New to U.S. in full-feature form, Radical.fm will be commercial-free/listener-supported

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 2:15pm

Webcaster Radical.fm has released an iOS (that's for iPhones and iPads) app as the first step of the official rollout of its service to U.S. listeners. Radical says an Android app and desktop player are coming soon.

Based in Sweden, Radical last year launched an open beta version of its service (see RAIN coverage here and here), billed as a combination of on-demand streaming and human-curated online radio. Then, as now, the service is ad-free and completely voluntarily listener-supported (other listener-supported webcasters include Soma.fm and Radio Paradise).

Radical's founder, Thomas McAlevey, is an American with a background in radio. He founded the Swedish FM station Bandit 105.5, and launched a pioneering webcast service in 2000 called Tomsradio.

Hypebot tested the new app, and reports on some of its key features ("Custom Genre" channels; sliders to "tune" Personal Stations; song/artist banning), and offers some observations about the usability. Check it out here.

You can try the new Radical.fm app yourself here.

Decadio is like a time machine to radio of different decades

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:40am

The so-new-it's-still-under-development webcast Decadio (who doesn't love a clever portmanteau?) is a series of audio channels focused on the music and sounds of each decade from 1910 through today.

Sight8, the company designing Decadio, explains, "Decadio allows listeners to simply select a frequency on a dial and feel transported in time, hearing voices from the past to the present, both familiar and unknown."

You "tune in" using a sliding radio band that's really a timeline (see the image). Listening to "1930s," we heard music from Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt, and vintage radio ads for Dodge and Jello Chocolate Pudding. Sliding up (through audible static!) to the 1970s, we heard Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, and Fleetwood Mac. In between decades, there are small audio nuggest to discover (we heard a radio report about the Beatles at Shea Stadium).

To be true, it's not yet a finished product, but you can request an invitation to try it here -- or simply watch a demo video (and read the press release) here.

Canadian rights agency AVLA strikes deal with CBC for on-demand service, and with webcaster Mediazoic

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:00am

Canada's CBC and the international Audio-Video Licensing Agency have announced an agreement that will enable the launch of a new CBC digital music service. The broadcaster plans to increase the online availability of its radio programming, including via on-demand services

Meanwhile, AVLA has also forged a deal with Canadian webcaster and digital music company Mediazoic for "reproduction" rights. (For its webcasting operation, Mediazoic has an agreement with Re:Sound to cover performance rights. Re:Sound is Canada's non-profit that licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast, and digital.) In addition to their own webcasting operation and record- and radio-production facility, Mediazoic creates software tools for third-party organizations who wish to offer their own customized Internet radio stations. Renowned personality Alan Cross is currently a Mediazoic host.

AVLA represents the copyrights of more than 1,000 record companies and copyright owners, including majors Warner Bros., Sony, and EMI. Mediacaster Magazine reports AVLA members "own or control the copyright to most of the sound recordings and music produced, distributed and heard in Canada. It can license both the broadcasting and reproduction of members' audio and video recordings in Canada...

"Both AVLA deals are seen as clever and imaginative business propositions, and among the first such negotiated collective licenses in Canada for on-line streaming and podcasting of radio and online digital music programming," Mediacaster writes.

Read Mediacasters' full coverage here.

Though rough around the edges, Deli Radio an excellent tool to discover new local music

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:00am

Deli Radio is aDeli Radio's website and player new Internet radio service with an emphasis on local live music and indepedent artists. Founded by Wayne Skeen, also CEO of the California-based record label Ninth Street Opus, Deli Radio allows users to build instant radio-like playlists filled with music from independent artists playing a show near a specificed location.

Users can also listen to music from bands that call a certian location home, and can filter their station by proximity, date, venue, genre or a specific artist.

As SFWeekly points out (here), the site is rough around the edges. As it's up to artists to upload their own music, some selections are quite sparse (for example, trying to create a Chicago station turned up only one artist).

That said, the site is easy to use and it's a great tool to discover artists you've probably never heard of before. The emphasis on live music -- with prominent information about where the currently-playing artist is appearing next -- sets Deli Radio apart.

All in all, an interesting Internet radio site with potential. -- MS


Monday, August 15, 2011 - 12:00pm

Genesee Media Corporation is purchasing AM/FM combo WDNY/Dansville, NY. Genesee president Brian McGlynn is a broadcast and Internet radio entrepreneur who founded Solace.fm, a Net radio network based in Montreal.

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