02 January, 2006

Internet Radio

Martha's Vineyard Radio


WMVY is a progressive radio station, broadcasting on the island of Martha's Vineyard, which is off of Cape Cod, Massachusettes.
They play a sensational, ecclectic mix of old and new rock, jazz and blues. Some of the artists featured on MWVY include Peter Gabriel, The Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, Ryan Adams, Jonathan Brooke, John Mayer and Lucinda Williams.
They stream on the internet, through Abacast, at 20kbps, with a clear strong signal.
WMVY offers a quick launch for your desktop on this page.
The player tells you the artist, song title, and album title of the song they're playing... and the last 20 songs played! They think it looks pretty cool.(i'll take their word for it,i haven't downloaded it myself).


How about some free mp3 downloads, without the RIAA threaghtening your arrest? The Local Music Cafe contains free downloadable MP3's of all genres by Cape & Islands musicians. If you have a band local to the Cape Cod area, they also let you submit your music for possible air play.


Shows to check out:(all times are U.S. Eastern Time)

Here is the full WMVY. schedule .


Morning Movie Quote-

'Test your movie IQ and win great prizes every weekday morning at 7:20 AM with PJ Finn"


Live, Acoustic and Covers-

"Every weekday at 8:20 PJ Finn presents Live, Acoustic, and Covers!! He plays some live, unplugged and alternate versions of songs you know and love."


Blues@8-

'Bill Narkiewicz hosts a solid hour of nothing but the best traditional and contemporary blues selections from WMVY's vast R&B library...'


Album of the Week-

'Each week, WMVY features an album's cuts during regular programming. On each Wednesday night at 9, Bill plays the album in its entirety. An excellent opportunity to review or preview an album as a whole.'


Local Music Cafe-

'This program features music from some of the best local musicians on Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. First and third Thursday of every month at 10pm with Alison Hammond."


Sunday Morning and All That Jazz-

'Every Sunday morning from 6-10am, Dave Kish plays the best in classic and new jazz.


For a fun look at the people that visit WMVY and the jocks that run things at the station, check out the mvy scrapbook, and Jocks pages.
Other links include the Cape & Islands Calendar of Events, and the WMVY store, where you can buy totebags and mugs and frisbees and other swag with the WMVY logo on them.


I give this station 5 stars out of 5. I listen to it quite often.
GREAT JOB, WMVY! I love your station!


Here are some songs i heard while listening as i reviewed MMVY :

Grateful Dead's -Sugar Magnolia

Elvis Costello's -Still

Tory Amos -Taxi Ride

The Thrills -One Horse Town

Eric Clapton- Tears in Heaven

Sting-Walking in your Footsteps

Suzanne Vega- Penitent

Paul Simon -Obvious Child


WWOZ, New Orleans


WWOZ is a volunteer-operated,
community radio station, supported by it's listeners, and available on


wmp
and real player for free.
All of their Show Hosts are volunteers who are extremely knowledgeable and
passionate about the music that they play. WWOZ does not hand its Show Hosts
pre-determined playlists,like most radio stations. Each Show Host programs his
or her own show, making every show a direct product of its Hosts personal
vision and love for the music. This is the epitome of freeform radio, something
there should be much more of, IMHO.



Broadcast Schedule--
Scrolling about half way down the page, the blue table on the right tells you
the local time in New Orleans helping you grok the time difference so
that the program schedule makes a bit more sense to you.



Here are some of the shows i like to listen to. As you can see, WWOZ is not
limited to jazz and blues. They also play brazilian, latin, cajun, and gospel
too.


The Morning Set, Jazz and More

weekday mornings 'til 9 am New Orleans time. with Bonzai Bill White
Some of the Artists featured on The Morning Set include
Cannonball Adderley ,Charles Mingus ,Jimmy Smith ,James Carter,Jason Marsalis
,Pancho Sanchez ,Tito Puente ,Charlie Parker,Miles Davis,Luis Armstrong,
and Jelly Roll Morton.


