Deivone Tanksley started DMTS Radio seven months ago in his basement, and this summer will open a studio on Main Street.
He first connected with 18 local businesses to sponsor the radio station.
“That is how it kicked off. Then I decided to implement the show with it and download the free radio app,” said Tanksley. “I am trying to give entertainment that is up to date with technology in our community. I give a platform for entreprenuers and musicians and anyone else who has a story to tell.”
You can listen to his music station on your phone such as hip-hop, R&B, soul and reggae.
Monday through Friday 24/7 there are independent artists. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. is hip-hop mix from 80’s-90s. From 9-11 p.m. is R&B and 11-1 p.m. is soul music like Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye. On Sundays is a podcast and interviews from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“We don’t shy away from any genres. If someone calls us up and they do pop, we get them on the show. We allow them to get on the radio station as well,” said Tanksley. “My main goal is to give musicians a platform. It is hard for local independent people to get their voices on the radio. Radio stations only let those in the main stream area in.”
The show piece is visual on either Youtube, Instagram or Facebook. Every Wednesday one show is released. On dmtsradio.info you can view all the shows.
“If information can help someone, let’s air it,” said Tanksley. “The area lacks technology. Years ago we used to have The Sting. It brought a lot of activity. After it left there was a sense of dead energy. Now, with my vision being young, I see a bigger vision for DMTS Radio. I see us covering high school sports in Connecticut. I see us elevating to live venues and comedy shows.”
Tanksley said the radio station is about making relationships with artists and businesses. He said it is important to elevate each other and help each other grow.
“That is why we elevated so fast. It is partnerships,” Tanksley said. “We don’t play new school or trap music, or anything that disrespects a woman or misleads our kids. We are a positive radio station.”
The new radio station location is being fixed up and it will have a live venue with artists and comedians performing.
“We will be able to bring some entertainment in a positive note to our community. We will open the door for businesses to advertise in the venue because we will bring a lot of traffic,” stated Tanksley. “Our first step is to come together as business owners. We are the ones who control the economics of this town. We have to show youth and families that we care and want to give back.”
Tanksley said he wants to provide job opportunities to the community as well as he expands and grow. New Britain High School will become a feeder program.
“People will be able to come watch shows and see our youth grow. If we don’t step up as leaders our kids will end up in jail, shot, dead and sucked into the system. We have to take a stand. I am tired of talking. Where is the action?” Tanksley said. “This radio station is going to be a game changer. The love and support and sponsors we get are amazing.”
There will also be a merchandise store connected to the radio station that sells New Britain and Connecticut items from New Britain High School, CCSU, Bees, and more.
“We all have a goal of rising the economic force in our town,” Tanksley added. “If you have no one to look up to then why even try.”