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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Kelly Drake

Program Director, WNYU

When Kelly stumbled upon a studio tucked away in the basement of a dorm building her freshman year of college, she couldn't have imagined the things she would go on to create in that space. WNYU is the student-run independent radio station at New York University, and it has a long history of being a space where new music is discovered. Kelly got involved at WNYU in the news department, producing podcasts and writing news stories, but the more time she spent there the more she learned about the alternative music scenes her friends and colleagues were immersed in. Over the past year as Program Director, Kelly has been working to continue the station's tradition of bringing underrepresented voices and artists to the front of WNYU's programming. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all on-campus spaces, Kelly lead the station into its new and current system of broadcasting remotely. Going forward, her goal is to make sure that even with DJs scattered all around the world, she continues to support her team in their discovery of new music and the promotion of truly alternative content.

Radio, Live Transmission

Radio is still the number one source for new music discovery. With the emergence of new technologies and devices there are more ways than ever for audiences to discover new music and these new technologies are also providing new ways for radio stations to deliver their content to listeners. A Nielsen survey found that 83% of consumers say they’re listening to as much or more radio as they were before the pandemic. Radio has been around for over 100 years and is ever changing and dependable -- on our panel radio leaders discuss how they see the future of this vital format.