Local Spins on WYCE

Local Spins on WYCE

Veteran journalist and host John Sinkevics keeps the spotlight on talented West Michigan bands and the burgeoning regional concert scene. Local Spins focuses attention on a host of important and eclectic Grand Rapids area bands and solo artists, through interviews, live in-studio performances, and spins of some of the best new local recordings, often heard for the first time anywhere on the radio!


Recent Episodes

Jonny Carroll
Singer/songwriter Jonny Carroll and his band join host John Sinkevics ahead of their performance at Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI. Originally aired 2017-02-24.
Episode 127: Melophobix
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Grand Rapids band Melophobix with live versions of music from their debut EP. Aired 2017-02-17.
Episode 126: Joe Shields
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Joe Shields, performer at WYCE Jammies XVIII. Aired 2017-02-10.
Episode 125: Buddy Holly Tribute
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Jack Leaver (of Diff & Dudley) and Delilah DeWylde who are hosting a Buddy Holly Tribute Night and Dance Party at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill. Aired 2017-02-03.
Episode 124: I Believe in Julio
Host John Sinkevics welcomes I Believe in Julio with music from the Jammie-nominated album "An Episodic Memory" plus a brand new track. Aired 2017-01-27.
Episode 123: Roberta Lee & Denny G
Host John Sinkevics unveils the lineup of Buttermilk Jamboree music festival 2017 and welcomes Buttermilk performing artist Roberta Lee & Denny G. Aired 2017-01-20.
Episode 122: Lena Trinket-Drew Nelson
Host John Sinkevics welcomes performances by Lena Trinket (of FLUSHED) and Drew Nelson, plus Luke Schmidt, organizer of Plan B: A Benefit for Planned Parenthood. Aired 2017-01-13.
Episode 121: Nathan Kalish + Michael Riley
Host John Sinkevics welcomes a singer-songwriter showcase with Nathan Kalish and Michael Riley. Aired 2017-01-06.
Episode 120: Best of 2016
John Sinkevics spins a retrospective of the best West Michigan music of 2016. Aired 2016-12-30.
Episode 119: Phil Stancil
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Phil Stancil of Phil and Lu. The brother/sister duo have just released the debut album, "Mood Rock". Aired 2016-12-23.

John Sinkevics

Keeping the spotlight on talented West Michigan bands and the burgeoning regional concert scene: That’s been a mission of John’s since becoming a lead music critic and entertainment writer for The Grand Rapids Press 15 years ago.

As publisher of Local Spins, that’s continued with news updates on Grand Rapids-area musical happenings, guest columns, photo galleries, concert reviews and weekly features on different artists who appear on radio on Local Spins on WYCE, Local Spins Live on News Talk 1340 AM, with a preview on 97 WLAV-FM.

John co-hosts the weekly “Local Spins Live” radio segment on News Talk 1340 AM (WJRW) at 10 am every Wednesday, as well as “talking music” as a guest on WLAV-FM (96.9) at 9:30 am. He also hosts Local Spins Live on WYCE 88.1 FM every Friday at 11 am. John also sponsors a Local Spin of the Year award for West Michigan bands/artists and organizes regular “Local Spins Live” concerts featuring local and regional acts, along with posting CD reviews of regional artists and bands. John was honored in early 2012 by community radio station WYCE-FM at the Jammie Awards as a Legacy Award winner, recognized as a “Community Partner” for his support of the local music scene.

He holds an honors degree in journalism from the University of Michigan and is co-founder of The Honeytones, once described as “the deans of Grand Rapids’ pop-rock scene” and a band that stages an annual Feedback concert to benefit Access of West Michigan’s food pantries for the needy.

He’s also a diehard fan of the Detroit Tigers and, especially, the Detroit Lions, proudly wearing a “Rebuilding Since ’57” T-shirt which, sadly, has proven to be the case year in and year out for this underachieving NFL franchise.