Homegrown radio station making waves in Grand Rapids, Ohio

Jason David turned his love of radio into his own Internet station Towpath Radio in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

GRAND RAPIDS, Ohio – Grand Rapids has a new radio station that takes its name from the river that makes the Wood County village special.

Jason David turned his love of radio into a real broadcaster during the pandemic.

Nestled in an alley just off Front Street is a small, ordinary white barn, but inside it broadcasts Towpath Radio. And it quickly becomes a new voice for the village.

It sounds like a professional radio station and when you walk in it looks like it too. David has a full time job but has years of radio experience and wanted to do something while the pandemic started while he stayed home.

“I was unemployed,” he said, “I kind of got bored and started listening to the old stations I used to work at and I just went online and googled how to make an internet radio station.”

Did you know that there is a radio station broadcasting in the village of Grand Rapids? Well, technically on the internet, but @TowpathRadio is building a following in the village and connecting residents through oldies music and village updates. The full story tonight @ WTOL11Toledo pic.twitter.com/jTQj9p4qEN

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So he invested over $ 1,000 in equipment, song licenses, and everything to make it like an FM music station. But instead it’s an internet station. It plays oldies from the 50s to 80s and everything in between. David says people appreciate that it’s local.

“When you have a person who plays your favorite song and talks about the same thing you do every day, you create that connection,” he added.

Some local shops also discovered the station.

“I just have to listen to him because he knows he’s just down the street,” said Joe Schroeder, owner of Shops at Carson Block.

He plays Towpath Radio in his shop and says customers love the music. But the station does more than just play music.

“I’ll turn it on so I can hear the news,” he said. “He started reporting on village council meetings which is great for getting information about what is going on in town.”

Grand Rapids is a small town and David says he’s not out to make big bucks. But he is proud of the new place that the people there can call their own.

If you’re interested in listening, you can download the Towpath Radio app, tell Alexa to play Towpath Radio on any Alexa-enabled device, or just stream it on TowpathRadio.com.

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