It seems like local commercial radio is in the business of robbing listeners and musicians of their souls when it comes to what they offer the community. The problem lies with the emphasis in radio programming being on the aforementioned words commercial and business. This should come as no surprise to music fans with a critical ear to the ground who want more than the usual scripted deejay banter and prepackaged, uninspired pop tunes from their local airwaves. What may be a welcome surprise though, is that Houston’s only commercial free, listener sponsored radio station KPFT is here to save your soul. This isn’t to be confused with that other local station that employs the tactic of the biblical name drop, claiming the Almighty as a listener. You know, that must really skew their demographics. No, this soul saving has nothing to do with religion, unless spirit soothing, body moving music is your religion. If that’s the case, services begin August 21, at 8:00 p.m. Central time when “The Soul Brother Show” with host Christopher “Mr. Chris” Whaley airs for the first time on KPFT’s HD3 station and streaming at kpft.org.
The new KPFT show is an extension of Whaley’s podcast of the same name. It provides listeners with a much needed home on local radio for “heavy soul and raw funk.” “The Soul Brother Show” promises to give music fans a generous serving of funk, soul, and more.” The “more” part of that equation leaves open the possibility there will be music which doesn’t fit neatly within one particular genre. This is often the best kind of music, and it’s what KPFT has been serving its listeners for decades. With “The Soul Brother Show,” Mr. Chris brings a life-long passion for soulful music. According to his biography, his mother recalls his first words being sung instead of spoken. While driving, she heard her infant son singing along to “Tonight’s the Night” by Rod Stewart. Whaley immersed himself in all the music that moved him as he was growing up, learning all he could about the artists he enjoyed. He’s been sharing this knowledge and his love of music that has the power to move you ever since.
KPFT program director Ernesto Aguilar sees this collaboration between local podcasters and KPFT as speaking to the new generation of radio. It creates a much needed avenue for more voices of the community to be heard by a larger audience. KPFT has always provided a microphone for voices of the community. For music fans with a critical ear, tired of what commercial radio churns out to the masses, KPFT has always had your back, and now Mr. Chris has your soul.
The Soul Brother Show airs Fridays from 8-10 p.m. on KPFT HD3 and streaming on kpft.org. You can also hear the Soul Brother Show podcast on iTunes.
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