You are now listening to the Bocas Sound Factory! That’s right, Bocas now has an on-line radio station, broadcasted from right here on Isla Colon for everyone on the inter webs to hear.
Ken Davis is a music fanatic (especially Jazz) and an accomplished musician himself as he is Bocas’ resident funk-master bass extraordinaire. When he arrived to Bocas in September of 2011 he saw an opportunity for a radio station that catered to the tourists and ex-pat community. There are already plenty of good radio stations on the AM and FM dial that broadcast in Spanish and play reggae, cumbia, bachata, salsa and other musical typical in Panama, however there was nothing on the internet, nothing on Isla Colon and nothing that broadcasted in English and played music that the many foreigners who come to the island want to hear.
“I felt the need for a community radio station; a place to share ideas,” says Ken. It didn’t take long for his vision to become a reality as the station was launched in June.
The Bocas Sound Factory is not just one station but actually features four channels: Classic Rock and R&B, The Jazz Room, Surfers Paradise and Club Bocas (for your late night dance party). The station is found at www.bsfradio.com and can be streamed though iTunes, Windows Media Player and Winamp or you can just listen right on the site.
The music plays 24 hours and is not generated by a machine, but rather handpicked by music enthusiasts in an effort to help listeners discover new talent and re-introduce them to the hits of yesterday and today. Although the station is still in its infancy, many exciting ideas have been thrown around for live broadcasts. Rumor has it that funny man Tyler Boissonalt will be gracing the airwaves with a live show featuring his comedic stylings.
The Bocas Sound Factory is operated both by listener support and sponsorships. Many sponsors are already on board and if you would like to advertise on the sound factory, act fast because sponsorship is limited. Ken believes that a music station should be about playing music. He doesn’t want to it to become cluttered with ads and rightfully so. So far the station has been played in restaurants, bars and hostels such as Raw Sushi, Casa Verde and La Mama Loca Bar and Grill.
So if you are a music lover, I leave you with three simple steps to enjoy the sonic vibrations of the Bocas Music Factory stations:
Find a computer with internet connection and speakers
Crank up the jams and get down with your bad self
Stay tuned to the Bocas Sound Factory on your internet dial, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are interested in advertising with the station, contact Ken Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.