Monday, June 19, 2017

GCR Welcomes New Partner Stations

Once again, it gives me great pleasure to announce that GCR continues to grow, and to spread our unique approach to community radio to new audiences.

GCR welcomes KIEZ-LP in Monroe, Louisiana to the list of stations offering the intelligent, in-depth news and talk programming of GCR1 to their listeners. You can now listen to GCR1 24/7 in the Monroe area at 106.7 on the FM dial.

We also welcome KCPK-LP in Pine Mountain Club, California to the GCR family. At this time, KCPK has been conducting test transmissions of GCR, and is in the process of determining which GCR programs will be broadcast. KCPK can be heard in the Pine Mountain Club area at 106.9 FM. We anticipate schedule details will be coming soon, so keep watching this space.

I am pleased at the continued growth of Global Community Radio. There is always room for more partner stations. If you know of a campus, community or public radio station in your community that you think could benefit by becoming a GCR partner station, then I urge you to contact the station today and ask them to consider carrying GCR programming. Or, e-mail your local station's contact details to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com, and I will act on the info immediately.

I hope to be posting more blog entries like this one in the near and the distant future. Thanks to all of you for your continued support!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Update on KFZR and KLQS

We are pleased to announce that, after a successful weekend of test broadcasts, the management at KFZR and KLQS have decided to stay with GCR1 programming 24/7 for the foreseeable future.

We are delighted to be able to serve the Frazier Park and Agua Dulce communities with high quality news, informational, educational and public service programming from around the world. We welcome feedback from listeners of KFZR and KLQS. Send e-mail to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Two LPFM Community Stations in California Currently Conducting Tests of GCR1 on FM

Global Community Radio is pleased to announce that two low power FM (LPFM) stations in California are considering becoming GCR partner stations. To that end, they are running tests of GCR audio over their FM transmitters.

The stations are:
KFZR-LP (93.3) in Frazier Park
KLQS-LP (96.7) in Agua Dulce

From now through June 12th, both stations will be offering GCR1 and its innovative news and talk programming 24 hours a day.

If these tests are successful, then KLQS will remain with GCR1 24/7 for the foreseeable future, as they are in the process of applying to the FCC for a transmitter move. Meanwhile, KFZR will likely offer GCR1 programming to its listeners during the overnight hours, while resuming their normal mix of Pacifica programming during the day.

Please watch this space for further updates as we continue to work with these stations to solidify this partnership. In the meantime, we would love to hear from listeners in Frazier Park and Agua Dulce who are receiving this programming. We'd love to hear your thoughts on GCR1, and its programming. Please send e-mail to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com

Jason Longwell
Global Community Radio Station Manager

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

GCR Welcomes New Partner Station in Northeast Ohio

Global Community Radio is pleased to welcome another local community radio station to our network. WNPA-LP "Neopa Community Radio" serves the Canton, Ohio area at 102.5 FM, and streams worldwide online.

WNPA will offer GCR2 music programming to their listeners during overnight/early morning hours seven days a week.

We welcome Neopa Community Radio as a partner station, and we encourage listeners in the Canton area to send us feedback on GCR programming.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Minor Schedule Change to GCR1 Friday/Saturday Programming

Due to "restructuring" at United Nations Radio, the weekly segment Global Perspective is no longer in production. In its place, GCR1 has moved the weekly segment American Cafe from Voice of America to Saturday afternoons at 1:50 PM Eastern. UN Radio will continue to offer its other weekly segments, UN and Africa, and Gender Focus, which will continue to be heard on Saturdays at 1:30 and 1:40 PM Eastern, respectively, along with UN Daily News, Monday to Friday at 9:05 AM, and UN News in Brief, Monday to Friday at approximately 5:27 PM Eastern.

American Cafe's former time slot of 4:50 PM Eastern will now be occupied by another Voice of America weekly podcast, The Game Room. Each week, The Game Room presents some of the most interesting stories from the week in international sports.

Why do we keep changing our programming?

GCR has no desire to drop any of its existing programming. We feel that all of our programming on both streams is of the highest quality. We are proud of our program lineups, and don't want to see them change. Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of our programming providers, like UN Radio, VOA, DW, and a host of other networks, radio stations, and producers from around the world. They are the ones who decide whether or not a particular program stays in production. A program may be cancelled for a variety of reasons, most of them either of a financial or personal nature, and Global Community Radio often has no say in these decisions. In the case of UN Radio and Global Perspective, GCR did take part in a recent programming survey offered to us by UN Radio, in which we gave very high praise to all of UN Radio's program offerings. Our guess is that, unfortunately, the overall response to that particular feature was not sufficient to justify its continued production.

As always, we appreciate the continued support and understanding of our partner stations and our listeners as these changes are made. We will always keep our programming schedules accurate and up to date, and you can always watch this space for the latest programming news, and other station developments as they happen.

