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From: The Lincoln Journal Star

Star City Scene Launches Lincoln Bands Into Cyberspace

Jeff Korbelik
Sept 22, 2003

Thanks to cyberspace, Lincoln Rock and Alternative bands- have a way to reach audiences beyond playing gigs in clubs.

Star City Scene, a website founded by musician Tery Daly to promote local music has launched a "radio station" that streams original tunes from Lincoln groups. It's located at www.starcityscene.com.

Currently featuring over 40 bands, the station plays a mix of old (Floating Opera, Sideshow, Plastik Trumpet, The Millions, Mercy Rule), and new (Rent Money Big, Caesar The Greaser, The Bad Sects, Minutia Stew).

"It's not bands playing covers", said musician, Dan Jenkins, whose former band Drive-by Honky is part of the playlist. "It's a good way for original music to get out there other than radio". Jenkins is right.

Other than the University of Nebraska student radio station KRNU (90.3FM), local bands have no avenue to reach fans via the airwaves. A former Lincoln radio personality started an internet station featuring midwest bands two years ago, but that went belly up after only a few months.

Launched in April, Daly's website includes interviews with bands, album and live show reviews, local music news, show schedules, venue information, message board forums and chat rooms. Daly said he added the radio station to give visitors a chance to hear local bands. "I've had people e-mail me and say they'd heard a band on the station, and then went out to see the band's live show, he said.

Not only Lincoln music fans are listening, After only 19 days on the air, the station has had listeners from over 15 different countries tune in.

Star City Scene Radio has no DJs - it's just music, one song play after another. "It's been a great way for people to sample for free a quite a bit of stuff", Jenkins said.

When users log on, the stream begins with the same song, but most media players, Daly said, allow listeners to scroll through the playlist.

Daly said he plans to rotate the music fairly regularly. He also hopes to increase capacity so more music can be added, but to do so requires more money. He maintains the site out of his own pocket. Ideally, I'd like to get a corporate sponsor If I could, Daly said.

At least for now, Lincoln music fans can get a good sampling of what's being played out there.