CMJ Events, Broadcasting from Fontana’s and Radio Panel

Pirate Promotions LogoIf you are attending CMJ then stop by and visit Backbone Networks.  Today we will be broadcasting live at from Fontana’s with Pirate! from Noon to 6:00PM at the Pirate! Party Extravaganza.  Of course you are invited. Just RSVP on the facebook event page.  Come on by and learn about running a live remote in the Internet age.  While you are at it talk to George about the things we have been working on in the last year with our partners.

The schedule for today is:

12:00 – Doors Open
12:30 – The One & Nines
1:20 – The Great Book Of John
2:10 – Army Navy
3:00 – Fairmont
3:50 – Nick Diamonds (of Islands)
4:40 – Hollerado
5:30 – Curfew

Stations Broadcasting live include:

Long Island University (WLIU), Brooklyn, NY

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ

Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

Manhattan Marymount College, New York NY

CJLO, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Breakthrough Radio, New York, NY

You can listen in live on TuneIn Radio.

Tomorrow Backbone’s George Capalbo will be on the Digital Music Servicing, Radio Revamp panel at CMJ.  The session is at 2:00PM and will cover content distribution and broadcasting in the Internet age.  Hope to see you there!

Radio panel at the 2011 Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit

BADASS2011-NoidsFLYERI participated in an interesting panel at the Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit (BADASS) summit last weekend at the New England Institute of Art (one of our IBS-SRN member stations).

The subject of the panel was “Radio Promotion”. Participants included Tai Irwin from the New England Institute of ArtSteve Theo from Pirate! Promotion, a professor in the Entertainment Management program at Bay State College and myself.  We provided a brief history of the radio industry and music promotion and then launched into a discussion about the future.  Though somewhat tainted by the past we came away with some hope for what lies ahead.

The record and radio businesses have changed quite dramatically over the last 15 to 20 years.  Radio is fighting more and more for the attention of a new audience and the record business is working to transition from selling physical objects and adapt to the new digital world.

Badass-panelWhile many believe that the music industry is down that is not actually the case.  It is the traditional record industry that is down, the broader music industry is doing quite well, even in this down economy.  On the radio side that is true too, the old way of broadcasting a local signal terrestrially is changing due to the internet.  A station’s ability to aggregate a like minded audience outside of its terrestrial footprint is much easier with the internet.

There are still challenges for the industry though. On the radio side it is the change in their business model for digital broadcast.  When broadcasting terrestrially there were no payments for performance royalties because they were viewed as promotional.  Your business wants to reach as large an audience as it can.  When broadcasting digitally you need to report each “play” to Sound Exchange and pay a royalty for that particular play.  Under this model your expenses grow dramatically as you grow your audience.  Further as per stream royalty rates continue to escalate so will a station’s future expenses.

Even with these challenges there is a dramatic shift to digital distribution and the Internet. Creative promotors and broadcasters are finding a way to work together to help their constituents grow.  Overall the future is quite bright.  We just need to find a way to get there together.

PS I’d like to thank the organizer of BADASS, John Krivit at AES for hosting the event and Julie Viscardi-Smalley at Bay State College for inviting me to the panel in our special “industry room”.  It was great fun seeing the interest radio and music still generate!

Rock Shop Boston – College Radio Event

I attended the Rock Shop Boston 12 event on college radio the other night.  It was quite well attended with lots of local colleges and universities in attendance.  Thanks to Steve Theo from Pirate! Promotion for putting it on . . . and thanks for the spread of food.

Rock Shop Boston logoThe Rock Shop panel discussed the college radio and music in depth with panelists Phil Flemming of 91.5 WMFO, Ali Donohue of 89.3 WTBU, Liz Pelly of 90.3 WZBC, Eric Roberts of 91.7 WMWM, and Rob Duguay of 990 WBOB.com.  The main focus of the discussion focused on the ins and out of getting new music submitted to their stations and what it takes to get on the air.

The interesting thing is that every station was different in their own way and view their main goal is to get air play for the music they find interesting and important.  I won’t go into detail here because Indie Ambassador has done an excellent job summarizing the event in their blog.

Looking forward to the October event!  Also a shout out to Charles McEnerney from Well Rounded Radio, thanks for the discussion about local radio, hoping to see the growth of the Jamaica Plains Music event in the future.  It would be great to get the bands some exposure on the air.

WLIU Broadcasts Live from CMJ 2009

Thanks to the IBS-SRN members at WLIU-BK, Long Island University, Brooklyn, for their dynamic demonstration of Internet radio broadcasting at the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival in New York City, October 20-24th. This was the first time our network came to exhibit at CMJ, and we’ll be back for many more of these great events.

