Alpha Boys School, the non-profit residential school in Kingston, Jamaica is pleased to announce its online streaming radio station, www.alphaboysschoolradio.com, has reached the milestone of passing 60,000 unique listeners per month after 5 months of operations. Focusing on its ‘all Alpha, all the time’ format, Alpha Boys School Radio is now launching into the next phase, a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com (http://kck.st/1fihNfD) to build the Alpha Boys’ School Radio Studio and Media Lab on the campus at Alpha Boys School. The studio campaign follows on the successful execution of live broadcasting of The Skatalites performance in the United States and launch of the free mobile applications for Android and iOS phones. Online, on your phone and soon live and direct from Kingston, Alpha Boys School Radio is your musical passport to Jamaica!
Alpha Boys School Radio is a curated experience of Jamaican hits and hard to find gems. They all share the common thread of having an Alpha student (and often students) producing or performing on the song. Since starting online at www.alphaboysschoolradio.com, Alpha Boys School Radio has attracted the support of Jamaican and international tastemakers, from Sean Paul to UB40, David Rodigan to Delfayo Marsalis. Both the Tosh family and the Marley family have spread the word to their friends and family as well as Alpha grads like Winston ‘Yellowman’ Foster.
“The support of the music industry has been fantastic,” said radio station General Manager, Rob Connelly. “We’ve watched listenership rise month after month based on the quality of the programming and the support of the Alpha community. We are very excited to take the next step and introduce radio operations and promotions training to current Alpha students.”
The Alpha Boys’ School Radio Studio and Media Lab fundraiser on Kickstarter.com will create important, real-world training and employment opportunities in media production, promotion and presentation. In return for their pledges, donors can receive rewards contributed in part by Toots & The Maytals, Yellowman and the founders of the International Reggae Poster Contest (Michael Thompson aka Freestylee: Artist Without Borders and Maria Papaefstathiou).
“Alpha Boys School is committed to expanding its internationally recognized music program,” says Sister Susan Frazer, Director of Alpha Boys School. “Alpha Boys School Radio is such an exciting platform for Alpha students, music and culture fans as well as advocates for at-risk youth worldwide to create and collaborate in positive ways. The studio is needed so that Alpha students can contribute to that process and learn the new skills necessary to join the global marketplace that is today’s music industry.”
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About Alpha Boys School www.alphaboysschool.org
Alpha Boys School is a non-profit residential vocational school in Kingston, Jamaica serving at risk boys 8 and 18 years old. Children are assigned to Alpha by the Child Development Agency after the child is determined to be in need of services by the family court system. Founded in 1880, Alpha has been administered since 1890 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, a catholic order of nuns. Best known for graduating Jamaica’s most pioneering musicians, in addition to music, Alpha offers vocational training in agriculture, tailoring, wood working and screen printing.
About Alpha Boys School Radio www.alphaboysschoolradio.com
The radio station is fully automated 24 hours per day, 7 days per week broadcasting to 60,000 unique listeners per month around the world. The Alpha Boys’ School Radio format plays the best of ska, rocksteady and reggae music. All of the music heard on ABSR has at least one graduate of Alpha Boys’ School on the track. Alpha Boys School Radio was created by Alpha Boys School and is managed by WXGR FM, a USA-based non profit radio station founded by Michael Wadleigh, the 1970 Oscar winning director of the documentary film, Woodstock.