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Featuring Four Playlists

As the Strawboss Schedule Carousel shows, we know have four playlists operating around the clock. The playlists draw from over 2,500 mp3 files that were downloaded from the Internet Archive. The schedule will be in effect until Halloween and is intented to provide an unfamiliar listening experience that hopefully is not unpleasant. For the time being, there’s no urgent need to attract a sizeable audience. This is meant to be a learning experience: to teach myself how to use Azuracast and Liquid soap while also demonstrating a particular way to set up and run an Azuracast station. And there’s also the desire to provide some level of documentation of the various interconnected processes. It’s been a fun puzzle to work on. I’m finally beginning to understand why Orson Welles called it a never ending merry-go-round of sound.

The Four Playlists

  1. Default is a quirky curation of songs I’ve downloaded rom the internet archive and uploaded to the Strawboss server
  2. Playlist Practice (PP) will be available for new and old strawbosses to experiment with setting up listening experience of their own design (get in touch if you want to be a strawboss)
  3. Voices From the Past (VFP) will play historical radio broadcasts that might be of interest to those curious about radio as educational technology. Currently playing in VFP is Richard Durham’s Destination Freedom (more to be said about how this program could be worked with in a course in a follow up post after I read Sonja D. Williams’ book Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio and Freedom).
  4. Old Time Radio (OTR) is currently featuring selected episodes from three radio dramas: Candy Matson, Cloak and Dagger and Theater Five.

Now What?

Between now and Halloween, I will continue to explore and experiment with playlists. Files will be added to the various playlists as they are found in the IA. I’m also going to set up some remote playlists on a scheduled basis (during a PP slot). It appears that remote playlists can either access another radio stream or an m3u playlst which links direclty to files on the IA servers. Someone suggested listening parties on Twitter or through web conferencing. This is a good idea and will attempted.

We will also do live broadcasts in the weeks ahead similar to past work on ds106radio. I hope to live shows in the morning instead of late at night (PDT) There will soon be an announcement for a forthcoming weekly program for and by the local Parkinson’s Radio Club here in Eugene. From the beginning I’ve imagined public facing organizations using Azuracast to share their stories in participatory fashion. Hopefully other such organizations will be inspired by the PRC example.

There remains a need to produce some basic station identity bumpers, jingles and stingers. Stuff is in the works and will be rolled out when available.

Finally, and best of all, there’s still time for you to get involved at Strawboss Radio. All it takes is a radio dream. Together, we can make any radio dream come true.

Shlock Around the Clock

Announcing a schedule chock-full of unfamiliar sounds around the clock just for you

After a few weeks of exploring and playing with Azuracast, I’m reminded of a line in one of Talking Heads’ songs that said something like: this must be the place. And if I were allowed to reflect on these radio dreams that have filled my imagination for as long as I can remember, I might be reminded of the line in a Barry Manilow song about having been alive forever and having written the very first, of being the music, the melody and the whole ball of wax. At long last, I seem to fallen into the most forutnate set of circumstances: to have unlimited access to a place where radio dreams come true.

This web radio experience from Azuracast, at least as I see it, has so much damn potential to give a platform for distributed audio expression to anyone with basic computer connectivity to the internet. My intention in this blog moving forward is to share my impressions and experiences gained while exploring Azuracast’s features and capabilities. For now, it will just be breadcrumbs like these to help me recall the path taken as it unfolds.

The purpose of this post is to announce that Strawboss Radio is currenlty serving up music around that clock using scheduled playlists from three different playlists: contrails, Dusty Fingers and randum. Each of those playlists represent folders full of mp3 files from different curators at the Internet Archive. What that means is that over 2,500 mp3s have been downloaded from IA and then uploaded to Strawboss Radio in the Music Files section of Azuracast. in a later post, as these scheduled play lists get refined, I’ll have more to say about the curators and how the play lists are put together to form a schedule.

Those familiar with how ds106radio’s autoDj is programmed will recall that the around the clock music source there is the amazing free-form station from New Jersey, USA: WFMU. To accomplish this, Tim and Jim have used a different feature set of playlists in Azuracast. Remote playlists give any Azuracast station the ability to retransmit another interent audio stream, as ds106radio does, until live programming commences.

And that is a feature that Strawboss and ds106radio have in common: the ability for anybody to go live at any hour of the day form anywhere in the world through an internet connected computer or mobile device. And this is the primary reason why I am here learning and playing how to use Azuracast. I want to do whatever I can to help whoever has the dream to make great radio. And I were I forced to provide an explanation for that, I suppose the best answer I could provide would be, “because it’s so damn fun.”