Tuesday, January 9, 2018

More Unexpected Changes on GCR1

Well, 2018 is turning out to be a year of programming changes beyond our control! Again, we had no say in the following change.

We were not notified in writing that United Nations Radio has chosen to discontinue its daily ten minute newscasts. UN Daily News has been on the air for many, many years, and we've been proud to carry it on GCR. We're sorry to see this newscast go away, but, we will continue to offer UN News in Brief on weekday afternoons.

In turn, this will force some changes during the weekday 9 AM Eastern/6 AM Pacific hour. We will continue to air Feature Story News at the top of the hour. At 9:05, we are adding a new daily program, VOA Asia. This is a 25 minute news magazine covering stories of interest from across the Asian continent. In all honesty, I was regretting that I did not have room for this program Monday to Friday, especially with the recent demise of Asia Calling. So, in my opinion, this has worked out quite nicely. The news bulletin from All India Radio will now air at the bottom of the hour. The fifteen minute newscast from DW will be dropped. We will continue to offer DW's full half hour newscast on weekdays at 5:30 PM Eastern/2:30 PM Pacific.

It is also unclear whether the weekly programs from UN Radio, UN and Africa and UN Gender Focus, will continue. We are trying to get in touch with our contact at UN Radio to determine this.

Another change has taken place on Wednesday nights. The Monitor has ended its nearly 14 year run. There is a chance it will resume production later this year, and we would seriously consider reinstating the program if and when this occurs. We have replaced The Monitor with The Global Reserch News Hour. We think this program will appeal to those who like deeper, investigative reporting and analysis.

As always, sincere apologies for the sudden change. Again, it was out of our hands. Hopefully, everyone will enjoy the new lineup.

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Saturday, January 6, 2018

GCR2 Classical Programming Update

Those who follow this blog regularly know that the final episode of Keys to Music went out over GCR2 on January 3rd. After considering several options, I have decided to replace it with a series which, though no longer in production, remains an outstanding series in Classical music radio.

When GCR was still Geneva Community Radio, we aired the outstanding series Compact Discoveries With Fred Flaxman. Each program featured a variety of Classical recordings, tied together by one common theme.

Sadly, Fred Flaxman passed away on August 29th, 2015, at the age of 75. Here is a link to an obituary written by his daughter, Tana Flaxman Jencks, which appeared on Current.org.
https://current.org/2015/11/fred-flaxman-longtime-programmer-and-station-leader-dies-at-75/

It was Tana herself who notified me in writing of her father's passing. At that time, she told me that he would want me to continue to air his shows posthumously.

As a tribute to Fred's long legacy in Public Broadcasting, I am pleased to bring Compact Discoveries to Global Community Radio, and thus to a wider audience. With 253 episodes available, we will be able to present this series for some time to come, and are happy to do so. The show will air Wednesdays at 8 AM Eastern.

Classics for Kids, which aired immediately after Keys to Music, will move to Fridays at 8:59 AM, right before DW Concert Hour.

Speaking of Friday, there's another change to our Classical line up that day. We are airing a set of seasonal program series during the 8 o'clock hour on Fridays. Center Stage From Wolf Trap will be back with a new six month series starting in July. We are now airing a new series, Live From the Grand Teton Music Festival. This is a thirteen week series. When it concludes its run on March 30th, we will then present Concerts From the Library of Congress. which is another thirteen week series, running from April 6th thru June 29th, respectively.

I hope you all enjoy the new Classical offerings on GCR2. As always, your feedback is both welcomed and appreciated.

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Saturday, December 23, 2017

More Recent and Upcoming Changes to GCR Programming

Once again, due to changes concerning some of our many syndicated programs, Global Community Radio is obliged to make changes to both its schedules.

First, several changes concerning GCR1, all due to the abrupt cancellation of one show. After 15 years in production, the weekly series Asia Calling will produce its last program on December 29th, and we will air that program on Saturday, the 30th. We are sad to see Asia calling go away, as it was an independent window on all things Asia. We have carried it as far back as when GCR stood for Geneva Community Radio. The program is ending due to lack of funds to be able to continue production.

GCR1 will continue to offer news and feature programming from several Asian broadcasters, including NHK World Radio Japan, KBS World Radio Korea, All India Radio, and Radio Taiwan International. See program schedule for details.

Starting Saturday, January 6th, we will move Global Journalist to Saturday mornings at 9 AM Eastern/6 AM Pacific. We will then shift Focus Asia Pacific to run immediately after. In turn, The hour on Sundays from 11 AM to Noon Eastern will now be occupied by two programs from the ABC (Australia). At 11 AM, we will now air The Minefield. This series currently airs Thursdays at 2:30 AM Eastern/11:30 PM Pacific Wednesday. From the show's website: In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life. This will be followed by the ABC's outstanding history series Rear Vision at 11:30 AM Eastern. On Thursdays where Minefield used to air, we're adding a new program from the ABC stable. It's called Science Friction. From the website: Science and culture...with extra spice added. Feel the heat. All species welcome.

On the GCR2 side of things, The Appetizer has cut back to one hour per week. So, on Wednesdays at 4 AM Eastern, we've added IMP Indie Mania. This is a weekly radio series from the folks at IMP, anoutfit promoting independent music in a variety of genres. Indie Mania features a wide variety of Indie music. IMP also offers two other radio shows focusing on Indie Blues and Indie Country. We will consider adding these programs to GCR2 in the future.

