This is part of our ongoing series discussing getting on the radio. To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried to get on the radio, check out our list of related articles. To get radio airplay, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.
What is your band name?
Tell us about your band.
“…a more diverse take on Americana with a distinctly female tone, and quite charming.” — East Bay Express Deborah Crooks’s lyric-driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock, Americana and the blues. Often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies, she’s recorded two full-length Cds to positive reviews, toured the North and Southwest, spoken on creativity at MacWorld and SXSW, and is an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area songwriting and arts community, where she frequently collaborates in the studio and onstage.
Have you ever had your music played on College or FM Radio?
I’ve been on college radio KUSF and KALX Berkeley. I’ve been interviewed on both, played live 1x on former, have played 3 times on KALX. Also interviewed once on KBOO (SF)and once on KYRS (Spokane). I’ve also played on Pirate Radio in SF a couple times.
What things did your band try in order to get on the radio and did they work?
I’ve mostly approached college radio when I’ve had a gig in town or special event to promote. I’ve sent CDs and emailed DJ’s at stations, mainly college and community radio, when I’ve had a new release or toured through town. I either heard back…or I didn’t! No one ever said why I wasn’t selected. I have not hired a radio promoter, partly due to expense and partly due to the fact I’ve heard that even if you hire a promoter, it helps if you have the backing of a label.
Stay tuned for our next installment of “Get on the Radio: Tales of Toil and Triumph”! Be sure to submit music for radio airplay on Earbits!