Though often overlooked by artists who spend way too much time managing their friends on MySpace, radio can be an excellent way to promote yourself, both here in the Inland Northwest and especially on the road. Nearly every big city with a thriving music scene has that one radio station — or that one show — that every fan listens to and every artist wants to make an appearance on when they're rolling through town. In L.A., it's Nic Harcourt's legendarily taste-making Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW. In Minneapolis, it's the Current on Minnesota Public Radio.

In Spokane, your best shot to get on the air — although KPBX occasionally airs local talent — is Thin Air Radio, KYRS. You should pay particular attention to the programs Battlestar Eclectica and Spotucky Radio, among others.

But if you're playing in Seattle next month and you really don't want to be playing for just a couple drunks and your second cousin Lester from Tukwila, get in touch with a radio station and find out if they might have you on-air. For detailed information on how best to do this, see this excellent page:

Here are a few places to start in cities around the Northwest.

KNRK, 94.7
Monday - Friday, 7-10 pm
Jaime Cooley, Assistant Program Director
c/o KNRK
0700 SW Bancroft St.
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 733-5470

KPSU, 1450 AM
Portland State University radio
Austin Rich, Program Director
[email protected]
(503) 725-5669
P.O. Box 751 - SD
Portland, OR 97207

KBOO, 90.7
Community radio
Brandon Lieberman, Program Director
(503) 231-8032 x207
20 SE 8th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

OPB, 91.5
Oregon Public Broadcasting
(503) 244-9900
7140 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97219

KEXP, 90.3
113 Dexter Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 520-5833

KUOW, 94.9
Puget Sound Public Radio
4518 University Way NE, Suite 310
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 543-2710

Boise Community Radio
1020 W. Main St., Suite 200
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 424-8166

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Joel Smith is the media editor for The Inlander. In that position, he manages and directs and edits all copy for the website, the newspaper and all other special publications. A former staff writer, he has reported on local and state politics, the environment, urban development and culture, Spokane's...