In the world of radio, things are moving constantly, with new music coming over the airwaves -- and through station doors -- on a daily basis.
For someone like Maggie Brennan, the program director at WCBE 90.5 FM, this type of career is a blessing.
After starting an internship at the Columbus National Public Radio station while attending Ohio State University, Brennan came to love music and to seek a career in radio. After working her way through the ranks, so to speak, she rose to her current position.
Because of that experience, Brennan has perspectives on what makes "good" music, what it means to support local outfits and how radio can influence listeners.
In the music world, the idea of what's "good" is "completely subjective," Brennan said, but "good, professional production always sets songs apart to me."
A large amount of music makes its way into the mailbox at WCBE, but Brennan said listening to it is enjoyable. She said she always is discovering new local artists, many of whom come to the WCBE studio on a near daily basis. She cited some notable local acts, such as Doc Robinson and Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons, as well as national artists, such as Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule.
WCBE's support of the Columbus music scene makes the station one of the most prominent promotional outlets in the city. The station regularly plays host to local and regional bands, as well as smaller touring acts, who have upcoming album-release shows.
Brennan said station managers feel the need to have "something for everyone" when choosing music and the station is "extremely album-oriented," often playing several tracks from an artist's album at a time rather than one single.
In addition to music, the station organizes several community events each year.
Through the month of December, it will take part in a food drive to raise money for local food banks. Every donation made, no matter the size, will result in 3 pounds of fresh produce for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
As a station that thrives on listeners' support, WCBE continues to be part of a community that gives so much to it.
James Harker helps write the weekly In The Record Store column, which focuses on central Ohio music discovery and involvement.