Osiris Media, the podcast studio focused on music-based storytelling, has formed a joint venture with Audacy that will result in a podcast that will benefit from the broadcaster’s portfolio of rock stations. Breaking Waves: Seattle will offer an oral history of the emergence and growth of grunge and alternative music in the city in the 80s and 90s.
“We are excited to work with Osiris Media to draw from the rich histories and archives of our venerable stations across the country and help bring their stories to life,” said Audacy Chief Digital Officer J.D. Crowley in the announcement.
Audacy owns rock KISW (99.9) and alternative “107.7 The End” KNDD in Seattle and the podcast series will leverage content from both stations. That includes extensive interviews with the stations’ air personalities and programmers who were at ground zero for the development of the rock and alternative formats and their cultural impact that stretched far beyond the Pacific Northwest.
“The Seattle music scene is so unique, so different than any other local music scene,” said Dave Richards, Senior VP of Programming at Audacy. “From the beginnings of Surf Punk with The Sonics and The Wailers, through Hendrix, Heart, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Death Cab and Ayron Jones, there’s a bloodline that runs through each genre and era. A connection between artists and a torch that’s passed along, and a spirit that moves forward. It’s very connected, well beyond what most people connect with the flannel years.”
Breaking Waves: Seattle is expected to debut this summer. In addition to being available online, the podcast will also be aired on select Audacy alternative and classic rock stations.
“We are excited to partner with a company that has the foresight to see the power of curated audio entertainment for music fans,” said Osiris Media CEO RJ Bee. “The Audacy team has been incredibly encouraging and optimistic about how this show can help reach passionate music fans.”