Saturdays

2:00pm to 4:00pm Brazilian: Tudo Bem Katrina Geenen

10:00am to 11:30am The Irish Show: Music in the Glen Sean O'Meara

11:30am to 2:00pm The Latin Show: Tiene Sabor Yolanda Estrada


Sundays

Gospel with Gospel 8:30 to 10 am Features some great gospel music.

Old Time Country & Bluegrass 10:00am to 11:30am with Hazel The Delta Rambler.

Cajun Show: Lache Pas! 11:30am to 1:00pm with Charles Laborde.

The ragin' cajun with Johnny Fasullo sundays at 1 pm.



WWOZ offbeat magazine live wire at the top of every hour features what
is happening around New Orleans music scene.
The New Orleans
Clubs and Venues
features New Orleans clubs' adresses telephone numbers
and event scedules.


The Articles,
Reviews and Recommendations
page features just that, some interviews
with some jazz and blues greats, and alot better reviews than you'll get from
me. Highly reccomended.


Here is a time relevant article,
All On A Mardi Gras Day
"Submitted in Mirth and Merriment by Pat Patterson",
from the above page.


Buy their stuff.

In the
Swamp Shop
, you can find a wide variety of WWOZ gear, from postcards,
caps and t-shirts, to candles and cooler backpacks.


Parts of the WWOZ website ( most notably the playlists) are outdated.
It doesn't look like it's been updated for a while, but seeing as the station
is run by volunteers, i guess we should cut them some slack. Over all though,
there is alot of information to be gleaned from the WWOZ website, and the
music itself is all top shelf.
Happy Lundi Gras, and have a real Fat Tuesday!
(This article was
originally published on 23 February, 2004)


Middle Eastern Radio.


These reviews come by way of Vibrani.


The Israeli station at the top, 102 FM from Tel Aviv, is a popular music station with commercials, pretty much like our regular pop/rock stations in the U.S. are run. There is a combination of Israeli pop/rock music and American and European - that's what I've heard so far. Only problem with this station is that it's not always on and hard to find out when it is.
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Kolchai Radio from Tel Aviv, Israel, is an all-Hebrew station that provides a good variety of contemporary, popular and religious Jewish/Israeli and Yiddish music, commercials, and current news with live reports from Israel. They have listeners call in, and they play games with the listeners on the air. Kolchai translates as "all life" and chai is the sacred number 18 (life). The music level during the religious times are more conservative, so don't expect any heavy metal or rap then. The quality of the recordings on the station are pretty good, though.

You have to realize that some Israeli stations alternate with being one way for most of the week or during the day, and during the night or weekends they could be something different; like all-talk radio or religious or whatever. So, one has to get a feel for it.

I think that Kolchai has blocks of time in which it is more religiously and politically oriented. Kolchai also has a segment of listener call-ins for professional advice, like talk-radio with a shrink or religious consultant. I heard a five minute talk about another demonstration coming up about the wall in Israel. It's not my top personal choice of a radio station, lol, because I'm not religious or into religion, but the music is interesting, especially if you're a musicologist or linguist.


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Radio Farda Comes from Iran, and the reception may have a bit of static, depending on where you live. It's also not always on the air. The spoken language is Farsi (Persian) and the music is everything from traditional Oriental/Middle Eastern folk to American hip-hop.


(editors note: Farda is an American run station, broadcast into Iran, as a sort of Radio Free Iran, modeled on the Radio Free Europe of past days, to bring another world view to the Iranian peoples.)


This article was originally written on 25 February, 2004.

Virgin Radio


The most listened to online radio station in the world.
Virgin Radio is owned by SMG plc, and is no longer a subsidiary of Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
Streaming with abacast on the web @20kbps, it's accessable for free.

The program schedule.

