio. Check out the following clip in which ZUMIX youth and Latrell James bond over the unparalleled creativity of young people and their love of cartoons:

Also take a listen to this impromptu freestyle session between Latrell James and ZUMIX youth Biggie Jr. and Chad Williams: