ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Over a thousand people tune in every month to follow the beat of Dan Shiver's Englewood-based radio show.
"Follow My Beat" started in 2010 as an extension to Shiver's DJ pursuits, and it has expanded in scope since.
"I try to accomplish three things every show. I try to be motivational, I want to give out solid information and I do commentary," said Shiver, who serves as both host and producer.
He describes his show as "human interest stories with a twist." Shiver has interviewed rappers, politicians, ministers and young children to get their perspectives on current events.
In a recent episode, Shiver spoke with Paterson's Community Improvement Director David Gilmore about issues relating to the Oakland warehouse fire.
Gilmore, who handles compliance issues in Paterson, shared his thoughts on how the incident could have been avoided.
Shiver provides his own commentary as well but views the show as an opportunity to showcase diverse opinions.
"One of the decisions I made was not to use my show to put people on the spot or embarrass them, but I still ask tough questions," Shiver said.
"[I] have a chance to talk to someone and share that resource with people."
The show airs once a week, but it isn't all political discussion. Shiver formats the show to feature music, discussion and tongue-in-cheek commentary.
Some of his segments include "Dan's Diamonds," which is dedicated to advice and "I Was Broke But Now I Ain't," which features rags to riches stories from the local area.
Follow My Beat pulls over 1,000 listeners per month. According to Shiver, listeners are primarily 40 to 60 year olds from diverse demographics.
Shiver plans on expanding the show's social media presence in January.