WPRK’s Local Heroes: Interview with Daniel Pacchioni

Borrowed from The Examinor

Every Wednesday, starting at 5PM, WPRK Local Heroes broadcasts on 91.5 of Winter Park, Florida. Just like the name says, the show focuses on Central Florida talent.

Recently, Daniel Pacchioni of the show blessed this humble blog with his words.

1. Explain your program.

Well, it’s a radio show that resembles a late night talk show with less talk and more music, highlighting people of interest and live musical performances every week. It’s hosted by me (Daniel Pacchioni), George Wallace and Ilene Lieber. We have audio/video assistance provided by Real Feel Recording, East Coast Photography (Shauna Hundeby), Chad Pearce & James Dechert.

The show broadcasts every Wednesday at 5 PM on WPRK 91.5 FM or online worldwide.

2. What inspired the program?

I wanted an entertainment based show with music and comedy. At the same time, I wanted to showcase our beautiful city and the awesome, talented people we call neighbors.

3. What is your process of finding and choosing entertainment?

We like to invite guests that are relevant and/or doing great things, not just in our city but anywhere. We usually have local bands, artists and local personalities, but we also have world renowned musical guests and national people of interest. It’s hard for us to know everyone and be in-tune with what’s going on in the local community and the world at all times. So, we rely on our friends and listeners and peers to keep up. Soooo e-mail us 🙂

4. How does the video recording process go?

A unique feature of our show is our weekly musical performances. We’re the only radio show in Orlando (as far as I know) that has weekly musical performances on-air.

It is truly a team effort. It is recorded & mixed by Will Snyder, head engineer at Real Feel Recording, who is a master at what he does. We partnered up with local recording studio, Real Feel Recording. And they’ve been incredibly supportive since the beginning. If you’re a musician, you should really be recording your music there. They’re a bunch of passionate talented guys.

We also film the live performances for posterity. On the video team we have Shauna Hundeby of East Coast Photography, who has been with us for a while. She’s a phenomenal photographer. She has a great eye for pictures, and is a cool person in general.

We also just started working with Chad Pearce of OrlandoSeen.com and James Dechert. These guys are pros and honestly, they should be shooting the next Michael Bay Film. We’re fortunate to have them. Like I mentioned before, it’s a team effort and I can’t stress enough how professional they are. Check out their work on our youtube page http://www.youtube.com/wprklocalheroes. I highly recommend all of them for your next project.

5. What has been the public reception?

We’ve been overwhelmed with all the positive feed back we’ve had recently, which is a great thing. People are enjoying what we do and that’s all we could ask for.

This year, we introduced new co-hosts George Wallace (Orlando Fringe Festival) and Ilene Lieber (Passion PR) and we’re really starting to really push the boundaries. Although we have different personalities, we’ve had great chemistry since the beginning and have obtained a loyal growing audience. We wouldn’t be here if people like yourself reading this didn’t care. So,thank you.

6. What is your own musical history?

Well, for me, there’s only two things that interest me, music and comedy. That’s about it.

I’ve always had music in my life and probably will until I die. I want the song playing in my funeral to be “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen. I think that would explain who I was, a music lover who doesn’t take life too seriously. I dabble in entertainment, teach music and have my own musical projects. So, to me, it’s all part of who I am.

7. What are your personal feelings on today’s music?

Today’s music, you say? Well, I think there’s so much of it, and yet so little of it. Considering different musical tastes, good music is still being made everyday, but unfortunately not a lot of it is being heard.

I get it. We’re too busy with life to search through millions of tracks to find our next favorite artist. So then, we rely on others to tell us what’s good. It’s like eating McDonalds. Yea, it’s quick and easy. But is it really good for you?

I think today’s music is good! But I think we need to pro-actively seek it. So, go find it! We provide options every week. It’s up to you to connect with one.


Here are two videos from Local Heroes.



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