I have to start this blog entry by thanking each and every person who has ever tuned in, donated, come to one of our live events, or otherwise supported this crazy thing called OFNR.
OFNR started as a joke, a way for my friends and I to do radio while we tried to get into the radio industry. 10 years later it has become so much more than that. Hell, it’s become so much more than just a radio station. I make flyers, videos, websites, and all sorts of multimedia for local artists usually at a low cost or even free.
That’s not because I’m a terrible business person. But because I don’t see OFNR as a business. It’s not the way I make money. Sure broadcasting is something I would love to make a living doing, but that’s so secondary. OFNR is a community service. It’s a helpline to rock and metal musicians. A way to make good honest connections.
For me personally, at it’s core, OFNR is my way of staying connected to music. Music has always been the one constant in my life. And to be honest, Terrestrial Radio is so boring that if I didn’t have OFNR I probably wouldn’t listen to music much.
Just by keeping OFNR alive, I’ve gone to so many amazing shows over the past 10 years I have lost count. But I’ve also been around long enough to see bands come and go. It’s a difficult thing being in a band. So many personalities with varying degrees of turmoil and personal struggle.
I’ve also seen trends change. For instance, in 2006 Myspace was still around and very popular.
10 years is a long time to do anything, I haven’t even held a job that long. There’s so much to say, but in the end, I really just want to say thanks. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of the local community. For showing me even an ounce of respect. I am just a music fan with way too much time on my hands. I’m not doing anything that any other person couldn’t do.
I’m sincerely proud to be looked at in the metal community as someone with conviction and dedication to supporting the local music community in a real way. By showing up, and caring about the bands, as performers and, more so, as people. There are many members of the rock and metal bands in this state I consider friends. Some I’d even go as far as saying they are my family. People I can trust and respect.
I hope everyone can make it out to FN FEST this year on 9.24.2016 at Cherry Street to celebrate with us. It’s been a hell of a ride, and I cannot wait to see what’s next.