Hollow Earth Radio is the Pacific Northwest's freeform online radio station that presents a forum for underrepresented music, sounds and perspectives. We support the local
music community in Seattle, King County, Washington state, and the larger Pacific Northwest by focusing on found sound, field recordings, forgotten music, local musicians, bedroom recordings, low-fi demos, dreams, storytelling, and things that feel real. We expose works that have yet to be unearthed or have long been dormant. We acknowledge and celebrate raw talent and imperfections, and encourage bands who've never had their music air on a radio before to take a chance with us.
Not only do we talk with musicians, but we talk with music supporters like small label owners, DIY venue curators & music bloggers to reveal the stories behind the art, and learn about the actual people involved in creating the music culture in our area. We encourage community participation and offer the local community access to training and knowledge on how to run an online radio station.
How We Got Our Name
The term Hollow Earth comes from a theory that describes an opening in the earth at the North and South Poles. From that point, there are all sorts of speculations about whether there is another world of life within the center of the Earth. The theories on who inhabits this inner realm involve fairies, leprechauns, aliens, angels, lost civilizations - the list goes on and on. We like the idea of a Hollow Earth because our educated guess would suggest that the Hollow Earth Theory is not true, but this type of theory symbolizes the many things in life that we take for granted. Scientists have made hypotheses, but does anyone really know what is in the center of our planet?
In one way, Hollow Earth Radio seeks to examine the the unknown and the periphery of music and culture, to discover what's going on right beneath our feet. We also feel this name mirrors our desire to move inward to unexplored places within ourselves.
100 Reasons to Love Seattle
June 24, 2010
62. We Take the “Independent” in Independent Radio Seriously Broadcasting out of an attic in Wallingford, Hollow Earth Radio (hollowearthradio.org), an all-volunteer, online-only station has, since 2007, fed our ears 24-7 with punk, metal, and surf music; live, in-attic performances; interviews; and ghost stories. Nerdly bonus: Cocreator Garrett Kelly conceived of HER in the online virtual-reality game Second Life, where the station also airs.
Red tape to get low-power FM radio licenses should end
June 21, 2010
For Hollow Earth, Voice of Vashon and other groups across Washington, Cantwell's support for LPFM has been encouraging amid a river of red-tape frustrations. However, community-radio makers and listeners alike agree: It's time for the waiting game to end.
Hollow If You Hear Them
June 17, 2010
Light in the Attic is among those Hollow Earth has championed, and we are enormously appreciative of their support. ... Hollow Earth was awarded $3,500, and reached its goal with 21 days to spare ... Congratulations, guys, and a round of thanks to the 98 kind souls who have thus far pledged their support.
Help Hollow Earth Radio Get A Home of Their Own
May 25, 2010
Seattle loves our radio. From the multiple NPR affiliates to the venerable KEXP, ours is a city that likes to dial in and jam out. The web-based DJs at Hollow Earth Radio are just one great example of the amazing airwaves of Seattle, and they need our help.
You Should Donate To Hollow Earth Radio Cuz It’s The Nice Thing To Do
May 26, 2010
Moral righteousness is best left in the eye of the beholder, so I can’t say that giving money to a community radio station is the right thing to do. But it certainly would be the nice thing to do.
Up &Coming: Magma Festival: Thao, Alaskas, Grr, Deception Pass
March 2, 2010
The fest's lineup showcases not only the station's dedication to exploding the regional underground (hence the name), but also its curators' wide-ranging musical tastes. ... Odds are you won't like everything hosted by Hollow Earth/Magma, but their excavations can lead to some unexpected discoveries.
Hollow Earth Radio Needs Your Donations!!!
May 25, 2010
Local internet-based, volunteer-run independent radio station of awesomeness (Hollow Earth Radio, duh) is moving to a new community space/public venue in the Central District.
Volunteer, online radio station moving to the CD
May 26, 2010
Yesterday Hollow Earth Radio announced that they're leaving their attic in Wallingford and moving into a spot in Jean Tinnea's building at 21st & Union.
Watch Out: Free Range Kids with Recording Equipment
January 28, 2010
A dozen kids and a pile of electronics took over the Great Hall at the Fremont Abby this past Saturday for a Field Recording Workshop. The workshop was hosted by the Fremont Abby and run by Wallingford’s Hollow Earth Radio.
Hollow Earth Radio interviews with Seattle Show Gal
Hollow Earth Radio is a pillar of our community, and it’s about time SSG got up close and personal with its programs and founders.
Seattle's Best Independent Radio Station
July 29, 2009
This one goes to Hollow Earth Radio, a DIY station based in a basement that plays shit so obscure it flies under the radar of even KEXP's well-versed spin jockeys. Some of it is experimental, even downright bizarre . . .
Hollow Earth Radio's Magma Festival
March 3, 2009
The station has often relied on benefit shows for support in the past, but its second annual Magma Festival—a monthlong DIY celebration that starts this Friday, March 6—has the makings of something truly special.
Phinney Ridge Couple Shuns Sleep for DIY Radio with Hollow Earth
July 10, 2007
Tune in, and you're liable to hear Northwest punks Dead Moon, British shoegaze legends Slowdive, a demo song from local Japanese exchange student/songwriter PWRFL POWER, or a live-in-studio performance from the Webelos. Or, you might hear a fuzzy voice retelling a dream or the playback of an old voice-mail message salvaged from a used answering-machine cassette found at Thriftco in Greenwood. This is as free-form as "radio" gets, so pretty much anything goes.
After the Beep
April 1, 2008
The first time I visited Hollow Earth Radio's basement digs in Phinney Ridge, station co-founder Amber Kai Morgan showed me a stash of answering machine cassettes. They were kept in a mason jar marked "beans."
As self-proclaimed salvagers of prerecorded sound, Morgan and her boyfriend, Garrett Kelly, are junkies for stuff like this. When the two launched their Internet-only radio station in 2007, part of their intent was to broadcast music otherwise unheard on mainstream radio. The other was to share the collection of found sound they had amassed as fervent thrift-store and yard-sale scavengers.
House of Streams
July 10, 2009
Hollow Earth Radio is interested in what they call the “human experience.” They want to know the stories behind the songs and musicians. They want connection of internet to souls. Hollow Earth also airs audio oddities such as found sound, field recordings, paranormal story-telling, and dream analysis. Hollow Earth broadcasts twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.