I was one of those kids who would record fake radio shows on my cassette deck. I would spend hours putting these shows together for an audience of none. Not much has changed. In 1997 I started doing radio for real at my university’s station, WUSB 90.1 FM, Stony Brook, New York. This was a real community station. Over 100 people volunteered and kept the signal going 24/7. And we had total artistic freedom. We could do whatever we wanted and that’s exactly what we did. It was truly radio of the community, by the community and for the community. When I moved to Regensburg in 2003, giving up radio was the hardest sacrifice to make. The tradition of local community radio just doesn’t seem to really exist here. That should change.
And now I have to change my grammar from “I” to “we”. We started Ghost Town Radio on Saturday April 11th, 2020 with three people and three shows. Now there’s over fifteen of us and new people are joining all the time and almost everyone is doing radio for the first time. Little radio production studios are popping up all across the city and each person is inventing their own unique version of radio with the equipment and creativity that they have. It is a joy to behold and we hope we’ll be around for a long time.
Adam Lederway, may 2020