Sunday, May 22, 2016

Save Spectro and Small Radio

As you may know from following and listening to Spectro Radio, at the end of 2015, the US Copyright Royalty Board let the Small Webcaster Agreement (SWA) expire. This provision from the copyright royalty board allowed small independent and hobbyist webcasters to pay royalties to the artists we play as a percent of our revenue.

With the expiration of that agreement and the simultaneous royalty rate hike that took place on January 1, 2016, the cost to many small webcasters has more than quadrupled. Many small/hobbyist webcasters have had to shut down as the price for these hobbies has become unsustainable. Some others have opted to continue broadcasting illegally.  Spectro has managed to last for a while, but the future is uncertain. Going illegal is not an option for us.

There are two FREE and simple things you can do to help us fight to bring small webcasting down to affordable rates.

1. Currently HR1733 is a bill before the house sub-committee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet sponsored by Rep Jerrold Nadler of NY. You can contact your member of congress, or Rep Nadler and urge them to reinstate the Small Webcaster Agreement of 2009 for non-interactive webcasting. A quick email, phone call, or even a tweet will get the message across.

To find out who your congressional representatives are visit http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

2. Visit http://www.radiodiversity.org/ and sign up for free to show your support of Small and Independent Broadcasters.


The small independent webcaster are what provide diversity to the digital music landscape. Where else can you hear the epcot monorail, spaceship earth, and the country bear jamboree? Not on Pandora! So please help all of us out and keep Spectro and other small webcasters streaming the unique music and audio you love.

Thanks!
-TeamSpectro

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Disneyland Band Concert Vinyl Just Added!

Our collection of Disney Vinyl has grown again! This time, I picked up a copy of this beauty, Walt Disney's Disneyland Band Concert released back in 1956.
One of the greatest things about this album is that, according to the jacket, it was recorded "during a normal day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in the belief that an on the scene recording would have more authenticity and flavor than a studio version." Thank You Disneyland Records!

At the time of this recording, the conductor of the Disneyland Band was Vesey Walker, who while at Disneyland is described as continuing in a lifelong profession that took him from conducting the Army Band during World War I, to participating with the Los Angeles Elks Lodge 99 band, the famous "Toppers" in every Tournament of Roses Parade from 1936 to 1955!

And let's not forget the members of the band. Here's a listing of these wonderful musicians that made the Disneyland Band famous some sixty years ago. Clarinets: Jack Williams, George Landier, Bernie Flymen. Saxophones: Don Baker, Eddie Stelnicki. Cornets: Herman Terando, Warren Gale, Eddie Shiner, Ted Tracy. Trombones: Jim Barngrover, Jr., Ozzie Stock, Eddie Thomas. Horn: Ed Liston. Baritone Horn: Cass Arpke. Tubas: Jim Sexton, Donald M. Heaston. Drums: Morris Casselman, George Richter.

I hope you will enjoy listening to this classic piece of rare Disney audio from 1956 as much as we enjoy playing it for you! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Top Disney Cruise Tips No One Told You!

We recently went cruising on the Disney Dream for the second year in a row as part of the Castaway Cay Challenge. Now that we’ve done the 5 day, 4 night Caribbean cruise twice, I’ve got some tips to share. I wanted to share some helpful tips we didn’t find anywhere else but that could come in really handy. Keep in mind, we are two thirty-something adults traveling without children so these might not all apply to you if your travel party differs or has different needs. But no one told us this stuff before we went so use our learnings!
In no particular order:
1.       Decorate your door! You’ll notice people all over the ship decorate the doors to their cabins. Whether it’s balloons, signs, pictures etc. The doors are metal so you can use items that hang with magnets. We put up a dry erase board with markers and people left us fun messages!
2.       The beds in the state rooms are built high with lots of space underneath to store your luggage. The rooms can be tight, so take advantage of this smart design. Put your clothes in the drawers and stow those big bags away!
3.       Itemized bill. If you are traveling with a friend and plan to split the costs, make sure each person uses their room own room key for purchases. At the end of the trip, Disney gives you your bill itemized according to each person’s card spend so you can quickly so who owes what! 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Spectro Lives!

Big News!
We are happy to announce today that Spectro Radio is up and running on our new hosting service, ShoutCast.com. The Live365 stream will continue to play through the rest of this week until Live365 shuts down.

Our new platform actually offers us some exciting options. You can currently listen by visiting www.spectroradio.us, or by visiting Shoutcast.com and searching for SpectroRadio. You can also listen on your mobile device by downloading the StreamLicensing app, and searching for Spectro Radio. StreamLicensing is the service through which we stay legal by paying all the correct royalties to the artists you hear on our stream.

In the near future, we expect to also become available on the TuneIn site and mobile apps.

Growing Pains
Migrating our entire music library is a long and tedious process. Right now, we only have about 10-15% of our total audio library (about 12 hours of audio) on the new server. We will continue to add