LOCAL PROFILES: Delphine Blue of Little Water Radio (2.14.18)
The future of music is alive and well in Financial District, thanks to Little Water Radio, a free-form community radio station located in the Seaport District of New York City. Their mission? To broadcast adventurous music (how can you not love that?). Their lineup has something for everyone, no matter your taste.
We spoke with Delphine Blue, Program Director & Host of The Rest Is Noise radio show to learn more...
Tell us about Little Water Radio...
Little Water Radio is an unexpected music hub in an unlikely neighborhood. We started up almost three years ago in the heart of The South Street Seaport thanks to the Howard Hughes Corporation. We were given creative freedom and are a collective of DJs who love music and have put our love of music first. We offer a wide variety of genres in an often eclectic mix and generally away from the mainstream. We have a physical space which was built by us from scratch and a window on Fulton Street where you can watch the dj and wave hello. For a while we had a record store and a performance space. We know we’d be perceived as more hip if we were in Brooklyn but we are keeping that vibe in downtown Manhattan, where it all began. No one expects to find a station like ours in that neighborhood.
How has the neighborhood's evolution impacted the evolution of Little Water Radio?
LWR is part of the changing identity of The Seaport wrought in part by Hurricane Sandy. We offer support to other local concerns like The Fulton Stall Market, Animation Nights New York (ANNY), The Seaport Music Festival, and The Seaport Museum by promoting and participating in events with them. We are as much for the neighborhood as for visitors.
What's coming up for Little Water Radio this year? We’re looking forward to having a presence at The South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin since several of the DJs will be there. We are also holding onto our dream of doing some broadcasting from The Wavertree Ship which is permanently docked just across South Street.
What should locals know about Little Water Radio?
We stream 24/7 on littlewaterradio.org with archives on demand at https://www.mixcloud.com/littlewaterradio/. You can listen to us on Simple Radio app. We have a live jazz improvisation in the studio every Saturday at from 4pm-6pm. Our DJs include the editor in chief of Brooklyn Vegan, various rock musicians, touring hip hop DJs, independent record label owners, music P.R. and marketing professionals, electronic sound designers, local entrepreneurs, and two nurses who do a health show.
What are your favorite local spots?
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