This is part of our ongoing series about getting your music played on the radio.  To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried to get on FM radio, check out our list of related articles.  To get your music on the radio, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.

What is your band name?

Wooster

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Tell us about your band.

Wooster plays a mash-up of soul, indie rock and reggae. The band has been together for almost five years. Our biggest accomplishment to date has been making it out of SXSW 2012 alive. We committed to finally go as a band with no inroads or official invites. After hustling night and day leading up to the event, we ended up with over seven amazing “unofficial” showcases and had a week that none of us will ever forget. Our current goal is to finish up our second full length CD this summer and hit the road to bring the Woo to the people.

Have you ever had your music played on College or FM Radio?

Yes. We are lucky enough to live in Santa Cruz, CA where the mighty KZSC reigns! The station is super supportive of the local music scene and has continually supported us as a band. We’ve played live in the station and been promoted on a few different shows including ‘Joy in the Morning’. While on tour we’ve also been interviewed and played live on KMUD 91.1 FM in Redway, CA.

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What things did your band try in order to get on the radio and did they work?

We’ve tried a bit to break into the greater Bay Area radio “scene” – we’ve especially tried (and failed) to get noticed by Live 105. We’ve sent our CD, emailed, taken survey’s, tried contests – nothing. No love from Live 105 for Wooster. Although they don’t seem to love many Santa Cruz bands so we don’t feel that bad. They never told us why our music was not selected, they just never respond.

We got on KMUD just by checking out the station online, noting which shows looked like they would play/like our music and then cold calling the station to pitch ourselves. We got lucky because I think they felt bad for us and agreed to give the music a listen, then they liked it and since we did our homework, the show that wanted to host us was on schedule with when we would be rolling through town on tour so it worked out.

We’ve tried this technique many other times and it has NOT worked – but we believe it might again, we keep trying.

Stay tuned for our next installment of

“Getting on the Radio: Tales of Toil and Triumph”!

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