Robert Connelly, a strmXja speaker, has created local, regional and national streaming audio and over the air networks. The Gourmet Lounge, broadcast from 2005-2010 on WXGR LP FM Dover, New Hampshire (USA), a station he founded, is one of the career accomplishments Connelly remembers most. WXGR’s first original programming, The Gourmet Lounge was a music-infused house party Connelly hosted featuring local chefs and musical guests. It was, he says, radio’s first “musical-cooking-variety show”. Perhaps most importantly, The Gourmet Lounge put the local community on a regional, even national, stage through streaming audio.
WXGR, like other low power FM stations, is a non-commercial, educational broadcast radio service. According to its website, WXGR is also “a catalyst for local businesses and nonprofits”. Not every business or non-profit requires mood lighting or a ‘Cocktail Line’ to ring in the weekend, but, like The Gourmet Lounge, the ‘streaming stage’ can provide critical accessibility and scalability. Check out more of WXGR’s offerings on the station’s website.