Monday, May 11, 2009

15 year anniversary!

WNHU’s Wild Woman Radio (thats us!) celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special party/concert at Café Nine on Saturday, May 23rd featuring electro-rock band Lovewhip, New Haven’s Joanie Loves Tchotchokes and dj bixby (aka Sarah Cornelius of Wild Woman Radio). Tickets will be $6 at the door.

Wild Woman Radio was sprouted on WNHU to give a voice to the talented female musicians who are under represented on commercial radio and who offer an alternative to the Barbie-like pop singers created by the major record labels. The program has witnessed the positive upswings in the 1990’s, including the buzz of the politically charged riotgrrrl movement and the overwhelming support and success of the Lilith Fair Tour, and continued to support those artists during the ensuing backlash that immediately followed. One only has to view the Alternative music chart (Radio & Records top 40 alternative currently has 2 female fronted bands listed) to understand why this program is still as relevant today as it was when it began. The first seven or eight years of the show’s history was spearheaded by Helen Sherman, who retired from radio in 2001 and passed the torch to Sarah Cornelius. Other djs involved over the years include Pam Smith (currently hosting Amazon Radio on WPKN), Sharon Walsh, Robin Goldberg, Julie Loomis, Christine Malash and Meredith Tarr. Over the last five years, Wild Woman Radio as also supported female artists in presenting a concert series in New Haven and has hosted The Dresden Dolls, Kristin Hersh, Bitch, The Butchies, Awry (now My Brightest Diamond), Heloise & the Savoir Faire, Quitzow, Mieka Pauly, Patti Rothberg and more.


Part of Boston’s underground but up-and-coming electro scene, Lovewhip is much more than just a band. They are an electro dance rock phenomenon. Living up to the name Lovewhip, they create a live show with the passionate vocals and dance moves of the “soulful electro-rock diva” (says the Boston Phoenix) Erin Harpe a.k.a. Empress Erin, she also rips out screaming electric guitar riffs as she taunts and teases the crowd. Building on influences as diverse as Blondie, Beck, Sean Paul, Missy Elliot, the B52’s and the Cars, Lovewhip has created a sound all their own.

Lovewhip "Gimme That"

New Haven music scene veteran Kriss Santala fronts this great garage rock trio, bringing out the punk many previous fans hadn’t seen from her (having been involved in some quite softer singer/songwrtier projects). The band has been recording this spring and should have their first disc out soon.

DJ Bixby, aka Sarah Cornelius, is the current host of Wild Woman Radio and as a live dj spins danceable female centric music including electro, post punk, underground hip hop, 80’s alternative, etc.

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