Tuesday, October 3, 2017

GCR1 Welcomes New Online Radio Affiliate

Global Community Radio is pleased to welcome another internet radio station to its growing family of partner stations.

This time, it's WMS-DB in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. WMS will be offering GCR1 programming 24/7 for the moment.

Thank you to Bill for reaching out to GCR, and inviting us on to his station. We hope listeners in Myrtle Beach and elsewhere will find our programming to be enjoyable as well as informative. WMS listeners can send email to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com with questions, comments and suggestions. We'd love to hear from you!

Radio Taiwan International on GCR1

We want to inform our listeners and partner stations that we were notified in writing that Radio Taiwan International is in the process of updating their internet servers. While this process is taking place, there will be no new RTI podcasts available. GCR will be airing encore/recent RTI podcasts for the interim, until new episodes are available. Thanks to our friends at Radio 360 for putting us in touch with RTI regarding this issue.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tom Petty Tribute Tonight on GCR2

In place of Pemberton's Basement from 1 to 5 AM Eastern, GCR2 is running a special tribute show remembering the life and music of the late Tom Petty. This show was put together by Jim Pemberton and Lady Rachel of Soft Sounds. We hope that our listeners and partner stations will enjoy this heart felt tribute to one of Rock music's greatest icons.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Program Changes at GCR (REVISED 10-01-17)

We're making a few changes to both GCR streams. Please see below.

The most changes are coming to GCR1. The programs "What Keeps Me Awake" "Pause Cafe", and "The Correspondents" appear to have ended production. So we are swapping them out with new offerings. Also, "Between the Lines" from ABC Radio National, and "In the Middle/The Radio Kid's Rant!" are moving to new spots in the schedule. Here's how it all shakes out.

Between the Lines will now air Fridays at 2:30 AM Eastern
In the Middle/The Radio Kid's Rant! moves to Saturdays at 1 PM Eastern

We are again proud to offer an hour of children's programming on Saturdays, by adding "Confetti Park" on Saturdays at 8:30 AM Eastern, right after "Tell Us a Tale".

Because VOA has discontinued production of "The Correspondents", this will cause a few changes to our Sunday interview/roundtable programming. The new schedule will be as follows. All times Eastern
Noon VOA News
12:05 Issues in the News
12:30 Press Conference USA
1:00 VOA News
1:05 Encounter
1:30 Top Stories in 3 Minutes
1:33 Quadriga (weekly roundtable/discussion program from DW) We are once again able to present this program as we are now able to access the files more reliably than before.

On Mondays, we are adding another new show to our lineup. "Saffron Says" is a new commentary series discussing the media, and other interesting topics. The show is hosted by DJ Saffron, and will air Mondays at 11:30 AM Eastern.

There are schedule changes coming to GCR2 as well. We have been trying to decide what to do on Thursdays at 10 PM Eastern. "Ceejay the DJ" has had to put her show, "The Tempest" on hiatus until further notice due to some personal issues. We thank her for her efforts producing this show, and we hope maybe it will be able to return to GCR at some point in the future. We had been airing a Japanese Pop show, but there are no new episodes available. We have decided on "2 Girls 1 Name". This is a music and conversation show featuring Serena (The Radio Kid), and, Serena (DJ Saffron). We hope listeners will enjoy this interesting new program.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we've been seeking a new 70s music show to air as part of our very popular Saturday Oldies/Nostalgia programming on 2. We've found one. It comes from the same person who brings us "The Spin-O-Rama Hour". It's "The Spin-O-Rama 70s Hour". Each week, your host, Esther, spins a wide variety of 70s music. From hits to rarities, if it was recorded between 1970 and 1979, chances are you'll hear it on this program. It will air Saturdays at 4 PM Eastern. We're moving "Geezer Rock" one hour later to run at 5 PM so that things will flow more chronologically. 
The American Baby Boomer Radio show was a place holder until we could find something 70s oriented. We may reinstate this program if we ever expand our Oldies programming to weekdays.

