Local radio station helps musical artists get back on the airwaves

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis is home to the rhythm and blues, and local music artists have a new platform to share their talents with listeners.

Local radio station WXYR Community Radio was off the air for months this year amid the ongoing pandemic.

The station is now back and sharing the airwaves with local musical artists and DJs.

Over the weekend, the station featured both old and new artists.

FOX13 spoke with one singer, Jordan Occassionally, who said it was a “surreal” experience to have her music played at the local station.

She said she is humbled to have Memphis’ support.

WXYR is centered around arts and culture in the Bluff City.

The station includes some talk radio, but programming is largely centered on music.

The radio station is a Crosstown Radio collaboration between the University of Memphis, the Daily Memphis and Crosstown Concourse.

The collaboration allows UofM students to host segments each week playing the blues, neo-soul, reggae, hip-hop and other musical styles.

The station has three employees, as well as volunteers.

40 DJs with ties to Memphis showcase their talents with many different kinds of music.

WXYR re-launched in October.