Al Jazeera Journalist Unwinds in Beirut with LA’s Dublab

To go along with the song list curated by Web DJ collective Dublab Soundsystem for the June issue of Los Angeles magazine, associate editor Marielle Wakim has an online Q&A with several of the 14-year-old group’s members.

The non-profit enterprise took root at USC, where co-founder Mark “Frosty” McNeill at one point ran the campus radio station. Since that time, Dublab has grown to serve a worldwide audience, depending in part on grants and two annual fund drives. Here’s how McNeill answered when asked about some of the most obscure places  reached by the Dublab broadcasts:

“We have someone who listens from a very remote Russian province called Arkhangelsk. We even have listeners in war zones. One of our listeners, Jackson Allers, is a [music-culture] journalist for Al Jazeera in Beirut. He says he comes home and listens to Dublab at night because he can connect to something positive.”

There are two Dublab streams available at The Dubstream (live) and The Theme-Stream (compiled). The online radio station also has three podcasts available through iTunes, an iPhone App and, coming soon, a Droid App. Read the full Q&A here.

And for a sampling of the overseas journalism work the Dublab DJ gang has an indirect hand in, check out Allers’ personal blog.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.