Andrew Lowrey is a man who wears many different hats- figuratively, since I’ve never seen his hat collection. Known as a musician, podcaster and radio personality among other things, Andrew is the brainchild behind his current radio program DIWHY. The show has been running on WEMF Radio in Cambridge since 2014, although Andrew has been part of the local DIY scene for many years. I asked Andrew where his inspiration for the radio show concept originated. “One thing I found was that the DIY mentality was something I could call home. I was a lost, angst filled teen like most of us and my local music scene gave me direction and confidence. So with this show the idea was to make the big scary intimidating music scene approachable”. Thus, DIWHY was born. The philosophy has been shared amongst many in the local music scene and has only continued to grow with the times.
It’s 2017 now and that means it’s time for Andrew to add another hat to his figurative collection- the “public access tv show host” hat. DIWHY will be making the leap from online radio to public access television via Somerville Community Access Television. Not to worry- the concept of the show will remain the same, but Andrew plans on incorporating newer content that will only add to the show. “We want to go bigger, add more and do more. We are working with the Bummer City Historical Society, they are getting us some of their favorite bands in New England so each week we will have a live band. A long time friend of mine, Sonny Jim Clifford, will be my band leader for our house band, and we will be adding comedians to the show to add more jokes. But the biggest thing for me is the idea of interacting with a real audience. I want the audience to be able to ask their own questions of our panel. We want the show to be dictated by the people watching. We will have a live audience who will be able to answer questions as well as Skype-ins and a chat box along the side of our live stream”.
DIWHY will host it’s first taping Saturday May 27th, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM. Andrew plans to schedule weekly tapings beginning in late June. The first episode will feature Larz Brogan from Dump Him and Palehoud, James Ikeda aka the Michael character, local artist Benjamin Styer, as well as head of the booking group Bummer City Historical Society. You can check out the taping’s livestream here. If you miss the livestream you’ll be able to check out episodes on the DIWHY YouTube channel the day after each show airs. Although he will undoubtedly see success with his new project, Andrew holds true to his DIY philosophy: “Yeah still a lot of things to iron out, but it’s looking like we got all the right pieces in place. Gonna be a shaky start but isn’t that doing it yourself anyways?”