Portland Musicians – Get Some Airplay on KUFO

Even though I am not down with the KUFO 101 Hummer, you gotta give love when it's due…and this is good local Portland love


Spotlight to Shine on Portland Bands Starting This Sunday July 1st

Rock musicians from around Portland have a new outlet to reach hometown music fans, as Rock 101 KUFO launches Viva La Luna this Sunday night, July 1, at 9pm. The program will feature original songs from ten to twelve area bands every week, plus live interviews and performances from artists and other figures from the region's emerging music scene.

"I had an idea that there was enough local music in Portland for this show," commented KUFO Program Director Mike Tierney. "The city has great live music venues, established independent music retail, and plenty of passionate music fans. It seemed like a good time to create a loudspeaker on the radio for the best of the music that's here."

Viva La Luna will be hosted by Lisa Wood, who has helmed two northwest music shows — including the influential Audioasis on Seattle's KEXP — during an on-air career that includes stints at KISW, KFNK, and KUBE. She has also handled various hosting, writing and producing responsibilities for such venerable music entities as the Sasquatch Music Festival, Paul Allen's Experience Music Project, the Bumbershoot festival, the Rise ‘n Shine Foundation, and No Vote Left Behind. She moved to Portland in 2006.

Tierney said finding the right host for the show was critical. "The right person should be a combination of broadcaster, music fan, cheerleader and ambassador to the music community. Lisa Wood is all of that. We are incredibly lucky to have her join our team."

Wood said: "I'm very excited about Viva La Luna and the ability to continue supporting Northwest music. I want to make the show a destination for both music lovers and bands who are excited about what's happening here."

The show's title Viva La Luna is a tip-of-the-cap to La Luna, the Portland club which reigned supreme among music fans from 1992 to 1999 as a stage for both local acts, as well as those on the national scene. "It's great if people get the reference," Tierney said. "At the very least, it's a more inspired name than ‘Loud & Local.'"

Portland area artists may submit music to: KUFO, 2040 Southwest 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209, ATTN: Local Music Show. They may submit web links and gig listings to localshow@kufo.com (no mp3's, please).

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