Why I founded, designed and developed a music blog.
I graduated from the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in 2005 with dreams of hosting my own radio show. When I began working in the field it became clear that radio stations were relying more on automation, prerecorded programs and simulcasting. The live radio show was dead. Music playlists were dictated by an invisible entity whose taste was unsurprisingly similar to that of a robot. The most control I had in choosing music was to dump one song from the playlist in substitution for another, whose length would more accurately fill an hour rotation. 8 years later, it’s obvious radio is now a skipping record.
I started The Sunday Idiom as a radio program featuring my favorite music and new releases by uploading broadcasts I recorded in my basement to the Internet. It enabled me to continue sharing my favorite music with the world, as well as helped sharpen my skills in broadcast communications. The Sunday Idiom also helped erase the guilt of paying for a degree that I knew I was never going to profit from. A year later a friend of mine helped me transition The Sunday Idiom into a music blog because it was too risky to upload songs I didn’t have permission to use. I instead focused on writing about my surrounding community, the metro-Detroit area, whose music scene continues to be an inspiration.
The success and renewed passion I found with The Sunday Idiom lead me to explore web design and development. I wanted more functionality and design control over the website. I re-enrolled at Northern Michigan University to pursue a degree in graphic communications. I graduate this May and the skills I’ve learned both at school and at Elegant Seagulls enabled me to make The Sunday Idiom the site I imagined back in 2009. It enables me to bypass the media powerhouses and instead focus on what I find valuable and important. I designed, coded and built the website using WordPress and the support of a few open source plugins. Check out the site @ The Sunday Idiom!