The Air Strange is edited by Culley Smith from the Quad Cities located in Illinois and Iowa along the Mississippi River. The blog aims to cover music in Central Iowa to Central Illinois, including Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Ames, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, Dubuque, Dekalb, Quad Cities, Galesburg, Peoria, and Champaign-Urbana.
The Air Strange launched in April 2006 and has generated a strong local following. The site features band reviews, a comprehensive event calendar, cd reviews, and some other non-local music related features including a weekly Golden Age of Hip Hop article.
The Air Strange began circa 2003 as a personal website devoted to tape trading. As the local music scene grew and as Culley Smith began to learn php, Movable Type, and studied blogs in Library School, he thought of ways to target the local community with an information site about local music events and local bands. By March of 2006, he had acquired the requisite knowledge to change The Air Strange from a personal tape trading page to a local music blog.
In its first two months of operation, The Air Strange grew from a site with roughly 25 visitors a week to one that saw nearly 3000 visitors in its first month. The Air Strange has been mentioned in Stylus Magazine and is promoted through local Iowa and Illinois music venues, businesses, and colleges.
Culley Smith runs and operates The Air Strange. He is a librarian at a small college in Eastern Iowa and has a background in writing. In addition to maintaining The Air Strange website, he is an amateur photographer and musician.
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