Archive | February 2013

New Program: Arch City Radio Hour

ImageArch City Radio Hour is an hour-long program featuring music artists, bands, and events in the St. Louis region. Every two weeks, host Nick Garcia – of – will highlight notable St. Louis musicians and songs. The show will also feature in-depth interviews and live performances.

Arch City Radio Hour airs throughout the week on The Gateway KWMU-2, and can also be heard on the St. Louis Public Radio website.

Past Performers

Performers Beth Bombara and Marc Chechik were featured on the previous Arch City Radio Hour.

Beth Bombara writes and performs her own music, which she describes as Americana with a shot of blues. She has released three CDs, one LP,  is working on a 7″ single, and is looking forward to releasing two EPs for 2013. She was named 2012 Best Singer-Songwriter by the Riverfront Times.

Beth and her band performed “Just Can’t Win” from her first album, and a brand new, unreleased song:

Marc Chechik is the song writer and rhythm guitarist for the band Melody Den. Melody Den’s second release, “Storylines”, delivers sharp, insightful songwriting with rock n’ roll instrumentation.

Marc performed the song “Storylines”, the title cut from Melody Den’s new album:

Currently on the Show

Fred Friction and Jason Hutto are our featured guests on the current Arch City Radio Hour. 


Fred Friction first made a name for himself in the St. Louis music scene as a sideman on spoons, then ran the legendary south St. Louis club Frederick’s Music Lounge while playing with rock trio Highway Matrons, and has released one album, “Jesus Drank Wine.”

Fred is in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for his next album, “Murder Balladeer”, which Jason is producing.

Upcoming Performers

Steve St. Cyr (pictured: center in blue) will be our guest for the February 18-March 3 Arch City Radio Hour. 


Steve produces Songbird STL, an intimate, in-the-round singer-songwriter show, every couple of months at the Focal Point in Maplewood. Steve got his idea from seeing Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and carried this idea to St. Louis.

Steve will talk about the origin and history of Songbird, and play some of the more memorable performances from past Songbird Cafe shows, including a couple of the songs from a Songbird that took place in the UMSL Grand Center Community Room back in December 2012.

To listen to past episodes, visit New shows are added every other Monday.