Mandozine Radio Launched
By Mandolin Cafe
January 7, 2006 - 9:00 am
Mandozine, the online journal for mandolin enthusiasts, announced the launch of Mandozine Radio, an internet radio station on Live365, broadcasting 24 hours a day. Providing a focus on mandolin-centric music, Mandozine Radio offers a variety of styles, including Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jazz and Swing, Celtic, Brazilian, Classical, and Gypsy Jazz.
John Baxter, the publisher of Mandozine, has endeavored to bring the mandolin community familiar favorites, expose listeners to rare and unique recordings, and present lesser known artists that are championing mandolin music everywhere.
Baxter states, "There are some great internet radio stations, but none that put an emphasis solely on the mandolin. The mandolin is not only a Bluegrass instrument, it is used world-wide in classical, jazz, celtic, Brazilian, and many other forms of music. Mandozine Radio is the first internet radio station to cater exclusively to the interests of mandolin enthusiasts."
Mandozine, launched in 1996, has followed the changing landscape of acoustic music during the last ten years. The music from "O Brother Where Art Thou" and "Cold Mountain" gained national appeal, but acoustic music has always had a large following. The on-going success of Bluegrass festivals, such as IBMA, Merlefest, Wintergrass, Mandofest, and Wintergrass, has proven wide-spread interest in this music. The popularity of mandolin music has been enhanced by sites like Mandozine, and the first mandolin Web site, Mandolin Cafe. Organizations such as the Classical Mandolin Society of America, the Mandolin Symposium, and the American Mandolin and Guitar Summer School have provide an opportunity for mandolin enthusiasts to gather and learn. Mandozine Radio provides an opportunity for mandolin enthusiasts to listen, anytime, anywhere.