A bit of past history of our Struggle to Stream and other past news and events:
As of Mid July (2009) we were notified of a more complicated and therefore more difficult level of reporting requirements that we will have to meet, in order to stream.
Sound Exchange, the non profit agency empowered by Congress to oversee the licensing of streaming over the internet, has issued their reqirements for what information they need for each and every song we play on our Station.
They are requiring that we report , artist, song title, album name, record label, start time, and stop time or duration of song. We have around 50 volunteer programmers at WMRW, plus the automated computer, that play music. It is an understatement that it will be a challenge to update the computer to track this information and train and coordinate our programmers to log and report this information.
But we are going to try. It may take several more months longer than we had hoped for to get to actually sreaming, but we shall do it eventually.
So The Voice of the Valley is still planning to get a whole lot louder, it's just going to take a lot more effort and time to get there than we originally thought.
WMRW-LP, the area’s only all volunteer, non-commercial, community radio station, will start streaming over the internet after extending our broadcast day to 24 hours. That’s right. It’ll be non-stop Mad River Valley news and views available worldwide , projected to start , maybe, by mid Fall 2009.
Meanwhile we have as advertised extended our broadcast day to 24 hours, thanks to our newly installed and programmed telemetering equipment and the help of Engineer Mitch Stern to get it all up and running.
We've also had some technical difficulties in mid May when our transmitter had to be sent back to the manufactuer for repairs.....it cost us about $500 to get it repaired and back up and running. It seems to be performing well since coming back from it's make-over (keep your fingers crossed).
There was very little off air time because we were able to use a loaner transmitter while ours was in the clinic.
More recently on Friday June 5th 6 to 9 PM ,WMRW held a Spring Potuck/Soiree
Very simply, It was a lot of fun !!!! The Music and food and company were fantastic.
Many thanks to:The Manhattan Project, a great quintet that specializes in the music of Sinatra, mellow jazz and bossa nova, And studio engineer extraordinare Roger Stauss of Noteworthy Studios in Granville for making it all come together!
WMRW began broadcasting in October 2004. Today fifty-two local programmers ranging in age from 13 to 73 produce and present shows covering the political and musical map. With syndicated programs like Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio News, Unwelcome Guests, New Dimensions and Alternative Radio, WMRW is also the Valley’s source for alternatives to mainstream media news. From the beginning, the station has funded itself with contributions from its listeners and the support of local underwriters. The goal for 2009 is just $8,800 (which includes our base operating expenses of $7000, plus $1800 for streaming) which works out to a little over $24 a day, a broadcast bargain.
Tax deductable donations can be sent to WMRW, PO. Box 95,Warren Vt. 05674. Or, better yet, you can call in your pledge (496-4951) anytime and let our volunteers know you support their efforts. For more information and to find out how you can do a show on WMRW, visit www.wmrw.org.