RAIN 4/27: Chicago's web-only Q101 using online crowdsourcing to fund music fest

Michael Schmitt
April 27, 2012 - 11:30am

Q101's Kickstarter projectChicago's iconic alternative rock station Q101 has lived an online-only life since its FM frequency, 101.1, was flipped to all-news by Merlin Media in July 2011 (RAIN coverage here). Broadcast Barter Radio Networks purchased Q101's intellectual property and website soon after the flip (RAIN coverage here). 

Now the web-only Q101 is running a fundraising campaign through online service Kickstarter to bring back the Jamboree music festival in 2012.

Q101 hosted the first outdoor "Jamboree" music fest in 1995 (with bands like Bush, The Flaming Lips and Sheryl Crow). Subsequent festivals were held somewhat regularly through 2011.

The 2012 Kickstarter project needs nearly $300,000 in funding. As of publication, Q101 has raised $53,000 with 8 days left in the project. Q101 says the date and venue for the festival will be finalized "the minute this project is funded." No artist line-ups have been announced.

You can find Q101's Jamboree 2012 Kickstarter page here.

Kickstarter is a website that helps raise funding for products, services and ideas. RAIN recently highlighed 5 radio projects on Kickstarter here.

Hat tip to Gaper's Block for their article on Chicagoland music-related Kickstarter projects here.

Michael Schmitt
April 27, 2012 - 11:30am

TED Radio HourNPR today begins airing "TED Radio Hour," a new program based on talks given by expert speakers on the "renowned TED stage." Each program and additional content will be available at NPR.org and through NPR's mobile apps.

TED is a nonprofit organization which hosts conferences throughout the year and invites "the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes." Each "talk" is made available for free at TED.com.

You can find out more about the "TED Radio Hour" on NPR's website here.

Paul Maloney
April 27, 2012 - 11:30am

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulators say it's not clear which agency has the authority to regulate how drivers use mobile devices in the car.

The NHTSA can regulate "vehicle equipment," that is, that which directly controls a feature of the car. The FCC regulates mobile devices as to their use of frequencies for voice and data.

But this regulatory "doughnut hole," writes The Wall Street Journal, "reflects how much faster technology changes than the stately progress of federal rulemaking." NHTSA administrator David Strickland tells the paper, "We have more research to do."

Read The Wall Street Journal here.

Michael Schmitt
April 27, 2012 - 11:30am

WeatherMusicWell, as Evolver.fm points out this is clearly "not the way we will all listen to all of our music in the future," but it's a fun idea nonetheless. WeatherMusic is a radio-like service that plays tunes based on the current weather.

It uses Rdio to serve up tunes (so you'll need a susbcription to hear anything but 30-second previews of songs), but the Evolver.fm says the playlist is "fairly appropriate." Plus, the service actually tells you the weather, which is more than what you can say for most Internet radio services!

You can find WeatherMusic here, its iOS app here and Evolver.fm's coverage here.