"Growing up in New York, progressive radio loomed large," Houston says. "That informed me and, I think at WFUV, it's a part of our DNA to keep that kind of radio alive."
Over a nearly hour-long chat, Houston touches on the challenges that public radio stations face regarding securing donations, as well as how stations of all formats continue to court younger listeners. Also covered: her least favorite meet-and-greet/interview (we won't shame the artist here … but you'll find out if you listen ...) and her No. 1 favorite: "I was asked to host a Leonard Cohen listening party at Joe's Pub two or three years ago. It was just amazing to sit next to him and talk to him."
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Ultimately, says Houston, and to WFUV's advantage, given the station's fondness for variety, listeners today may be less confined by specific genres than ever, having grown up in a digital era in which "music lovers in their 20s and 30s have had as much access to Otis Redding ... Jimi Hendrix … and Joni Mitchell ... as someone in their 60s.
"Smart stations have realized that the rulebook has gone out the window."
A sampling of previous episodes:
Perez Hilton / Dave Cobb & Jed Hill on Americana Music / SiriusXM's Kid Kelly / Original MTV VJ Martha Quinn / RCA's Joe Riccitelli on Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake / Mike Curb / Hit Songs Deconstructed on Drake & Selena Gomez / Fred Bronson / Chart Beat Founder Paul Grein
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