An Indy radio host with old-school sensibilities brings modern rock to local listeners – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

It’s seven in the morning on a Friday. Matt Pelsor takes a giant sip of what he describes as “gas station coffee” before leaning into the microphone at his WTTS studio and offering an intro to the upcoming single. Pelsor has all the facts about upcoming tracks, like the jocks of a bygone era who pulled liner notes and Rolling Stone articles for info on artists from their playlists. Clearly a student of rock and roll, Pelsor knows the music he plays. Moreover, much of this music is chosen by Pelsor himself. Locally owned and operated, there are no corporate playlists to adhere to at WTTS.

“I have a few features where I can choose the music,” Pelsor says as some of that music plays. “I do a Friday morning donut where I choose three songs with a common threat. Today is keyboardist Rami Jaffee’s birthday. He is part of the Foo Fighters.

This freedom is not something that Pelsor takes for granted. A longtime veteran of the corporate radio scene, Pelsor eschews pablum playlists for rarely heard rock classics and new music that appeals to the discerning rocker. And while much of the music is indeed new, Pelsor’s show has a decidedly old-school vibe as the radioman talks about his wife, toddlers and even the puppies that all define his life. off the radio.

“Here, they let us do it,” he insists. “The pressure is down, so we feel the freedom to breathe deeply, get creative and have fun while serving the public and giving them what they want from us.”

What this audience expects is an unscripted, improvisational, rock and roll radio show that isn’t afraid to be different. For example, WTTS has a live concert stage in the studio. Big name artists have performed on this stage to promote concerts here in Indianapolis.

“We try to pick stuff that’s grown,” Pelsor says of the WTTS rock philosophy. “We try to choose stuff that has that kind of old-school sensibility, but with a new-school sound. We are very careful to choose the right things.

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