You can take the men out of terrestrial radio, but in the case of Tony Peters and Turk Logan you can’t keep them from broadcasting. Both men are veterans of the local airwaves and each is getting ready to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his own online venture.
Tony Peters’ Icon Fetch
Peters had already spent 20 years as a disc jockey at local stations like WTUE-FM and WING-FM when he launched his Internet radio program Icon Fetch in April 13, 2010. Since then he has produced more than 250 episodes, including segments with music veterans such as Tommy James, Solomon Burke and Dwight Twilley.
“When I started out I never thought I’d be doing it five years later,” Peters said. “It just shows what happens when you stick to it. There have been many times where I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m kind of done with it. This is my last interview.’ Then somebody reaches out and wants to do an interview and that brings me back.
“What really motivates me to keep going is I love hearing stories from the guests,” Peters said. “I learn new things all the time. As the years go on I wonder if I’ll ever run out of musicians to interview. It’s like, ‘Nah, I don’t think so.’ People are still making records so they’ll always have a reason to do interviews.”
How to listen: Individual episodes are available free at IconFetch.com and at iTunes.
Turk Logan’s WTRK
Logan, who was WDAO-FM’s program director during the funk heydays of the 1970s and ’80s, launched his own Internet radio station, WTRK.biz, in July, 2010.
“We’re on 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Logan said. “We’re still playing the funk and still having a great time broadcasting. This one is mine and I don’t have to take orders from anybody so I’m having a ball with the radio station.”
WDAO was the first station in the country to regularly spin songs by the Ohio Players, Sun, Slave, Faze-O and other homegrown acts. Classic funk and R&B remains Logan’s focus with WTRK.
“It continues the legacy started back in 1971,” he said. “I didn’t know that’s what I was creating back then but that’s what I’m told 44 years later. We were one of the first stations in the country to play funk and definitely the first in Dayton to do it.
“There aren’t a lot of stations playing that music today but there’s still a large audience for it all over the world,” Logan added. “That’s the listeners we’re reaching today on the Internet.”
How to listen: www.iconfetch.com and www.wtrk.biz.
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