Linda Wright, (a native of Bristol, TN) & Kenneth Berrier (a native of Mount Airy, NC) are no strangers to Bluegrass music. Kenneth, a founding member of the popular 80's bluegrass band Summer Wages, and Linda, an already internet radio show host, struck up a friendship stemming from the music, little knowing what the future would hold for both in music promotion.
Linda met and began working with Jim Edwards, creator of a local radio production based in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia in 2009. The music series, Mountain Music Showcase featured live performances of local bluegrass bands in the Tennessee and Virginia areas, taped and later re-aired, at first to a radio audience. As the show progressed, Edwards decided to bring the show to the television viewing audiences in the area, and began the search for a video editor. Kenneth had an interest in editing, and already had the appreciation of the music, and he joined the team at the end of 2009 as post production editor. Once on board, a mutual desire to bring this type of exposure to the many local bands outside the TN and VA area was always a thought. After some planning and a test run, the concept for Local Grass Radio took shape and became a series of it's own.
Linda & Kenneth thought it would be a great idea to give the bands who are 'local' to their respective parts of the country the opportunity to have their music played to a much wider audience. Most local bands have great opportunities to take their music to local venues, and have great audiences, but often don't get their music to that wider platform of radio airplay. That's where the mission of Local Grass Radio becomes reality.
Together, the two have also established a media company, working with many varied interests in production, as well as web development. In light of mutual history for the pair, starting at early ages in Bristol Tennessee, the company was formed under the name 1304 Media Interests, bearing the name of an address where live music was filmed and rebroadcast in earlier days in history at 1304 West State Street in Bristol, TN.
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