The Acoustic Storm In The Press
East Valley-based ‘Acoustic Storm’ radio program marks 15 years on the air
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
East Valley Tribune
The Acoustic Storm, an East Valley-based radio program on the air “with the promise of delivering acoustic-based rock and unplugged versions of well-known songs” will celebrate its 15th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on 100.7 FM KSLX.
Produced and hosted by Jeff Parets, The Acoustic Storm first aired Oct. 25, 1988 as a local show on KSLX in Phoenix.
Today, the program, hosted out of an East Valley studio, is in global syndication and can be heard in more than 80 radio markets in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The program went into syndication in 2003 under the banner of the Mesa-based Acoustic Storm Radio Network, LLC.
“This show has been a labor of love from the beginning, so to be doing it for 15 years, starting in my adopted hometown of Phoenix, and now presenting it in so many other cities, is truly gratifying,” Parets said.
The program will commemorate its milestone broadcast with a thematic show featuring songs with titles and lyrics related to storms, including live, acoustic versions of Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road,” and Neil Young’s “Like a Hurricane.”
For more on The Acoustic Storm, listen every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on 100.7 FM KSLX, or visit www.acousticstorm.com
The Calming Tempest of Jeff Parets’ Acoustic Storm
By Donna Teresa
for The Salinas Californian
June 5, 2013
Sundays on the Central Coast, if you tune into radio station 104.3 KHIP “The Hippo” from 8 to 11 a.m., you’ll find one of my favorite programs, “The Acoustic Storm” (acousticstorm.com), a morning show that features a variety of acoustic music, heard on many radio stations across America. I had a chance to gather some thoughts from the program’s host, Jeff Parets:
Question: What inspired you to create “The Acoustic Storm”?
I’ve always had a passion for producing specialty shows on radio, even when I was programming a radio station full-time. I suppose you could trace the origins of The Acoustic Storm back to 1990, when I put together a 60-minute acoustic special for a Phoenix rock station. Over the years, I had amassed a collection of hard-to-find acoustic versions, and it occurred to me that those recordings could be a basis for a radio show. So, the next logical step was to create “The Acoustic Storm.” I named The Acoustic Storm after a Phoenix-area station I programmed in the 1980s, known as The Storm (107.1-FM, KSTM).
Question: How many years has the program been available to listeners?
I started “The Acoustic Storm” in Phoenix, Ariz., on KSLX on Oct. 25, 1998 and then began syndicating the show on my own in 2003, signing up 43 stations over the next three years. Since 2007, United Stations Radio Networks has been distributing “The Acoustic Storm” to stations around the world. The show is currently heard on about 80 stations in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Question: Do you have any favorite acoustic selections?
Hands down, my all-time favorite band is The Beatles, and that goes beyond the acoustic factor. Some of my favorite acoustic-based artists include Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash (together and separately), Paul Simon (solo and with Garfunkel), Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Donovan, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake.
I’m also a fan of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Who, Stones, Beach Boys, Steely Dan, Bob Marley, The Band, Tom Petty, Kinks, B.B. King, Police, Grateful Dead, Byrds and Peter Gabriel. Plus, I appreciate some of the more innovative acoustic guitarists, such as Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges, and Bela Fleck for banjo. My tastes are fairly eclectic as I also like classical music, jazz, blues, world music and progressive rock.
Among the newer artists I’ve been enjoying are Mumford & Sons, Death Cab for Cutie (and their offshoot band, Postal Service), Of Monsters and Men, Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Shins, Fleet Foxes and The Middle East. I listen to a lot of current stuff, since I produce the nationally syndicated radio show “Organic Tracks,” which features acoustic versions from contemporary artists like Train, Katy Perry, Rob Thomas, Coldplay, Adele, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz.
Question: Our country has been experiencing tough times; do you feel music offers a great escape?
Music is a great stress-reliever. There’s something very personal about it; maybe it has something to do with the fact that you can access music almost anywhere at any time. It’s also amazing how some songs can help bring back memories of a certain time in one’s life. Music can be tremendously inspiring for me, and quite emotional.
On a personal note, thank you Jeff and “The Acoustic Storm” for being my “calming tempest” every Sunday.
Perfect ‘Storm’ Rocks the Boat
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 26, 2000
Unless you like hearing the same five songs over and over again, you’re probably bored with Phoenix radio. Our airwaves have been stuck on repeat for years.
One man stands above the dreck, however: Jeff Parets has been spinning interesting and daring music for stations like the late, lamented KSTM for more than 20 years.
Sunday marks the second anniversary of his latest program, The Acoustic Storm, on KSLX. As a special treat, Parets will spotlight the legendary Van Morrison, airing an hour’s worth of acoustic music from The Man.
The show airs on Sunday mornings from 7 to 9 and features a broad range of acoustic music, from Clapton’s recent blues to such virtuosos as Michael Hedges. (Heck, any deejay that plays Nick Drake deserves our applause.)
So check out The Acoustic Storm – unless of course, you enjoy hearing the new Creed single every half-hour.