Virgin plays the best of album rock tracks, and bills itself as the U.K.'s only commercial rock station.(is this a good thing?) I really prefer independant stations, but Virgin has a pretty good selection of music IMHO.
The Virgin Radio Playlist showcases their unique selection of what's hot on the airwaves at the moment.
There is also a page with rss feeds information so that you can get all of the Virgin Radio site information updated to your desk top.
Virgin also has three 'blogs' from the following presenters: Geoff Lloyd, Pete Mitchell, and Ben Jones.
There are studio webcams, where you can peak in on the studio and check out what is happening, and
if they aren't running at the time you are listening, they also have a link to archived pics.

Soundcheck

If you know what you like - and you know what you want to hear - then Soundcheck is for you.
Soundcheck is Virgin Radio's panel of listeners that have the power to change what is played.
Using Soundcheck, they make sure that they play what you want, today's best music and classic tracks.
It's free to join Soundcheck, and when you do, you get the power to directly influence Virgin Radio's music policy ,to say whether a song stays or goes .
Enjoy.;)

Gregorian Chant on Radio Set


Gregorian Chant:
Plainsong with melodic contours which are closely tied to the spoken
rhythms and inflections of the text. Introduced in the liturgy by
pope Gregory I (540-604), this strictly calm and soothe music spread
throughout Europe having today more than 3000 different melodies known.

"Gregorian Chant is a musical repertory made up of chants used in the
liturgical services of the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, the liturgical
tradition which the Church has bestowed on us is a vocal, monophonic music
composed along with Latin words coming from sacred texts."



"...one of the most important aspects of 10th-century Gregorian chant :
it was an oral tradition, chants being
learnt by heart. The singers only had the texts at their disposal and
sung the melodies as they had picked them up from previous generations.
That is no doubt the explanation for the many regional differences and
variations. For a professional Schola Cantorum at the Vatican or at Metz
cathedral it cannot have been a real problem, as Gregorian chant was an
everyday practice to them. But with Charlemagne imposing the use of
liturgical music in every ordinary parish church, many of them only
employing occasional singers, things became a bit more difficult,
as those singers only knew the antiphons for some of the major feasts.
This was probably one of the reasons for the introduction of the first
music notation system."




Quite relaxing Music, I think. Nicely accompanies a sun rise or Sunset.



The Roots Of Gregorian Chant



Site officiel de l' Abbaye de Solesmes



Radio Set Home Page



Resonance FM


This review is by Tim Rowe.

Looking for something a little different? I happened upon Resonance FM
about a year ago and have been a fan ever since...

If you're looking for an eclectic mix of 'arty'
(and sometimes just plain insane) programming, this may be the station
for you.
Some, but by no means all of the broadcasts relate to uk listeners oly.
However, I know of fans who tune in all over the globe
(well, one in the USA actually - but she is a Big Fan) :)

Here's a brief copy 'n paste form their blurb:


Imagine a radio station like no other. A radio station
that makes public those artworks that have no place in
traditional broadcasting. A radio station that is an
archive of the new, the undiscovered, the forgotten,
the impossible. That is an invisible gallery, a virtual
arts centre whose location is at once local, global
and timeless. And that is itself a work of art.
Imagine a radio station that responds rapidly to new
initiatives, has time to draw breath and reflect. A
laboratory for experimentation, that by virtue of its
uniqueness brings into being a new audience of listeners
and creators. All this and more, Resonance104.4fm aims
to make London's airwaves available to the widest possible
range of practitioners of contemporary art.


Resonance FM

Radio Paradise



Radio Paradise
is located in Paradise, California
in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.


The actual music servers are located in San Jose, New York, and
Portland, Oregon and can be remotely controlled from their
Paradise studio or from anywhere else in the world by a laptop computer.
The audio servers are located in Vienna, Virginia (64kb & 128kb) and
San Jose, California (32kb & 16kb). They all feature high-speed redundant
Internet connections to keep the music flowing smoothly.