 Some sad news coming from our friends at WWFM/The Classical Network. Due to continuing health issues, Bill Zagorski will no longer be able to produce his program, "Strictly Vinyl". We wish Bill nothing but the very best, and it is hoped by everyone that the program may return to the air in the future as his health improves. In the meantime, we are pleased to add a Classical program with an "Aussie" accent, as we add "Keys to Music" to our Wednesday morning lineup. This program comes from the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and their Classic FM service. Each week on Keys to Music, host Graham Abbott explores a different story, theme or idea in Classical music. We sincerely hope listeners will enjoy this program.

Some good news for fans of Cool and West Coast Jazz. Due to popular demand, Raoul Van Hall is continuing his program, "Jazz From the Left" for the foreseeable future. We are delighted to be able to continue to bring this show to our listeners and partner stations each and every Sunday.

As always, feedback from listeners and partner stations is very much appreciated. Feel free to send email to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening to Global Community Radio!

KNDY XTRA Changes Format

We are sorry to inform our listeners to GCR1 on KNDY XTRA that the management has changed format on that web stream. They are now carrying the Classic Country format of KNDY AM 1570 24/7. We thank the Derek Nester and the rest of the crew at KNDY for giving GCR1 a chance to be heard on one of their internet streams. Derek informs me that he may be able to create a new internet service to bring GCR1 back to the Marysville, Kansas area in the future. If this happens, you'll hear about it right here! Please see the list of other GCR1 outlets on the Listen page for details on how you can sitll listen to GCR1 programming.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

GCR Welcomes TWO New Partner Stations

Global Community Radio is pleased to welcome two new stations to our ever growing family.

First. we'd like to welcome WMUU-LP, a community radio station in Madison, Wisconsin. WMUU will rebroadcast portions of both GCR streams to the Madison community at 102.9 FM, and worldwide via their website.

We also welcome WLRI-LP, a community radio station in Gap, Pennsylvania. WLRI serves portions of both Chester and Lancaster counties. At the moment, WLRI is running tests of both GCR streams over their signal to determine what their listeners think of both GCR1 and GCR2. Soon, we will know for sure the final schedule for relays on WLRI. WLRI can be heard locally at 92.9 FM, and worldwide via their website.

It's always so exciting to announce new partner stations for GCR. We hope to be writing more blog posts like this one as time passes on.

If you listen to WLRI or WMUU, please let them know what you think of GCR. Your feedback is important to community radio stations. So, too, is your financial support!

We sincerely hope listeners in Madison and Lancaster thoroughly enjoy our programming. Again, welcome aboard!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

URGENT: OLD GCR STREAMS TURNED OFF

Dear GCR Partner Stations:

As most of you know, I have switched to a new streaming company to meet GCR's needs better, and at a price that I can afford.

I have sent you all several e-mails over the Summer explaining that this was happening, and that the old server would be shut down by the end of August. This has now happened.

The old GCR1 stream was turned off for good earlier this week, as the one station still using it had switched to the new stream. The old GCR2 stream WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR GOOD at Midnight on August 25th, and cannot be switched on again after that.

I see by the stream log files for both servers that some of you using GCR2 during the overnight have not made the transition to the new stream. I am sorry to leave your stations without any service, but, I cannot continue to pay for two streaming services, especially when most of my partner stations have already made the switch.

I sent you one more e-mail with the new stream URL for GCR2. If you did not receive this e-mail, or if you have not been getting any of my e-mails regarding this change, then please contact me immediately so I can give you the information you need to update your automation systems, and so that you can resume carrying GCR2 once again.

Again, my apologies for any inconvenience or loss of service to your station. This new server will give you more reliable GCR service, and will help me to keep costs down. Considering I don't charge you for access to GCR, and I don't make any money whatsoever running this service, keeping costs down is critical.

Thanks for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager