Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Vinyl Voyage Radio is now on Roku!

Do you own a Roku? Now you can stream Vinyl Voyage Radio through your TV with the official Vinyl Voyage Roku channel!

Listen to Vinyl Voyage through your TV and sound system!

Click here to add the Vinyl Voyage Channel now.

Happy listening.





Friday, February 5, 2016

Save Internet Radio

As I posted the other day, the Copyright Royalties Board stuck a knife in small, microcaster radio stations by removing the special royalty rates granted to non-commercial webcasters.   In the last two weeks, thousands of radio stations have gone silent. One of the largest providers for stations like mine, Live365, was forced to shut down as a result of this decision. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Please help internet radio by signing some petitions and visiting Save Internet Radio.net.

This petition, in particular, is important: SaveNet Radio Petition

Here's the thing: FM and AM radio stations are exempt from paying most of the royalties that internet broadcasters must pay. Spotify and Pandora have to pay the higher rate, but they can absorb the cost due to their huge operations and the millions they make in advertising. Frankly, they like the fact that small broadcasters who were once rivals and competitors are now shutting down their streams. It is a win for them, in the end.

It is not that I am opposed to paying royalties. I am not. Artists should be compensated. But there should be a sliding scale in regard to the size of an operation and the amount of listeners, don't you think?

Right now, Vinyl Voyage is still on the air. We are moving everything over to Radionomy. That means that we will now have to broadcast commercials. But, we will do what we have to do until things change.

So, take a moment and sign that petition. Let others know of what is happening.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Death of Independent Internet Radio

Internet radio is dying.

Independent, non-commercial broadcasters like myself are now becoming a rare choice for listening to music. After the Copyright Royalty Board's decision to end rates that were specifically designed for small stations like Vinyl Voyage Radio, stations all over the country began shutting off their streams. Live365, a service that relied on those rates and provided a means for thousands of broadcasters to pay royalties to SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI and SOCAN, had to close its doors after operating for almost 20 years.  Even iTunes Radio has shut down as well.

And the big players like Spotify and Pandora welcomed this decision as they saw a means to lessen competition. The result: less diversity, less choice. This is a loss not just for independent radio stations, but for consumers as well.

I started Vinyl Voyage Radio because I love music. I love listening to music on records. What I sought to do was build an eclectic playlist offering everything from the Beatles to barry Manilow. Anything that I could find on vinyl, I would stream. 

We have a small operation here. But I do have listeners from all over the world.  And I would like to continuing offering this music to those who like to listen

In the coming days, I will be starting a Indie Go Go campaign to keep Vinyl Voyage Radio on the air. I also plan on building the station beyond the limits of Live365.  Although I always liked having the music commercial free, I will soon be selling limited numbers of ads to sponsors.

What can you do now? Add your voice to the growing number of people who want to keep variety in radio. The Copyright Royalty Board can still add the small broadcaster rates. Radiodiversity.org is gathering these voices to help make a change.  Add your name below and join the fight.

Thank you.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Frank Sinatra and the "Afternoon Croon"

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Frank Sinatra. As a teacher, I put Frank Sinatra extra credit questions on every test, reward kids with Frank Sinatra extra credit tokens and often play Sinatra for the kids as they work in class. When I first started teaching, I gained a little notoriety when I created the Frank Sinatra Detention Club. When kids got a detention, they came in after school and I played 30 minutes of Frank Sinatra music for them. And, I sometimes sang as well.

It was a slow newsday back in September, 1992.


For a few days, the story was all over; first on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times and then on the front page of USA Today. Then came the calls and the shows: local radio, Good Morning America and even a joke by Jay Leno on the Tonight Show

It was crazy. People thought my "punishment" was funny. I, however, never saw it as a punishment. I saw it as a means of introducing students to the great Frank Sinatra.

Here we are 24 years later and Sinatra makes an appearance once in a while on Vinyl Voyage Radio. Of course, Old Blue Eyes can be heard occasionally during regular rotation; there is more probability of hearing a Sinatra tune during the Vinyl Brunch on weekend mornings, however.

Until now, that is.  Premiering next month is a new show on Vinyl Voyage. It is called The Afternoon Croon.



For two hours on each Sunday afternoon, I will select the best from Sinatra and his friends: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat King Cole and many more.  Join us on February 14 for the premiere episode. Each episode will feature Sinatra quotes and trivia as well. For two hours each Sunday, you can step into Sinatra's world. If only for a little while.

Only on Vinyl Voyage Radio.  

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hey, K-Tel! Wouldn't it be great if....

You may have by now heard the news: Columbia House is coming back in 2016. Yes, the company that helped fill out my record collection (and later my cd collection) is getting back into the vinyl business. I'm sure they won't have the same unbelievable vinyl offers like they had in the 70s and 80s. Remember those offers? 13 albums for $1.00!


But the fact that they are going to be back selling vinyl is great news. And it got me thinking: if Columbia House can make a vinyl comeback, what about K-Tel?

For those of you wondering, K-Tel is still around; they haven't gone anywhere. They had some financial troubles in the late 90s for sure, but they still have a nice catalog of music, numbering over 6,000 tunes. In fact, they still license that music for all sorts of projects--from movies to tv and commercials. They have tunes from Chuck Berry and Etta James. B.J. Thomas and Leslie Gore. The Buckinghams and Tina Turner. I am sure they have many of the tunes that filled their wonderful albums of the 70s and 80s.

Wouldn't it be great if K-Tel started putting those songs back on vinyl? Not to recreate past albums, but assemble new titles for not only the generation who grew up on those albums but also the younger set discovering vinyl once again. These albums could be of higher quality--and less songs--but they could also recapture the look and nostalgia of those eclectic records hawked on tv and radio throughout the 70s and 80s.

Here's a great thought experiment: If you could put together the best of K-Tel in one limited edition collector's vinyl, what would you include?

Here's my choice: K-Tel presents Time Machine. 14 Original Hits, Original Stars.

A K-Tel concept album.

Side 1:

"Sky High" by Jigsaw
"Please Come to Boston" Dave Loggins
"Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel
"Walking in Rhythm" by the Blackbyrds
"Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns
"Living Next Door to Alice" by Smokie
"Gimme Just a Little More Time" by Chairman of the Board

Side 2:

"Sweet City Woman" by Stampeders
"I'm Not in Love" 10cc
"Jackie Blue" by Ozark Mountain Daredevils
"Rings" by Lobo
"Please Don't Go" by K.C. and the Sunshine Band
"Sylvia's Mother" by Dr. Hook
"Here Comes the Night" by Nick Gilder

Now that would be a great album!

K-Tel, are you listening?



Saturday, January 9, 2016

Not So Fast....

I'm having a problem letting go.

As I mentioned in my last post, Live365 is closing up shop, leaving thousands of broadcasters without a platform, including Vinyl Voyage Radio.

However, I don't think I am going anywhere.  We recently purchased a new stream and are looking at funding options to keep the station going.  More to come on that front. One thing is for sure: I will need your help.

In the meantime, we are up and running. Bigger and better. We stream now at 128kps, instead of 64. And, we are going to be available on more platforms and streaming services.

So thank you for everything. The future looks bright.....I've got to wear shades. :)