Here's what WMNF learned at their October 25 new music listening event

The Tribe likes Chance the Rapper, Post Modern Jukebox and Jim James.

On October 25, community radio station WMNF 88.5 FM held a listening party where new songs were tested, rated and openly discussed by listeners gathered at Lee's Grocery in Tampa Heights.

WMNF program director Randy Wind told CL that he borrowed the idea from music conferences where radio people and reps listen to tunes and rate them in a loose, fun atmosphere. He says he's attended those conferences with WMNF music director Lee "Flee" Courtney, so the pair decided to round up over a dozen songs and ask listeners to put them under the microscope.

Cuts from the likes of Lee Fields, El Vy, The Pretenders and even local outfit FayRoy were played without mentioning who the artists were. Listeners rated them on a scale of 1-10 and doled out thumbs up, thumbs down and comments as the songs played. Topping the list as far as ratings were Post Modern Jukebox's cover of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" (8.5 average), Jim James' "Here in Spirit" (7.76) and Chance the Rapper's "Blessed."

Scores at the bottom of the sheet hovered in between 3.8 and 5.79. Wind says the station will definitely take the scores into consideration when thinking about what to add to WMNF's playlist. He thinks they'll host another one in early 2017 that will follow a similar format. Attendees should come knowing they'll be hearing a variety of tunes across all genres.

"As long as they come with open ears it works for us," he said.

Follow WMNF on Facebook and Twitter to stay in tune. Listen to FayRoy 2013 LP,  below. 

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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