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Pump Up Gas, Local Musicians Pump Up Volume



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    MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 15: Gas is pumped into a vehicle September 15, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Gasoline prices rose nearly 5 cents a gallon Monday, bringing the total increase in the three days since Hurricane Ike slammed into Texas to almost 17 cents, according to a nationwide survey. The average price of unleaded regular rose 4.7 cents to $3.842 a gallon, according to the survey released by motorist group AAA. That followed increases of 5.8 cents Saturday and 6.2 cents Sunday, which was the biggest one-day spike since after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 . (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Next time you want to hear your favorite local band’s music, you don’t have to go to your neighborhood music venue. You just have to fill up at a gas station.

    Local artists are submitting their music to Plainville-based AMP Radio Network for the chance to have their music played in one of at least 60 gas stations across the state, The New Britain Herald reports.

    Rit Petit started the network about five years ago. Unlike common radio stations, AMP Radio announces the band’s name and song title before and after each play, so gas pumpers know exactly who they are listening to.

    A perk of being on the network is that the bands are guaranteed that listeners will not turn the music off or down because it constantly streams over speakers of busy gas stations.

    The genre of music is paired with the demographics that each gas station serves.
    So, next time you’re at the pump, don’t be surprised if the sounds of Lady Gaga have been replaced by that familiar music that comes from a garage down the street.

    Listeners can also go to the radio network's site to find more information about each band.