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UK radio fans vote Lark Ascending #1 classical tune; Guardian dissents

United Kingdom classical radio station Classic FM has released its latest composer popularity poll, and British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams’ violin meditation The Lark Ascending is the top listener choice. It bumped Rachamaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto down to second place. Kerry Andrew of the UK Guardian dissents: “So what does it say about us as […]

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PRP Murrow Award

Community Service Wins Portland Radio Project Murrow Awards

A focus on community service is already paying off for a six-month-old online station in Portland, Oregon. The Portland Radio Project, which I profiled back in October, just won two Regional Edward R. Murrow awards presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association. Regional award winners then have a shot at a national award, which […]

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High School Radio Day 2014

Happy High School Radio Day

Today is the 3rd annual High School Radio Day and at least 63 student radio stations from all over the United States (representing at least 28 states) are celebrating this unique and rare form of broadcasting. As I mentioned last week, I recently toured WHHS at Haverford High School in Havertown, Pennsylvania and was amazed […]

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Swag day coming for XRAY-FM Kickstarter backers

XRAY FM, Portland, Oregon’s new very low power FM radio station, is thanking all the folks who gave to the project’s Kickstarter campaign via a cascade of tote bags, t-shirts, coffee mugs and similar goodies. The station has even scheduled a “pick up day” for the prizes: Sunday April 27 at the Bunk Bar. But: “If […]

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Classical broadcasts as bug spray for teenagers

Community Digital News has discovered that a McDonald’s in Australia is streaming classical music and opera outside its digs to discourage youngsters from loitering around the premises. Apparently the fast food store manager tried Barry Manilow, but Beethoven and Puccini really keeps the juvies out. “We play a range of classical and opera music and […]

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Webby Awards

The Week in Podcasting News: Podcasts Nominated for Webbys, and more

There’s good news for anyone who hasn’t yet heard the BBC’s radio documentary, Podcasting – The First Ten Years. Both parts are both now available for on-demand listening for the next year. The countdown timer threatening only a week of availability that I wrote about last week is gone. Curiously, however, the documentary is not […]

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High school radio station WHHS

3rd Annual High School Radio Day on April 23

High School Radio Day is coming up next week on Wednesday, April 23rd and it already looks like at least 60 high school radio stations will be participating in this 3rd annual event. As I mentioned last month, there’s some great energy surrounding high school radio right now, with numerous stations applying for new LPFM […]

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Rika FM

FCC and Federal Marshals Seized Pirate Radio Stations in New York City

On Monday the FCC announced [PDF] the unsealing of two complaints against unlicensed broadcasters operating in the New York City borough of The Bronx. The Commission and US Attorney’s Office also said that “on April 2, 2014, FCC agents and Deputy U.S. Marshals, pursuant to warrants, seized the radio transmission and production equipment identified in […]

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FCC Chair Tom Wheeler at the 2014 NAB Show

Wheeler Profile Reveals Very Little Info on Radio or Net Neutrality

On Friday the Washington Post published a profile of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that vividly paints some of his quirks, but reveals very little of his policy outlook. Anyone looking for insights on radio or net neutrality here will be disappointed. We do get some additional bellyaching from the National Association of Broadcasters, who wish […]

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Are you ready for the Lang Lang classical music app challenge?

Classical pianist Lang Lang has called for classical music lovers and developers to come up with a new mobile application for listening to classical music. “Participants in the Competition must present an application concept for mobile devices (Telephone, Tablet, etc.), to bring classical music to users in an original and attractive manner,” the Terms and […]

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