Heavy Metal Music does not get much, if any, radio play. So, when my friend Kevin Bixby of the Southwest Environmental Center, asked me if I would be interested in hosting a heavy metal show on an up-coming community radio station, I jumped at the opportunity. It took almost two years for the station to open. Finally, in July of 2017, Metal Meltdown hit the airwaves on Las Cruces’ newest radio station, KTAL-LP 101.5 FM.
The Mission of Metal Meltdown is to give local, underground, heavy metal music artists airtime on the radio. A lot of the music is from the Southwest region of the United States. However, with the help of Metal Public Radio, the program has expanded its music library to include artists from around the world. Connecting with Metal Public Radio has been extremely beneficial to Metal Meltdown. Not only do artists get airtime on their 24/7 commercial free streaming platform, the founder of the station, Joseph Scurti aggressively markets and promotes the bands, their music, their merchandise, and their live shows.
It comes as no surprise that Metal Public Radio has helped Metal Meltdown explode in popularity since our collaboration. Working with Metal Public Radio is easy. Scurti is a problem solver and strategic thinker. He quickly resolved the legalities of the streaming process by eliciting the help of Ben Johnson and Reverse 13 Studios. Johnson cuts up the audio file at his studio to break it down track-by-track. This allows the listener of Metal Public Radio to see the artist name and song title while the track is being played, all while keeping the station in compliance. Being part of the largest heavy metal community has its perks.
Metal Meltdown is bringing death metal, thrash, black, punk, and hardcore music to the community. No genre will be left out. One of the advantages of having your band played on Metal Meltdown is that you will know when you can tune in to hear your music being played. Each week I will tag bands and artists who have submitted music or expressed interest in being played on the program. This gives bands an opportunity to tell their family, friends, and fans to tune in during a specific time frame to hear their art being played the radio. If you miss the live broadcast or are out of reach, we got you covered with the rebroadcast.
Metal Meltdown airs live every Wednesday night from 9pm to 11pm Mountain Time on KTAL-LP, 101.5 FM in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The rebroadcast is every Sunday night from 7pm to 9pm Mountain Time/ 5pm to 7pm Eastern Time right here on Metal Public Radio. The program folder grows bigger with each week thanks to the bands. On behalf of Metal Meltdown and Metal Public Radio, I thank you. If you want to hear your band on the radio, find me on Facebook by searching Rojelio Obispo, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org