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He's building a home for Web music



Published: Thu, January 24, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

If you want to know what Moe Angelo thinks of corporate-controlled mainstream radio, with its limited playlists, consider the title of his website and phone app: iHateRadio.

Angelo, a Warren native who moved to Florida two years ago, has been running an online station, ruKus radio, for several years now. RuKus specializes in unsigned indie-rock acts.

Angelo’s latest venture builds on his experience. It’s an online and smartphone service that puts several Web stations together in one place.

The idea came to him as he was working on a phone app for ruKus radio. “I jokingly started calling it I Hate Radio,” he said in a phone call. “Then I started thinking about it and said, ‘Why not?’ It started to become more about promoting indie Webcasting as an art than just about promoting my own station. Other people are doing this, so if I can get them all together, everyone will benefit.”

So far, Angelo — who was the bass player in local rock band The Kellys before heading south — has seven Web stations under his iHateRadio.org umbrella.

His company also has launched the beta version of an app for Android smartphones.

“Finally someone is standing up to the corporate-controlled monopoly over the airwaves and the mainstream music that is force-fed to the masses,” said Angelo in a press release announcing the product.

IHateRadio is running a funding campaign through Jan. 31 on Indiegogo.com to raise funds to develop Angelo’s vision. He wants his site to become a categorized database of independent Web stations, a massive streaming library of albums from independent artists, and a musically rich social network and independent news website, with dispatches from musical hot spots around the globe created by those involved in the local scenes.

Toward that end, iHate-Radio also is holding a “netathon” (which is sort of like a telethon) from a handful of cities, including Youngstown, Nashville, Tenn., and Angelo’s adopted hometown of Sanford, Fla.

The Youngstown event will be tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Lemon Grove, 110 W. Federal St., downtown. It will be an open-mic affair with a number of local performers, including Demos Papadimas and Terry Wajda.

Email Angelo at ihateradioapp@gmail.com.

CEDAR’S FINAL WEEKEND AT HAZEL STREET LOCATION

Cedar’s Lounge, Youngs-town’s classic rock ’n’ roll bar, will mark its final weekend at 23 N. Hazel St., where it has been for 37 years, with a mini-festival Friday night. Performing will be The Building, Andre Costello and the Cool Minors, Rahkeem Brown (a poet) and The Raspberry Reich. Vendors also will be on hand with records and local wares, comics and art, as well as vegan food.

The club is being forced to move because the building it’s in is about to be completely rehabbed. The owners will reveal Cedar’s new location soon.

CASH MOB At GREYLAND

The Youngstown Cash Mob will target Greyland Gallery this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Greyland, at the corner of South Phelps and Boardman streets, downtown Youngstown, is a gallery of art, retro furniture and decor, vinyl records, vintage clothes and toys, and other cool items. Once a month, cash-mob members visit a locally owned business to give it a financial boost.


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