Monday, February 15, 2021

WOOK: 10 New Adds - February 2021

Priest Da Nomad - Proud (feat. Oddisee and Substantial)
Kromanauts - Legwork
Elan Troutman - Show and Tell
Proverbs Reggae Band - Jah Love Me (feat. Ziah Ayubu)
Lori Williams - 'Round Midnight
Hungry On Monday - Collapse
Kris Funn - Arithmatricks
NexXzit - Keepers Of The Funk
Brittany Atterberry - Starting Now
Alan Scott Band - John Lewis Lives (feat. Ruben Studdard)


Mary Cross - Promise
Marguerite - Loving You Like a Love Song (2021 version)
Asheru - Judo Flip
Love Station - Slow It Down
Bassman Egg - Walk Around Heaven

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

WOOK: 10 New Adds - January 2021


Option 3 - Earl Carter
Sweetnight (instrumental) - Christian de Mesones
Get Here - Lisa Davis
We Wear The Mask - BJ Simmons
I'll Be Good to You - David Dyson
In Nature, We Trust - Elijah Jamal Balbed
Close The Door - Rogue Johnsen
Sweet G - Joshua Bayer
The Human Race - Drew Davidson
Longer Than Forever - Spur of The Moment

Monday, November 30, 2020

WOOK: 10 New Adds - December 2020

Harold Little - Mr. Clean
Al Patterson - Have It Your Way
Michael Muse - The Love of You
Mark Ethridge feat. Paul Brown - You, Me & We
Natalie Redd - Dear R&B
Bassman Egg - Keep Rising To The Top
Geneva Renee - This Christmas
Jackson Caesar - Deck The Halls
Caz Gardner - Narrow Mindset

Bonus - Groove Stu feat. Greenspan - Mr. Liar

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Future of Music Promotion is Hyperlocal

 The best influencers and opinion leaders for indie music are your local webcasters, podcasters, college radio stations and music/art/entertainment bloggers.  They're far more accessible than commercial broadcasters, and in the aggregate they reach more of the audience that's in closest proximity to you and do so with greater frequency than traditional FM stations, social media, or the music recommendation services; e.g., Spotify.  In the DMV, stations like WOOK can provide local artists in depth coverage and are open to creating partnerships and other ventures. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Creative Sector Accelerator Sets New Tempo for DC Indie Music

Capitol Music X Media Accelerator Flyer
A number of metro D.C.'s emerging music acts gathered at Oxon Hill's La Ceiba Restaurant for January's Capitol Music X Media Accelerator, the first in a series of events connecting artists and media resources.  Organized by WOOK Radio DC, representatives from several terrestrial and online radio stations -- including WWFD The Gamut 103.5 FM HD3, Baltimore's WMEL, Arlington low-power FM WERA 96.7, and DC Radio 96.3 HD4 -- were on hand introducing their outlets to recording artists for radio promotion.

"Part of the goal here," said WOOK's CEO, William Tucker, Jr., "is to establish a repository where artists developing projects can pick from a variety of services a record label might normally provide." Tucker envisions the space under development for WOOK in the Southern Marketplace at 801 Southern Ave SE providing artists teleworking and administrative services as well as radio promotion and a performance venue.  He expects to begin accepting artists into the program by the end of February.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cumulus Declares Bankruptcy

Atlanta-based Cumulus Media, owner and operator of 446 U.S. broadcast radio stations including D.C.-area stations WMAL 630 AM and 105.9 FM, WRQX 107.3 FM, and the Westwood One radio network, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy according to an article published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Cumulus President and CEO Mary Burner cited, "... the debt overhang left by previous years of underperformance remains a significant challenge that we must overcome for our operational turnaround to proceed."

Coming on the heels of Viacom's shedding of CBS Radio, Cumulus' decision symbolizes Big Radio's time of reckoning after overleveraging itself acquiring stations in the mid-to-late 90s.  The bills are long overdue -- Cumulus defaulted on $24 million debt payment earlier this month -- and radio stocks across the board are in the tank  It's safe to assume Cumulus will liquidate some of its portfolio, and that it will have to do so in a buyer's market.  We can also take for granted Cumulus will hold on to its properties in major markets, including their chronically underdeveloped and underperforming DC outlets.  The question is whether this reorganization will cause Cumulus executives to re-think the corporation's business model to improve its competitiveness 3-5 years into the future.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against WOOK Founder

February 14, 2017 - D.C. Superior Court Judge Jennifer Di Toro dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit brought against William L. Tucker, Jr. by a D.C.-based nonprofit and one time fiscal sponsor to his LPFM project.  The lawsuit, filed by Sincere Seven, sought to block Tucker, 54, from identifying himself as having any involvement with the radio station venture, directing its operations, and managing its assets-- including the call sign letters 'WOOK'. 

Tucker launched the project in 2013 to establish a low-power radio network for showcasing D.C. art and culture, then secured Sincere Seven as its fiscal sponsor in order to qualify for a LPFM permit from the Federal Communications Commission.  After winning a construction permit for 103.1 FM, the relationship between Tucker and the sponsor began to deteriorate with the latter's attempts to seize control of the project intensifying as time moved forward.  Sincere Seven's fiduciary misconduct against Tucker and the project continued into the following year, with its effort to oust Tucker in January 2015 and failure to respond to several FCC inquiries.  Citing questions raised by D.C.-based media conglomerate Radio One over the omission of Sincere Seven's director, Perry Redd, as a party to the application, and Redd's criminal record, the FCC rescinded WOOK's construction permit for 103.1 FM in November 2015, and dismissed the application in May of 2016.     

With the suit now dismissed and the construction permit for 103.1 FM since rescinded, Tucker is making final preparations for launching WOOK's low-power AM station this March from studios on Buzzard's Point.  He has also reorganized his nonprofit organization to promote community broadcasting and the production of hyperlocal media content.