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    Dedicated to the culture, business and interests of the indie artist. EVJ delivers controversial points of view, hard-news commentary, Industry Insites, artistic prose and photography and welcomes responses (pro or con), feedback and topic suggestions from readers. If you would like to submit an opinionated article, inspired poem, photo or essay to EVJ, forward all copy to Editor ESJ and put To the Editor in the subject field.


    They drive by day
    EvO:R music has a new platform with a new twist

    By Frank Cotolo

    COTOLO DRIVETIME LIVE!
    Mondays and Fridays, 4 p.m.-6 p. EST
    www.indieradiolive.com


    Those of you who have memories powerful enough to recall a few years back will remember The Best of EvO:R, an internet program I hosted on Live365 (a station that was neither live nor 365, if you count leap year). Featuring only EvO:R-members music, I attempted to bring the ordinary disc-jockey role to a new, adventurous level. The character was enigmatic, misleading, comedic, opinionated (even on issues that were not issues or topical) and conversationally poetic, while playing the tracks of new and veteran EvO:R community folk.

    That program was so lost in the Live365 sea of noise that it served only to entertain a few Evorians and to help me get my broadcasting chops back, though at the time I had no idea why I was in the mode to reclaim chops.

    Then, along came the offer from Ampcast to do a live, all-talk show, weekly. I did not jump at this offer, because I already believed that there was no audience for anyone broadcasting over the net. Ampcast owner Jim Waskowich was persistent and eventually got me to give the gig a whirl. Within a few weeks I was happy I had gotten my chops back and discovered that there were new and exciting chops yet to display. So, Cotolo Chronicles was launched and through word-of-mouth, not all of it good (no press is bad press), an audience developed.

    Fast forward to years later. Feels like a few decades. Along comes John Horner, who launched Indie Radio Live (IRL) from his dual-climate-controlled home in Florida. I met him through EvO:R artist and national defender Louis Lamp. Horner wanted to simulcast "Chronicles," along with KJAG Radio dot com and its affiliates. Cool beans. The deal was struck. Chronicles is still growing and so are my chops.

    Then Mr. Horner asked me to do an exclusive show for IRL. I thought, "Why?" Then I thought EvO:R and began to develop an idea that would serve EvO:R, IRL and help to stop famine in certain Third World Countries (or at the very least, help stop midnight snack attacks in Second World Countries).

    Thus was born Cotolo Drivetime LIVE!, a program that takes a commercial format (drivetime radio) and puts it through the meat grinder, with an important element being the music of EvO:R community members.

    BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT!

    Indeed, by blending the character from the Live365 days and the showman from Chronicles, I set out to poeticize a commercial radio format; to make it a form of performance art. I didn't know how I would do this, but my best creations have always begun in the dark, thoughtless, with no outline and motivated only by the energy to find and discover the shapeless monster in my head.

    BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT!

    Good grief, the program-which features both of my sons, Jack, 12, and Ray, 5-and scads of EvO:R music-is getting the attention of a contingent of public listeners who have never heard the likes of fact and fiction delivered in such a way, no less with a machine gun rate. "Drivetime" has many departments. We deliver "music, news, sports, traffic, weather, reviews, previews, interviews, people, entertainment, talk, contests, crosswords, cross talk, opinion, commentary, criticism, recipes, birthdays, holidays and happy days" in many packages.

    It must be heard to be believed, but remember you cannot always believe everything you hear. The music, however, is believable and entertaining and highly profiled. Since much of it is EvO:R-oriented, all the performers connected to EvO:R now have a stage with some of the greatest internet broadcasting numbers available. This audience is for real.

    I hope to do this show for as long as my personal life allows me to keep these hours. And for as long as that lasts, EvO:R community members will be represented on internet broadcasts. Also, Third World hunger is beginning to disappear.



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