In 1924 the BBC transmitted its first live outside broadcast: a duet between cellist Beatrice Harrison and the nightingales nesting in the garden of her Surrey home. Capturing the song of the Nightingale
. [more inside]
Television viewers in China were shocked last Friday
when state broadcaster CCTV
aired V for Vendetta
unedited in prime time. Previously, Chinese search engines would not even return results for the anti-totalitarian 2006 film
; CCTV-6 did at least harmonize the title by translating it as "V Special Forces", rather than the more common translation given in pirated DVD editions, "V the Revenge Killing Squad". [more inside]
Breaking: There Is No News
A supercut of awkward silences in news reports.
Exploring the audible world: [more inside]
Forty-five years ago yesterday, various countries and networks (coordinated by the BBC) presented the first live, international satellite broadcast - "Our World
", which was seen by an estimated 400 million people. The world's most popular band came up with a new song just for the occasion, which they debuted with a live performance. If you missed it at the time, here's exactly how that song was presented
. [more inside]
The Pan African Space Station continues to arrive...
I previously posted
Pan African Space Station. Back then they were doing special events, but they opened up a world to innovative and experimental African musical artists. Now the Station has gone live
and is broadcasting all night/all day! (Yes, that is
a popup radio player...) [more inside]
"24 Hours of Reality
will focus the world’s attention on the full truth, scope, scale and impact of the climate crisis. To remove the doubt. Reveal the deniers. And catalyze urgency around an issue that affects every one of us.” — Al Gore on the worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis. The Climate Reality Project will live stream starting at 7pm CT on September 14. [more inside]
Eyes of a Generation
is a "virtual museum of television cameras, and the broadcast history they captured," curated by actor and radio DJ Bobby
. The site has hundreds of photos of cameras
and of television
. It also includes vintage articles
and a neat look at how the moon backdrop on the Conan set works. [more inside]
In 1995, the European Court of Justice famously intervened in the world of sports when it ruled on the Bosman Case
, rendering transfer fees for out-of-contract football players illegal, changing the economics of the sport completely.
2011 will see the ECJ make a landmark decision on the future of sports broadcasting that "could ruin the economic model that has made Premier League clubs among the richest in world football."
MSNBC reports: Msnbc TV host Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely on Friday for making campaign donations to three Democratic congressional candidates, apparently in violation of NBC News ethics policy. [more inside]
"I leave with a heavy heart as part of the changes that have, in my humble opinion, destroyed the station that I helped to set up 29 years ago."
documents (mostly UK) radio bloopers and cock-ups.
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. Thank you for tuning in. Please join us again tomorrow when the internet resumes it's regularly scheduled programming. (via
The U.S. Constitution protects your right to bear arms. And it supposedly protects your right to mock nearly-bare bears
. Speech is definitely subject to supply
. So why does the FCC feel the need to regulate swearing
on the airwaves
? Steven Pinker complains
. [via ALDaily
Veteran sportscaster Jim McKay dies.
The host of ABC's Wide World of Sports
for forty years, Jim also called the 1980 Miracle on Ice.
However, he will probably be best remembered for being thrust into the role of news journalist during the 1972 Munich Games.
The new video, "Run", from R&B group Gnarls Barkley
(best known for their ultra-popular and painfully ubitquitous 2006 hit song "Crazy
") has been banned from MTV
for failing the Harding Test
, a set of criteria determining the likelihood of video material triggering seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy (PSE)
, approximately 1 in 6000 people*
. The video is now circulating online
. [Watch at your own risk. May cause seizures.] [more inside]
"I've said all along, we are in this together." John Simson, executive director of SoundExchange
- the royalty collecting arm of the RIAA - extends an olive branch through 2008 that will cap the advance payments internet broadcasters will have to cough up at $2500 per year.
This comes in the wake of the Day of Silence,
(it was June 26, did anyone notice?
) spearheaded by Los Angeles-based terrestrial/online radio station KCRW
(home of the brilliant Morning Becomes Eclectic
) and SaveNetRadio,
during which some of the biggest names in online radio - include Live365, NPR
- went dark for 24 hours, airing a one-hour broadcast twice during that day on the history of flat fees in public broadcasting. [direct .mp3, 38mb]
Under the much-maligned changes made by our government's Copyright Royalty Board, the top six internet radio stations would have had to pay 47 percent of their total revenue (anticipated to be around $37.5 mil.) to the RIAA, starting this July.
