The Daily Hustle: 2/11/11
Radio DJ dials up City Council run
By Wells Dunbar,
3:00PM, Fri. Feb. 11, 2011
This morning saw another development in this spring's City Council elections: 101X drive-time DJ Toby Ryan showing up at City Hall this morning, filing campaign treasurer paperwork in a Place 4 against Laura Morrison.
Ryan answered a few questions for us this AM, which we'll have for you Monday. Until then, get a feel for the candidate and his issues via the press release below:
Thursday evening, Ryan hosted his final radio show with the cliff hanger of running for City Council. Leading up to his final show, Ryan continued to lament the lack of support of the Austin music community from city officials.HEY! Sign up for the Hustle's weekly e-mail newsletter, recapping news, politics and more every Friday. Don't worry, we'll never spam or sell your address. Visit here, enter your info, and click 'City Hall Hustle.'
“The Austin music community needs a stronger voice on the City Council,” Ryan said. “Despite that live music is what makes Austin so special, the Council often ignores the concerns of our community, from ever stricter sound ordinances to zoning restrictions that make it near-impossible to open new live music venues. I’m running to help save Austin music.”
Since his Thursday final radio broadcast, Ryan has received growing community support from musicians, DJs, entertainment promoters, producers and club owners.
“My hope is to unite the music community around my campaign to save music and our shared unique Austin culture,” said Ryan.
Toby Ryan - Toby Ryan has lived the dream that brings so many people to Austin every year. He moved to Austin from Sealy, Texas, after high school because his greatest passion was live music and Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. While working his way towards a Radio, Television, and Film degree at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) University, Toby interned at the local radio station – 101X. Fifteen years later, Toby was the Music Director and afternoon DJ with one of the highest-rated radio shows in Austin. Toby lives in North-Central Austin’s Wooten Village neighborhood with his girlfriend, Michelle, two dogs, and a cat. In addition to his work at 101X, Toby co-founded the Firehouse Lounge in 2003. He regularly volunteers with the SIMS Foundation, Austin Humane Society, and Habitat for Humanity. Toby loves to cook, loves rock and roll, and loves Austin, TX.