Friday, February 3, 2017

Further Changes Regarding GCR1 and ABC Programming

As more programming changes take place at the various networks of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), GCR1 has modified its program schedule.

The documentary series Earshot is now only produced twice a week. We will air the series on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 2:30 AM Eastern. On Thursdays at this time, we have added The Mine Field, a weekly half hour program designed to help us navigate the "mine field" that is modern life. On Fridays, we are pleased to add Rear Vision to our schedule. Rear Vision looks at historical events and how they have had an impact on modern times.

It seems that another documentary series, Pocket Docs, was near the end of its run when we decided to pick it up. So we have repalced it with Extra, another outstanding weekly program from the ABC's RN service which takes an in depth look at some of the past week's most interesting news stories.

Lastly, we regret to announce the cancellation of the outstanding series The Body Sphere. This series was a nice compliment to the All in the Mind series, which, as far as we know, will continue production. Because there were many episodes in the Body Sphere series which we haven't yet aired, and because we feel the subject matter is still very compelling and relevant, GCR1 will continue to offer encores of the series until further notice.

As always, watch this blog for the latest programming news, and other news concerning GCR happenings.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GCR2 Adds The Midnight Special to its Lineup

Global Community Radio is pleased to announce the addition of one of America's longest running Folk music radio programs to its weekly schedule.

Starting Monday, January 23rd, GCR2 will offer to its partner stations and their listeners The Midnight Special. Founded way back in 1953 at pioneering Public radio station WFMT in Chicago, this weekly two hour program presents the very best in Folk and Acoustic music. Currently, the show is hosted by Rich Warren.

More info can be found at the show's website.

Midnight Special will air on GCR2 every Monday from 10 AM to Noon Eastern. Listeners can hear the program on partner stations WRAQ (FM and Webcast), and WRST (Webcast).

We hope everyone will enjoy this newest addition to our music lineup. As always, your thoughts and ideas on how GCR can serve you better are more than welcome.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

GCR Welcomes New Partner Station

Global Community Radio is pleased to welcome another partner station. Now, listeners in Clay county West Virginia can hear some of the diverse music programming of GCR2 on their community radio station, WYAP-LP "Yap Radio" 101.7 FM, and streaming here.

GCR2 relays are broadcast every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night from 11 PM to 7 AM the following morning.

If you live in and around Clay, WV, and you like what you hear from GCR on WYAP, why not take a moment to let the crew at Yap Radio know what you think of the programming. They would love to hear from you.

Our thanks to Andy and the rest of the folks at WYAP for giving GCR programming a chance on their station.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Big Changes to GCR Program Schedules

As Global Community Radio celebrates its first anniversary on the air, we continue to strive to bring our partner stations and our listeners the highest quality programming available.

To that end, we've made several changes to both GCR1 and GCR2 programming schedules to attempt to better satisfy the wants and needs of both our partner stations and our listeners.

On GCR1, we've made changes weekdays at 2 AM Eastern. We will continue to air DW's Africa Link Tuesday thru Saturday at 2. This will now be followed at 2:30 by two outstanding documentary series' from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Earshot will air Tuesday thru Friday, while Pocket Docs, a weekly half hour program presenting several short documentaries and monologues, will air on Saturdays at 2:30 AM Eastern.


On Mondays at 2 AM Eastern, we are replacing the repeat of DW's Inside Europe with two programs. At 2 AM, it's The Link, a weekly broadcast from Radio Canada International, followed at 2:30 by the weekly program from Radio Sweden. You can still hear Inside Europe on Saturdays at Noon Eastern on GCR1.

Even more changes have come to early Saturday mornings on GCR1. We've decided to replace our WRN programming on Saturdays with more diverse programming that we think you will enjoy.