Another big change occurs later on Wednesday mornings. We recently learned, after it seems we just added this series to our schedule, that Keys to Music will cease production in January after 15 years and 654 episodes on ABC Classic FM. Had we known of the ABC's plans, we might not have picked up the series this Fall. In any case, the final Keys to Music will air on January 3rd at 8 AM Eastern. We do not yet know what we will do with this slot at present. If the ABC is developing a new series to replace Keys to Music, we will look into adding it to the schedule. We are looking at some other Classical offerings as well from other sources. Please stay tuned to this blog for further updates.

It is not our desire at GCR to constantly change things up to confuse or frustrate our listeners or our partner stations. But, like any other radio station, we are at the mercy of the producers and distributors of the programs we broadcast. If a program decides to end its run, we often times have no say in the decision whatsoever. When this happens, we try to make changes to ensure our schedules will continue to "flow" as they did previously, or, to try to improve the overall sound of the station. We appreciate the continued patience and understanding of our listeners and partner stations as changes become necessary.

Thank you for listening to and supporting Global Community Radio!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Special to Air on GCR2 Saturday, 12-23

GCR2 is pleased to present a seven hour Christmas special put together by our friends Jim Pemberton and Lady Rachel of Soft Sounds and Pemberton's Basement. This will air on 12-23 from 4 to 11 PM Easteron on GCR2, and will likely be simulcast on the web stream of WRST, and possibly WLRI-LP in Gap, PA. The special will also air at some point on WRAQ-LP in Angelica, NY. Contact WRAQ or consult their website or Facebook page for details.

Happy Holidays to one and all from Global Community Radio!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Recent GCR Schedule Changes

My apologies for the delay in updating the program schedules to reflect the recent changes made on both GCR streams.

On GCR1, Workers Independent News has been dropped, as it appears the show has ceased production. In its place, we have added two short features. The Loh Down on Science, and Climate Connections. On Saturday nights at 11 PM Eastern/8 PM Pacific, we have added Destinies: The Voice of Science Fiction to our lineup. This replaces Unfictional, which we have been airing in reruns since the series was discontinued this past Summer. We hope fans of modern sci-fi, and radio drama in general, will enjoy Destinies, which has only recently started being available in syndication, after only being on WUSB on Long Island for over 30 years.

On GCR2, we regret to announce that Two Girls One Name has been discontinued due to technical issues. In its place, we have added our first Heavy Metal offering on GCR2. World of Metal is a weekly one hour program offering a wide range of Metal from across the globe.

As always, thanks to all of our listeners and partner stations for their continued support!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Changes to GCR1 Overnight/Early Morning World News Programming.

Dear GCR1 Listeners and Partner Stations:

Recently, the World Radio Network (WRN) published their new program schedule for the North American service, which is what we use for most of our overnight/early morning world news programming. This new schedule is a bit more diverse, and we are looking forward to offering the new programming lineup to all of you. Unfortunately, it does mean some rather significant changes. These changes are as follows:

Israel Radio has expanded their time on WRN to a full hour every night at Midnight Eastern/9 PM Pacific. We will now air their "News at 8" program during that hour.

The hours between 1 and 4 AM Eastern/10 PM to 1 AM Pacific, remain intact.

At 4 AM Eastern/1 Am Pacific, WRN is again offering the world news bulletin from Vatican Radio as part of their daily lineup. at 4:15/1:15, you can hear the daily news bulletin from Radio New Zealand Pacific (formerly Radio New Zealand International). This will be followed at 4:30/1:30 by the daily program from Radio Prague.

The hours from 5 to 8 AM Eastern/2 to 5 Pacific remain intact.

The biggest change comes during the 8 AM/5 AM hour. WRN is now offering KBS World Radio from South Korea during this time. We want to keep KBS World Radio as part of our world news offerings. So, we are now airing it during this hour.

Sadly, we are dropping programming from Channel Africa until further notice. We regret having to do this, as we would like to bring you news directly from the African continent. But, we have been considering dropping this programming for some time now, as we rely on their daily podcats for broadcast, and these podcasts are not always updated in time for us to bring you a new show. We did look into picking up their live web stream from 2 to 3 AM Eastern, and we reached out to their tech department to ask if this was possible. Unfortunately, their web player URL is not compatible with our automation software, Zara Radio, and so we have no choice but to discontinue their programming at this time. If a solution can be worked out where we can connect to their live web stream on a daily basis, we will seriously consider bringing Channel Africa back to the GCR1 lineup. In the mean time, you can still hear developments from Africa on the program Africa Link, from DW in Germany, Tuesday to Saturday at 2 AM Eastern.

Lastly, we are swapping out VOA news at the top of the 9 AM hour for the full five minute newscast from Feature Story News (FSN).

Please make adjustments to your respective program schedules and make the necessary updates to your websites to reflect the above changes. As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for listening to and/or partnering with Global Community Radio.

Sincerely,

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Monday, October 23, 2017

GCR to Add Feature Story News

Global Community Radio is pleased to inform its partner stations and listeners that we're adding Feature Story News (FSN) at selected times during our broadcast day.

This is made possible thanks to the generosity of Tom Oy of St. James University and Nova Public Media, who is allowing GCR to access their FSN account.

For now, FSN will air Monday to Friday at 5 AM and 11 PM Eastern on GCR1 with their 3 minute news bulletin. If there is enough interest from partner stations and listeners, we will start offering FSN's 5 minute newscasts at selected times during the broadcast day, alternating with the top of hour news headlines from the Voice of America (VOA).

As always, feedback is greatly appreciated.