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.

New Streaming Platform

Attention GCR Partner Stations:

I sent an email to all of you regarding this, but am posting a notice here in the event some of you did not receive that email.

GCR has found a new streaming platform which will save money, and prove far more efficient in the long run. I sent an email wiht the new URLs for the GCR1 and GCR2 streams. If you did not receive this email, it is very important that you notify me as soon as possible, so that I can get you this info right away.

Very soon, the old Shoutcast streams from Server Room WILL BE TURNED OFF. Once this happens, your station will not be able to connect to GCR until you have reprogrammed your automation software with the new streaming links.

Again, please get in touch with me as soon as possible if you do not have that info. If you have additional questions or concerns, or if you are having problems accessing/connecting to the new streams, please let me know. I'm here to help!

Thanks for continuing to partner with Global Community Radio!

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

GCR1 Programming Changes

Yet again, we've made some programming changes to GCR1. This is all being done to ensure that GCR broadcasts a diversity of perspectives, and, that it does so in a credible and responsible manner.

Recently, we received a complaint regarding the content of The Aware Show, which we added to replace Humankind on Sundays. Great concern was expressed regarding the show's emphasis on pseudoscience. Upon further research into this, I determined that I do not want Global Community Radio involved in the dissemination of subject matter that is of questionable credibility. In addition to being an outlet for news and political discussion, GCR1 has a strong commitment to educational programming. I will not broadcast educational programming that is not rooted in fact, or whose claims cannot be supported by credible scientific evidence. Therefore, upon receipt of this complaint, this show has been dropped from our schedule, and will not be brought back at any time.

Some Sunday programs have been shifted to make room for two new half hour shows. GCR1 is proud to announce the addition of Global Journalist to our Sunday news lineup. Each week, Global Journalist examines a particular issue or topic that is relevant in today's global news cycle. This show originates at public radio station KBIA, and is hosted by Jason McLure. The show airs Sundays at 11:30 AM Eastern. Also new to Sundays is The Poet and the Poem. This series features poets and their poetry, and is from the Library of Congress. It can be heard Sundays at 2:30 PM Eastern.

Another change concerns our Monday morning lineup. Recently, KCRW expanded the duration of its Left, Right and Center program from 29 minutes to 52 minutes. I've aired LRC for many years, as far back as the old Geneva Community Radio days. I am pleased to offer this new, expanded version of the show. Unfortunately, it means the cancellation of the Laura Flanders show on GCR1. That program may be brought back if another half hour slot opens up during one of our news/political blocks.

I want everyone reading this to know that I do not make these changes to frustrate or inconvenience affiliate stations or listeners. I make them out of what I believe is my obligation to offer all of you the best community radio product possible. I will continue to make changes where needed, but will always value your feedback as well.

Sincerely,

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

Thursday, June 29, 2017

GCR1 Programming Changes Effective July 1st, 2017

Global Community Radio is constantly trying to improve its programming to better serve the wants and needs of our affiliate stations and our listeners.

To that end, we are making some major changes to GCR1 effective July 1st.

The biggest change will actually occur on July 3rd, as we add the popular Pacifica radio program Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman to our Monday to Friday lineup. We have had many requests from our partner stations to consider picking up this extremely popular program. After serious consideration, we feel adding Democracy Now! is in GCR's best interest, and the show will attract more listeners and possibly more partner stations to GCR1.

Democracy Now! will air Monday to Friday at 7 PM Eastern, 4 PM Pacific. This means there will be several changes to our weeknight programming. We are dropping our nightly airing of Letters and Politics from KPFA in Berkley. We may consider reinstating this program at another time slot, if enough listeners ask for it. Those who wish to continue listening to Letters and Politics may do so on-demand from the KPFA website.

Most of the programming which has been airing Monday to Friday from 7 to 8 PM Eastern will now shift one hour later, starting at 8. The new lineup will be:

Monday
8:00 TUC Radio
8:30 Building Bridges

Tuesday
8:00 City Club of Cleveland

Wednesday
8:00 Alternative Radio

Thursday
8:00 Commonwealth Club of California

Friday
8:00 Between the Lines Radio Magazine
8:30 Counterspin

New World Notes moves to Saturdays at 1:30 PM Eastern

We are dropping several series which, while the programs are excellent, are no longer producing new content. We want to air programming that is current, fresh, and relevant to today's issues. The following discontinued programs are being dropped.
9-11 Wake Up Call
Body Sphere
For Women Over Forty
Parents' Perspective
Storyland

Another day which will undergo some major programming changes is Saturday.

We are adding an exciting new show to Saturday mornings. GCR is proud to debut In the Middle/The Radio Kid's Rant! This weekly half hour series is produced and hosted by Serena "The Radio Kid" of Clearing the Static and Radio Serena fame. This will be a "two shows in one" program. In the Middle will be a political/current events/social issues discussion platform where liberal, centrist, and conservative viewpoints can all be heard equally and with respect. The Radio Kid's Rant! will be more lighthearted, and will consist of commentaries on non-political issues. The segments will alternate depending on what is happening in the weekly news cycle. In the Middle/The Radio Kid's Rant! airs on GCR1 Saturdays at 8:30 AM Eastern, 5:30 AM Pacific. Our weekly world news programming will shift to air from 9 AM to 1 PM Eastern. We are adding a new weekly interview series at 1 PM called Pause Cafe, followed by New World Notes at 1:30 PM

On Tuesdays, we are making changes to the late morning lineup. It will now be:
10:00 Positive Parenting
10:30 Voices and Views (a weekly interview series on a wide range of topics)
11:00 All in the Mind
11:29 Healthy Moments
11:30 Bioneers
11:58 Medical Discovery News
All other programming remains intact at this time.

As always, we welcome your feedback, comments, and complaints regarding these changes. We value your opinions, and we want you to let us know how we can make Global Community Radio a better programming service. Please send email to globalcommunityradio@gmail.com

Kind regards,

Jason Longwell
GCR Station Manager

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