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

Monday, August 14, 2017

GCR1 Partner Station KLQS Going Silent

On Sunday, August 13th, GCR was notified in writing by Peter Gray that KLQS-LP in Agua Dulce, California is going silent for an indefinite period of time.

The situation is a rather unusual one. In short, the equipment used to operate KLQS was in fact on loan to them from another low power FM operator, which did not need it until they were ready to start broadcasting. Apparently, the new station is soon to go on the air in Santa Clarita, California.

This does not mena tne end of KLQS, though. They are making an effort to raise money to purchase new equipment specifically for KLQS, and they are also in the process of relocating the transmitter from Agua Dulce to Palmdale, California, a larger community.

We wish KLQS success, and hope they will return to the air very soon!

KFZR, the "sister station" to KLQS, is not affected by these developments.

Upcoming GCR2 Schedule Changes

We regret that some programming on GCR2 will soon be coming to an end. As such, we need to make some schedule changes which we hope you will enjoy.

Changes to Our Morning Classical Lineup

Israel and Marjorie Herman are retiring from WWFM, a major supplier of our Classical music offerings. Israel Herman's program, On the Wind, will end its run later this month. Marjorie's program, Sounds Choral, will continue production, but with rotating hosts offering their own unique take on choral music.

With On the Wind coming to an end, we need to make changes to our Monday morning lineup. Because we try to schedule our shows to have a certain "flow" to them whenever possible, this will cause a chnage to our Tuesday morning lineup as well.

We will be adding a new program to the Tuesday lineup. The Score, is another outstanding series featuring orchestral music from films. We feel this series will compliment our ling running film music series, Picture Perfect.

The Monday and Tuesday Classical lineups will look like this:

Monday

6:00 Classical Guitar Alive
7:00 The Piano Matters
8:00 Between the Keys
9:00 The Lost Chord (moved from Tuesday)

Tuesday

6:00 Picture Perfect
7:00 The Score (newly added)
8:00 The Lyric Stage
9:00 Curtis Calls

We hope you will enjoy the new lineups.

Jazz From the Left Ends Production

We were recently notified in writing that Raoul Van Hall, the longtime host of the weekly Jazz From the Left program heard Sundays on GCR2, will be retiring from radio after 45 years in the business. While we are sad to lose Jazz From the Left, we want to wish Raoul a happy retirement.

We are currently searching for new Jazz programming to run on Sundays from 6 to 8 PM Eastern. Watch this space for further details. The final Jazz From the Left will air on Sunday, October 1st.

Saturday Programming Changes

We have been having problems accessing Saving the 70s programs of late. We are replacing this show with Music Factory Radio. This series is a music show for the baby boomer generation, offering an eclectic mix of rock and pop from the 50s to the 70s.

We may consider adding a new 70s music show to our schedule soon, as we have word that a new series is being developed. Again, watch this space for details.

VOA News Dropped From GCR2

Lately, we've been having problems with audio drop outs in the VOA News feeds for both GCR1 and 2. We think we have resolved the problem on GCR1. While we were contemplating making the same fix for GCR2, we decided to try something different. We want to make GCR2 a purely musical experience for its listeners. So we are dropping all VOA newscasts from GCR2. We are adding some new features en lieu of the newscasts. These features include:
Classics for Kids
NEA Jazz Master Moments
Earthsongs Spotlight
On This Day in Blues History

As always, listener feedback is very important. Please send your thoughts on these programming changes, or anything else you want to comment on regarding our programming. globalcommunityradio@gmail.com

Thanks for listening!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GCR1 Welcomes New Partner Station

Global Community Radio is pleased to welcome another station to our growing network of community and educational radio stations carrying portions of our programming.

This time, we welcome KAKU-LP in Maui, Hawaii. Listeners on the island can hear various programs from GCR1 Monday to Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 PM, and seven nights a week from Midnight to 6 AM Hawaii Standard Time.

Thanks to Shaggy Jenkins and the crew at KAKU for partnering with GCR. KAKU listeners are encouraged to send feedback about what they hear to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com

We hope to be posting more blog entries like this one, as more stations become aware of GCR, and how partnering with us can enhance their programming.

New Streaming Platform

Attention GCR Partner Stations:

I sent an email to all of you regarding this, but am posting a notice here in the event some of you did not receive that email.

GCR has found a new streaming platform which will save money, and prove far more efficient in the long run. I sent an email wiht the new URLs for the GCR1 and GCR2 streams. If you did not receive this email, it is very important that you notify me as soon as possible, so that I can get you this info right away.

Very soon, the old Shoutcast streams from Server Room WILL BE TURNED OFF. Once this happens, your station will not be able to connect to GCR until you have reprogrammed your automation software with the new streaming links.

Again, please get in touch with me as soon as possible if you do not have that info. If you have additional questions or concerns, or if you are having problems accessing/connecting to the new streams, please let me know. I'm here to help!

Thanks for continuing to partner with Global Community Radio!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

GCR1 Programming Changes

Yet again, we've made some programming changes to GCR1. This is all being done to ensure that GCR broadcasts a diversity of perspectives, and, that it does so in a credible and responsible manner.

Recently, we received a complaint regarding the content of The Aware Show, which we added to replace Humankind on Sundays. Great concern was expressed regarding the show's emphasis on pseudoscience. Upon further research into this, I determined that I do not want Global Community Radio involved in the dissemination of subject matter that is of questionable credibility. In addition to being an outlet for news and political discussion, GCR1 has a strong commitment to educational programming. I will not broadcast educational programming that is not rooted in fact, or whose claims cannot be supported by credible scientific evidence. Therefore, upon receipt of this complaint, this show has been dropped from our schedule, and will not be brought back at any time.

Some Sunday programs have been shifted to make room for two new half hour shows. GCR1 is proud to announce the addition of Global Journalist to our Sunday news lineup. Each week, Global Journalist examines a particular issue or topic that is relevant in today's global news cycle. This show originates at public radio station KBIA, and is hosted by Jason McLure. The show airs Sundays at 11:30 AM Eastern. Also new to Sundays is The Poet and the Poem. This series features poets and their poetry, and is from the Library of Congress. It can be heard Sundays at 2:30 PM Eastern.

Another change concerns our Monday morning lineup. Recently, KCRW expanded the duration of its Left, Right and Center program from 29 minutes to 52 minutes. I've aired LRC for many years, as far back as the old Geneva Community Radio days. I am pleased to offer this new, expanded version of the show. Unfortunately, it means the cancellation of the Laura Flanders show on GCR1. That program may be brought back if another half hour slot opens up during one of our news/political blocks.

I want everyone reading this to know that I do not make these changes to frustrate or inconvenience affiliate stations or listeners. I make them out of what I believe is my obligation to offer all of you the best community radio product possible. I will continue to make changes where needed, but will always value your feedback as well.

Sincerely,

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager