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May 2024
Vol. 23, No. 8

Listen Local

Fly Ramona Radio, Fly!

by Cathryn BeeksJune 2023

In 2005 Tim Flack of Idynomite Media asked me to host his local music podcast. It’s the first time I’d ever heard that word “podcast” (still such a weird word) so I was confused but flattered so I accepted. Over the next few years or so we produced dozens of shows combining our favorite local musicians and telling folks about their shows. Bands like Transfer, Deadline Friday, SweetTooth, and various other legends that still rock today like Tori Roze, Steph Johnson, Christopher Dale, and Jeff Berkley. The Listen Local Show also featured artist interviews that showcased musician’s songs and stories. Those playlists are still available on demand, you just have to scroll WAY down to get to 2005.

In 2009 I began hosting The Homegrown Hour on 102.1 KPRi after Astra Kelly and Madison resurrected the long dormant show that originated on KGB decades earlier. That gig was fun and taught me a LOT about the radio biz. Mostly, that it’s a lot of work and it doesn’t pay very well so you have to love it. I did. I hosted the show for 6 years and when they sold the station in 2015 I began producing and hosting The Listen Local Show online. I purchased the domain name with the dream of creating an online station that played nonstop local music and featured our local music makers as radio personalities hosting their own shows and it all streamed throughout the city. *sigh* Then I remembered I had no tech skills and less money so instead, I’ve been happily producing my show (the same way I learned how to do it in 2005! lol) monthly for the past decade, all thanks to the support of my Patreon subscribers. Thanks you guys!

The point is, I’m super excited to share the news that a new 24/7 streaming station featuring local music along with current hits (all Americana vibe) has recently launched in Ramona. You can stream it commercial free in your business AND you can advertise your local (Ramona, Julian, etc.) business for FREE. Wait, what?! Honestly? HOW is it even possible for Ramona to get any cooler? is how. Check out my video interview on 1/2 Fast TV with founder Eric Goforth and learn all about this rad new station! xo Cathryn Beeks


This month’s show features music by those performing in the San Diego area in June as well as my interview with Eric Goforth. The latter half of the show features songs and messages from music makers from around the globe! Thanks for listening and HUGE thanks to our subscribers for making the show possible!


June 3rd Calamity with special guest percussionist and Artist of the Year Jeff Berkley play the Julian Town Square Music Festival. Get all the details here! That night Calamity is the featured artist at Brightwood Jam #6, find out all about it!

June 4th Lindsay White turns 40 and over 2 dozen of her pals are singing her songs to her! Join us at the GORGEOUS Lavender & Olive in Ramona from 2pm to 7pm, get all the info here

June 8th Song Circle Potluck at Pamo! Join us from 5 to 8 for an unplugged song circle. Details here!

June 10th – The debut of MEDIUM HIGH the new trio featuring the Reverend Stickman, Chuck Roberts and Cathryn Beeks. Covers, originals, fun! Pamo Winery No cover 5pm to 8pm

June 14th Jeff Berkley and The Banned at The Holding Company!

June 23rd – Debut of Ramona’s newest all girl side show band: FLOUSY at Humphreys Backstage after The Indigo Girls

June 24th Vino and Vinyl at Teri’s Common Grounds Café. Get all the info at



That’s it for June, pals! Check out the calendar at to keep up with what’s happening in Listen Local land. AND!? Please send me your original song and intro message so I can play you on the Listen Local Show. Get all the details at

Thank you for your support, xo Cathryn





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