Big Island Music Magazine has just launched its second podcast and it’s called the Big Island Beat, or just The Beat. The show is featured exclusively on the Spotify app and offers new music releases by local performers and commentary from Kona comedians. The Friday Edition contains the Weekend Entertainment Calendar which announces who is playing where on different parts of the island.
Hosted by Big Island Music Magazine’s editor Steve Roby, who also hosts the Songs & Stories podcast, who is thrilled to offer a new listening experience for fans of the island’s entertainment scene. “Having worked in radio for many years, I hope to revisit a free-form format that’s sadly missing on corporate radio today,” said Roby from his new podcast studio on the Hamakua Coast. “There won’t be any annoying ads, but it will have an unrestricted playlist, and listeners can chime in via a 24/7 message line we’ve set up.” Roby notes that if you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation to call the Big Island Music Magazine Listener Line at (318) 500-3582 and leave a voice message. He says comments just might air on a future podcast episode.
This week’s Friday Edition show features new music by Lopaka Rootz (“Blue Clear Sky”), Drew Daniels (“Circles”), and a track from Larry Dupio’s 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning album (“That Thang”). All of these songs come from Spotify’s extensive music library, and just as artists receive royalties on their music streams, so, too, will they get paid for songs that appear in Spotify podcasts like the Big Island Beat.
Premium Spotify subscribers will be able to hear the full tracks included in podcasts. Those using the free, ad-supported version will only hear a 30-second teaser. That, however, is the listening threshold at which royalty payments are triggered, so artists will benefit either way.
To listen to the Big Island Beat podcast, click on the link above or visit the show here.