“I really like the team,” Grindrod said. “Those guys are fantastic. What we’re doing with ‘The Dayton Scene Radio Show’ and with ‘The Funk Chronicles’ on YouTube, is sowing seeds. Every week, we’re putting it out there to more people. The more stations that come on board, the more people that discover the Funk Center.”
Grindrod, who hosts his own “Grindrod PR Podcast,” started his radio career in the late 1980s with a two-year stint as an intern at a Detroit rock station. He went on to work in various capacities at stations in northern Ohio, southern Florida and the Caribbean, from on-air announcer, audio production and program director to sales, marketing and management. The Funk Center marks a new chapter.
“This has opened up so many new opportunities to serve,” Grindrod said. “I originally just wanted to use a graphic for my podcast. Then, I wanted to be a funk ambassador, which led to doing the radio show. I’ve had a chance to go to some events with David and do audio-visual and just share what he’s doing.”
Grindrod is serious about being a community ambassador for the Funk Center.
“I’m connected in Springfield and people know me from my radio job, but they really don’t know much about me and the Funk Center,” he said. “They might know me in the past as the program director at the radio station, but I also want people to know this is part of who I am right now. I’m just trying to get the word out and let people know the Funk Center is happening. The more people connected to it, the farther we can spread our message about the region’s funk music history.”
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