Terri Sunkin previously managed venues including Pianos and The Knitting Factory, and decided to open her own performance space because she’s lived in Bushwick for ten years and wanted to see more venues in the neighborhood.
She opened the doors to the 2,500-square-foot venue at 22 Wyckoff Avenue in November, and she is relying on Witter to manage programming for the online radio station that is the thematically central element of the space.
Witter said the station already has a fairly wide scope of programming lined up.
“Aside from just the obvious sort of hipster-type stuff, on Sundays Reverend Vince after church is going to be doing a gospel and soul show for us,” Witter said. “I have a girl coming in and doing a Latin and alternative show. I have Bobby Bell, who’s been in the neighborhood for like 30 years, he’s probably going to be doing a blues show for us as well.”
Along with radio-only content, the station will also be hosting live content from the stage tucked nicely into the large open room in the rear of the space.
“I feel like the ultimate mission statement for the radio station is the idea of taking a mirror and holding it up to our community and trying to reflect what is happening here in Bushwick as much as possible, from local art to music, culture, comedy,” Witter said. “Whether it’s indie, hip hop, or if you’re doing sketch comedies or radio plays, we want to try to take all of that and put it into a station.”
While the bar and stage are currently open for business, the radio station isn’t quite ready for steady broadcast, Sunkin said.
“We’re still working on getting the radio station open,” Sunkin said. “We’re probably about 50 percent of the way through, but we still have some more work to do with that.”