Following the break-up of The Connie Dungs in 2000, guitarist/vocalist Brandon Tussey started a new project with a less pop oriented direction called A Radio With Guts. The name appears to have been taken from a Charles Bukowski poem of the same name. First, Tussey recorded an acoustic collection of old and new songs for Knock Knock Records. Then, fellow members of The Connie Dungs Chris and Wayne Griffith joined him for the 2002 Knock Knock release Beat Heart Sweet Stereo. In 2005, the Griffiths left the band, and bassist Zakk Spears was added.