Monday, September 25, 2017

Program Changes at GCR

We're making a few changes to both GCR streams. Please see below.

The most changes are coming to GCR1. The programs "What Keeps Me Awake" and "Pause Cafe" appear to have ended their short runs. So we are swapping them out with new offerings. Also, "Between the Lines" from ABC Radio National, and "In the Middle/The Radio Kid's Rant!" are moving to new spots in the schedule. Here's how it all shakes out.

Between the Lines will now air Fridays at 2:30 AM Eastern
In the Middle/The Radio Kid's Rant! moves to Saturdays at 1 PM Eastern
We are again proud to offer an hour of children's programming on Saturdays, by adding "Confetti Park" on Saturdays at 8:30 AM Eastern, right after "Tell Us a Tale".
On Mondays, we are adding another new show to our lineup. "Saffron Says" is a new commentary series discussing the media, and other interesting topics. The show is hosted by DJ Saffron, and will air Mondays at 11:30 AM Eastern.

There's one schedule change coming to GCR2. We have been trying to decide what to do on Thursdays at 10 PM Eastern. "Ceejay the DJ" has had to put her show, "The Tempest" on hiatus until further notice due to some personal issues. We thank her for her efforts producing this show, and we hope maybe it will be able to return to GCR at some point in the future. We had been airing a Japanese Pop show, but there are no new episodes available. We have decided on "2 Girls 1 Name". This is a music and conversation show featuring Serena (The Radio Kid), and, Serena (DJ Saffron). We hope listeners will enjoy this interesting new program.

As always, feedback from listeners and partner stations is very much appreciated. Feel free to send email to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening to Global Community Radio!

KNDY XTRA Changes Format

We are sorry to inform our listeners to GCR1 on KNDY XTRA that the management has changed format on that web stream. They are now carrying the Classic Country format of KNDY AM 1570 24/7. We thank the Derek Nester and the rest of the crew at KNDY for giving GCR1 a chance to be heard on one of their internet streams. Derek informs me that he may be able to create a new internet service to bring GCR1 back to the Marysville, Kansas area in the future. If this happens, you'll hear about it right here! Please see the list of other GCR1 outlets on the Listen page for details on how you can sitll listen to GCR1 programming.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

GCR Welcomes TWO New Partner Stations

Global Community Radio is pleased to welcome two new stations to our ever growing family.

First. we'd like to welcome WMUU-LP, a community radio station in Madison, Wisconsin. WMUU will rebroadcast portions of both GCR streams to the Madison community at 102.9 FM, and worldwide via their website.

We also welcome WLRI-LP, a community radio station in Gap, Pennsylvania. WLRI serves portions of both Chester and Lancaster counties. At the moment, WLRI is running tests of both GCR streams over their signal to determine what their listeners think of both GCR1 and GCR2. Soon, we will know for sure the final schedule for relays on WLRI. WLRI can be heard locally at 92.9 FM, and worldwide via their website.

It's always so exciting to announce new partner stations for GCR. We hope to be writing more blog posts like this one as time passes on.

If you listen to WLRI or WMUU, please let them know what you think of GCR. Your feedback is important to community radio stations. So, too, is your financial support!

We sincerely hope listeners in Madison and Lancaster thoroughly enjoy our programming. Again, welcome aboard!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

URGENT: OLD GCR STREAMS TURNED OFF

Dear GCR Partner Stations:

As most of you know, I have switched to a new streaming company to meet GCR's needs better, and at a price that I can afford.

I have sent you all several e-mails over the Summer explaining that this was happening, and that the old server would be shut down by the end of August. This has now happened.

The old GCR1 stream was turned off for good earlier this week, as the one station still using it had switched to the new stream. The old GCR2 stream WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR GOOD at Midnight on August 25th, and cannot be switched on again after that.

I see by the stream log files for both servers that some of you using GCR2 during the overnight have not made the transition to the new stream. I am sorry to leave your stations without any service, but, I cannot continue to pay for two streaming services, especially when most of my partner stations have already made the switch.

I sent you one more e-mail with the new stream URL for GCR2. If you did not receive this e-mail, or if you have not been getting any of my e-mails regarding this change, then please contact me immediately so I can give you the information you need to update your automation systems, and so that you can resume carrying GCR2 once again.

