This month a new online, 24/7 Broadway music radio station – “Sounds of Broadway” (www.SoundsofBroadway.com) – went live.
“Sounds of Broadway” offers the most wide-ranging listing of music from the Off-Broadway, Broadway, and London stages. Thousands of songs from hundreds of cast recordings are in rotation. In addition, every night from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST is an all-request time slot. Listeners can search the extensive database and select the songs they want to hear. “Everyone has their favorite songs they want to hear and this will give listeners the opportunity to do so,” said Stuart Brown, founder of the station. “If this proves popular we’ll look towards expanding it.”
The programming for “Sounds of Broadway” will include selections from more obscure or little heard musicals in addition to the classics and popular shows. There are also thematic slots such as The Best of Forbidden Broadway, Lost in Boston, and Nothing But Overtures. “By the end of March we’ll be adding another show that features music from all the golden age MGM musicals,” stated Brown. “We’ll also have programming corresponding with holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas; performer’s birthdays; and special times of the year, such as the start of school in the fall.”
The West Hartford resident has had a long association with FM radio, beginning at WRSU-FM at Rutgers College in New Jersey in the late 1970’s. For the past 25 years, he had a weekly radio program, “On Broadway,” on WRTC-FM, Trinity College, in Hartford, CT.
Brown is also a theater critic, reviewing shows in New York City and Connecticut. He is the current President of the Connecticut Critics Circle, and a member of the Outer Critics Circle, and the American Theater Critics Association. His reviews on Connecticut and New York theater are published on his blog, stuonbroadway.blogspot.com.