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Miami Valley Music Focus explores the places and people behind the music of Southwest, Ohio.

Omega Music celebrates Cassette Week 2022

Omega Music Cassette Week
Omega Music

Mike Cooley of Omega Music in Dayton joined WYSO’s Evan Miller to talk about Cassette Week and to share his love for cassette tapes. Cassette Week is run by online cassette tape retailer Tapehead City, but record stores across America, like Omega Music, are joining in the celebration. It lasts from October 9th–15th.

For Cassette week, Omega Music has lots of new cassette tapes for sale, including releases from Death Row Records that are not available on streaming services or vinyl. The shop is also hosting a mixtape swap – this week, anyone can make a mixtape and exchange it for one made by a stranger. This exchange gives the opportunity both to make a mixtape and to listen to discover new music through the mixtape of a stranger.

“It gives everyone the chance to be the DJ,” Cooley said.

In addition to offering a selection of cassettes by artists new and old, Omega Music sells all the supplies necessary to make mixtapes at home – blank tapes, tape decks, and lots of music.

Miami Valley Music Focus explores the places and people behind the music of Southwest, Ohio. This series is made possible by support from Ohio Arts Council.

Evan Miller is a percussionist, lover of sound, and is probably buying too many cassette tapes online right now. Evan got his start in radio in 2012 at WWSU at Wright State University, where he was studying percussion performance. He followed through with both endeavors and eventually landed a lucrative dual career playing experimental music at home and abroad, and broadcasting those sounds to unsuspecting listeners Sunday nights on The Outside. Maintaining a connection to normal music, Evan also plays drums in bands around the area, and hosts WYSO's Midday Music show. When not doing something music-related, Evan is most likely listening to podcasts or watching food videos at home with his cat.
Peter Day began working in public radio in the summer of 2019, when he first interned at WYSO. He returned to the position the following summer, and served as the program director for Yale University’s student radio station for the 2020-21 school year. Now he works as an assistant to WYSO music director Juliet Fromholt and provides additional production assistance to senior producer Basim Blunt. Peter is a life-long Yellow Springs resident. In his free time, he likes to play music and walk in the woods.