What started as a little project that let me listen to the music on my desktop computer from a remote location while showing off my programming skills in order to get a job eventually grew into an Internet radio station with thousands of listeners and fans across the globe who shared a love for Michigan-based music.
In the process, we discovered a lot of great bands, made a ton of new friends, and became reconnected to the local music scene. It was a wonderful experience and it literally changed our lives for the better.
With great sadness, we've decided to end our participation in the Internet radio community and officially retired Radio OPIE on October 15, 2015. However, we fully plan on continuing to do what we can to support the local music scene.
Our final broadcast was hosted by founder John Vernier at 9pm ET on Thursday, October 15, 2015. John shared memories of the station and counted down the 25 most requested bands in the station's history. In case you missed it, here's a final countdown recap.
Thank you to all the listeners, fans, friends, and bands who took the time to vote in our countdown every week. You helped a lot of bands get exposure and airplay, and also turned us on to great new music every week. A special thank you to the bands who helped get the word out about our request/voting process and helped fuel our station's growth over the years.
We have so many people to thank for making our little Internet radio station what it was, and since we only have so much space, so we're just gonna say thank you to all the local bands and musicians who supported us, and who spread the word about us, and to all those folks who make the Detroit and Michigan music scenes the amazing thing that it is.
We'd also like to send a special shout out to those people who helped us provide original programming during our run, including the GBS Detroit folks "Shotgun" Mike Hostettler, Jeff "Fuzzy" Wenzel and Shawn Neal; also shout outs go to James Dee from Gay Detroit Radio and to Sam and Tasha from Just Talkin With Sam.
Last, but certainly not least, we thank each and every person who tuned in over the course of the last eight years. Without you, none of it would have been possible.