Saturday, April 18, 2020

GCR Update

To All Listeners and Partner Stations:

First, I sincerely hope you are all well, and that you are all staying safe during these chaotic times we are living in. So far, I am well, and am observing the necessary social distancing measures to ensure that I remain that way.

I have recently made some changes to the GCR3 program schedule. I have added a few new shows, and moved some shows around to other times. I have done this to give the station a more consistent sound, and, also, to satisfy some requests from GCR partner stations. Please refer to the GCR3 schedule page for the most up to date program listings.

Fortunately, the COVID pandemic has had minimal impact on GCR programming overall. A handful of our international broadcasters have suspended English language radio broadcasts due to virus related staff cuts in their respective countries. In some cases, they have substituted radio broadcasts with audio from their English language TV services, while others have suspended foreign language output entirely. We can only hope these measures are temporary, and that normal program production will resume once this situation finally passes. One broadcaster which has suspended programming is RAE Argentina. For now, we are replacing their nightly half hour at 11 PM Eastern with an additional airing of DW News. We hope to resume carrying RAE as soon as program production resumes.

Speaking of DW, their science and tech program has been renamed from Spectrum to Science Unscripted. The show still airs at its normal time on Tuesdays on GCR1.

A few of the music programs on GCR2 and 3 have also had to suspend production due to being locked out of their studio facilities due to the crisis. Among them, The Cool Jazz Set with Paul Pearce. GCR will offer archived programs until new episodes become available.

One show that we are regretfully saying goodbye to very soon is Rolling Hills Radio. Ken Hardley announced recently that he is ending production of this outstanding live music series from Jamestown, NY, in order to pursue other personal and professional endeavors. It has been a pleasure to have RHR on GCR2, and I want to wish Ken and Cathie the very best. We will continue to air the series until all the backlogged episodes that have been downloaded are broadcast. Watch the GCR2 schedule soon for updates.

That's the latest from here. Thank you, everyone, for your continued support of Global Community Radio.

Stay safe!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Thursday, October 24, 2019

WRN Issue Resolved

I am pleased to inform you all that the problem with the missing WRN audio feed has been fixed. Thanks to Paul at Encompass Digital Media, along with a listener to GCR, I now have the new link to access the audio, and have successfully programmed that link into Zara Radio, our automation software. All WRN programming has been restored.

Thanks, everyone, for your patience and understanding while working through this issue.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Important: GCR1 Affiliates: World Radio Network Website Down

To All GCR1 Affiliates:

On Friday, it was brought to my attention that the programming we normally receive from the World Radio Network (WRN) was missing. I soon discovered that the entire WRN website, wrn.org, could no longer be accessed. I then went to the website of the parent company of WRN, Encompass Digital Media, and their web page for the World Radio Network. This page contains dead links to all WRN streams.

As of right now, I do not think that WRN has completely shut down. I am hoping that the site is just temporarily down, or that there is a new link I can use to access WRN streaming audio. I will be sending an email to Encompass in the hope of getting some answers. In the interim, I will have no choice but to offer you substitute programming during the hours where WRN material is currently scheduled. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to your station. If WRN has indeed shut down for good, I will need to try to find  on-demand audio files for as many of the WRN international broadcasters as possible. Unfortunately, not all of these broadcasters offer podcasts of their daily news programs, so, some of them may have to be dropped. Please know that I will do all that I can to try to prevent that from occurring.

Please check this blog for further updates as they become available. As always, thank you for your continued support.

Jason Longwell

Thursday, October 10, 2019

GCR Program Schedules Updated

The program schedules for all GCR streams have been updated to reflect recent changes. The biggest changes have taken place on GCR2 and GCR3 where several new music programs have been added, including The Dancehall/Reggae Show and Electric City on GCR2, as well as Ancient and Modern, and Jazz Vignettes From the Hall on GCR3. Have a look at the complete program schedules on this website.

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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Program Schedule Pages Updated

Most of the aforementioned programming changes have now taken place on all streams. A few changes are still forthcoming to GCR3. These changes will be implemented as soon as I know for sure what is happening with the programs involved. The schedule pages for all streams have been updated, including updating broken or inaccurate links. If you find a link that is still not valid, please email it to me, and I will update it immediately.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

GCR2 Machine Down. Temporary Setup Running This Morning.

We had a short power glitch that has caused booting problems with the GCR2 machine. this is the second time this has happened. I will be calling our computer tech this morning to ask him to come fix the problem asap and will also ask him if he could find a way to stop this issue from occurring every time the power goes out here. Starting at 5 AM Eastern, I will setup a temporary "bare bones" GCR2 stream from my production computer with normal Wednesday morning programming. Hoping our tech will be available this morning to stop by the studio and fix this. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Recent and Upcoming Changes to GCR Programming

Dear GCR Affiliates and Listeners:

I know it's been a while since I've posted any blog upstes concerning programming on the three streams of Global Community Radio. Sometimes, time gets away from me, and I don't have as much time to dedicate to the blog portion of the website as I would like.

Indeed, there have been several recent program changes at GCR, and I am excited about others which are upcoming.

I hope that everyone is enjoying the new music shows recently added to GCR2. These shows include Now That's Americana (formerly The Miller Tells Her Tale), Direct From Muscle Shoals, Chenango Sessions, eTown, Beale Street Caravan, and Billy's Blues Hour.

Changes have taken place/will be taking place at GCR3, too. We are happy to announce the reinstatement of the popular Early Music series, Harmonia, from Indiana Public Media. It's back on GCR3 at its former time of Sundays at 9 AM Eastern/6 AM Pacific. Cadenza has shifted to Mondays at 11 AM Eastern, preceded by Live From the Grand Teton Music Festival, which is back for another season of live concert broadcasts. I regret to say that due to recurring technical issues with recording the series every week for time-shifted broadcast, I've had to discontinue our airing of The Opera Show. The series lives on via the ABC Classic website. GCR will continue to offer its overnight simulcast of ABC Classic "live" Monday thru Friday. In place of The Opera Show on Saturdays, we will offer a rotating series of live concert broadcasts which we hope everyone will enjoy. Another significant change coming soon is the end of the Early Music series, Distant Mirror, from WWFM in New Jersey. The long time host of the series, Alan Kelly, is retiring later this Summer. Expect changes to the Wednesday and Thursday morning Classical lineups on GCR3 once Distant Mirror has aired its final episode. Among the changes, is the addition of a new program to our lineup, Classical Music On The Third Floor. This weekly three hour program offers a diverse selection of instrumental and vocal Classical music with a different theme every week.

Please be sure to watch the program schedule pages for all GCR streams for the latest programming updates, as well as here on this blog.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Global Community Radio.

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager