AM 1610, Hamtramck, Michigan

Monday, January 24th, 2011 | by

If you’ve been recording anything for more than a couple years, chances are there are some mics, cables, stands, and acoustic treatment cluttering up your studio — stuff you never reach for, even all those times you really need another mic, stand, or cable, even though those are exactly the times for which you’ve saved the dusty old gear in the first place. Just in case.

Well, here’s something else you might do with it: help build out an independent AM radio station and recording studio near Detroit, MI.


I’m writing you to ask about re-conditioned, old, scratch-and-dent, or other suitable microphones that might be available to what we think is a good cause. I’m sending this note out to various microphone companies so if there’s one that might be inclined to help us out, please let me know.

I run an independent low-power AM station in Hamtramck, Michigan that specializes in Detroit music and playing local vinyl. We’ve been on the air 24 hours a day since May 1st, 2009. Our broadcast studio was completed Jan 1st, 2010.

We’re now building a bare-bones recording studio in the spirit of John Peel. We had a fund-raiser and made enough to purchase a 1979 Ramsa 22 channel mixer and a couple of microphones.

The plan is to have bands we know from the Detroit scene come in and lay down a few tracks for us to play on the air. Who knows, they may sound good enough release one day.

Right now we’ve got two Heil PR-40s and one Audio Technica AT2020. A couple more mics would probably be enough to get us started. We don’t have any compression and we’re extremely lean on mic cables and stands.

We’d be delighted to photograph, promote, review, try out, make video of, and talk about products. We’re small but mighty! We’ve got several hundred fans, mostly musicians and vinyl nuts in Detroit.

Thank you very much for your time and any help or advice you can supply would be appreciated.


Steven B. Cherry
Program Manager/Owner

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2 Responses to “AM 1610, Hamtramck, Michigan”

  1. Steven Cherry

    January 24th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks Matt…

    Oh and we’re more than near Detroit, we’re surrounded by Detroit, like a big dirty hug.

  2. Ryan Johnson

    January 27th, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I’ll ad that there are a lot of struggling/small studios in Michigan who record local artists who would be happy to receive free gear.

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