Streams

windows media


MP3 128kbps

MP3 64kbps

Real/MP3 128kbps

Real/MP3 6kbps



They provide "Old Fashioned Radio for the 21st Century".
"Each hour of music is carefully blended together, just like real DJs used to do on FM."
They don't use the computer-generated playlists or "carefully researched
music libraries" that have sucked the soul out of FM radio.
The station is run using an innovative programming automation system designed
by Bill Goldsmith. Bill has been programming & DJing progressive radio
stations for a long time, but (as you might have noticed) there's not much
room for creative, eclectic, and diverse radio on the FM band these days.
Bill explains: "That's why I'm so excited about the possibilities of web
radio. It gives people like me the chance to tell the bean-counters who
rule the radio biz to take that FM tower & shove it where the sun...
Sorry. I get carried away sometimes."


Radio Paradise also depend on input from you to help fine-tune their music
mix. If you hear something that you feel strongly about (either positively
or negatively), you can post a comment on that song. Just click the song
title on the

playlist
. They'd also like to hear from you if there's an artist
you don't hear, but think would fit in with the music mix.
Registered users can upload suggested additions to the library
for review.


Radio Paradise welcomes CD submissions from artists & record labels.
You can send those to


Radio Paradise - PO Box 3008 - Paradise, CA 95967.

If there's an
independent artist that you think would fit in on Radio Paradise,
you should contact them and ask them to send the station a CD.

Registered users can also upload suggested songs for
addition to the playlist. Click "Register/Settings"
at the bottom of the left column on the
front page
- then "Song Uploads".

Radio Paradise is listener supported, so if you like what you hear, maybe you'll send them a fiver or something?
This station is sure to bring a little Paradise into your life,
wherever you are.



WXPN


This review comes from Jack McGeehin. Jack's blog,
Peeling Wallpaper, is a fun read.


In the old days, before the age of the internet and satellite radio,
a great radio station like WXPN
in Philadelphia was a prized gem of
a community. You had to be near-by to enjoy it. Once you found a station
like this, you tuned to it on your car radio and listened as you drove
to work or school. At home, it provided background music for a gathering
of friends or a leisurely Sunday morning drinking coffee and reading
the newspaper. The DJs were like old friends, comfortable voices serving
up great music and talk. This was your radio station. And if you wanted
to hear it, well, you needed to be here, in this city. The rapid attenuation
of FM radio waves on the landscape segregated those who got it from those
who didn’t.



In this way, cities develop reputations for being great radio towns.
Philadelphia was one. I grew up ninety miles out of Philly. When I was a
teenager, WMMR was considered a great station in the City of Brotherly Love.
Some would argue that it still is. When the weather was just right, I could
pick up WMMR in my car while cruising around at night. Most nights, it was
just static; I could hear the music just well enough to know what I was
missing. And while I wished that I could listen to the great music on WMMR
every night, I recognized that it belonged to Philadelphia, which only
served to raise this city in my mind as the pantheon of rock and roll radio.



Okay, so perhaps it is premature to call this the old days of radio.
Most people still listen to the radio this way. But now there are options.
Internet streaming and satellite radio are rapidly diminishing the importance
of place in radio. In ten years, will it matter at all where a radio station
is physically located? Will the loss of this sense of geographic identity
even be mourned? It will be by me.


These days, I still love surfing the radio for good stations. I live in the
Washington, D.C. suburbs now, not exactly a great radio town. A couple of
years ago, I was traveling up to New Jersey on a frequent basis. My route
passed by Philadelphia on Route 95. I discovered WXPN pretty early on. Good
radio stations jump right out at you, don’t they? WXPN is a public radio
station broadcast from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
They play an eclectic mix of music by popular artists and new acts, names
we know and names we need to watch out for. WXPN also hosts World Cafe

with David Dye, a program that brings artists into the studio to talk and
play their music live. The first time I heard World Cafe, Elvis Costello
was in the studio. I knew I was hooked.


