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The Radio Hour

"THE RADIO HOUR" - PRESS

“Artist and Repertoire Pick"- College Music Journal

“[A] mix of dreamlike musings and melancholy stories, dynamic guitars and masterful lyrics.... [W]hile obviously holding the lyrical and musical talent to write complex melodies and lyrics, Hort keeps things sparse, leaving enough room for the listener to delve deep into each word and note.” – Chicagogigs.com

“The style is dead-on gothic…’Chemistry’ is particularly noteworthy for its use of gentle piano, mortifying without being embarrassing (a feat only saints can usually achieve).

“The Radio Hour has a conviction all its own, still discovering the nature of pain and experience, measuring, years before judging” - Lollipop Magazine

“Terrifically chilling” - Illinois Entertainer

“The Edgar Allan Poe of independent rock.” – Blab World

Smart, tight melodies and superior production.” - College Music Journal

“Hort often half-swallows his words, softening the impact, while more strongly moving the blood. – Lollipop Magazine

“Vocalist/guitarist Tim Hort’s lyrics allude to murder, suicide, and the frustrations of surviving in ‘these unspeakable times’ Hort is a strong, emotional singer.’
- Illinois Entertainer


ABOUT 'THE RADIO HOUR': The Radio Hour is the songwriter moniker for Chicago-based artist Tim Hort. The influences remain true to core traditions, but here is a unique brand. Hort is a songwriter where his music is clearly his, whether it is pop or raging. Hort reaches for universal feelings usually kept private – his tools are surreal music and lyrical imagery, confessional at times, with biting and nihilistic delivery and clearly a darker adult-album-alternative production values.

The Radio Hour music has been recorded and mixed by Grammy-Award Winning Engineer Blaise Barton (Barton’s recording credits has a wide range from Bob Dylan to Liz Phair), and also Chicagoan and Grammy-Award Winner Brian Leach.

As songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist for “The Radio Hour,” Hort’s primary connection to the listener is clearly still his delivery as a vocalist. Hort’s music has won the accolades of the prestigious College Music Journal naming him as its “Artist & Repertoire Pick.” He has received both domestic and international “airplay,” and has sold music in many countries worldwide. Hort began focusing his already dramatic, moody and emotionally charged material in a theatrical format. Hort then switched playing live, being recognized as “Best Live On-air Performances,” by 95.1FM WILL, appeared on Chicago’s Q101 and as a live performance finalist for Billboard Music/Discmakers Independent Live Music Showcase. Since 2008, Hort has been touring, predominately regionally in the clubs, art galleries and coffeehouses exclusively for raising money for designated beneficiaries agencies, to sponsoring local and international community health, medical, art and education. “The Radio Hour” has scored several full theater productions, including Chicago DanzThatre Ensemble, as well as many other choreographed productions, voiceovers and soundscapes. The Radio Hour’s core line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist Tim Hort, guitarists and collaborators Joe Griffin and Jordan Macarus, bass guitarist Nathan Britsch, drummer Sean Burke and keyboardist Andy Swindler.

'THE RADIO HOUR' PERFORMS LIVE FOR EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY:
Benefit for Haiti, 137 Films, Chicago DanceTheatre Ensemble (U.S. Veterans), The Lure Children’s Hospital – Audiology, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Realty Theatre’s Drug Prevention Program.

IODA REPORT (DISTRIBUTION AND AIRPLAY):
United States, Chicago 95.1FM WXRT, Q101, 95.1FM WIIL, United Kingdom,
 Japan, Australia, 
Spain, 
Norway, 
Sweden, 
France, 
Netherlands, 
Ireland, Czech Republic, Denmark
, Belgium, 
Republic of Moldova
, Norway, 
and of my friends at Radio ZID in Sarajevo

CONTACT 'THE RADIO HOUR' FOR PERFORMING LIVE FOR BENEFITS FOR THE COMMUNITY HEALTH, ARTS AND MEDICAL PROGRAM BENEFITS:
Again, inquiries for live performances, appearances, airplay or streaming for bonafide benefit and assistance can come from just about anywhere. If you are interested in our brand of music, we’d be interested in hearing how we might be able to help. Contact Tim Hort through the primary website.

CONTACT T'HE RADIO HOUR' FOR THEATER SOUND DESIGN AND MUSIC PRODUCTION:
Contact Tim Hort for production and performance for sound design and songwriting for the stage or production. In some cases, the creative contributions are without fee for charitable or community-based work or through a sliding scale.

THEATER REVIEW FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE:
"[Chicago DanceThetatre Essenmble] Director Elizabeth Adler capably weaves together stinging snippets of text and the suggestion of one woman’ s unraveling in almost lyrical measures – aided by the unsetting score of Tim Hort and Joe Griffin – the drama remains an intimate look at being alone.”
- The Chicago Tribune

We have worked with differing theater groups, predominately songwriting for darker and educational themes, and also of scoring and soundscapes for choreographed pieces and voiceovers for education and prevention.

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