The Metal Cyndicate promotes all things Connecticut Metal, and there is no radio station on this planet that has done more to support local metal bands and the venues that have them than OFNR (Official Fucking New Radio). My first exposure to OFNR was following The Bagman as a listener from his previous radio gig to establishing his own Monday night show called, The Nation of Decimation: a program that focuses on local Connecticut metal.
You won’t find top 40 pop music on OFNR nor commercials from advertiser cramming product down your throat. You will hear plugs for local shows, venues, websites, bands, and events that have all to do with the local scene. None of these are paid ads, so the promotion comes from the heart. Focus is on local music and they recognize that bands have more than just one song to play repetitiously until you wear it out. These guys are the real deal. From the website:
“We truly love the independent music community around the globe, and because we’re true fans of the scene as a whole, we buy the merch, we rock the shows and we bring it to you with an OFFICIAL brand that you have come to respect.”
OFNR is also not hindered by the FCC and is free to talk like you and me, meaning generously peppering conversation with well placed profanity. It’s not for the listener who is easily offended by socially unacceptable language, but like everything in life, you have the choice to go elsewhere.
OFNR was born from the idea of doing a commercial spot in January 2006, when Connecticut School Of Broadcasting graduate, Aaron Howard, approached Bob Marino (Knob) to help make it happen. It wasn’t until September of that year that the radio program was established through Live365.com, and even then as just a joke. Years later, OFNR as a licensed internet broadcaster has built a reputation as a trusted organization, winning awards, and supporting the independent music community globally.
- 2007 – Waterbury Republican American (newspaper) – Caught in a Web – Showcased as a Connecticut internet radio station fighting against the Copyright Protection board.
- 2008 – Featured in the March edition of The Indie Net News.
- 2010 – Named the Official Station of The Musician’s Rock Network: WINNER – Live365 $1,000 Why I Love live365 Video Contest: http://www.live365.com/contest/video_contest/ , Featured on Blogtalkradio.com’s Entrepreneur Show
- 2011 – Featured on iTunes Radio under “Alternative”
Bagman’s Nation of Decimation: This 3 hour show, hosted by The Bagman, is all about local and independent metal. Monday’s, starting at 8pm, listeners can count on hearing almost exclusively Connecticut metal, interviews, and tons of information about the local scene including show dates, album releases, special events and more. The Bagman is a veteran of the local music scene having done his time fronting several bands, so he knows the genre well. Past guests include Graven Image, Eyes of The Dead, Priapism, Agrippa93, Moongoyle Entertainment, Billy V of Inablackout, She Walks Without Legs, and The Silence Beneath Us.
The hosts continually to push the boundaries of OFNR, with shows like “The Racist Special” – 3 hours of equal opportunity racism leaving none safe, a series of Anti X-mas shows, and much more wackiness and insanity that would greatly offend the average citizen.
With several past and present staff members certified broadcasters from Connecticut School Of Broadcasting, all are entirely volunteers, experienced in audio, & video production. As their official website states: “We are music fans with too much free time on our hands.”
CHAOS CEOs: After the November 28th, 2011 The Nation of Decimation show, which included guests Moongoyle Entertainment and the local metal band Eyes of the Dead, CEO and founder, Knob, lashed out at Frank Connors’ (Eyes of the Dead) repeated on air antagonism toward him. The following Wednesday, the Board of Directors and Attorney’s of OFNR contacted Knob, and due to his outbursts and unprofessional behavior, demanding his immediate resignation. On the Thursday night show airing on December 1, 2011, FN Court proceedings took place which included several charges against him, removing him from the CEO position. CHAOS army recognized the opportunity in the power vacuum and systematically seized control over OFNR as a collective CEO of 47 people, which has grown to 50 at the time of this article. For an updated list of the current CEO’s click [HERE].
“I was first introduced to Cherry Street by Eric Morton of Curse of Her Flesh. He invited me out to a show he was doing. I went, I fell in love. I just kept going back. On 10/1/2011, the Day after OFNR’s 5 Year Showcase, Mouse of RAIL Put together a show featuring Darkness Descends and Stagger. OFNR was on hand to broadcast the show live. We did it once, it was a no brainer to continue doing so. The sound quality is great, the atmosphere is always welcoming. Dennis and the gang always treat us well. In the New Year, we’d love to work with more venues doing the same.”
About the author
Agrippa is a the general adviser, internet tech sorcerer, and a reporter for the Metal Cyndicate of Connecticut, as well as the author of his own blog about music and music production, Agrippa: Thought Manifest. He can also be found fronting his own band, Agrippa93, on vocals, synths, sequencers, samples, and piano. Agrippa also has an industrial solo project called, Agrippa’s Laboratory. Both projects are produced through his label and studio, Sickle Pation. You can follow him on twitter via @agrippa93, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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