ROSEVILLE, CA - What started as a Facebook page has now morphed into an online radio network.
Brad Merriman started TAC-D, which stands for "The American Citizens Daily" a few months ago. It started as a debate page on Facebook three years ago, which eventually led to his own show on KMYC, AM 1410 in Marysville.
Although AM radio is where he honed his skills, he believes people are ready to turn the dial from traditional AM/FM to streaming radio.
So, Merriman came up with TAC-D and put out a call for hosts.
"I got almost 50 responses with one ad with people who wanted radio shows," Merriman said. "So, I know there's a need here."
It's free to host a show and free to listen. So far, there are about 30 shows on his network with hosts all over the globe.
Some are original first time hosts like the "Joey Ortiz Show," which airs live from his Rancho Cordova home.
"The fact it's Internet radio and I feel it's the wave of the future," Ortiz explained.
Others are more established.
"I host 'The Dirt' and it's a paranormal show," Lori Schulz said.
Schulz has a show on KMYC. She says her fan base has grown since Merriman started streaming her podcasts online.
"Online is unlimited," Schulz added. "I have fans and people that listen from all different countries."
The start up radio network, for now, is run out of one laptop at Merriman's Roseville home.
Jumping head first into this new venture hasn't been easy.
"Working in the middle of the night, all night, all day long," Merriman said. "Working whenever I can when I am not at my other jobs."
Merriman has worked in the medical field and is a volunteer firefighter.
The challenge now is trying to find advertisers to make his radio network profitable.
"Hopefully, in the end, it will pay off. It's a tradeoff. But I don't mind doing it. I'm passionate about it," Merriman said. "I've got a lot of people that are relying on me to not turn my back on their dream."
Merriman's goal is 50 shows by the end of the year.
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