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SHEROES Radio with Carmel Holt

“Women in music." "Female artists." These are longstanding labels that categorize by gender, part of a long history of inequity on the airwaves, and in the music industry at large. In fact, it is still rare to hear womxn's voices back-to-back on the radio, and female-identifying hosts and programmers are still in the minority. Wherever you look, the statistics showing gender inequity across the board in music - from festival lineups to the Grammy's - are staggering. Worse still, misogyny and sexual harassment and abuse continues to plague all facets of the music business. As we answer the urgent call to address issues of diversity and inclusivity, longtime radio personality Carmel Holt is on a mission to make sure that gender equality is a part of the conversation in the music industry.

SHEROES Radio is weekly syndicated radio show created/hosted/ and produced by Carmel Holt, inspired by her own 25-year career in radio, and a lifetime devoted to music. Each week, Carmel presents a fresh and eclectic mix of both newcomers and familiar names, combining a carefully curated playlist together with a featured in-depth conversation with a  “SHERO In The Spotlight”. Carmel’s approach is guided by a fierce commitment to diversity and inclusivity, showcasing a range of both music and guests that span genres and generations, with an eye towards lifting up new voices, while recognizing and celebrating womxn who paved the way.

Listen to SHEROES Radio every Sunday at 7 pm CT on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

About Carmel Holt

Carmel Holt is a podcast host and radio personality with a proven ear for curation and presentation. Over the past two decades, she has become known for her warm delivery, passionate support of new and emerging talent, and her natural rapport with artists. She has hosted engaging, conversational interviews with everyone from Courtney Barnett to Cat Power, Death Cab For Cutie to Paul McCartney, Mitski to Maggie Rogers, Bob Weir to Yola, Leon Bridges to The National, Ex Hex to The xx. Her extensive knowledge of music, and affinity for connecting with artists has made her a trusted and beloved host.

Carmel spent the first decade and a half of her career at Radio Woodstock, WDST (Woodstock, NY) where she was Midday host, interviewer, and a three-time award winning Music Director. In 2013, she moved on to WFUV Public Radio in New York City as a full time radio host, interviewer and Assistant Music Director, and she also became a regular NPR Music contributor, freelance interviewer, and voiceover artist. In 2019, Carmel left WFUV to develop SHEROES, thanks to a podcast incubator funded by SONOS. 

In addition to SHEROES Radio, Carmel now produces and hosts a second show under the SHEROES banner to further amplify women’s stories called Mixtape Memoir on Sonos Radio, launching its second season in Fall 2021.

She also recently hosted, co-produced and co-wrote a 2021 podcast series on the Newport Folk Festival for Osiris Media, Festival Circuit: Newport Folk.

Listen to previous episodes via Mixcloud