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Swamp Radio aims to provide the Greater Northeast Florida area with a live radio experience (and podcast) which celebrates the culture, art, and history of Jacksonville and its surrounding areas. During its inaugural season, Swamp Radio will present a quarterly, scripted variety series which draws from the songwriters, poets, playwrights and storytellers of the area to create an audio tapestry of the place many call home. In addition to the thrill of live performance taking place at various locales in the Spark district, Swamp Radio will also establish a presence in the digital arena with a series of podcasts available to the public at no charge.
SWAMP RADIO LIVE!
New Year’s Eve – Thursday, December 31 | 8pm
Join host Ian Mairs for an evening of songs, stories, sketches and conversations celebrating Northeast Florida’s arts and culture scene. Highlights include a hilarious review of the year’s top stories from resident sketch comedians The Retreads, and hopes and dreams for the coming new year from a host of storytellers and local celebrities.
FLORIDA THEATRE, 128 East Forsyth St, Jacksonville
SWAMP RADIO: PARTY AT ARTWALK
Wednesday, November 4 | 5:30-7pm
SWAMP RADIO CELEBRATES ITS TERRIFIC TWOS | This November Artwalk, join the Swamp Radio gang in the Florida Theatre lobby for a rowdy party celebrating the show’s two year anniversary. We’ll be free sampling all things swampy from the likes of The Hyppo’s Stephen DiMare (Swamp Pops), Vagabond Coffee’s Samantha Morgan and Robynn Sorenson (Swamp Pop Tarts), a special handcrafted cocktail from our down the street neighbor at the Volstead (Swamp Juice), and a few surprise goodies for your palate.
At 6pm we will take a moment to recognize a few beloved folks and community leaders who have continued to nurture and support our endeavor, producer Ian Mairs will provide a quick preview of the 2015-16 season, and we’ll have a song or two from some of our past contributors. The Florida Theatre bar will be open be open from 5:00-8pm and behind-the-scenes tours of this beloved venue will be offered at 5:30pm and 6:30pm.
SWAMP RADIO LIVE! SPECIAL EVENT
Saturday, November 21 | 7pm
EARLY THANKS | Join the cast of Swamp Radio, Northeast Florida’s beloved (and hilarious) live radio show, for an Early Thanksgiving event at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Enjoy a down-home, three-course Southern Thanksgiving meal turned slightly on its head by notable St. Augustine chefs Ned Pollock of Ned’s Southside Kitchen, Stephen DiMare of The Hyppo Café, and Terri Gamble of The Blue Hen Café while dining under the trees in the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Pavilion, followed by an 80-minute Swamp Radio show celebrating the Ancient City in all its autumnal glory.
Only 80 tickets available for this unforgettable early Thanksgiving celebration!GET TICKETS
SWAMP RADIO ON THE AIR
WJCT 89.8 FM | Saturday, Jan 16 at 4pm
NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW | An evening of songs, stories, sketches and conversations celebrating Northeast Florida’s arts and culture scene. Highlights include a hilarious review of the year’s top stories from resident sketch comedians The Retreads, and hopes and dreams for the coming new year from a host of storytellers and local celebrities. With special musical guests PARKER URBAN BAND and COMPLICATED ANIMALS
SWAMP RADIO ONLINE
NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW | Swamp Radio’s rowdy and toe tappin’ party at the Florida Theatre recorded on New Year’s Eve features some wonderful stories, interviews and first class musical offerings from COMPLICATED ANIMALS and PARKER URBAN BAND
Note from the Executive Director / Show Creator
My father moved us to Jacksonville from Los Angeles in 1970. From the minute we crossed the state line, I felt I had set foot on a new planet. The air was hot and wet. The trees were lush and green. Everyone spoke with a funny accent. It didn’t take long for me to be hypnotized by the place. I came to understand folks in North Florida had a certain way of doing everything: cooking vegetables (frying them), making iced tea (with a ton of sugar) and answering your elders (with a “yes ma’am” on the end of every response.)
Over the past three decades, I have been blessed to interact with a group of artists who also shared a passion for the sights and sounds of the Northeast Florida area. With this project, I am striving to present the residents of Jacksonville with a banquet table of those artist’s words and music which will the sustain the hunger we all have for art which defines our present experience— IAN MAIRS
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Swamp Radio is a 2013 Spark Grant recipient