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

Major Murphy
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Grand Rapids band Major Murphy. Aired 2017-05-26
Episode 140: Hollywood Makeout
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Grand Rapids band Hollywood Makeout with music from the new album "Speedo Spider". Aired 2017-05-19
Episode 139: Brian Koenigsknecht
Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Brian Koenigsknecht is our guest with songs from the new release, From the Shallows to the Deep. Aired 2017-05-12
Episode 138: Robin Connell
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Robin Connell, West Michigan Jazz Society's Musician of the Year, with guest vocalist Kathy LaMar. Aired 2017-05-05
Episode 137: Spring Fund Drive 2017
Local Spins offers a special 30-year local retrospective in celebration of WYCE's 30th Anniversary. Aired 2017-04-28
Ep136: Scott and Molly (from Vox Viddora)
Host John Sinkevics hosts two members of the Grand Rapids jazzy, soulful outfit Vox Viddora during the Spring Fund Drive. Aired 2017-04-21.
Episode 135: The Jetbeats
Host John Sinkevics welcomes the retro rock of Grand Rapids band The Jetbeats. Aired 2017-04-14.
Episode 134: Conrad Shock & The Noise
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Grand Rapids band Conrad Shock & the Noise. 2017-04-07
Episode 133: Devin & The Dead Frets
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Grand Rapids band Devin & The Dead Frets into the WYCE studio. Aired 2017-03-31
Episode 132: The Timbre of Cedar
Host John Sinkevics welcomes Detroit's Timbre of Cedar for in-studio performance and conversation. Aired 2017-03-24.

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.