I am happy to report that GCR2 is back online with its normal program schedule. We returned to the air from the computer in studio at 11 PM on November 6th. Many thanks to all of you for your patience, support and understanding.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
I received the following notice from our streaming provider late Friday evening. This is something that is out of my hands. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
You are receiving this email as our records indicate that you currently have a product/service that is hosted on a physical server that we intend to carry out maintenance.
We are referring to your service username globalcommunity which is hosted on Cassini.
We intend to carry out this maintenance work on 18th October 2021 at 18:00 GMT+1 and we expect the service to be unavailable for 1 hour whilst we complete the works.
As part of an internal infrastructure overhaul, we are relocating our DNS servers & databases to an alternative provider. We will complete the transfer in stages in order to minimise the amount of disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this maintenance work - please refrain from contacting our support team during this planned outage unless you have an unrelated query.
Any further questions, please don't hesitate to let us know.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
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.
GCR Station Manager
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Thanks, everyone, for your patience and understanding while working through this issue.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
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.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
As always, thanks for listening to and supporting Global Community Radio.