Louder Than Bombs: VanyaRadio adds two new programs, Heartbeats and the Voltage Factory


Boston’s “New Alternative” will soon have some new voices.

VanyaRadio, Vanyaland.com’s 24/7 streaming online radio station, today announces the addition of two new specialty programs to its weekly lineup, both hosted by notable figures in the Boston music scene: “Heartbeats” and “The Voltage Factory.”

“Heartbeats” is a two-hour show focusing on electronic pop music, hosted by Nicole Marie Dessingue, currently of Boston bands Orchids and Doom Lover and formerly of celebrated synthpop outfit Stereo Telescope. “Heartbeats” will debut on October 12 and air every Sunday at 8 p.m. EST., with repeat broadcasts on Tuesdays at the same time.


The Voltage Factory is also a two-hour program, and will focus on the world of rock, punk and metal, hosted by Boston-based music writer and Vanyaland managing editor Michael Christopher. “The Voltage Factory” will debut October 15 and air every Wednesday at 8 p.m., with repeat broadcasts Monday nights at 10 p.m.

“Heartbeats” and “The Voltage Factory” join Michael Marotta’s “This Is 617″ as original, homegrown programming on VanyaRadio, which also features Ian Camfield’s London Calling” and a slate of weekend DJ shows from Andi Durant, Kissy Sell Out, Felix Da Housecat, and more.

“As Boston’s New Alternative, VanyaRadio continues to break the most new music in the city and the rules of tired radio programming.” says Program Director and Vanyaland co-founder Paul Armstrong. “Although at very different ends of the Vanya music spectrum, both shows will explore each genre much deeper than our daytime output. Michael and Nicole live and breathe music and Boston — making them the perfect fit for VanyaRadio.”


“Heartbeats” will showcase the latest sounds in the ever-evolving world of electronic music, from electro-pop to ambient sounds, all a reflection of the 24/7 VanyaRadio playlist with a tighter focus.

“‘Heartbeats’ is practically tailor-made for my taste and ambitions in the local and global music community,” says Dessingue. “Not only as DJ, but to present a show in which I get to play and discuss some of my biggest influences, new inspirations, favorite newcomers who deserve a listen, and strong gorgeous voices that sing the words and melodies that send me reeling. Oh, and some awesome shit I just love to sing with in the shower!”


Meanwhile, the Voltage Factory taps into the Michael Christopher’s love of hard rock and punk, adding a bit of an edge to our pink-colored playlists and ensuring that one day “Mick Chris” will be co-hosting That Metal Show on VH1.


“Getting on board with VanyaRadio is beyond exciting; I haven’t felt like this since David Lee Roth came back to Van Halen!,” says Christopher. “Each week I’ll be spinning rock, punk and beyond. There’ll be some history lessons, breaking news, fresh artists and, most importantly, MUSIC. Above all there’s going to be a celebration of bands from the Cult to Ramones to the Kills to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to the Afghan Whigs. The Voltage Factory is going to have heads spinning… and I know people are going to be electrified.”


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