Here’s the latest goings on with Hockey Talk Radio…
Hockey Talk Radio US – ugh…
Well, although I need to apologize for not updating here often lately, there really is a good explanation.
As I’ve shared a few times in the past, our air-time provider, Raidionomy, has experienced some big-time problems. Tops among them is that they’re being sued by Sony over things that most producers are just guessing at (my belief — and it’s just a guess — is that Radionomy hasn’t kept up with music royalty payments to Sony).
Whether connected to the legal issues or not — and I sense they are, Radionomy has changed a lot of scheduling rules that have made it a nightmare for me to change the programming on a regular basis. Worse yet, they’ve blocked a number of great hockey countries from hearing their stations, including what would normally be one of my top countries, Canada. Then, if all that hasn’t made matters difficult, Radionomy has doubled the time they take for placing advertisements within each day.
The sum total of all those things has me readying to move Hockey Talk Radio US to a different service. I believe I’ve already picked the company that will host my station, and it’s one that almost all other Radionomy stations are moving to…
On the very good side, I am going to be able to set all my own rules for that station — oh, man, I can hardly wait!
On the not-so-good side, the new service has a rather difficult learning curve.
Taking the latter into consideration, I’ve decided to look for a window where I can get most of my other work out of the way, and devote close to an entire week to build and tweak the new station. There shouldn’t be any downtime while this is happening, meaning that I’ll try to keep the current station going as the new one is taking to the airwaves.
Make no mistake about it — God willing, this will happen fairly soon — maybe within the coming month. Hockey Talk Radio has been in existence for over one year now, I love it, I love the podcasters I deal with, and I want to be as true to them and our listeners as they’ve been to me.
So, as is appropriate in radio speak, “Stay tuned.” 🙂
If you happen to live in one of the countries that has been blocked by Radionomy, try the following…
I’m supplying an alternative link (see to the right) that will allow anyone to hear our station. It’s not as attractive as our usual player, but it works. Clicking on the link will open in a new tab, but right-clicking and opening in a new window will give you close to the same experience as our normal link does. I always resize that window or minimize it to keep it out of the way and playing for long stretches.
If there’s one thing that hasn’t been resolved yet, it might be an alternative to mobile apps. Mine still works with my Android, so I might have to hear from listeners from outside the United States to know what difficulties you’re experiencing. With your feedback, I promise to chase down an alternative.
— Hockey Talk Radio US Executive Producer, Dennis Chighisola
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