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
- Default is a quirky curation of songs I’ve downloaded rom the internet archive and uploaded to the Strawboss server
- 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)
- 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).
- Old Time Radio (OTR) is currently featuring selected episodes from three radio dramas: Candy Matson, Cloak and Dagger and Theater Five.
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.