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We've been talking about streaming Das Boom II live from the Old Armory building over the air. We said this, and kept holding to it, in spite of a few issues:
* There's no internet access in the Old Armory building
* We don't have a way to do a remote relay
* None of the neighbors to the Old Armory either have internet, or are willing to share it with us.
 
But a pretty phenomenal job of support by LISCO (thanks for all your help guys), and some late night hacking by Frasier Jones (you are DEFINITELY THA MAN!!), Caleb (Mr. FreeBSD DarkIce himself), and Roland resulted in a nice wireless connection and a static IP address to the internet. And that means we've got a way to stream the live show from the Armory all the way to the station down the road, then stream it out back to the internet and over our FM transmitter.
 

What I've learned so far from hosting Writers' Voices- the most important part of being a radio host is finding the right guests. And so far, I'd say that's my biggest talent. Our guests have been articulate, interesting and enthusiastic, and that makes our job pretty easy. So far, finding talented writers to interview in this community (including a few expatriates) is a breeze. So far, my mother (Caroline Kilbourn) and I have interviewed:

  • Chrystel Kohl and Paul Merrill on the benefits of a Writers' Group.
  • Marcy Luikart on attending Writing Conferences and breaking into the literary short fiction market. Cheryl Fusco Johnson on teaching and mentoring children's writers, with a second appearance on the best books on writing.
  • Nancy Mellon on storytelling as a healing modality.
  • Julie Stephens and Chris Menkemeyer on the writing of Tom Robbins
  • Diane Frank on the poetic novel
  • Carol Klein on editing anthologies and today's show (which you can hear Monday morning at 8 am) -
  • Linda Egenes on the career path of a freelance writer.

Thanks to each and every one of them - and stay tuned for more!

I wanted to share some feedback from a friend of mine listening from California:

Tell Andy that we like his show Fringe Toast out here. It's good for after dinner and relaxing (with an egg nog, or something. I will be listening at 0700, here time,Thursday morn for your movie show.

I missed the first minute of your Ultra Lounge show and just caught the end of Jingle Bells. That was a neat version. I don't remember hearing it before. And now is Grenada. It sounds familiar but I cant place it. Oh well. --jock

My show is Wednesday Afternoon Rock from 5-6 pm on Wednesdays. This Wednesday I had a guest, Deep, and it went so well with him co-hosting that I decided to have him be on my show all the time. We are thinking of changing the name of the show from "Wednesday Afternoon Rock" to "The Asian and the Caucasian". I'll still play the same awesome music, I'll still have the Undiscovered Song of The Week, And I'll still have some Music News most of the time. Now with Deep (The Asian) on the show, it should be halarious every week.

Amber, Aaron and Kyle of Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Briani and Tony (left to right) - excellent photo taken by yours truly(Note: This was actually written – and submitted, I might add – on December 1, but didn't get posted, better late than never...)

I am part of Briani Carey's posse for her Tuesday afternoon (5-6 pm) show called “My Darkest Hour,” which features her and Amber Desmond's selections from their favorite screamo/metalcore/post-hardcore bands like Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, and Escape the Fate. During a recent show, we were cruising the internet and discovered that Drop Dead, Gorgeous would be performing on November 30 at the Picador in Iowa City. Springing into action, we were able to secure press passes for the concert and schedule an interview with the band.

HEy Woh
My virgin blog!
Woohoo, as they say on Basin Street
but let's not quibble.
Quibbles 'n' bits, quibbles 'n' bits...
But seriously folks,
it's good to be alive.
However, I must get back to the grindstone
at the corner of spanknasty and divine
where all roads lead to roam
and all God's chillen be willin'.
Amen.
In other words,
welcome to the new website one and all.
Hats off to Sundar and Devin--
heads off to Caleb and Roland!!

The beta site is ready to be released to the wild. Devin has done a pretty tremendous job of putting up stubs for all the shows, and we're now prepared to have all the program hosts add their bios and pics and whatever other goodies they want to share with the world (should we be worried?).

The new site uses Drupal. We're moving away from Joomla, mainly because of the support that Drupal has, and the richness of the modules that are available for Drupal. The Station module is only one in a long list of cool modules we'll be putting to use on our site.

The basic structure of the site is up, but I now need someone that actually knows how Drupal works to help set this thing up, and show me what to do. The unfortunate aspect of doing this stuff is that it takes an ENORMOUS amount of time. Getting this stuff up is easy. But then I need to understand what all this "taxonomy" stuff Drupal keeps throwing at me is. Might make it easier to just have someone give me the 20 minute breakdown, but then again maybe it'd be worthwhile to just read the damn documentation! But arrgh matey, we don't need no stinkin manuals, eh?!

November 16th 2006, is not only a historic day for these communities but for all of the country who are committed to media democratization and the realization of a three-tiered media structure--public, private and community; based on principles of equity and  inclusiveness.

During the 11 and half years of struggle the community radio movement witnessed several ups and downs before the November 16th endorsement by the government. In 2004, the ministry of Information and  Broadcasting initiated a consultative process to determine an enabling environment for community radio in the country. Through this process, a consensus document was ratified and taken up by the I & B ministry.

The station module is up, and most of the rest of the drupal site is working. I spent hours today trying to figure out why it was that the site would not allow me to log in. I could login, but the login would not take me anywhere, except back to the login screen. I cleared the cache, the history, the passwords on Firefox and Flock, and still nada. Finally I cleared out the cookies and it worked! So here's a lesson to alla you out there - clean out your cookies on a regular basis. Seems like there's some goofy thing in drupal that sometimes munges cookies. I'm sure it needs to be in

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