Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GCR3 Schedule Tweaking

We want to thank everyone for their positive feedback about the new GCR3. Though it's only been on the air for a few days, the positive feedback we have received thus far has been amazing. We're tweaking the schedule of the new service just a bit as we move forward, all in an effort to offer our partner stations and listeners the best service possible.

One significant change we've made from our original plans concerns the overnight/early morning hours during the week. We've decided to experiment with offering a relay of ABC Classic FM from Australia, Monday thru Friday from 1 to 6 AM Eastern. Listeners will be treated to several of their specialty Classical music offerings, including Music in Time, Passenger, and Game Show, along with Classic Drive, offering a lively, eclectic mix of Classical performances from around the world. Feedback about these relays is very much wanted, and appreciated. Please send e-mail to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com.

In addition, we're now offering three hours of the syndicated Old Time Radio show Tuned to Yesterday, Monday thru Thursday from 10 PM to 1 AM Eastern. Again, feedback would be appreciated.

Stay tuned as we strive to being you a fine arts radio service you can be proud of.

Jason Longwell, GCR Station Manager

Friday, April 13, 2018

GCR Welcomes New Partner Station

Global Community Radio is pleased to welcome the latest community radio station to join our network of local rebroadcasters. This time, we welcome KPDO, 89.3 FM in Pescadero, California. We have been in talks with KPDO management for quite a while, as they have worked tirelessly to build out their radio station. Now, KPDO is ready to start broadcasting, bringing diverse programming to Pescadero and surrounding communities in Northern California.

KPDO will rebroadcast programming from all three GCR streams, as well as programming from Radio Bilingue, a mostly Spanish language public radio service. Together, we will all strive to give this community a radio station it can be proud of.

We salute the staff of KPDO for their dedication to their community, and we look forward to a long lasting partnership between our two stations.

Monday, April 9, 2018

GCR Expands to Three Streams

Global Community Radio is pleased to announce that it is expanding its program offerings to three 24 hour streams. The new GCR3 will debut on Sunday, April 15th. GCR3 will focus on Classical music, Jazz, and other Fine Arts programming. The Classical and Jazz programming currently on GCR2 will all be shifted to the new GCR3. GCR2 will then be able to offer its listeners and partner stations more diverse music programming. There will be greatly expanded blocks of Folk and Acoustic music, Country, World, Oldies, Rock and Blues. We will also add Top 40 and Urban programming as well.

There will also be changes made to GCR1 as well. We will be offering more world news and lecture series' on GCR1, as it becomes more of a "thinking person's" radio station.

Please keep an eye on this blog for more details on the new, expanded GCR. In the coming days, we will be updating program schedules, and making all the necessary changes to our streams' automation systems, as we prepare for this exciting new chapter in Global Community Radio's legacy.

As always, thanks must go to all our listeners and partner stations for their continued support of Global Community Radio.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Changes to Sunday Jazz Programming on GCR2

As listeners and partner stations know, at Global Community Radio, we strice to constantly improve our programming, and to offer fresh, new content to both listeners and partner stations. To that end, we're making changes to our Sunday Jazz programming.

Ted Hassiuk is not currently producing new episodes of his program, Cafe Jazz. We have been pleased to offer reruns of the show for some time now. However, we feel it is time to offer some fresh, new content for our Jazz fans. We are adding two new shows to our Sunday Jazz lineup, and changing things around a bit to help the programs "flow" more smoothly.

We are adding The Cool Jazz Countdown, produced at WEAA in Baltimore. This show counts down the week's top contemporary Jazz releases. We are also adding Jazz After Dark, a weekly straight ahead Jazz show from community radio station KDRT (K-Dirt) in Davis, California. The new schedule will look like this:

4:00 Cool Jazz Countdown
5:00 Jazz From the Left
7:00 Afterglow
8:00 Night Lights
9:00 Jazz After Dark
10:00 Full Moon Hacksaw
All times Eastern.

Feedback on these changes, as always, is more than welcome.

Thanks for listening to and supporting Global Community Radio

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Changes at ABC RN Cause Changes to GCR1 Schedule

In 2018, The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has made several changes to its Radio National (RN) spoken word program service. RN has developed several new weekly series, many of them focusing on the arts. Some of these changes "down under" have caused program changes here at GCR1. It is hoped that both listeners and partner stations will enjoy the new programming added to our schedule.