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IBS Fall Palooza Live Music Weekend, Nov. 6th-7th

To kick off the 2009-2010 IBS Student Radio Network broadcast year, we are proud to announce IBS Fall Palooza 2009, Friday November 6th, and Saturday November 7th.
What is IBS-Palooza?
It is a weekend of local, live music on member stations of the IBS Student Radio Network, simulcast across the IBS Student Radio Network to kick off the fall 2009 semester.
IBS Palooza - Fall 2009
The goals of IBS Palooza are:
  • Use IBS Palooza as a recruiting tool for getting volunteers to work at your station.
  • Help local college bands get airplay– make your station important for your community.
  • Raise some money for worthy charities local to you.
  • Have some fun (of course!)

IBS Fall Palooza 2009 happens on the first full weekend of November, Friday November 6th and Saturday November 7th. Currently the following schools are signed up or considering a broadcast as part of the event:

  • Simmons College Boston
  • All Independent Radio from Art Institute, Boston
  • Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • WFNM – Franklin & Marshall College Radio, Lancaster PA
  • Goucher College Radio, Towson MD
  • KXZY Oklahoma State, Stillwater Oklahoma
  • Roosevelt University, Chicago
  • Simmons College, Boston
  • XTSR – Towson University Radio, Towson MD
  • WLIU-BK – Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus Radio
The ground rules for IBS-Palooza are very straightforward:
Live local bands from your college, broadcast live on your station. All organized by you– content is of your choice.
Each station will agree on a 1-2 hour time slot, and we’ll take care of everything else. You’ll just broadcast normally on your station, and we’ll pick it up and rebroadcast it on the IBS Radio Network station ‘IBS-Palooza’.
Each station should elect one or more charities to be a beneficiary of the broadcast. You’ll put a link in your stream to a place where people listening can click through to donate to that charity.
You’ll be able to simulcast the rest of the event on your station if you want to.
You need to be a member of the IBS Student Radio Network (IBS-SRN) to participate.   For more information about the IBS Student Radio Network, you can sign up at http://www.backbone.com

IBS Student Radio Network welcomes Hesser College, Manchester New Hampshire

The IBS Student Radio Network is proud to welcome its newest member, Hesser College Radio. based in Manchester New Hampshire.

Hesser College provides a high-quality, student-oriented, career-focused, affordable learning experience and places high value on hands-on, employment-related skill building. Founded as Hesser Business College in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1900, Hesser College continues to follow the principle of providing individual encouragement and assistance to all students instilled by its founder, Joel H. Hesser.

Find out more about Hesser College at: http://www.hesser.edu

College Radio Tuner v1.0.1 released

Version 1.0.1 of the College Radio Tuner has been released to the iTunes Application Store.  The release features compatibility with iPhone OS 3.0 for the iPhone, and iPod Touch.

An updated release with improved performance and updated features will be released over the summer.

Download the College Radio Tuner from the iTunes Application Store.

IBS Palooza Internet Radio Live Simulcast – Spring Wrapup

Thanks to all member schools who participated in the IBS Spring-Palooza broadcast weekend, April 24th-25th. Our live broadcast that started on Friday night at 4pm was simulcast on other IBS stations across the network. 22 hours of original programming broadcast throughout the weekend focused attention on our member stations, terrific local bands- and again raised money for worthy charities!

Listeners from around the world tuned in again to hear our broadcasts. You can explore this map of listeners, containing data from Friday, the 24th, through the first day of rebroadcasts on Sunday night the 26th.

All broadcasts were heard on iTunes® Radio, http://www.studentradionetwork.org and the College Radio Tuner iPhone/iPod touch application. Click on the image below to explore the map of connetions (red icons are computer based connections, blue are iPhone/iPod touch listeners).

spring_palooza09_stats-resized-600If you are a participating school, and have not uploaded your show recording – as soon as you do, we will start rerunning your broadcast on the IBS-Palooza station.

We will continue to repeat show recordings, and play music from member bands throughout the summer, up until the Fall IBS-Palooza, tentatively schedule for November 2009.

New: Band airplay statistics: New for IBS-Spring Palooza 2009, statistics are available for individual bands’ airplay in iTunes® Radio during the month of April. To get links to airplay stats for your school’s participating bands- send an email to palooza@backbone.com

IF you would like to become a member of the IBS-Student Radio Network, and participate in the next IBS-Palooza, you can find out more on our website.

What is IBS-Palooza? It is a weekend of local, live music on member stations of the IBS Student Radio Network, simulcast across the IBS Student Radio Network to kick off the fall 2008 semester.

The goals of IBS-Spring Palooza are:

* Use IBS- Spring Palooza as a recruiting tool for getting volunteers to work at your station.
* Help local college bands get airplay- make your station important for your community.
* Raise some money for worthy charities local to you.
* Put on a great night of music!

