Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Major changes for 2PR FM ahead


2PR FM has been a quite achiever over the last ten odd years, growing and changing through the years, through thick and thin. What started as a two page album review yahoo site in 2000, has now developed into a fully live station.

A lot of stuff has been happening behind the scenes this year, which mainly has been the migration of the radio station from a pre-recorded program website, into a fully live web broadcaster.

This has included encoding several hundred of my CDs, and still several thousand still to be done, the purchase of a new computer, new software, and wait for it... finally the transmitter, or as they say in internet radio...... the full live stream. Yes, it is not too far away, but before that, it's the reality of making sure we broadcast legally, and with that, checking what we can, and what we can't do.

We have finally come across a streaming service that will let 2PR FM legally broadcast. The provider we have in mind, has a rather simple system for copyright per listener payments, and unlike other streaming servers, has an easy to understand page of rules and regulations.

This unfortunately is why this morning is what you could say a rather bitter-sweet experience has happened. With much reluctancy, and almost ten years of programming, I've had to close down 2PR FM's entire "audio on demand" schedual, the low band, broadband, and podcasting sections. Upon deleting all the shows, I felt my stomach drop, like I swallowed a ten pin bowling ball. It was such an empty feeling, but in my true tradition, I never brew on these things, as it is in deed for the better.

I am very glad to say, that this is definitely NOT the end of 2PR, as in 2010 I'm planning a number of test broadcasts.

Stay tuned to this channel for more to come soon.

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