Again, my apologies for any inconvenience or loss of service to your station. This new server will give you more reliable GCR service, and will help me to keep costs down. Considering I don't charge you for access to GCR, and I don't make any money whatsoever running this service, keeping costs down is critical.

Thanks for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Monday, August 14, 2017

GCR1 Partner Station KLQS Going Silent

On Sunday, August 13th, GCR was notified in writing by Peter Gray that KLQS-LP in Agua Dulce, California is going silent for an indefinite period of time.

The situation is a rather unusual one. In short, the equipment used to operate KLQS was in fact on loan to them from another low power FM operator, which did not need it until they were ready to start broadcasting. Apparently, the new station is soon to go on the air in Santa Clarita, California.

This does not mena tne end of KLQS, though. They are making an effort to raise money to purchase new equipment specifically for KLQS, and they are also in the process of relocating the transmitter from Agua Dulce to Palmdale, California, a larger community.

We wish KLQS success, and hope they will return to the air very soon!

KFZR, the "sister station" to KLQS, is not affected by these developments.

Upcoming GCR2 Schedule Changes

We regret that some programming on GCR2 will soon be coming to an end. As such, we need to make some schedule changes which we hope you will enjoy.

Changes to Our Morning Classical Lineup

Israel and Marjorie Herman are retiring from WWFM, a major supplier of our Classical music offerings. Israel Herman's program, On the Wind, will end its run later this month. Marjorie's program, Sounds Choral, will continue production, but with rotating hosts offering their own unique take on choral music.

With On the Wind coming to an end, we need to make changes to our Monday morning lineup. Because we try to schedule our shows to have a certain "flow" to them whenever possible, this will cause a chnage to our Tuesday morning lineup as well.

We will be adding a new program to the Tuesday lineup. The Score, is another outstanding series featuring orchestral music from films. We feel this series will compliment our ling running film music series, Picture Perfect.

The Monday and Tuesday Classical lineups will look like this:

Monday

6:00 Classical Guitar Alive
7:00 The Piano Matters
8:00 Between the Keys
9:00 The Lost Chord (moved from Tuesday)

Tuesday

6:00 Picture Perfect
7:00 The Score (newly added)
8:00 The Lyric Stage
9:00 Curtis Calls

We hope you will enjoy the new lineups.

Jazz From the Left Ends Production

We were recently notified in writing that Raoul Van Hall, the longtime host of the weekly Jazz From the Left program heard Sundays on GCR2, will be retiring from radio after 45 years in the business. While we are sad to lose Jazz From the Left, we want to wish Raoul a happy retirement.

We are currently searching for new Jazz programming to run on Sundays from 6 to 8 PM Eastern. Watch this space for further details. The final Jazz From the Left will air on Sunday, October 1st.

Saturday Programming Changes

We have been having problems accessing Saving the 70s programs of late. We are replacing this show with Music Factory Radio. This series is a music show for the baby boomer generation, offering an eclectic mix of rock and pop from the 50s to the 70s.

We may consider adding a new 70s music show to our schedule soon, as we have word that a new series is being developed. Again, watch this space for details.

VOA News Dropped From GCR2

Lately, we've been having problems with audio drop outs in the VOA News feeds for both GCR1 and 2. We think we have resolved the problem on GCR1. While we were contemplating making the same fix for GCR2, we decided to try something different. We want to make GCR2 a purely musical experience for its listeners. So we are dropping all VOA newscasts from GCR2. We are adding some new features en lieu of the newscasts. These features include:
Classics for Kids
NEA Jazz Master Moments
Earthsongs Spotlight
On This Day in Blues History

As always, listener feedback is very important. Please send your thoughts on these programming changes, or anything else you want to comment on regarding our programming. globalcommunityradio@gmail.com

Thanks for listening!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GCR1 Welcomes New Partner Station

Global Community Radio is pleased to welcome another station to our growing network of community and educational radio stations carrying portions of our programming.

This time, we welcome KAKU-LP in Maui, Hawaii. Listeners on the island can hear various programs from GCR1 Monday to Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 PM, and seven nights a week from Midnight to 6 AM Hawaii Standard Time.

Thanks to Shaggy Jenkins and the crew at KAKU for partnering with GCR. KAKU listeners are encouraged to send feedback about what they hear to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com

We hope to be posting more blog entries like this one, as more stations become aware of GCR, and how partnering with us can enhance their programming.