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

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Spectro Radio Statement on Live365 Developments


Live365, the platform which has hosted Spectro Radio for the last 4 years, announced to its broadcasters and listeners via email on 12/30/15 that its future was uncertain beyond 12/31/15. This is in part due to a recent Copyright Royalty Board ruling which removed all provisions for small and micro webcasters to broadcast on the web, and giving a distinct advantage to large web based corporations like Pandora and iHeartRadio. A vast majority of the stations served by live365 are small to mid-sized webcasters and hobbyists with little to no monetary revenue.

At the same time the ruling from the Copyright Royalty Board was announced, it became apparent to many of Live365's investors that the future of small webcasting was uncertain, and those investors pulled out of Live365 leaving the company in a precarious financial position.

At this time, Live365 is actively searching for new investors, but the future is uncertain and in all likelihood Spectro Radio's broadcast will go silent at midnight tonight (12/31/15).

The last four years of broadcasting Spectro have been amazing. It's given us the chance to connect with so many wonderful people in the Disney community. We'd like to extend a heart felt thank you to all of you who have listened to and supported us over the years.

At this time, we can't say for sure what the future holds for Spectro Radio. Of course we'd love to be able to find a new way to continue to bring Disney audio to our listeners and we are examining what options we might have to continue that, however, while there are many platforms out there that allow music streaming, many of them don't cover licensing and royalty fees as Live365 did. It is important to us that artists and musicians get paid their fair share of the royalties, and also that we maintain a legal broadcast. 

So, we hope you'll enjoy our last days of programming. In the words of Jiminy Cricket at the end of SpectroMagic we "hope you had a good time!" And we hope that someday in the future we can once again be the Happiest Station on Earth.

 - TeamSpectro