Foxtrax, an indie-rock band from New York, recently performed live in The Lounge at WLFC 88.3, the University of Findlay’s student-led radio station. The band was making its way down I-75 for a performance in Cincinnati later that evening and made a convenient stop in Northwest Ohio to be a part of WLFC’s latest show “The I-75 Stopover.”
Foxtrax was the first of many bands to visit The Lounge, which is the newest addition to the WLFC studio. The Lounge will be a hotspot for WLFC’s two new shows, “The I-75 Stopover” featuring touring artists traveling through Ohio on I-75, and “Ohio Craft Music,” a series dedicated to hosting Ohio artists live.
“The goal is to grab bands as they tour off of I-75 for quick interviews and an acoustic song,” said Doug Jenkins, WLFC station manager. “We will also start hosting Ohio acts in the studio in July.”
While providing extra exposure for local and touring bands and appeasing the growing indie-music audience, the new shows will also provide additional experience for WLFC DJs as they interview bands and manage the logistics for live studio performances.
“This is a whole other level of learning for them,” said Jenkins. “Interacting with bands and having the experience of hooking everything up and interviewing is something they will look back on.”
Amy Bolton, junior pre-veterinary and animal science major, interviewed the three band members of Foxtrax in the first run of “The I-75 Stopover” while Hope Brant, sophomore undeclared student, produced and Stacy Diri, senior public relations major, ran sound. The band talked about how they became Foxtrax, their new EP and the tour they’re currently on with the band, Barns Courtney. The band followed the interview with two songs played acoustically.
Following the interview, WLFC invited Foxtrax to be the first band to sign the wall in The Lounge, which will now be a tradition for each band who visits the studio.
“We’re absolutely honored, to be a part of this amazing, budding college radio program,” said Ben Schneid who plays guitar, keys and vocals for Foxtrax. “I think there is a certain energy about this station because it’s fresh and everyone is invested in what’s happening.”
Schneid explained the importance of college radio stations and how they’re so beneficial to up and coming bands. “Every time we’re going from Detroit to Cincinnati we’re stopping in Findlay, Ohio. The best thing for a band is to have a place right in the middle of four stops,” he said.
This was Foxtrax’s first time in Findlay, but it certainly won’t be their last. The group looks forward to visiting again and encouraged fellow artists to stop in while they’re in the area.
WLFC encourages listeners to follow them on Facebook and Twitter or visit the WLFC website for upcoming segments of “The I-75 Stopover” and “Ohio Craft Music.”
Artists interested in being on WLFC can contact Doug Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.