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Follow Up: GCR1 Changes

Those who follow this blog regularly know that GCR1 has undergone a few schedule changes in recent weeks. Now, we are completing these changes, and hope that the GCR1 schedule will remain stable for the foreseeable future.

The final broadcast of Humankind aired on Sunday, April 30th. Effective Sunday, May 7th, GCR1 will offer The Aware Show in the 8 AM hour. We hope this will be a suitable substitute for those who enjoyed the Humankind series.

Another Sunday change. Backstory is no longer being offered as a weekly radio series. It is still available as a podcast which listeners can access on their website. In its place, we present two programs. At Noon, we offer Rear Vision, a program that looks back at critical events in World History. This is one of the many outstanding shows we air from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). At 12:30, we are bringing back to our schedule The Correspondents, a VOA "week in review" news magazine which will compliment our existing VOA weekend programming that starts at 1 PM Eastern.

This, in turn, causes a change to our early Friday morning schedule. At 2:30 AM Eastern, we are replacing Rear Vision with the series What Keeps Me Awake. This, too, comes from the ABC down under, and is a fascinating conversation series with individuals from all walks of life talking about the issues they often ponder late at night.

Another change we learned about recently concerns the long running progressive news program Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) which had been producing a weekly half hour program in recent years. Due to lack of distribution, and due to their inability to find "firm financial footing", FSRN has ceased production. Their last broadcast was produced on April 28th. On Mondays, GCR1 will now air Left, Right and Center 30 minutes earlier at 10 AM Eastern. At 10:30, we have added The Laura Flanders Show. Laura is no stranger to community radio, as she has been part of various progressive news programs for many years. Her weekly program will present field reports, interviews, and commentary on a variety of relevant subjects. We hope fans of the former FSRN programming will enjoy this series.

One last change we recently made to the early Saturday morning schedule. Unfortunately, the DW program Quadriga has not been reliably available to us. We need shows that are accessible and which are produced on a regular basis. When we suddenly have problems accessing a show's audio files, we have no choice but to drop this program, and find other programming to put in its place. We have found another series from DW which is available reliably every week. It's called Spotlight on Europe. Unlike DW's flagship program Inside Europe, which will continue on GCR1, Spotlight on Europe presents the week's European news from an African perspective. This series will now air Saturdays at 1:30 AM Eastern, with Conflict Zone airing at 1 AM Eastern.

The GCR1 program schedule will be updated to reflect these changes shortly.

As always, we welcome your feedback on our programming. Let us know what you think, and what you'd like to hear on Global Community Radio by sending email to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Thursday, April 13, 2017

More Changes Coming to GCR Schedules

As our various hosts encounter changes in their personal and professional lives, they must sometimes change the way in which their radio programs are produced, or, they must end their shows entirely. Both are in the process of hapening here at Global Community Radio.

Thursday, April 13th, we will air the final episode of All Popular Genres Considered. We wish to sincerely think host and producer Bob Cavanaugh for his dedication to the program, and for supplying us with a total of 44 excellent episodes of musical variety. We're sorry to see the show end, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. From time to time, Bob may re-appear on GCR with special programs. We'll be sure to post info about these specials here on the website in order to promote them.

Filling Bob's former time slot is our newest broadcaster "CeeJay" and her new show The Tempest. This show moves from its temporary slot on Wednesday nights, starting Thursday, April 20th, at 10 PM Eastern. Fans of All Popular Genres Considered may well enjoy The Tempest, and its approach to music variety. Please let us know what you think of this exciting new show.

On Wednesdays at 10 PM Eastern, GCR2 is pleased to add The Stone Age, a series of hour long programs presenting the wide variety of electric Rock sounds that came out of the 1960s and 70s. We feel this show will be a nice lead in to FM Odyssey at 11 PM.

There will be a slight change to our Saturday morning nostalgia programming on GCR2. We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Geoff Kemp, who co-hosted The Fabulous 50's Radio show with Paul Peters. Geoff was more than just a co-host of a radio show. He and Paul had known one another for over 40 years. As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult time for Paul. However, he recently informed his radio affiliates that he will be continuing with The Swinging 60's program, and, he will be developing a new 50's music show which will likely be called "The Softer Side of the 50's". These shows will air Saturdays from 10 Am to Noon Eastern on GCR2.

Lastly, there is a change coming to GCR1 on Sunday mornings starting in May. We were recently notified in writing by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, that the series Humankind will be ending its 20 year run on Public radio at the end of April. GCR1 will air the final episode of the series on Sunday, April 30th at 8 AM Eastern. Right now, we do not know what program will replace it. We are looking at a handful of shows that discuss topics such as religion, spirituality, and how to live a positive lifestyle. We will be discussing this with our partner stations to determine what program will go in to this time slot next month. As always, check this blog for further details.

As always, we thank all of our listeners and our partner stations for their understanding whenever it becomes necessary to make programming changes. Please continue to send us your feedback and your suggestions. They are always greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager