It’s Sunday night. School is looming over the horizon, but the weekend won’t go quietly.
What’s a young islander to do?
Enter DD Madigan.
The high school sophomore recently noticed something missing: a music outlet geared toward the island’s overlooked teen crowd.
“It was winter break when I decided it might be fun to do a radio show,” Madigan said. “I thought there was a huge gap between what is played on KEXP and The End, which I know a lot of high schoolers listen to.”
With her finger on the pulse of her contemporaries’ music tastes, she felt she knew what was needed.
On one hand, folk music and honkey tonk has a foothold with up-and-coming music fans.
And on the other?
“The End is like a playlist on repeat, so I wanted to cover the best of both worlds,” she said.
The 16-year-old did her research. The island has its own modern radio station that is carried online, and with a little the help from the folks at Bainbridge Island Radio, Madigan was up and running.
Her show, SoundFiles, airs online at 8 p.m. every Sunday.
“It’s been really fun,” Madigan said. “I’ve featured one BHS band. I’m talking with several others to feature them. I also featured a band out of Oregon called Hemlock Lane.”
Madigan wants to highlight the talent found among the next generation that isn’t commonly featured on the airwaves around Puget Sound.
“High schoolers get understated and not much attention,” she said.
Madigan noted that places such as the Island Music Guild has been supportive of local musicians, but she wants to spread the word on the web.
“It’s more about getting the word out to other places,” she said, “and having an older audience recognize what’s going on with these high school kids.”
Madigan has long had a passion for music. She said her parents did a good job of exposing her to an eclectic mix of tunes. From that, she has grown a healthy penchant for collecting vinyl records and absorbing whatever the realm of music has to offer.
“I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock from the ‘70s,” Madigan said. “I like to incorporate that music with newer music. For my first show I played the Kinks with Alt-J and Father John Misty.”
“I like to play what high schoolers listen to and the older stuff that musicians today have drawn from,” she said.
SoundFiles, including past shows, can be heard online at www.bainbridgeislandradio.org.