There’s a new radio station in Williamsburg: BBox Radio. They’ve declared they will be the voice of Brooklyn. Well, Brooklyn is known to be a bit schizophrenic, so one more voice doesn’t hurt.
BBox Radio, the online radio station, was created last year during an international competition. Urban Space Management hosted the competition at Dekalb Market in downtown Brooklyn. Dekalb Market closed for the winter, which forced the winners, BBox Radio, to look for a permanent venue.
The founders, Donna Zimmerman and Daniel Merideth, along with Katrina Cass and two other members that moved out of state, created the community-based station to represent everything that’s Brooklyn. Long time Brooklyn resident Donna said the purpose of the station is to harness “all the artists, ideas, and opinions that are happening in Brooklyn.”
Since Brooklyn is one of the most diverse cities in the U.S., it explains why 46 percent of the station’s audience is from 96 countries. That’s why “Williamsburg is a great space for the radio station, because it’s a neighborhood full of people that are hungry for diverse music, culture, and ideas,” Donna said.
June 21, BBox Radio will host 10 musical performances on the sidewalks of Williamsburg as part of Make Music New York. The all-day event will start at 346 Metropolitan Avenue, and continue in the evening at PIPs Ping Pong Art Space at 158 Roebling Street. The variety of live acts will be rock, bluegrass, electro funk, and hip-hop.