During the 1 AM hour on Saturdays, we are pleased to add two new programs from DW. These are actually shows from DW Television, but we feel both translate well to an audio only medium. At 1:05, after VOA headlines, we now present Quadriga. This is a weekly roundtable where some of the week's hot news issues are discussed and debated. at 1:30, we offer you Conflict Zone, a weekly one on one interview about a controversial issue. Later on, we present two new programs from the ABC in Australia. At 3:05, you can now hear Counterpoint, a weekly program offering insights and perspectives on a wide range of topics. At 4:05, we present Awaye!, a weekly series highlighting aboriginal and indigenous culture from across Australia and from around the world. Last, but certainly not least, at 5 AM Eastern, we are pleased to add Dialogos Radio to our schedule. Dialogos Radio offers interviews, commentaries, and music, with an emphasis on Greek culture.

Our relays of international public broadcasters continue unchanged Monday thru Friday overnights.

On Saturdays at 10 PM Eastern, we've replace the Adam Ritz Show (due to a lack of new shows for several weeks) with another ABC (Australia) production, The Final Cut, which we feel compliments our other film and entertainment related programs on Saturday nights.

We've made several changes to the GCR2 stream as well. The Radio Thrift Shop; has cut back to sporadic production. We may consider adding it back to our schedule at some point, but, we have chosen to add a new show to our lineup. On Monday night/Tuesday morning at Midnight Eastern, we are pleased to announce the debut of Radio Serena. This is a show offering a wide variety of music, with an emphasis on mixing 90s hits, golden Oldies, and other musical genres in a mix that is a combination of carefully programmed radio with some of the randomness of freeform community radio. This new show is the creation of Serena, or The Radio Kid, co-host of Clearing the Static, and host of The Radio Kid's Rant, both heard on GCR1. Pemberton's Basement now moves to start at 1:00 AM Eastern on GCR2.

A minor change to our Friday Classical programming. We will now alternate two live concert series on Fridays at 8 AM Eastern. We are now airing Concerts From the Library of Congress. Later this year, probably starting in June, we will again air Center Stage From Wolf Trap, and its brand new season of live concert broadcasts.

We've made a few changes to our Jazz program lineup on weekdays. We haven't dropped any Jazz shows, but we shifted the times of some of the shows so that our partner stations can carry shows in their entirety, and not partial programs, and, also, so that the programming will "flow" a bit better.

On Tuesdays, we have swapped time slots for The Jazz Scene and Jazz for the Asking, so that both of Jake Longwell's Jazz programs will now run back to back. On Thursdays, we have shifted Sound Ideas to start at 2 PM Eastern, with Cool Jazz Set at 3, and Gifts and Messages at 5 PM Eastern. Our Friday standards oriented Jazz programming now starts with Anything Goes! With Lise Avery at 2 PM, Radio Deluxe at 3, and Dick Robinson's American Standards by the Sea staying put at 5 PM Eastern.

We have made/will be making changes to our Folk/Acoustic programming as well.

We are looking for a new two hour Folk music program to run on Mondays at 10 AM Eastern. This will replace Folk Scene. This long running program has ceased production, after the passing of its longtime host, Roz Larman. We deeply regret her passing, and we have been honored to air Folk Scene for so many years, as far back as when GCR stook for Geneva Community Radio. We will air reruns of Folk Scene for now, until we find another suitable Folk music show. We would welcome suggestions from any of our partner stations and/or listeners.

On Fridays, some definite changes are being made to our Bluegrass oriented programming. We regret that we had to discontinue our airing of The Bluegrass Review. This is due to the fact that the program is no longer a free to air program. We do not have the funds needed to purchase programming at this time. We wish Phil Nusbaum the best as Bluegrass Review moves forward in 2017. We are shifting Music for the Mountain Bluegrass to start at 10 AM Eastern. Ray Ulan's Bluegrass Experiment is cutting back to a one hour program instead of two hours. This show will now run at 11 AM Eastern. At Noon, we are adding Woodwarbler's Jazzgrass Radio Show. This two hour program offers an interesting mix of Bluegrass and Jazz. We feel this will make for an interesting buffer between our Bluegrass and Jazz programs on Fridays. We hope you will agree.