GCR1 is pleased to announce the addition of an exciting new series from the ABC to our overnight lineup. Recently, the ABC reduced the number of airings of its documentary series, Earshot, from two airings per week to just one. GCR1 will continue to offer Earshot every Tuesday at 2:30 AM Eastern. Replacing Earshot on Wednesdays at 2:30 is a new series called The History Listen. Here is a description of the series from the ABC Radio National Website.

New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.

The bigger changes come to our late Saturday night/early Sunday morning lineup.

The weekly film review program, The Final Cut, has been discontinued by the ABC. However, it has been replaced by a longer, better program called The Screen Hub. This show will air Saturdays at 10:05 PM Eastern/7:05 Pacific. At 11:05, we are pleased to add another in the ABC's new "Hub" series of arts oriented programs. The Art Hub focuses on various aspects of the visual arts with in depth conversations with artists, gallery and museum directors from Australia and around the world. Switzerland in Sound is being dropped from the schedule, as it is now a shorter podcast, and not a full length radio program. These changes will shift the hour containing Destinies and Radio Theater Project to Midnight Eastern/9 PM Pacific. Old Time Radio Classics will shift to 1 AM Eastern/10 PM Pacific. For the moment, we are dropping Same Time, Same Station from the schedule. This is only because we are not currently able to access the newest show each week, and we have been airing it on a delayed basis. We will be reaching out to the hosts to see if we can access the newest audio files each week, and we will seriously consider bringing the program back to GCR as part of an expanded offering of Old Time Radio. (That is a bit of a teaser for something we are working on that is much bigger, but which we can't go into detail about right now!). At 3 AM Eastern, we're seeking a new weekly hour long OTR series. We'll be trying out some series, and airing some OTR podcasts to see what fits. Upstate Radio Theatre, produced by our sister company, Quality Radio Productions, will remain in place at 4 AM, followed by Treasures Old and New From ART.

As always, feedback from listeners and partner stations is greatly appreciated. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Best of Brisith Unsigned Ends Production

We regret to inform our listeners and partner stations that Best of British Unsigned ended its long run at the end of this month. This was due to a lack of sponsorship for the program, and a desire by the host, Matt Graveling, to pursue other personal endeavors. We are sorry to lose this program as part of our independent music lineup. We wish Matt the very best!

In its place, we are pleased to announce the addition of The Independent Music Show. If you like such programs on GCR2 as The Deuce, IMP Indie Mania, and The Appetizer, you're sure to enjoy this new offering to the GCR2 schedule.

As always, your feedback regarding these changes is always welcome!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

More Unexpected Changes on GCR1

Well, 2018 is turning out to be a year of programming changes beyond our control! Again, we had no say in the following change.

We were not notified in writing that United Nations Radio has chosen to discontinue its daily ten minute newscasts. UN Daily News has been on the air for many, many years, and we've been proud to carry it on GCR. We're sorry to see this newscast go away, but, we will continue to offer UN News in Brief on weekday afternoons.

In turn, this will force some changes during the weekday 9 AM Eastern/6 AM Pacific hour. We will continue to air Feature Story News at the top of the hour. At 9:05, we are adding a new daily program, VOA Asia. This is a 25 minute news magazine covering stories of interest from across the Asian continent. In all honesty, I was regretting that I did not have room for this program Monday to Friday, especially with the recent demise of Asia Calling. So, in my opinion, this has worked out quite nicely. The news bulletin from All India Radio will now air at the bottom of the hour. The fifteen minute newscast from DW will be dropped. We will continue to offer DW's full half hour newscast on weekdays at 5:30 PM Eastern/2:30 PM Pacific.


The weekly programs from UN Radio, "UN and Africa" and "UN Gender Focus" have also been discontinued. In their place, we will now present the weekly UN Radio Interview Podcast on Saturday afternoons at 12:30 PM Eastern.

Another change has taken place on Wednesday nights. The Monitor has ended its nearly 14 year run. There is a chance it will resume production later this year, and we would seriously consider reinstating the program if and when this occurs. We have replaced The Monitor with The Global Reserch News Hour. We think this program will appeal to those who like deeper, investigative reporting and analysis.

As always, sincere apologies for the sudden change. Again, it was out of our hands. Hopefully, everyone will enjoy the new lineup.

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager