Friday, July 13, 2018

GCR Program Schedules Now Display Eastern and Pacific Time Zones

At the request of several of our listeners and partner stations on the West coast, GCR will now display program times on its schedule pages in both Eastern and Pacific. The Eastern time will appear first, followed by the Pacific time with a slash to separate them. Because I have other things to work on over the weekend, I will be updating the schedule displays over the coming days as time permits. I appreciate your patience.

We hope this will be much more convenient for our West coast listeners. Listeners and stations in all other time zones can still ask for converted program schedules by sending email to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Changes to GCR3 Classical Programming

Recently, we were informed in writing by Tony Currie of Radio Six International iin Scotland that his long running Classical music series, Nothing But the Best, has come to an end. This is due to the fact that his wife is in poor health at this time, and Tony is her sole caregiver. While we are sorry to lose this outstanding radio series, which we've carried for many years, we can certainly understand the circumstances. Tony plans to continue producing his weekly show of pop instrumentals, The Lively Lounge, which airs over on GCR2 early Monday mornings.

In place of Nothing But the Best, GCR3 is pleased to welcome to its diverse Classical lineup Classical Music for Everyone. This weekly series originates at community radio station KYAQ in Toledo, Oregon. Each week, host Gib Bernhardt presents a wide variety of Classical music, and occasionally features interviews and in-studio performances with Classical musicians. Our thanks to Gib and KYAQ for graciously making this series available to GCR. We are the first outlet to offer the program outside of KYAQ, and we hope everyone will enjoy the new show.

Additionally, GCR has brought back to its schedule Center Stage From Wolf Trap. This series has returned for another season of great live performances from Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia. Center Stage From Wolf Trap airs Fridays at 8 AM Eastern through the remainder of the year.

As always, thank you for listening to GCR3: Your Connection to the Arts.

Monday, June 18, 2018

GCR Loses Harmonia, But Gains Millennium of Music

Dear GCR3 Listeners and Partner Stations:

Global Community Radio was recently notified in writing that WFIU/Indiana University would be changing the way in wich its longtime Early Music series, Harmonia, would be distributed. Beginning next month, the program will be exclusively distributed by Public Radio International (PRI). Unfortunately, PRI, and many other pubic radio distributors, charge exorbitant fees for the rights to carry the programs they distribute. GCR is of the opinion that these fees are deliberately marked up because it is assumed by said distributors that all non-commercial radio stations have access to Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funding, arts grants, and a base of rich donors to help pay the ridiculous carriage fees they charge. As has been explained many times before, Global Community Radio has mo money to purchase programming. GCR relies on the generosity of program producers and distributors who make their content available gratis. At the same time, we realize that, in the radio business, as with most things in life, circumstances change. We deeply regret the loss of Harmonia, as we've carried the program as far back as the old Geneva Community Radio days, but, it's a situation we have no control over whatsoever. We wish the crew of Harmonia well in their new endeavor. Fortunately, we WILL be able to carry Indiana Public Media's other syndicated programming (Afterglow and Night Lights on GCR3, and A Moment of Science, Earth Eats, and Focus on Flowers on GCR1) as these shows will continue to be distributed in the same manner.

Beginning Sunday, July 2nd at 9 AM Eastern/6 AM Pacific, GCR3 is proud to offer its listeners and partner stations the long running series Millennium of Music. Each week, Millennium of Music features a wide array of musical styles from "the thousand years before the birth of Bach". Fortunately, this series is now available to Global Community Radio for free. Previously, we would have had to pay for the series under its previous distribution platform. GCR3 is excited to add this well kown and respected Public Radio series to its Classical music programming. We sincerely hope you will enjoy the program.

Economic Update Cuts Back to 29 Minutes Weekly

Dear GCR1 Listeners and Partner Stations:

Effective immediately, Economic Update With Richard Wolfe will be offered as a weekly 29 minute series, instead of the former length of 59 minutes. GCR1 will continue to air the program Fridays at Noon Eastern/9 Am Pacific. Immediately following Economic Update on Fridays will be a weekly series from ABC Radio National called The Money. Each week, The Money focuses on a particular aspect of the Australian and/or the global economy.

We hope you will enjoy the new Friday lineup of economic and money oriented programming.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Seeking Help Identifying IP Connections to GCR Streams

Hello Everyone.

Recently, I've noticed some unidentified IP addresses which have been connecting to the GCR1 and GCR2 streams on a frequent basis. I am assuming that these IPs belong to radio stations which are retransmitting GCR programming.

While GCR is available to any noncommercial radio station absolutely free of charge, stations do need to contact GCR to indicate that they are using the service, along with their call letters, frequency, location, and the days/times they are using GCR programming.

Here is a list of the unknown IP addresses. If any of these belong to you or your radio station, please send an email to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com so we can start a dialogue.

IP Address: 67.174.120.129
Location: Ft. Collins, Colorado
Stream: GCR2

IP Address: 192.241.197.186
Location: New York, New York
Stream: GCR2

IP Address: 88.99.58.156
Location: United Kingdom
Stream: GCR1

Thank you in advance for getting in touch.

