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Local Merchants Get Down In The Groove For Record Store Day

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Fort Wayne is fortunate to enjoy the unique culture of two independently owned retail record businesses, Wooden Nickel Music and Neat! Neat! Neat! Records and Music.
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Bob Roets, far left, with his team members, Tim Hogan, and son, Chris.

Saturday is Record Store Day, and here in Fort Wayne, that means Wooden Nickel Recordsand Neat! Neat! Neat! Records and Music employees are working overtime to get everything in order, on the shelves and ready for the fun.

Inaugurated in 2007, the event is held annually, on a Saturday in April, to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store. 

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Morrison Agen, on the left, with his team member, Ben Larson.

With its origins and headquarters firmly rooted in the United States, the celebration now has official international organizers in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Australia and Spain.

For a sneak peek at this year's festivities, WBOI's Julia Meek managed to lure store owners, Bob Roets and Morrison Agen away from their preparations and into our studio to discuss the pleasures of the indie retail music business, and what hits they'll be spinning  for their customers this Saturday.

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A partial sampling of this year's special Record Store Day releases.

Event Information: 
Record Store Day in Fort Wayne
Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Wooden Nickel Records
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For complete event listings, visit Wooden Nickel's website or Facebook page.

Neat! Neat! Neat! Records and Music
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For complete event listings, visit Neat! Neat! Neat! website or Facebook page.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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