Words by Thomas Deterling
Photos by Kate Worley
“Anything but Country” airs at 9pm on Thursday nights, here at The Radiator. DJ Michael Carney brings you a personal view into the music that he loves as he plays tracks from every genre (including country). Since the show started in March of 2008, Michael has been playing the music that has influenced him throughout his life. While the format of the show has stayed the same, the music you hear each week certainly hasn’t.
Self described as a “passionate observer,” Michael is a fan of most genres. Playing anything from The Replacements, to The Clash, to The Cure, to Elliot Smith, and even some Bright Eyes, his musical taste knows no limits. Making frequent visits to the Middle East club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as clubs in Vermont, Michael is always searching for new music to bring to the people of Burlington.
Even before coming to Vermont from Winthrop, Massachusetts to attend St. Michael’s College, Michael knew that being a DJ was something he wanted to experience. After getting his own show at St. Mikes, Michael moved forward in securing a DJ spot for after he graduated. When the opportunity to join The Radiator crew came along, he jumped at the opportunity. Michael didn’t just stop with the role of DJ; since joining he has assumed the role of Music Director at The Radiator. His job is to maintain and build the ever-growing library of music that The Radiator has assembled over the years. Michael makes sure that the music that goes on the air is diversified and always evolving. From jazz, to punk, to metal, Michael and The Radiator pride themselves on providing an eclectic mix of music for their listeners.
On top of his role as Music Director, Michael, alongside other members of The Radiator staff, founded the Queen City Social Club. The Queen City Social Club is the events and fundraising wing of The Radiator, promoting creative events as a way to get the people of the community involved in the local music scene. The ultimate goal of the club is to get music fans out to support local musicians and party with the people of this great community. Thanks to Michael, the Radiator continues to grow and provide a positive influence on the Burlington live-music community.