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Saturday, June 2, 2018

One More Change to GCR1 Sunday Night Schedule

Dear GCR1 Listeners and Partner Stations:

As I alluded to in my ;ast blog post, there's one further change to the GCR1 Sunday evening schedule. I did not want to make this announcement until I was absolutely certain that everything was ready in order for this change to take place.

Recently, PCJ Media announced that it would be discontinuing the weekly production of Media Network Plus. They did not give a specific date for the end of the series, only stating that it would end "sometime over the Summer". I had been wondering what to do when this occurred, and quite by chance, the answer came to me a few weeks ago.

GCR is going ahead and dropping MNP from our lineup effective this weekend. You will now hear Wavescan at 9:30 PM Eastern/6:30 Pacific. ARRL Audio News will follow at 10 PM/7 PM, and Skeptoid at 15 past the hour.

The biggest development in all of this is the new program that will air at 10:30 PM Eastern/7:30 Pacific.

Global Community Radio is pleased to announce to its listeners and partner stations that, once again, GCR has broken new, original ground with an exciting new series which, as of now, is exclusive to GCR1 and its partner stations.

GCR is proud to introduce "Intellectual Thoughts of a Teenage Girl". This new, weekly half hour program is hosted by Nykole "Nykki" Garland. Nykki is an aspiring 17 year old radio personality from Tucson, Arizona. I had the pleasure of meeting Nykki in an online forum recently, and she expressed a strong desire to be on the radio, as well as a passion for traditional terrestrial radio that is not often seen in today's younger generation.

I am proud to give Nykki her first "big break" in radio by giving her this time slot to showcase her auditory creativity. Each week, Nykki will discuss topics and issues which she feels are relevant to teens and young adults. She is not afraid to tackle controversial issues such as gun control, politics, religion, and other issues that shape our world. In addition, Nykki will share some personal stories and insights which will allow listeners to get to know her on a far more personal level. You will not want to miss a single episode of this new series, as you never know what she'll say next!

I sincerely hope that listeners and station managers will find this new series to be both informative and entertaining. I ask everyone to please keep in mind that this is Nykole's first attempt at a serious radio program. Please be patient and understand with her as she finds her way and strives to improve the quality of the show. I, and a few others, will be working with her in the coming days and week to help make this series the best it can possibly be.

I encourage everyone not only to listen to the new show, but, also, to send along your comments, questions and suggestions. You can email the program directly at intellectualthoughtsofateen@gmail.com and the new website for the show is http://intellectualthoughtsofateengirl.blogspot.com. Podcasts of the show will be available for on-demand listening and downloading soon.

Global Community Radio looks forward to working with Nykki Garland, and to helping her grow into a true radio professional. Welcome aboard, Nykki!

NOTE: This new series is available to any non-commercial radio station that wants to add it to their weekly schedule. You do not need to participate in Global Community Radio in order to air the series. GCR partner stations can air the series at another day and time that is more convenient for them if the Sunday airing on GCR1 is not convenient.

Any questions regarding the show can be emailed to the above address, or to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com

As always, thank you for your continued support, as GCR continues to strive to be a true innovator in community radio.

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Sunday, May 20, 2018

GCR Schedule Changes

A couple of changes have taken place to the schedules for GCR1 and GCR2.

On GCR1, we've added the daily 2-minute English news bulletin from Radio Sweden. This will air Monday to Friday at 11 PM Eastern/8 PM Pacific. Radio Sweden's in-depth weekly program remains Mondays at 2:30 AM Eastern/Sundays at 11:30 PM Pacific.

We've replaced The Adam Ritz Show on Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern/3:30 PM Pacific with Global 3000, the audio of a weekly series from DW Television which we feel still translates well to radio. Global 3000 is "the Globalization program", presenting stories of interest from around the world. Listeners who enjoy DW Radio programs World Link and World in Progress should definitely check out Global 3000. We're sorry to drop The Adam Ritz Show, as it came highly recommended to us by one of our community radio colleagues. Unfortunately, it appears no new shows are forthcoming in the series, and most of the older episodes are time and date sensitive. At GCR, we prefer to air fresh, new content whenever possible.

There may be more changes coming to our Sunday evening schedule later this Summer. So please check back often for the latest schedule details.

On GCR3, we've had to drop our back catalog airings of Compact Discoveries. The host and producer of this excellent series, Fred Flaxman, passed away in 2015. His account on Box.com, where we had been getting the shows, was abruptly closed without notice to us. We have no other way to access these episodes, unfortunately. Consequently, we're also dropoing "The Concert", in order to make room for a new two hour live performance series. From here onward, we will present Music Mountain, a series of live chamber music performances from the Music Mountain festival which takes place each year in Falls Village, Connecticut. We will air be airing programs from past seasons of the festival when we are not running the current season of concerts.

As always, thank you for your understanding as GCR strives to bring new and interesting content to its partner stations and their listeners.