I discovered Blockhead Radio (http://www.blockheadradio.com/) via the Forums at Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/). A bit of chatter here and a busy thread there, and I had to go and check it out.
Blockhead Radio is definitely some pretty cool stuff.
Not only do they champion the work of artisans, host giveaways for artists looking to grow their handmade businesses, sponsor weekly contests for artisans in a variety of categories - but they play some really awesome music, too! And it's all done with a delightful sense of humor and professionalism.
From the Blockhead Radio site:
"Blockhead Radio is all about Independence. We are an independent Internet radio station featuring music from the top rock/pop/jazz indie musicians and our talk shows are about independent artisans, family, and life. BHR uses a pop up player that you can launch and listen too while you work or surf the web. Chat is open 24/7 like the station. "
If you browse about the site (and don't forget to launch the radio plug-in player and groove to some smooth tunes while you do), you'll find some neat things:
Stinkin' Good Giveaways offers their listeners to win some great goodies and helps the sponsors - all wonderful artisans - promote their products.
The Biggest Stalker is a place for big 'thanks' those who are out singing the praises of Blockhead Radio. We all know that BHR's success can mean success for all the fabulous artisans they champion.
BHR Charity Box allows for the support and relief to artisan's who strive to use their craft to raise awareness and donations for charitable organizations. Such altruistic endeavors are brought into the spotlight by BHR, and they look at it as a step toward building an online independent artisan community that can contribute with as much value, has as much clout and possibly even more heart as any huge corporation.
And then of course, there's the Artisans Challenge: a weekly contest for artisans in a variety of different categories that helps them promote their handcrafted wares, bring about more awareness to the handmade community and help artists feel good about themselves and their work.
I'm thrilled to be a part of this weeks Challenge! I entered my Lavender & Lemongrass Handcrafted Soap with Olive Oil & Shea Butter into the Candle, Bath & Body Category some time ago, and was notified this morning that my entry made it into this weeks Challenge! And I'm honored to be among a group of extremely talented artisans.
If you'd like to take a look at the entries and cast your vote, here's the link:
And thanks to all of you, especially Blockhead Radio, for supporting the independent artisan community!