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Radio Station / Fan Website

Greetings all,

Well it started over in Zombie Man's thread asking about current radio stations, podcasters, etc. (sorry about that again ZM)

In the end a lot of people would like to start a dedicated radio station and fan website to the whole movement. Obviously since it is being born here, and the people that will have access rights to updates will be from here, it will be somewhat CoT-centiric. I know how disappointing that may be for some of you, but... ;)

So the website is coming together, the radio station is being setup, and I've gotten several people throwing their microphones at the DJ Desk.

Seeing as how we have 24/7 of operation to fill with music and/or whatever... I invite people to share ideas on what they would like to hear, etc.

Running a legitimate radio station isn't exactly cheap. This is a licensed stream, so that anyone who DJs on the station will be covered. Basically anything streamed on the station that falls under BMI, etc. along with public domain is legal for us to play 24/7. Therefore there will be a couple of donation buttons on the page and if we do a good job and work together on this, I think we could also cover events for people for small fees, etc.

I'm not looking to make money here, but it would be nice to offset the costs per month. Especially if listenership starts getting big (which I hope it does) we will have higher license fees. Internet radio actually gets hit harder than terrestrial radio does these days. All about the numbers. They figure if you get more listeners then you must be making more money. Or spending it. They don't care which - it simply must mean you have more to give them. :)

So with that I will quit with the boring stuff and leave the thread open for discussion. Thanks everyone for the interest and I'll do my best on building everything.

Take care,
Manny

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I would like to help however

I would like to help however I will never DJ or record my voice. Reason I'm Hard of hearing and often mispronounce words with out relising it. Got bullied a lot in School being called Elmer Fudd.

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No problem. Once we get up

No problem. Once we get up and going - I may tack you on to updates. Or even just helping locate other games that would like a radio outlet, etc. One thing we should keep in mind is that there are a lot of games, not just WoW, STO, CO, etc... some really out of the way ones as well that might really enjoy hearing their game on the radio or having a live DJ and chat session.

I am probably going to integrate GoChat or something into the website so we can have general and live broadcast chat going. I think that will help engage people as well.

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I would be willing to donate

I would be willing to donate a bit of my voice but I am unsure if I'll have the time commitment to fill a steady slot (But I would like to). Otherwise I'm very excited to be involved in the community and would just like to offer myself as an extra hand in case you ever need it.

As for suggestions on the actual process, I am a huge fan of interview segments and also radio plays would be tons of fun to do (But that one would definitely be up to a community desire) we could also do something akin to a play by play of in game events or host in game contests, but this is just me spewing out ideas of non-music radio things we could do.

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I'm all ready for this.

I'm all ready for this. Already set up too early? Yes. But I can't help it! 8)

I even have about... an hour of wow music and no idea how much DnD and other general gaming music. All fun times.

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One thing we all need to do

One thing we all need to do to save space on the new server is convert to 64k. We will need to share our music libraries of course - I'm starting us out with 1G which will fill up super fast. Using AmoK mp3 ReEncoder is fast and easy. Will take any bitrate mp3 and convert it to whatever bitrate you set it to.

Took me from 517MB to 107MB of misc bitrate mp3s. I bet that is still only an hour's worth or more of music. So... we'll all see what we can do to conserve space the first couple ofweeks while we work the bugs out of the system.

Plus.. I just got the streaming server and licensing all setup and am waiting on the IP address to be assigned before we can even attach to the stream so... keep your panties on ;)
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Voice work is a specialty of

Voice work is a specialty of mine =)
As far as music, my personal preference is alternative =)

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That's what I like to hear...

That's what I like to hear... I really appreciate everyone coming forward. Like I said. Will take some time for it to get cranking and I will up the storage drastically for everyone's musical tastes. Listeners will be as broad in music appreciation as we all are. I'm into about everything from old time swing, to alternative, rave, pop, dance, feel good rap / hip hop, celtic stuff (I play Irish whistle even LOL)... you name it really.

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I have a pretty extensive

I have a pretty extensive collection of nerdy songs. Some of my favorites. My preference in just general music is filk/trance/alt rock/classic rock.

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Ohohoh I'm good for Jazz and

Ohohoh I'm good for Jazz and Swing and electro-swing.

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If we do multiple games.

If we do multiple games. Each Game should have it's time slot with ads geared for those games. One thing I notice on say the Cape they sometimes host in TSW, or in CO however I hear ads for TSW when the DJ is in CO. So I wonder if that super group in CO as well.

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Getting close to completion

Getting close to completion on the website. Just a couple of things to tidy up. The station has now been streaming a couple of days for testing. Music library should grow to a sustainable size over the next couple of days.

We plan on doing a big launch party. All the projects will be discussed a bit. Obviously since CoT is being the most public about everything - it would be cool to do some interactive stuff in the live chatroom that I have built into the website. Have a lot of ideas, but don't want to go into them without discussing with the other people that would possibly be involved just yet.

Thanks everybody for the support. You can sneak a peak over at www.namesakeradio.com
Just ignore the music loop playing right now. It's barely long enough to be legal right now and it's just what I had left of my huge library that I just found out I no longer have!!! DVDs of mp3s be gone :( It is just playing for stability and broadcasting tests.

Take care,
Manny

BTW - Roadkill... you said voice work is your specialty... how about jingles and announcements and stuff?

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*is all prepared and stuff*

*is all prepared and stuff*

Hee

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Good to hear. If all goes

Good to hear. If all goes well, we may be launching tomorrow night! I've been called in for a long day at work. Two stores own, but I should be home in time for a reasonable 8 or 9pm start I think. Hopefully some people would be willing to hop over and listen. Problem will be listener slots available though. I will be able to purchase 'unlimited' listener slots in a week or so, but until then the current allotment is 30 + overflow. Whatever overflow means and how many that is. lol

I'll update this post with a better schedule when I have more concrete info later.

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Much as I'm sure The Cape

Much as I'm sure The Cape will be joining us when it launches, it would be nice to have a dedicated station.

I might be mildly interested in participating as an occasional, silent DJ, if only to share my library of internet oddities. (eg, first night would probably be the first four songs of Thirteen Eight)

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Could have sworn I posted

Could have sworn I posted this earlier... if it ends up double posting oh well. lol

I don't think The Cape or Paragon will have anything to lose by us being out there, not to mention during the launch of any of the current projects out there... there's gonna be plenty of people listening to us, The Cape *and* Paragon on those nights. XD

Also, we are sure to be supportive of all projects currently out there. If nothing else, consider there are 7 days a week, 24 hours in each day to fill. It would be nice to not just be yet another radio station with tons of dead air space / looped music all day every day aside from certain occasions. During the launch of the radio station tomorrow we will be sure to give props to everyone at CoT, VO, and HaV for doing their part in bringing back our home in their own way. (Perhaps a quick slip mention of a certain Secret Cabal might sneak by real quick even. lol)

No problem with you doing a session sometime. Like I said - a lot of airtime to fill and I've had a lot of interest so far, but no concrete times set yet. Lots of flexibility overall anyway I'm sure.

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Mandrake

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I'm able to do voice

I'm able to do voice recordings but cannot do live DJ right now (background noise issues at my place). My taste in music is very eclectic but I like the idea of organizing games and events. Contact me via PM if I can help out.

Oh...published author here so if you need help writing anything let me know.

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