August 20 was National Radio Day, a day to celebrate the medium of radio. Stations, especially non-commercial full-power and low-power community radio stations were encouraged to raise the awareness of the day in their air and I definitely agree, radio needs a day. Others were posting their call sign resumes to Facebook to demonstrate their contributions to the media over the years. Myself, I don't have a huge call sign resume like many others as I had focused mainly on the regulatory policy and allocations side of the house. With my love for radio ID jingles, old time radio and old technology, the history of broadcast stations from a regulatory perspective has always interested me.
There was a time in the United States when radio was used to promote music. Well known disc jockeys in each major American city will "break" the new hit record and the kids would rush down to the record store to buy the latest single. There was even a time when record labels would pay DJs to play their records. This was an illegal act called "payola".
Starting December 26 and going through December 31, J1 Radio will be changing to the Radionomy broadcasting platform. This will end a 16 year relationship with Live365. Due to the changes in American copyright law, Live365 is discontinuing their services to many programming providers including J1. Our costs to continue broadcasting using Live365 would be about 10 times what we pay right now.
If you listen to J1 through Live365.com or through iTunes, please start going to the J1 website at j1fm.tokyo and listen using the player window at that site.
20 Dec: We are working on something that may allow J1 to continue operating after January 1 even if Live365 goes away.
I am deeply sickened that we live in a culture where we ridicule and bully the smart kids because they are "different" yet we praise the jocks and the popular girls. While the schools will come address the bullying issues by saying "kids will be kids", they will defend their jocks because it's all about the image of the school.
Recently there have been issues raised about my name and whether I am using a fake name or not. This is because there is some social media sites with the name Michelle Eyre on it and now I go by Bradley.
So, one wonders. How does one's name suddenly change from Eyre to Bradley?
People can get married and they do.
Now, more people can get married thanks to the Supreme Court properly interpreting the 14th Amendment.
Think about it.
My experience and ability to file a Petition for Rulemaking has come into question by someone who claims to be an LPFM advocate and runs an "advocacy group". Specifically, it is alleged that due to the fact that I do not own or operate an LPFM station makes me unqualified to speak about and for LPFM.
I have dealt with Title II services for a good portion of my life and I can say I don't really have a problem with internet services moving to Title II. (Network Neutrality) I don't see the big issue here. This is no different in some ways to the Judge Greene order broke up the Bell System and required equal access to other long distance providers. Under Title II, the ISPs can not discriminate against legal traffic. This is much more prominent in the mobile services where applications are blocked.
I have been pretty quiet on the net neutrality issue. This was mainly because I have been so involved with LPFM at the time that I did not have any additional bandwidth (pardon the pun) to address this issue.
I have heard the arguments for NN such as it promotes a "free" and "open" internet.
Word came down today that the biggest name in independent news and information on the sport of flat track (and banked track) roller derby has called off it's final jam. For the past seven years, Derby News Network and its predecessor Leadjammer.com have been lifelines that tied the derby community together. In the old days, I used to be a frequent commenter in the articles. Many of you disagreed with what I had to say but hopefully it made you think about the issues of the day from a different perspective.