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Today on Your Call: What's your favorite record store?


On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about independent record stores. April 21st  is Record Stores Day. With over 700 independently owned record stories, what’s the value of a brick-and-mortar outlet selling music in the digital age? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How have the economics of running an independent record store changed? Do record stores still matter now that you can download just about anything? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Allan Horrocks, co-founded Aquarius Records in San Francisco in 1970

John McCord, general manger of the Down Home Music Store in El Cerrito

Steve Stevenson, owner of 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, an independent record label and retail store specializing in punk rock and indie rock in Oakland

Web Resources:

1-2-3-4 GO! RECORDS

Aquarius Records

Down Home Music Store

Record Store Day

Digital Music News : Two-Thirds of All Vinyl Records Are Sold at Indie Record Stores

CHRISTOPHER MORRIS, Variety: Limited-edition LPs highlight flourishing music-biz sector

DAN HYMAN, Rolling Stone: Record Store Day Preview

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.