IBS-Spring Palooza happened on the fourth weekend of April, from the 24th to the 25th of the month (Friday night through Saturday). The following schools broadcasted as part of the event:

* All Independent Radio from the Art Institute, Boston MA
* Central Methodist University, Fayette Missouri
* Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
* University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
* Goucher College Radio, Towson MD
* KXZY Oklahoma State, Stillwater Oklahoma
* Roosevelt University, Chicago IL
* SUNY Stony Brook NY
* Simmons College, Boston MA
* XTSR – Towson University Radio, Towson MD
* WLIU-BK – Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus Radio

The ground rules for IBS-Palooza are very straightforward:

* Live local bands from your college, broadcast live on your station. All organized by you- content is of your choice.
* Each station will agree on a 1-2 hour time slot with IBS, and we’ll take care of everything else. You’ll just broadcast normally on your station, and we’ll pick it up and rebroadcast it on the IBS Radio Network station ‘WIBS’.
* Each station should elect one or more charities to be a beneficiary of the broadcast. You’ll put a link in your stream to a place where people listening can click through to donate to that charity.
* You’ll be able to simulcast the rest of the event on your station if you want to.
* You need to be a member of the IBS Student Radio Network (IBS-SRN) to participate. If
you’re receiving this message- likely you are a member already, but if you’re not, you can sign up here

Thanks to everyone who has already signed up to have their stations be a part of the second major IBS SRN Network Broadcast – ‘IBS- Spring Palooza‘. We look forward to having you all onboard again in the fall.

IBS-Palooza College Music Event initial planning

After the success of the initial IBS-Palooza in September, 2008, many member schools asked “When can we do that again?” We’re proud to announce “IBS-Spring Palooza” to be held on Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th, 2009.

What is IBS-Palooza? It is a weekend of local, live music on member stations of the IBS Student Radio Network, simulcast across the IBS Student Radio Network to kick off the fall 2008 semester.

We’ll be discussing IBS-Spring Palooza in detail at the IBS Affiliates Meeting at the IBS National Conference in NYC, on March 5th, and also during the rest of the IBS National Conference March 6th-8th at the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC. If you are not already signed up for the conference, it is not too late to do so.

The IBS Affiliates meeting will be held on Thursday evening, March 5th at the studios of IBS Affiliate WLIU-BK at Long Island University, Brooklyn campus.

IMPORTANT NOTE to affiliates attending the affiliates meeting: IBS has acquired a limited number of tickets for a Thursday night (3/5) live concert featuring The Roots, taking place at the Highline Ballroom, which is not too far away from the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC. The concert is at 11:30 PM (after the affiliates meeting). Demand for tickets is especially high, as The Roots will be the house band on the Jimmy Fallon show starting that same week.

Thanks to everyone who has already signed up to have their stations be a part of the second major IBS SRN Network Broadcast – ‘IBS- Spring Palooza‘.

Free College Radio Tuner launched for the iPhone

Backbone Networks Corporation today announced its College Radio Tuner application for Apple’s iPhone® and iPod Touch® is now available from the iTunes App Store®. This free application showcases the growing IBS Student Radio Network, a collaborative effort between Backbone and the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

The College Radio Tuner allows a worldwide mobile audience to find and listen to cutting edge, student-run Internet radio stations. It allows the user to scroll easily through a list of stations, find and click to play live internet radio right on the iPhone or iPod touch, whether connected via WiFi, 3G or Edge networks.

The College Radio Tuner automatically searches for and adds new stations as they become available. Initial release of the tuner includes a complement of twenty five participating IBS-SRN stations, with more joining every month. Among these initial participating stations are those affiliated with Oklahoma State University, Goucher College, and Methodist University.

Stations originate their programs in superior quality MPEG-4 AAC format, the same international standard Apple® uses for its iTunes Store® offerings. The College Radio Tuner is the first RTSP/RTP/AAC player for the iPhone and iPod Touch, bringing the open standards supported across the rest of the Apple product line, including QuickTime®, to these devices.

In addition to streaming music and other audio to the iPhone, the College Radio Tuner also displays album or station image art, as well as embedded text listing artist, song title, album name, and other information The tuner also provides clickable links to the station’s web site, to the iTunes Store, where listeners can purchase and download the playing song, or to a call-in phone number that the iPhone automatically dials to facilitate listener interaction and talk radio segments.

Station-controlled automation software is supplied by Backbone, who provides central networked hosting for all IBS-SRN member stations. Stations can broadcast both live and automated radio program material,including remote live coverage of school sporting events and concerts. Backbone CTO George Capalbo added, “The Student Radio Network provides community within and among the schools, and it enhances their ability to communicate with alumni, the student body and their families.”

In contrast to commercial radio, IBS Student Radio Network stations are typically run by students rather than professional staff. Programs are a result of both school curricula and student club activities, and include events that involve their schools, communities and the development of the arts. Last fall, the IBS-SRN held IBS Palooza, the Internet’s first multi-venue music festival where participating schools independently showcased local independent musicians and bands, broadcasting simultaneously over a weekend long concert. Schools shared live feeds among stations on the IBS Student Radio Network. A spring IBS Palooza is scheduled for April 2009, and will be available free on the College Radio Tuner.

For the actual press release please see PRWeb.