In the short time I have been listening to WXPN, the station has extended
its listening area beyond Philadelphia and south Jersey. You can now pick
it up as far south as Baltimore and west from Philadelphia all the way to
Harrisburg. Of course, now you can also stream the station from here
(www.radioreview.homestead.com) or
directly through the WXPN home page
www.xpn.org. I am not making my
regular trips to New Jersey any more,
so I listen to WXPN on the internet whenever I am in the mood. The word
is out. This is a great station. You should give it a listen. WXPN may
belong to the world wide web now, but it will always say Philadelphia to me.
I can almost smell the cheese steak hoagies the moment I hear the call
letters.

WFMU




WFMU-FM
is a non-commercial, freeform radio station
broadcasting at 91.1 Mhz FM in Jersey City, NJ,
right across the Hudson from lower Manhattan.
They were formerly on the campus of Upsala College,
in East Orange, NJ, but relocated in 1998, buying
their independence in 1994 from the college.
They have a relay station, WXHD, 90.1 Mhz FM,
broadcasting in the Hudson Valley, Lower Catskills,
Western New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
They also have a website,


WFMU.ORG
, where you can





listen for free.



WFMU's license is now owned by Auricle Communications,
a non-profit group made up of current and former
WFMU staff members and listeners



They're famous too. WFMU was named best radio station
in the Country by Rolling Stone magazine four years in a row.
They've also been called the best radio station
in NYC or the U.S. by The Village Voice,
and the New York Press. They've been
showcased in a New York Time Magazine
feature article, and have also gotten publicity from
the BBC.



Program schedule

WFMU's programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable
strangeness to pure rock and roll, lots of "alternative",
psychedelia, experimental, obscure 50's-60's blues,
R&B, soul, hot-rod music, demonic world music,
78's, 8-tracks, indiepop, schlock-a-billy,
"electronica", exotica, Downtown art music,
Joe Frank, Dave Emory, Radio Improvisation, dopey
call-in shows, interviews with obscure radio
personalites,interviews with notable science-world
luminaries, Spoken Word mish-mashes, Gospel,
Good Ol' Country Music, and much, much more.




Here are a few of my favorite programs on WFMU


Mondays


7 PM - 8 PM

Jonesville Station

An hour of life with Glen Jones. Talk about things that
need talking about. Rants about things that could use a good rant.
(Left of center)
Also conversation with many famous people worth talking with.


Here are Glen Jones's archives



Tuesdays


6 PM - 7 PM


Dave Emory

Anti-fascist researcher Dave Emory (spelled E-M-O-R-Y) goes into
all the hidden truths and details about evil men and their trade practices.


Here are Dave Emory's archives



Wednesdays

6 PM - 7 PM


Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy Breckman.
Ken and Andy further lower WFMU's already abysmal
standards as the program enters its death throes.
Stunt radio which subjects the radio audience to
concepts and topics which mature adults should not
have to endure. Find the fatal flaw.
The height of corniness, yet strangely addictive.


Seven Second Delay homepage



Thursdays


7 PM - 8 PM eastern

Joe Frank


"Stark and surreal floating dramas that could only work on radio. Lots of episodes from the vaults this summer that haven't aired yet on WFMU.
Joe Frank archives




Saturdays


9 AM - 10 AM

The Listener Hour


Listener DJ Hour, which puts a different WFMU listener
in the driver's seat each week for one hour of Freeform
programming any way they choose! You never know what you're
going to get on this show. The luck of the draw.
Here are The Listener Hour's archives




8 PM - 11 PM


Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg


Popular and unpopular music from around the world.
Here is the

homepage
for Transpacific Sound Paradise



If you've made some music that you'd like reviewed , you should should
send packages to Brian Turner at PO Box 5101, Hoboken, NJ 07030.


On-air telephone: (201) 200-9368

Office telephone: (201) 521-1416



WFMU receives absolutely no corporate or government
funding. Theyre 100% funded by listeners through
their annual on-air fundraising marathon as well as a
twice-yearly record fair in Manhattan that occurs
in May and November, info for which can be found
at


www.wfmu.org/recfair
.