One year ago, Stuart Brown a lifelong Broadway musical theater fan in the
United States had an idea to start a 24/7 online Broadway music radio station.
That dream became a reality with the launching of Sounds of
Broadway ( http://www.SoundsofBroadway.com ) in April 2019. “I’ve been
attending theater in New York since my Freshman year in high school,” said
the New York theater critic. “My friend and I would take the bus from New
Jersey with two-fers (discount coupons) and see a show. One of my first was
the original production of Grease in 1972. I think we paid about $8.00 US for a
full price Saturday matinee ticket.”

The current college administrator attended Rutgers University, a short train ride
to the theater district. “In college in the late 1970’s, I had my own Broadway
radio show and I was the Fine Arts Editor of the station, which enabled me to
receive press seats for Broadway plays and musicals,” he said.
Mixing his love of Broadway musicals and experience in college radio, along
with advances in technology, the current President of the Connecticut Critics
Circle has been able to establish a home-grown radio station that can be
managed by simply using a microphone and laptop.

According to Brown, Sounds of Broadway offers the most wide-ranging listing
of music from the Off-Broadway, Broadway, and London stages. Thousands of
songs from hundreds of cast recordings are in rotation, with new shows being
added weekly. "My last count was something like 4,600 songs from about 560
musicals," he said. “I also have hundreds of cast recordings on vinyl that will
probably never be released on CD or uploaded on services like iTunes. One of
my planned retirement projects is to digitize the collection to further extend my
online catalog.”

The goal of Sounds of Broadway is to educate and entertain. "I curate every
playlist,” he said. I feature popular and well-known shows like Wicked, My
Fair Lady, and Hamilton," he said. "But, unlike other online radio stations, I
include selections from more obscure or little heard of shows. I guess it’s the
college educator in me. I want the station to entertain, but I also want to teach
people about musical theater history.

The station has no subscription fee so is free to listeners. A link to the app for
iPhones and Android devices as well as the Amazon Echo is on the home page
– SoundsofBroadway.com . Currently, the station averages over 8,500 listeners
a month, from dozens of countries and has been growing by double digit
increases.

One of the central features of Sounds of Broadway is a two-hour all-request
time slot from 8:00-10:00PM EST every night. "Everyone has their favorite
songs they want to hear and this will give listeners the opportunity to do so,
said Brown.

A recent addition is a weekly Trivia Challenge. A new quiz is uploaded every
Wednesday. “I try to mix it up with easy and tougher questions,” said Brown.
“The reaction has been great. It’s a quick diversion in these trying times.”
“Everybody loves a great Broadway song,” stated Brown, who attends dozens
of Broadway shows a year. “ Sounds of Broadway is fast becoming the
destination for both musical theater aficionados and people who are just
discovering this very American art form.”

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