Not-to-be-missed music news
WSTW Cancels ‘Hometown Heroes’
After 21 years running, local music program “Hometown Heroes” was canceled last month by 93.7 WSTW, the station that featured it weekly on Sunday nights.
The news came as a shock and disappointment to area musicians and local music fans, as well as to Mark Rogers, the most recent host DJ, who ran the program for nearly a decade and a half.
“I’m a little overwhelmed at the showing of support from fans who reached out to me in the past few weeks—people showing ways that the show helped them with their music careers,” Rogers said last month in a phone interview. “That passion has reinforced the feeling that I’d like to remain involved.”
Rogers admits he’s not sure what his next steps are, but he says he holds no hard feelings toward the station or anyone else involved with the decision to cancel the show.
“I feel blessed to have been given this platform for so many years,” Rogers says. “And I’ve learned from lessons in the past that sometimes when I’m forced out of my comfort zone, new and better ideas come forward.”
Award-Winning Youth Arts Advocate Releases EP
Fred Reed, who is the co-founder and CFO of the Jefferson Award-Winning Reeds’ Refuge in Wilmington, is releasing his first solo EP this month, Lovesided, which will be available on all major digital platforms.
The release comes on the heels of the last month’s debut of “My Friend Back,” the first single from Lovesided. According to Reed, in just nine days, the video for the single garnered 25,000 views and more than 5,000 followers on Spotify.
“It feels good to see people enjoying my work,” Reed says. “It’s been awesome.”
Since 2012, Reed and his wife, Cora, have been active on Wilmington’s East Side in using the arts to mentor children in at-risk communities. Through Reeds’ Refuge, they have provided after-school programming to more than 1,000 children annually.
You can catch Reed performing in this year’s Shine A Light concert, a benefit for The Light Up The Queen Foundation, on Saturday, Feb. 29.
New EP For Earth Radio
Earth Radio, a Philly-based folk rock band, is finishing up its second studio EP and is targeting a spring release. The band, which has performed at the Philadelphia and Delmarva Folk Festivals, features vocalists Jani Duerr and Joanna Osborne, bassist Jay Jolly and drummer Dan Lord. For more on the band or upcoming shows visit earthradioband.com.