I've worked at a lot of radio stations in my career, from big cities to small towns. But I've never worked at a station better, cooler, or more fun than 97-5 WOKQ and 103-7 The Peak.

So what makes it so cool? Besides the people I get to work with everyday, it has to be the station's relationships with listeners, the artists, and the bands, you hear on the radio every day.

Here's a perfect example of what I'm talking about. We had an old mail room that over the years had slowly disguised itself as a storage room. It was full of all sorts of stuff no one really used. And quite honestly, I don't think anyone really knew what was in there. It was the junk drawer of our otherwise really nice broadcasting facility.

So someone had the idea of clearing it out and making it a performance space for bands when they dropped by to visit us. Then someone else had the idea of inviting listeners to join us for a really cool and intimate concert experience. Well one thing led to another...and after a lot of hard work, including cutting a big hole in the wall, by a lot of people (excluding me)...the WOKQ Sessions produced by Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank was born.

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On Wednesday afternoon, we had our very first performance by Broken Bow Records duo, Everette. And WOKQ listeners were there to enjoy every minute of it.

According to the band's website, Everette was named for George Clooney’s character in one of my all-time favorite movies, O Brother, Where Art Thou? And just like the character Everette from the movie, these guys are bonafide! Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia co-write almost all of their songs as well as play many of the instruments on Everette’s studio recordings.

The duo closed out the concert with their new single, Slow Roll.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the very first WOKQ Sessions produced by Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank. Listen to 97-5 WOKQ and 103-7 The Peak, and check out our website for more opportunities to join us for future concerts.