Our Saturday programming has changes coming to it as well. We are swapping Paul Peters' The Pirate Years, and Kim Clark's 60's pop music show Dig!. Dig! will now run Saturdays at Noon Eastern, with Pirate Years airing Wednesday nights at 10 PM Eastern. We are adding a new Rock show at 4 PM Eastern called Geezer Rock. This program offers new tracks from iconic rock and roll artists. You're not likely to hear these new tracks on your typical Classic Rock radio station. This will shift Saving the 70s, Motown Memories, Spectrum and Upfront Soul to each start one hour later. For now, the weekly Blues FM program is on hiatus due to some health issues experienced by the host, Left Enright. We wish him a speedy recovery, and will do what we can to return the series to our Blues programming when new shows become available.

As you can see, there are a lot of changes here! As always, we want feedback from our partner stations and our listeners. Tell us what you think! E-mail us at globalcommunityradio@gmail.com with your thoughts on how we can better improve our programming.

All the best,

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Thursday, November 10, 2016

GCR1 Programming Changes

Dear GCR1 Partner Stations and Listeners:

We've recently made some changes to our program schedule for Global Community Radio Channel One. These changes were made due to changes to, or the cancellation of, a few GCR1 programs.

We recently dropped Maternally Yours Radio due to the lack of new episodes. We're sorry to see this series go away, as we felt it served as a very educational and informative series for expectant and new mothers. If a similar series becomes available in the future, we will certainly consider adding it to our program schedule. In the meantime, we have added The Bioneers, a series focusing on a variety of environmental and social issues, Healty Moments, a short weekly module on a variety of health topics, and For Women Over Forty, a series dealing with a variety of issues facing women as they age. This hour of new programming runs on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 AM Eastern.

The youth magazine Pulse, produced by DW in Germany, has been cut back to 20 minutes per week. We will continue to air Pulse every Friday at 4:30 PM Eastern. To round out the half hour, we are adding a short human interest segment from VOA called American Cafe, running at around 4:50 PM Eastern.

Lastly, it appears that the Canadian drama series Decoder Ring Theatre has transitioned from an audio podcast to a video podcast series. As GCR is a radio service, we don't feel this transition fits well with our mission. So, we have added The Radio Theater Project, a series of radio drams recorded live at community station KSVR in Skagit Valley, Washington. This series will air Saturdays at 11:30 PM Eastern. Stay tuned for more developments concerning the !! PM hour on Saturdays.

As always, feedback from station managers and listeners alike is always welcome.

Thanks for listening to and supporting Global Community Radio

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GCR1 to air special war of the worlds marathon broadcast

Tune into GCR1 on Halloween night for a special six hour War of the Worlds marathon broadcast, as we pay tribute to the iconic 1938 broadcast which caused a nationwide panic, as millions of Americans believed that the Earth was being invaded by Martians. You'll hear the original Mercury Theater on the Air adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel War of the Worlds, as well as more recent broadcasts inspired by the original. This is available on our partner station Wings Radio 1, Monday, 10/31, starting at 6 PM Eastern. Also, another of our partner stations, KNDY XTRA will air this special independently of GCR1, starting at 6 PM Central time that same night. Enjoy!

Monday, September 26, 2016

GCR Affiliation Changes

Recently, Global Community Radio has been notified in writing that WGRN-LP in Colombus, Ohio has cancelled its Saturday afternoon/evening relay of GCR2. They tell us that their listeners wanted the station to resume its automated Jazz format on Saturdays. We thank WGRN for giving GCR2 a chance to be heard on the Columbus airwaves. We were also told that WGRN would not rule out using GCR again at some point in the future, in other day parts.

Also, we are pleased to welcome back to the GCR family of partner stations WWLR 91.5 in Lyndonville, Vermont. Starting Monday, October 24th, they will be using small portions of GCR2's programming during the following times:
Monday: 1-4 AM
Wednesday and Friday: 1-5 AM
Saturday: 10 AM-Noon
All times Eastern.

As always, check this site often for updates as we continue to work to expand GCR's coverage across the US, and around the world.

Thanks for listening, and for supporting Global Community Radio.