Last week I caught up with the station's Program Director Maria Sotnikova to talk about the state of WREK in 2012, and what the annual fundraiser means to the station and everyone else who’s involved.
1. On October 1, 2011, WREK upgraded from broadcasting at 40,000 watts all the way up to a grand 100,000 watts.
2. Although yes, this is WREK’s annual fundraiser event, ultimately the station hosts the show each year for the love of the music. “If we break even, awesome. If not, well … we put on a really fun show.”
3. The lineup for this year’s WREKtacular show is a particularly strong one, which boasts an in-the-flesh cross-section of what WREK is all about. “When we plan concerts like this we always try to have different genres of music represented. It’s not just a rock show, and not just a noise show, but there's lots of diversity — good diversity, which is what you hear on WREK.”
4. Brainworlds recorded a Live at WREK session on Feb. 21, 2012. These live sessions go into a streaming archive, but sadly they have to be taken down after two weeks. However, there's always something new being added to the archive.
5. The Deacon Lunchbox Experience finds WREK DJs Tony Gordon and Ellen McGrail (of Destroy All Music) and David Adams channeling the spirit of Atlanta’s late, great bra-sporting redneck street
bard prophet poet Deacon Lunchbox.
$12. 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 31. The Goat Farm. 1200 Foster St.
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