Here’s the latest goings on with Hockey Talk Radio…
Hockey Talk Radio US – Some really good news (I think)…
If my friends in an online radio forum are correct, Hockey Talk Radio US can now be heard again in our neighboring country of Canada. Being stuck in Florida (LOL), I can’t test and verify that for myself, so I’m relying on my many friends north of the US border to let me know if it’s so.
Just so our faithful listeners know, the recent court battle involving Radionomy evidently has something to do with what those in the industry call “geo-blocking”. And, while I’m sure there’s some reasoning behind which countries get blocked and unblocked, it’s obviously hurt Hockey Talk Radio US badly when such a great hockey nation as Canada was blocked.
Here’s our problem now, and where we really need some help… I suspect a lot of friends from blocked countries have just given up, or they no longer bother trying to connect with our station. That has to change, of course, from the new word being spread — by me and by anyone else who likes the station.
Despite the temporary setbacks, Hockey Talk Radio US continues to forge forward…
Although I’m not ready to make an announcement just yet, listeners can expect something new in the area of Junior hockey podcasting during the coming month (December – 2016). One scenario has another company being involved, while there’s also the possibility I’ll take on this new challenge myself. Again, though, it’s sure to come; only a final format needs to be decided.
I’m still looking for quality shows, too, including ones that are only slightly connected to hockey. So, in that regard, Ray Matz, Jr joins us with a new podcast called “Game Changing Dads”. No, it’s not always going to be hockey specific, but Ray is always going to address issues we dads deal with. (I’ve had the chance to hear his opening podcast, and I’m thinking all Hockey Talk Radio US listeners are going to enjoy Ray’s show.)
Returning briefly to the major change outlined in the previous NEWS announcements, I’m still looking for a window where I can get most of my other work out of the way, and then devote close to an entire week to build and tweak the new station with a different airtime provider.
Make no mistake about it — or 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 to 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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