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Local podcast highlights up-and-coming artists


Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2014 at 01:56 PM

He may have started out recording music, but recording conversations was the logical next step.

His weekly “Now Hear This Entertainment” podcasts — think of them as free- form radio interviews — began in February and feature musical guests.

Bruce Wawrzyniak, president of the Now Hear This Inc. management, promotion and booking agency in Valrico, records his interviews at Crystal Blue Sound Studios in Dover.

The approximately 55-minute podcasts are free and introduce the public to emerging singers, songwriters and other musical artists, said Wawrzyniak.

The show is produced for fans of the interviewees, fans of good music in general and for singers, songwriters and musicians who want to learn some lessons about the business.

Since the podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and SoundCloud, “listeners can engage with NHTE at their leisure, whether it’s while they’re working out, driving in their car, walking for fitness or flying on an airplane,” he said.

“It has been exciting to see a show produced in Tampa Bay not only draw the ... great guests from across the United States and Canada that have appeared on NHTE, but also reach listeners here in our area, throughout Florida, across the U.S. and as far away as Argentina, Belgium and the Philippines,” said Wawr- zyniak.

Guests on “Now Hear This Entertainment” have included Johnny Garcia, a guitarist who plays with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood; Shawna P, a 2013 participant on “The Voice;” Shannon Magrane, a top-12 finisher on “American Idol” in 2012; and Sonny Rock, a blues hall-of-famer.

Local artists have also been featured, including inspirational singer Julianna Zobrist, wife of Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays; Dominick Pages, who plays in the classic rock band Crystal Blue and owns Crystal Blue Sound Studios; and Melissa Brethauer, of Los Angeles, formerly from Riverview.

“It’s cool to hear someone ask really intelligent questions about the life of a musician,” said Amy Petty, a Detroit singer-songwriter interviewed July 9 by Wawrzyniak.

To hear the podcasts or learn more about Now Hear This Inc., visit www.nhte.net.

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