In the pre-podcast days of 1999, the then Sci-Fi Channel website worked with the Seeing Ear Theater and Bablyon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to produce a series of Twilight Zone-inspired radio stories called "City Of Dreams" along with a cast that included Steve Buscemi, Tim Curry, Kevin Conway, and John Turturro. 13 episodes were planned, but only 8 got produced, and with the decline of Real Player and the Seeing Ear Theater, the episodes were thought to be lost to the mists of internet history.
Until someone uploaded all of them to Youtube.
(each episode about 30 min, link goes to the first video for the episode)
The Damned Are Playing At Godzilla's Tonight!
. Rolling Thunder
.The Friends Of Jackie Clay
. The Tolling Of The Hour
. Night Calls
. Samuel Becket, Your Ride Is Here
. The Alpha And Omega Of David Wells
. MSCD 00121J [more inside]
is an experiment in using genetic algorithms to create music. [more inside]
NPR's On The Media
presents a short set of pieces about comments on news websites and the challenges of "digital democracy," with discussion from Ira Glass
about responses to a show about teenage runaways, and New Republic editor and critic Lee Siegel
, who posted anonymously to respond insultingly to comments on his own blog. And a Roanoke newspaper editor
discusses how one paper sees the integration of comments into online news sites and whether it's a valuable reader service. [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 BBC announces plans to make its TV channels available on the internet.
As you already know, you can already listen to all BBC radio channels
live and view news clips and some news programmes
. Now the BBC has ambitions to expand its internet offer even further. Starting next year, on demand radio and tv content will be available through MyBBCPlayer, with the past seven days of programmes, along with live streaming of BBC tv channels (apparently to be restricted to UK viewers only) and access to the archives. Plans also include the ability to purchase music downloads
Looking to expand your musical boundaries?
"...this stuff is wonderful to sit around and listen to."
Appropriate Michael Savage's name for your own purposes
day! With contributions from Haypenny
, Neal Pollack
himself, and much
, all in response to these threats
Your passport to ecstacy, Luxuria Music
is back after a long hiatus. Fire up those cocktail shakers, get out yr smoking jacket & dust off the fez. It's time to getcher swerve on!
A ray of hope: Internet Radio Fairness Act .
Disappointed in the Librarian of Congress' recent imposition of high fees on web radio broadcasters and the resultant shutdown of many web radio broadcasts (including KIRO and KMTT in Seattle), U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee [right] (D-WA), George Nethercutt [below] (R-WA), and Rick Boucher (D-VA) introduced new legislation to change existing web radio laws.
After the outrage about NPR's linking policy, they've written a new one
. The ombudsman explains
The Library of Congress blew it.
I watched some of the hearings about the CARP-proposed webcasting fees, and I had the impression that the people at the Library got it
. I was wrong. So instead of having all their limbs chopped off, webcasters can now expect only to be cut off at the knees. The end result will be the same, though; say goodbye to Internet radio.
Here's a nice, nice internet radio station that may keep you from your work for the rest of the day. I just got through listening to Boards Of Canada, now its playing Destroyer! Wow. listen
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.
Save internet radio
The [American] Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel ("CARP") is proposing to lawmakers that internet radio stations aught to pay royalties retroactive to 1998; royalties of .14¢ per song per listener for Internet-only webcasters, .07¢ per song per listener for broadcast radio simulcasts, and .02¢ per song per listener for non-commercial radio simulcasts.
Most stations are operating on zero financing. Do the math; .02¢ x 12 songs per hour and 100 listeners..
Don't let this spell the end of internet radio. Please, go to the site and click
for providing the background noise for your web surfing. Radio Paradise
offers up peacenik rock and international music. Support American cornfed Middle Eastern music by listening to Salaam
(more Middle East artists from mp3.com
.) Or just get your fill of 70s, 80s, or 90s pop rock
. Any other good music out there for surfing with your ears?
There was one streaming radio site that I loved
, but it's fallen on hard times. I return to Shoutcast again and again, but I can't seem to find anything interesting. What streams do you listen to during your long work days?
Is Radio on the Web Doomed?
Does anyone have any thoughts on the legal developments described in this article? I had hoped the Web might be a defense against the downward, ownership concentration spiral of radio; now what?
is what happens when it gets dark at the renaissance faire and the wizards and wenches start getting loose. madmartigan! madmartigan!
is the best Internet-radio I've heard yet. It's mostly trance stuff, but if you bitch enough on the forums
, you might get a house track or two played. Just good stuff.
is a portal of online talkradio. They also feature free-hosting of submitted shows. Will they spawn millions of new Rush Limbaughs? Let's hope not.