By Antonio Jones
Get ready to jam to some great music because RadioLive is live again on WUWF Public Media after a two-year hiatus.
RadioLive was around for 20 years before repeated budget cuts put it to rest. Now thanks to the Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond and Stackhouse law firm, RadioLive will be back Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. to bring many more musicians.
“Our firm is committed to improving the quality of life in the Panhandle for our clients, employees and the community,” Scott Remington, president of the law firm, said in a WUWF press release. “Furthermore, we wholeheartedly support WUWF’s mission of enhancing the vibrancy and the arts in Downtown Pensacola.”
Lynne Marshal, the director of Promotions and Outreach for WUWF, said CPH Law are contributors in the communities, and they really enjoy WUWF’s programming.
“It was just a way to give back to the community,” Marshal said. “Right now it’s for a season and they will be the main sponsors for that year.”
This comeback also marks the 25th anniversary of RadioLive’s first live broadcast and will feature musical guests Grant Peeples, Smithfield Fair and Callaghan.
“I think I do a total of six songs, and that is one of the things that is really interesting about how Pat Crawford produces this show, it’s one of the most interestingly produced shows I have ever played,” Peeples said. “In other words he’s got three acts, and each act plays a total of six songs. Every night I have ever played, the room as been packed, I mean wall-to-wall people, and I can only assume that it is going to be that way this time and that it will continue to be that way.”
Anyone who has attended RadioLive in the past will remember these guests Marshal said. She went on to say it is not just artists who are known in the area, but some even come from out of state.
“Just come out and have a good time,” Marshal said “As far as I am concerned there is nothing that can beat live music and being in the audience.”
People can also bring canned goods to help support Manna Food Pantries and RadioLive has generated four to five thousand pounds of food for Manna Food Pantries every year.
WUWF FM has been around for more than 30 years and has converted the televised performances to high definition. RadioLive is not the only showcase on WUWF. They also have its own television station, which launched in 2003, which is streamed on wuwf.org, where you can find more information about RadioLive and WUWF programs.
“Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t stop and ask me at a restaurant or the supermarket when we will be able to bring RadioLive back,” Pat Crawford, WUWF executive director and RadioLive host said in the press release. “Now I can say, thanks to the generous and community-minded firm of CPH Law, RadioLive will be coming back in September 2013.”