The Internet Radio Equality Act [summary, in its entire pdf glory]
has been introduced to the House of Representatives, seeking to permanently reverse this decision.
The Shame Game. Perverted Justice
) and Dateline NBC's series of To Catch A Predator
specials are of questionable-at-best morality
and have received much flak
, particularly on the part of the former party. At the Columbia Journalism review, Douglas McCollum shares the case of Louis Conradt Jr., who killed himself
upon being pounced upon by police and Dateline's cameras. McCollum also takes issue with NBC's paying of Perverted Justice for their services. And, for the other side, PJ's rebuttal.
Tomorrow's stars today
If I had a
School children all over the world
are creating original podcasts. They make for fascinating and fun listening.
When worlds collide: King Mswati III
of Swaziland chooses his thirteenth wife at the Umhlanga
, a Zulu reed-dancing ceremony
[NSFW, tame]. The BBC reports on the story, but then realise US networks they syndicate to might be fined due to FCC regulations on nudity
. Richard Porter, editor of BBC World, explains more in his blog
Hey! Good news!
(pdf) The FCC
recently issued notices that broadcasters must disclose the source of Video News Releases, or VNR's, which, if you haven't already heard, "... are essentially
prepackaged news stories, that may use actors to play reporters and include suggested scripts to
introduce the stories."
From the notice: "... listeners and viewers are entitled to know who seeks to persuade them with the programming offered over broadcast stations and cable systems."
has issued cautionary notices
about VNR's before as a response to complaints that several government agencies were walking fine lines
with their "news" productions.
- Sounds like Autechre
will be doing a radio broadcast of experimental sound on Sunday, April 10th from 3 PM EST until late. The feed already connects to some really weird stuff. Stay tuned, should be fun!
Senator: Decency Rules Should Apply to Pay TV, Radio.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said he disagreed "violently" with assertions by the cable industry that Congress does not have the authority to impose limits on its content. "If that's the issue they want to take on, we'll take it on and let the Supreme Court decide," he said.
Bad Cop, No Donut!
is a weekly wrap-up of North American police brutality, misconduct and corruption. (mp3 archive
.) Unsurprisingly, not everyone is a fan.
is a concept that died in Minneapolis years ago. It never had a chance to take off before being assimilated by the RadioBorg -- the idea that you play good songs, regardless of whether or not they fit under some canned "format." The Suburbs. The Beatles. G-Love and Special Sauce. X. Tori Amos. Adam and the Ants. Loretta Lynn. Trip Shakespeare.Their playlist
definitely leans more toward the "alternative" side of the dial than anything else, but now, thanks to Minnesota Public Radio's brand-new station
, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the musical variety. Submit a request online
. Not fortunate enough to live in Minnesota? You can still listen along to commercial-free radio a couple of different formats
. Viva la revolution!
Here in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, we are truly blessed to have a independent radio station
that is not run by a big company
or college. It's home to many shows including Crap from the Past,
(Fridays at 10:30, CST), and the surf twang sounds of Radio Rumpus Room,
(Fridays, 9:00 CST) or a big selection of other shows
all available in streaming audio off the website. Take a look around, who knows what kind of audio gems will be found??
Start saving for your childrens future therapy. What they learned this month is dead bodies being burnt and strung up on a bridge is ok to print on the front page of a newspaper
, and watch on the news
at dinner time; but you better not see any nipple
, even for a half a second.
How to Lose Your Job in Talk Radio Why did this happen? Why only a couple of months after my company picked up the option on my contract for another year in the fifth-largest city in the United States, did it suddenly decide to relegate me to radio Outer Darkness? The answer lies hidden in the oil-and-water incompatibility of these two seemingly disconnected phrases: “Criticizing Bush” and “Clear Channel.”
TV and the Hive Mind
64 years ago this week, six million Americans became unwitting subjects in an experiment
in psychological warfare
Broadcast flag blues?!
The EFF seems to be fighting a losing war against the FCC's proposed "broadcast flag" initiative
(Salon), but they're making a big last-minute push to get more people to spread the news and contact the FCC
. Will the broadcast flag initiative become a "gateway regulation", leading us to a future where Hollywood dictates to manufacturers what they can and cannot create? Mass exodus to Tokyo, anyone?!
This is really, really f------ brilliant.
The FCC says
the f-word is OK on network TV, as long as it doesn't refer to the sexual act. Naturally, some groups
don't like dirty talk. Is this a sea change in the level of discourse, or is the FCC finally acknowledging that it's useless to protect kids from our favorite four-letter word?
(Second link is a .pdf file.)
allows anyone to be their own broadcast channel, beaming out multimedia across a p2p network to the masses. Could this be the next leap for blogging?
All we need is Radio Ga Ga...
Ever heard of Clear Channel?
They are the largest owners of radio stations and billboards in the United States. They are based in Texas. Bush is from Texas. Bush is running for President in 2004. Bush and CC are friends.
Before the conspiracy bangwagon
gets too full, think of all the money and energy spent of political advertising near the end of their campaigns,
it's sad to think that most people vote (or don't vote)
for what a candidate looks like on a 30 foot billboard rather than his/her political views. Will Bush win the 2004 election?
Be very afraid
Bush and Blair broadcast direct to the Iraqis.
Freedom TV will bring the truth (?) to the Iraqis for the first time. I'd like to see a transcript.
Amy Goodman AMERICAN HERO but not on WAMC?
Democracy now an informitive and hard hitting program produced by Pacifica Radio was asked for many,many times during WAMC's recent fund drive prompting WAMC's dictator in charge alan chartock to state "its on a lot of stations but not WAMC
" Why is that? Afraid of rousing the ire of AG ashcroft?I think we should see if old alan is up to giving a good reason why!
Most anyone who has been involved in college radio is familiar with the uphill battle faced in injecting something new, different, and cool into the music world when so many artists and labels lack the clout required to get noticed. It is a shame that the College Media Journal
, the music charting hub of the college radio world, has admitted
to falsifying playlists
for their own apparent gain. What does this say about the place of college radio and indie music in the music industry these days?
Clear Channel CEO "We're not ruining radio, we're reinventing radio."
OK, I admit it, you fooled me. He also says that radio consolidation is "a long, long way from completion." Well, that's something to look forward too, isn't it? It's Rocktober! Here's Tom Petty....
WNEW Dumps Opie And Anthony
I guess we know how far too far is now. How long before they make their triumphant return on another ratings-starved radio station?
How talk radio went right-wing.
Or further proof that the airwaves are owned by corporations and not by the American people. Regardless, its an interesting look at how politics changed the radio landscape.
Sure, we've all heard the classic old time radio dramas
, but what about more recent classics, like the wonderful Jack Flanders series from ZBS Media
? And what is being produced
today? Bonus points if it's broadcast
Porn upsets Palestinians
Porn movies and programs in Hebrew are being broadcast by Israeli troops who have taken over three Palestinian television stations of Ramallah, irate residents of the besieged West Bank town have told AFP. Psychological warfare?
Tonight the lead council from Live365
will be taking calls and answering questions live online here
in just a few hours, about the recent CARP proposed rulings for internet streaming radio
. If you're interested in seeing internet radio live on, give it a listen, if you prefer the RIAA's stranglehold on distribution and prefer hearing Creed streamed over any one of the thousands of identically programmed ClearChannel outlets, feel free to ignore.
Afghanistan looks at itself:
Q: So if I brought you free films but they weren't about fighting, would you show them?
A moving photo-essay on rebuilding Afghanistan's media sources.
"The NewsInsider - Daily source for under-reported news and analysis"
is even better than its name! Hit "global links" for country-by-country listings of news agencies, alternative press outlets, policy-related publications, and selected newspapers. Conservatives, your official .gov World News Connection
is "down for maintenance." What gives? For news in all formats, including broadcasts and webcasts
, hit Gary Price's List of Lists, the unofficial front page for the web.
Top portals for subject-related info and in-depth fact checking are SLA Toronto
and the Librarian's Index to the Internet.
FCC Wants To Revoke Kevin Mitnick's Ham Radio License.
Don't they have better things to be worrying about right now? (from Politech)