We. Are. Back.
ON THE AIR
It’s been a long road, but thanks to the generosity of our kind supporters and the hard work of our team of volunteers, we are proud to announce that House of Sound is back!
Over the coming weeks, we will be in the process of expanding the website, equipment, facilities, and most importantly, our roster of DJs. We’re excited to continue and expand the House of Sound legacy by providing a place for local artists and DJs to provide music to the PDX community and beyond.
But for now…PLEASE ENJOY THE SHOW
House of Sound’s history of providing good music to Portland residents spans over 6 decades.
House of Sound began as a record store, founded in 1964 by NFL Hall of Famer, Melvin Renfro, House of Sound would serve Portland’s Black community as one of the very few locations where Black people could shop for music made and distributed by Black artists and record labels.
Mr. Renfro would transfer ownership of the record shop to David Dawson and Willie Harris, who ran House of Sound record store in the historic Albina neighborhood, right next door to the barbershop owned by Mr. Harris. Under their leadership, House of Sound would flourish as a business and become a landmark and safe haven for Portland’s Black populous to congregate to not only listen to good music and get a decent hair cut, but also form long lasting bonds with other community members. For the next few decades, House of Sound would continue to sell music to the community until it closed its doors in 2002.
In 2009, The House of Sound moniker was utilized for a radio/internet radio station, still providing good music to the city, except over the airways. In 2015, House of Sound officially became a non-profit (501c3) and served as Portland’s only free form, internet radio station, www.houseofsound.org
In 2021 Houseofsound.org went on a hiatus in order to reorganize and rebrand. The new House of Sound team began promoting the House of Sound podcast as well as taking part in community events throughout the city of Portland. Houseofsound.org has resumed broadcasting music and is in the process of creating all new shows and content. Our goal is to carry on the legacy of the original House of Sound store by being a place where community members can hear good music as well as have their voices heard .
Please donate today and help us continue House of Sound’s 60 year tradition of providing great music to Portland residents: