Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Update: GCR2 Back On Air

After being down for at least the past 24 hours, GCR2 is back. We were able to finally reconnect to our existing server using the old login credentials. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our partner stations and listeners. We will be asking our streaming provider to please look into this matter to determine the exact cause, and to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Thanks, everyone, for your continued support!

GCR2 Down - Beyond My Control

To All GCR2 Partners and Listeners:

At some point (not sure just when) the Auto DJ feature of our streaming server hosted by Shoutca.st kicked in. This is normally only used when our "live" normal programming stream is down due to a power or internet outage at our Geneva, New York studio. But this time, there is no problem on my end. Our internet is working properly, and the software we use to stream c0ontent to the server says that it is streaming. But, for reasons as yet unknown, the Auto DJ will not "kick over" to the live stream. I have stopped and restarted the server several times hoping this will resolve the issue. No luck. I can't seem to get our programming out to the stream. I have sent a support ticket marked urgent to the tech teat at the server over in the UK. Unfortunately, until I hear from them, there is nothing I can do to restore normal programming. Needless to say, I am not happy! Up to now, I thought this company was a reliable, dependable streaming service. I am hoping they will help me to resolve this problem as soon as possible. In the mean time, feel free to switch to a different GCR stream if you do not want the "endless loop" of fill music and technical difficulties announcements. GCR1 and 3 are both functioning normally.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to both my partner stations and their listeners. Rest assured I will not rest until this is fixed!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Several Changes to GCR Program Schedules

At Global Community Radio, we strive to bring our partner stations and their listeners the best mix of programming from around the world. We are constantly listening to the feedback of our partner stations and their listeners to determine the best programming strategies going forward. It is because of this feedback that we're making several changes to our program schedules.

There are two minor changes to the GCR1 schedule. Production of Truthdig Radio has become very sporadic. So we are replacing it with a new weekly series, Progressive Spirit, which discusses both spirituality and social justice. This program will now be heard Mondays at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific. On Fridays at 11AM Eastern/8AM Pacific, The Steve Pomeranz Show has been reduced from 59 minutes to 29 minutes weekly. We are adding a new financial advice show, Ask Peggy About Your Finances, with host Peggy Doviak, to fill the second half of the hour.

The bigger changes concern the two music streams.

GCR2 is adding a two hour block of novelty and comedy music Tuesdays at 11PM Eastern/8PM Pacific. Crazy College will move over to GCR2 from GCR3, followed by The Fun Zone with Byron Lee. The Deuce Radio Show and Independent Music Show will shift to 1 and 2 AM Eastern. Cat Beast Party shifts to Sundays at 5PM Eastern.

GCR3 is making big changes to its lineup. We will continue to offer Old Time Radio weeknights at 10PM Eastern. However, we are shifting our late night OTR programming from weekends to weeknights. Old Time Radio Classics, Same Time, Same Station, Upstate Radio Theatre and Treasures Old and New From ART will all be heard during the week. Tuned to Yesterday will continue to air, but will be cut back to airing Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We are adding several new Classical music programs, including two from KGNU community radio in Boulder, Colorado. On the Jazz front, we're making changes to our Saturday Jazz programming, including moving Down the Road, a weekly showcase of New Orleans music to GCR3, as well as adding new modern Jazz programs late into the night on Saturday.

In the days to come, all program schedules will be updated as we update and rebuild our automation logs. Again, these changes are all being made based on responses to questions posed to our partner stations and listeners. You, too, can submit your feedback about GCR any time by sending e-mail to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Sunday, September 23, 2018

WLRI is now WTPA

WLRI 92.9 FM in Gap, Pennsylvania is now WTPA-LP. The station maintains its strong commitment to local news and community service to Lancaster and Chester counties, and will continue to suppliment its local programming with GCR1. Visit their new website at http://www.wtpafm.org

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Changes to GCR3 Schedule

GCR3 has made changes to its program schedule. First, we've received feedback stating that some listeners would like to hear Old Time Radio every weeknight, and the modern radio drama/science fiction was not as well received. To accommodate these requests, we are adding two hours of Tuned to Yesterday on Fridays from 10PM to Midnight Eastern. We may reinstate some of the modern radio drama at another time slot if one becomes available.

Also, changes coming to our Classical music programming. We were informed recently by WWFM in Trenton, New Jersey that Well-Tempered Baroque has ended its run, as the host has left the station to pursue other endeavors. We are replacing this program with Millennium of Music. The show will now air Thursdays at 7AM Eastern. Temporarily, it will continue to air in its original time slot of Sundays at 9AM Eastern. This will be changing soon, as we're in talks with some other programmers to add more Classical programming. Watch this space for further details.

As always, thanks for listening to and supporting Global Community Radio.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

KLQS Back On Air

Global Community Radio is pleased to welcome back to its family of partner stations KLQS-LP (96.7) in Agua Dulce, California. The station had been off the air for many months due to equipment problems. Now, those issues have been resolved, and the station is again proudly serving the Agua Dulce community. Like before, KLQS is offering GCR1 programming for its listeners 24/7. We are pleased to have this station back on the air, and carrying GCR programming once again.

Monday, July 30, 2018

GCR Program Schedule Changes

Here are the latest schedule updates for Global Community Radio.

Last week, we began experiencing difficulties accessing the podcast files for VOA Border Crossings. To be perfectly honest, this show was added to GCR2 as an experiment to see if there was any interest in Top 40 music among our partner stations and their listeners. So far, the program has not received much feedback, and the feedback we did receive was not positive. This, paired with the sudden lack of accessibility has caused us to decide to drop the program from GCR2. In its place, we're trying another VOA music program which is still offered as a podcast. It's called African Beat, and offers listeners a daily mix of the latest in African music. We feel this will be a welcome addition to the World music programming already heard on GCR2. So, tune in weekdays at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific to hear this new addition to the schedule. Also, because of the similarities between African Beat and VOA's weekend program, Music Time in Africa, we are moving Music Time to Sundays at 1PM Eastern/10AM Pacific, swapping time slots with Journey Without Maps, which will now air on Monday evenings.at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific. Feedback is very much wanted.

On GCR1, we are discontinuing Voices and Views. There have not been any new episodes posted to their website in quite a while, and, the program is focusing more and more on local issues only relevant to Colorado. So, we are discontinuing the series for the time being. In its place, to compliment Positive Parenting, we are bringing back the series Parents Perspective. We had been airing this series while it was still in production. Even though there are no new episodes available, there were over 500 programs produced in the series. It is our belief that most of these episodes contain valuable insights into parenting which are still relevant today. If and when a new series on parenting, education, or other related topics becomes available, we will consider placing it into this time slot.

Thank you for listening to and supporting Global Community Radio.