Here’s the latest goings on with Hockey Talk Radio…
A HUGE problem for some of our listeners…
Radionomy, our Hockey Talk Radio US airtime provider often faces some difficulties, some of them due to the awesome tasks they take on.
To be honest, they not only host tens of thousands of radio stations around the world, but they also offer “royalty free” music that the average station couldn’t afford. It’s the latter feature that’s now causing member stations some programming difficulties, and it’s also the music side of things that is causing listeners in some countries to be blocked from hearing their stations.
I hear our regular player just fine, and it might still work for many. In the event you experience problems, though, please read on…
All this might not be fixed anytime soon. So, feeling that Hockey Talk Radio US is a truly worthwhile endeavor, I’m taking two steps to keep things going:
First, I’m supplying an alternative link that will allow anyone to hear our station. It’s not as attractive as our usual player, but it works. Clicking on the nearby 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 and 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 work, 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.
Secondly, a current law suit between Radionomy and Sony — over music rights — isn’t expected to be settled quick enough for me. So, I am brainstorming with tons of other radio station producers who are looking at alternative airtime providers. There are tons of alternatives out there, but each carries its own good and not-so-good features. On the positive side, we producers are being promised a new option that is going to come close to offering what Radionomy previously has. That alternative probably won’t be ready for a week.
All that said, let me restate the fact that I believe Hockey Talk Radio US is an extremely worthwhile venture. Moreover, I truly believe that Internet radio is a thing of the now and of the future (“136 Million Now Listen to Online Radio“). And I want to be smack dab in the middle of the cutting edge stuff, as usual.
— Hockey Talk Radio US Executive Producer, Dennis Chighisola