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

Saturday, January 6, 2018

GCR2 Classical Programming Update

Those who follow this blog regularly know that the final episode of Keys to Music went out over GCR2 on January 3rd. After considering several options, I have decided to replace it with a series which, though no longer in production, remains an outstanding series in Classical music radio.

When GCR was still Geneva Community Radio, we aired the outstanding series Compact Discoveries With Fred Flaxman. Each program featured a variety of Classical recordings, tied together by one common theme.

Sadly, Fred Flaxman passed away on August 29th, 2015, at the age of 75. Here is a link to an obituary written by his daughter, Tana Flaxman Jencks, which appeared on Current.org.
https://current.org/2015/11/fred-flaxman-longtime-programmer-and-station-leader-dies-at-75/

It was Tana herself who notified me in writing of her father's passing. At that time, she told me that he would want me to continue to air his shows posthumously.

As a tribute to Fred's long legacy in Public Broadcasting, I am pleased to bring Compact Discoveries to Global Community Radio, and thus to a wider audience. With 253 episodes available, we will be able to present this series for some time to come, and are happy to do so. The show will air Wednesdays at 8 AM Eastern.

Classics for Kids, which aired immediately after Keys to Music, will move to Fridays at 8:59 AM, right before DW Concert Hour.

Speaking of Friday, there's another change to our Classical line up that day. We are airing a set of seasonal program series during the 8 o'clock hour on Fridays. Center Stage From Wolf Trap will be back with a new six month series starting in July. We are now airing a new series, Live From the Grand Teton Music Festival. This is a thirteen week series. When it concludes its run on March 30th, we will then present Concerts From the Library of Congress. which is another thirteen week series, running from April 6th thru June 29th, respectively.

I hope you all enjoy the new Classical offerings on GCR2. As always, your feedback is both welcomed and appreciated.

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Saturday, December 23, 2017

More Recent and Upcoming Changes to GCR Programming

Once again, due to changes concerning some of our many syndicated programs, Global Community Radio is obliged to make changes to both its schedules.

First, several changes concerning GCR1, all due to the abrupt cancellation of one show. After 15 years in production, the weekly series Asia Calling will produce its last program on December 29th, and we will air that program on Saturday, the 30th. We are sad to see Asia calling go away, as it was an independent window on all things Asia. We have carried it as far back as when GCR stood for Geneva Community Radio. The program is ending due to lack of funds to be able to continue production.

GCR1 will continue to offer news and feature programming from several Asian broadcasters, including NHK World Radio Japan, KBS World Radio Korea, All India Radio, and Radio Taiwan International. See program schedule for details.

Starting Saturday, January 6th, we will move Global Journalist to Saturday mornings at 9 AM Eastern/6 AM Pacific. We will then shift Focus Asia Pacific to run immediately after. In turn, The hour on Sundays from 11 AM to Noon Eastern will now be occupied by two programs from the ABC (Australia). At 11 AM, we will now air The Minefield. This series currently airs Thursdays at 2:30 AM Eastern/11:30 PM Pacific Wednesday. From the show's website: In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life. This will be followed by the ABC's outstanding history series Rear Vision at 11:30 AM Eastern. On Thursdays where Minefield used to air, we're adding a new program from the ABC stable. It's called Science Friction. From the website: Science and culture...with extra spice added. Feel the heat. All species welcome.

On the GCR2 side of things, The Appetizer has cut back to one hour per week. So, on Wednesdays at 4 AM Eastern, we've added IMP Indie Mania. This is a weekly radio series from the folks at IMP, anoutfit promoting independent music in a variety of genres. Indie Mania features a wide variety of Indie music. IMP also offers two other radio shows focusing on Indie Blues and Indie Country. We will consider adding these programs to GCR2 in the future.

Another big change occurs later on Wednesday mornings. We recently learned, after it seems we just added this series to our schedule, that Keys to Music will cease production in January after 15 years and 654 episodes on ABC Classic FM. Had we known of the ABC's plans, we might not have picked up the series this Fall. In any case, the final Keys to Music will air on January 3rd at 8 AM Eastern. We do not yet know what we will do with this slot at present. If the ABC is developing a new series to replace Keys to Music, we will look into adding it to the schedule. We are looking at some other Classical offerings as well from other sources. Please stay tuned to this blog for further updates.

It is not our desire at GCR to constantly change things up to confuse or frustrate our listeners or our partner stations. But, like any other radio station, we are at the mercy of the producers and distributors of the programs we broadcast. If a program decides to end its run, we often times have no say in the decision whatsoever. When this happens, we try to make changes to ensure our schedules will continue to "flow" as they did previously, or, to try to improve the overall sound of the station. We appreciate the continued patience and understanding of our listeners and partner stations as changes become necessary.

Thank you for listening to and supporting Global Community Radio!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Special to Air on GCR2 Saturday, 12-23

GCR2 is pleased to present a seven hour Christmas special put together by our friends Jim Pemberton and Lady Rachel of Soft Sounds and Pemberton's Basement. This will air on 12-23 from 4 to 11 PM Easteron on GCR2, and will likely be simulcast on the web stream of WRST, and possibly WLRI-LP in Gap, PA. The special will also air at some point on WRAQ-LP in Angelica, NY. Contact WRAQ or consult their website or Facebook page for details.

Happy Holidays to one and all from Global Community Radio!