By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

WILLINGBORO – Kyle McCarty, better known by his professional name Kyle Maack, wanted to create a podcast to highlight local music and musicians in New Jersey along with Pennsylvania and Delaware.

A year into the TriJam podcast, Maack said the podcast has quickly evolved to include all kind of artists and various professions. As the TriJam podcast interviewed small business owners and entertainers at The Melanin Market Experience last Saturday (July 13), Maack seemed at home with his fellow co-hosts and fellow musicians Shae Davis and Jo Rivers along with comedian Will Wright.

“We like to highlight the local talent in the Tri-State area,” Maack said. “It started off being about music hence the name TriJam. We discovered in art and people, it wasn’t just about music, but all people who are under the art umbrella. We have comedians, poets, writers. You’ve got people starting a nonprofit which is an art itself. We’ve been spreading out wide.”

Davis said Maack asked him to join the podcast and has been on since nearly its inception. Wright said he started off as a guest but became a host when another person dropped out.

“Shaun Lowe was one of the first guys on the show but for some reason he couldn’t do it anymore so I stepped in,” Wright said. “I love it now.”

Rivers joined the cast as the suggestion of Davis to add a needed female voice to the crew.

“I wanted to add a female balance,” said Rivers, who also performed at The Melanin Market Experience. “We all met and it all worked out. It was great.”

Maack said he believed a podcast gives the group more leeway than a radio broadcast where they have to follow FCC rules.

“We have creative freedom to do whatever we want,” Maack said. “Listening to talk stuff on the radio is starting to fade. Deejays are starting their own podcasts or turning their own radio shows into a podcasts. That means people can access to it anytime they want and replay it when they want.

“… And we have a lot to say. That’s really what it’s all about,” he added.

The TriJam podcast broadcast live every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern on YouTube and Twitch. Maack said he hopes to continue growing the exposure of the podcast and maybe even reach back into radio soon. He said in the end, they want to always keep it real and local.

“We want to keep it as real as possible in our opinions,” Maacck said. “When people hear our show, they say we all sound like friends and that we are genuinely having a good time. That means a lot. A lot of podcasts and radio shows sound like the hosts have been put together by some corporate organization. We love coming out here and doing this.”

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