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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Music Submissions

Badlands of Indiana (July 17, 2019) WHR — Wild Hog Radio is on the hunt and we are looking for some local kick ass tunes. Hook us up with them and we will take a listen, if our DJ's like what they hear then maybe they will hear themselves on our radio station.

We hand pick the artists and we’re always listening to new music. At Wild Hog Radio, we endeavor to support the music of Indie artists of the Midwest – those artists who write, record, and promote their own music independently of major record labels.

We consider it a real honor to provide an online radio stream where the music and the life stories of Indie Artists can be heard locally and globally. To help us further that goal, we invite Indie artists to submit their music for possible play on our station. There are some criteria, and ultimately we will decide if your music fits our format and criteria closely enough to make it on the air.

Please understand, though, that we do not judge your music and if you are not selected for airplay on Wild Hog Radio, it doesn’t mean we don’t like your music – we love all music! But we do have requirements we closely follow. We will bend and work with you as best we can to get you on the air if at all possible.

Here are the guidelines….

The most important requirement is that all submissions be formatted correctly..

+ MP3’s only! < No! ~ WMA, MP2, WAV, OGG, M4A, ACC>

+ Absolutely no hip-hop or rap. This is a Rock n' Roll Station with a mix of County and Oldies.

+ Please name each audio file submitted as: “Artist Name – Song Title”.mp3

+ Each song submitted is encoded in mp3 format at 128-kbps. Our station streams at a steady 128-kbps and does not require higher bitrates. Higher bitrates use valuable disk space.

+ The song is a clean version, if possible. If the song contains vulgar language by FCC standards, then make sure to mark the song as “dirty” or “unedited.” Such songs may qualify for late-night programming.

+ Fill out the ID3 tag on the mp3 (where you put the song name, artist name, album name, year, genre, album cover art, etc.). If you don’t know how to do this, please include the band name, album name, and track-listing for the songs. Also, include a high resolution .jpg or .png of the album cover artwork.

+ Please include a short bio

*Please include a band bio and link to your website(s). By submitting music for consideration to Wild Hog Radio, and in exchange for publicity and promotion, you grant Wild Hog Radio royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual right and license throughout the world to broadcast and transmit your music on all Wild Hog Radio properties; including, but not limited to Wild Hog Radio and the internet radio station.*

**We are not obligated to place your music on our station. We are not obligated to return any correspondence. We reserve the right to reject any music not meeting our submission/editorial standards. If you feel that our submission guidelines are too stringent, you agree to not submit music to our station. You agree that you are a legally authorized representative of the band/artist’s music that you are submitting and that you have permission to submit music on behalf of the band/artist.**

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Looking Back: Sweet F.A.

Badlands of Indiana (July 14, 2019) WHR — The year was 1988 and in Indianapolis, Indiana, the musicians Steven David De Leong (vocals), Jon Huffman (guitar), James Thunder (guitar), Jim Quick (bass) and Tricky Lane (drums) joined forces to form the American hard rock band SWEET F.A. These Midwestern boys played their first gig on November 21, 1988, and had a major label deal a mere eleven months later.

In late 1990 Sweet F.A. left MCA Records to immediately sign their second recording contract with Virgin Records subsidiary label, Charisma Records and released their second worldwide release, Temptation which was not successful.

After a several years on hiatus, the band with all original members released their third CD on Upward Records entitled, The Lost Tapes. A very straight forward and energetic bluesy hard rock record. This release is an actual compilation of songs recorded intended for release but never were back in the early days.

The group holed up with producer Howard Benson in Atlanta, Georgia to record the debut album Stick To Your Guns. It would prove to be an excellent release, with singles such as "Prince Of The City" and "Rhythm Of Action", but would stall at #161 on the Billboard charts. Disappointed with sales, MCA released the band from their roster in late 1990, as the band themselves released Quiggins.

With a new label, the band set to record the follow-up album with session bassist Frank Coglitore. Released in 1991, Temptation was a more mature album, but failed to do much business in recession-hit America. The band hit the road with new bassist Mark Matthews, but with the musical tides changing in the early nineties, the end had arrived for Sweet F.A.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Remembering the Allman Brothers Band

Badlands of Indiana (July 8, 2019) WHR — The Allman Brothers Band revolutionized the music industry. Although the band was actually formed in Jacksonville, Florida, their ties to Macon made the city a recording hot spot in the years that followed and cemented the city’s place in music history. It’s a step back in time for visitors at 2321 Vineville Avenue in Macon.

“The old house has a unique aroma about it. It smells like an old home that had a lot of love in it and a lot of caring," said Richard Brent, director of The Big House Museum.

The house was for rent in 1969. By 1970, it became a place where band members, friends and family would stay for the next few years. The home’s location even influenced some of the band's lyrics.

"Rolling down Highway 41 and the song Ramblin' Man—to look out the window there and you see Highway 41. The song Blue Sky, 'good ole’ Sunday morning bells are ringing everywhere' and there’s church bells right behind you," said Brent.

Brent said The Big House is now the ultimate Allman Brothers Band experience. Memorabilia and artifacts line the walls from each decade the band performed. It’s an attraction that draws people to middle Georgia from all over the world—including fans who’ve followed the band since the beginning.

“They were the best band in the Unites States at that time. There’s no question about that. They played every single night somewhere, said James Devine, a fan of the band who was visiting from Daytona Beach.

“Seen them as individual players. We’ve seen them with Gregg Allman by himself," said Moira O'Leary, who was visiting with friends from New Jersey.

The band’s distinct style and sound changed the course of music forever. Southern Rock became a household name and the band consistently had success on the charts. But they did have their fair share of challenges. Band members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley both died in motorcycle crashes a year apart. The band also experienced personnel changes over the years, and even broke up and got back together more than once.

"They were just so super talented, genius musicians. That’s the only way I can describe their music," said Devine.

Nowadays, The Big House continues to thrive—about 20,000 visitors a year—double the number from just two years ago, according to Brent. The artifacts and the experience still excites fans to this day.

“It’s just been a thrill. This is like one of these where I’ve got to pinch myself that actually I’m here and seeing all of this memorabilia. It’s just been so wonderful," said O'Leary.

Duane Allman, Berry Oakley and Gregg Allman are all buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, which is about two miles from The Big House. March 26th was the actual 50th anniversary of the band.