Black Circle Radio
Host Mitch Anderson - All Vinyl Broadcast Radio Show
Mitch Anderson is a radio disc jockey, vinyl record nut, vintage gear enthusiast, engineer, and someone who likes to play loud rock 'n' roll in his free time. He has been the voice behind the all-vinyl radio program, Black Circle Radio since 2009. The program received a Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards for best original radio program during his college years at Central Michigan University where he majored in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. Black Circle Radio is live on Monday nights on Muskegon 100.9 WFFR-LP out of his hometown of Muskegon, Michigan. It is also live every Wednesday morning from his home studio which he broadcasts on the online radio station SoR Radio that he co-owns with a group of his university professors.
Mitch also hosts the all-vinyl podcast program for the vinyl subscription company Vinyl Me, Please called, “Stax of Wax”. This program focuses on taking a deeper dive into the different albums that Vinyl Me, Please sends out to over 25,000 record loving homes each month. Before pursuing his independent radio career full-time Mitch worked for an Amazon owned company called Brilliance Audio where he recorded, directed, mixed, and mastered audiobooks and podcasts. This is where he logged many, many hours working almost exclusively in mono voice recording. This helped to train his ear to know the importance of quality, outboard equipment in a voice over chain. Mitch along with a small group of colleagues also own Rubber Sol Records which focuses on all-tube, mono, direct to vinyl limited record pressings. The machine used is a mid 1950's Rek-O-Kut that has been completely refurbished, as well as given a diamond tip needle which enables hand cut records direct to the vinyl medium.
Program Mission Statement/How We Feel About What We Do
Much like their fluidity from one generation to the next, a record spins on, track to track, baring intermittent snaps, crackles, and pops. Vinyl demands intention, perusing the shelf for one to match your mood; demands touch, pulling it from the sleeve, placing it on the turntable; demands connection, passing it along, one pair of hands to the next. Vinyl demands to be reached for and to reach you— music always does, doesn’t it? —carrying you to the first time you heard a record and who was by your side. This program bridges the gap between past and present through music, the people who create it, and those of us who listen. If you’re looking for somewhere to go, then by all means, welcome to the sound of your escape. This is the all-vinyl since 2009, Black Circle Radio.
Warm Audio Gear
- WA76 Discrete Compressor
"A sound that I believe is very important to positively showcase when listening or recording the human voice is the low-mids. This area can either kill a performance, or make it one that is something so charming it gives the feeling of being in the same room. This is especially important in broadcasting due to the amount of compression that gets added to the overall signal before the audio hits the airwaves. The WA-76 bring a presence to my entire vocal range, while adding a needed, robust tonality to my low-mids. It puts my voice at the helm of the broadcast. Another thing that rules about the WA-76 is that it turns on and functions exactly how it should show after show. The last thing I need when live on-air is to be worrying about an equipment failure. The WA-76 allows me to focus on the music and what it means to me, rather than questioning if my talk sets are translating to the audience from a sonic standpoint. I highly recommend the WA-76 compressor for anyone doing voice over work of any kind.”