Hello all !
Thanks for visiting my blog again and supporting independent artists.
It's been a crazy old week as I head into the launch proper of our brand new channels BRR Essential and BRR Discover, I thought this week I'd give you an insight into what it's all about, and how it's going to work ... Hopefully :)) ...
NEW CHANNELS .... NEW SCHEDULE LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 1st
TWO CHANNELS ON BLUES & ROOTS RADIO
The back story to it all is that we have too many listeners at times ... not a bad fault at all I hear you say ... well, we are all about quality and with too many listeners logging in at the same time or during any particular hour we can have buffering issues, which is annoying if you are trying to listen to your favourite show and it keeps cutting out, it's to do with our bandwidth daily usage. Our maximum capacity before we have this problem is 10 000 listeners every hour, yes you did hear me right, 10K listeners an hour is a lot... and yes we are maxing out at times.
To alleviate this we put our heads together, when I say we... there are three of us who go over things like this, Anne Connor in Canada, Neil Mitchell in Australia and I pour the drinks, I have long arms that can reach Melbourne from Toronto.
We decided to launch new channels for many reasons, one of them was because we had so many offers of people wanting to do shows exclusively for the network and we had to tell them that as it stood there was really no room on the schedule, so with a new channel it gives us the opportunity to move some of the shows we have that are syndicated to other stations as well as Blues & Roots Radio over to the new BRR Discover channel creating a schedule for syndicated shows and allowing us to furnish the BRR Essential channel with mostly shows that are produced exclusively for our network. There are a few exceptions to the rule as some shows are produced in other Countries for us to air in Canada exclusively although they may go out on other stations in another country and are part of a long standing agreement, but mostly BRR Essential are all our shows that you will not be able to hear anywhere else.
It's something we have been working on for a couple of years now and finally it's upon us, amazing really, and I thank all the hosts that have helped to make it possible. It almost happened in February this year but for various reasons we put it back a few months which has worked in our favour.
Our philosophy is that if we attract more listeners through exclusive shows then the artists win because their music has a larger audience, and to us that's what matters. We will probably max out again sometime soon as our percentage increase month on month has always gone up and never down, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
My job is to build the audience for each show for the artists to be presented to as wide a listenership as possible, I have done this through determination to have exclusive shows to a single channel, and I have to thank Neil and Anne for working with me on it.
SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US ? ... MORE CHOICES !
I was a quality supervisor in the automotive industry for a while in a previous life, it's very boring, but, it helped us develop a continuous improvement plan for Blues & Roots Radio ... I told you it was boring.... and what that means is we continue to evolve, implement new projects and develop the station for the good of the artists and listeners to our best ability.
The new BRR Discover channel will be the exciting home to a lot of genre specific show hours that will be full of new music and releases complimented by shows that you will be familiar with.
THE DISCOVER HOUR
Discovering new music is what these two hour show segments are all about, from all genres and from artists from around the world, mainly playing tracks from newly released albums.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK & FEATURED ARTIST SHOWS
Airing on both channels these shows present an opportunity for artists to showcase their existing music or new releases.
THE ROOTS HOUR
For instance The Roots hour will contain music by artists such as The Barrowdowns ( Canada ) ... Oka Vanga ( UK ) .... Ben J. Carter ( Australia ) ... Andy Ferrell ( USA ) and many many more ...
THE BLUES HOUR
Packed full of fantastic new Blues music and artists from around the world like Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco ( Canada ) .... Ash Grunwaldl ( Australia ) .... Ruthie Foster ( USA ) ... King King ( UK ) and lots more
THE CELTIC HOUR
Fabulous new music on the hour dedicated to Celtic music from around the world like John McSherry and McPeake from Ireland
THE FOLK HOUR
and lets not forget the Folk music both traditional and contemporary
On top of all that we will be airing some of the best syndicated shows on the planet playing everything from Roots, Blues, Celtic, Folk and everything in between, with some of your favourite shows being complimented by brand new ones joining this schedule.
The home to exclusive shows that you love listening to from around the world with some brand new shows joining the schedule straight off the hop from the USA, Australia and Poland.
We are excited to have all the exclusive shows together on the one channel and are delighted to be welcoming onboard more.
The Folk N Celtic Punk Show with Gareth Olver ( Australia )
Coming to us from Victoria, Australia. The best in Celtic punk, Celtic rock and folk punk from around the world.
Finnegan's Wake with Joe Pszonek. ( USA )
Delaney's Pub in the heart of Nowheresville, USA hosts Finnegan's Wake. The Mayhem is presided over by Joltin Joe, who plays enough Celtic punk and rock to wake the dead! The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, and so much more with an occasional expletive thrown in for good measure. After all it's Celtic Punk at it's finest !
BLUES & ROOTS
Radio Nowhere with Joe Pszonek. ( USA )
An eclectic mix of new releases from independent artists. New discoveries are a top priority ! Genres range from Singer-Songwriters, Americana, Blues, Folk and whatever else might catch our ears ! Joltin' Joe, the Mad Scientist hosts the show from the dungeon in Nowheresville, USA.
The Radio Pole with Slawomir Stepski. ( Poland )
A show from Poland featuring Polish artists with song lyrics either explained or translated if not sung in English, from genres varying from Blues Rock, Classic Rock to Celtic, Alt Country and Folk featuring bands, singer / songwriters from past and present.
There will be more shows added in the near future from Canada and the UK as well as all your favourite shows on the existing schedule. Dates and times for the new shows will be announced very soon... and that reminds me ... I better get back to setting up the schedule.
I hope you can join us for some amazing new programmes and support the hosts who all put in so much time to promote independent artists on BRR Essential and BRR Discover.
I will be doing a few workshops in the near future and have prepared some articles on internet radio, topics will include a lot of the things we have learned over the four years we have been doing this, good and bad :))
So look out for them !
Until next week, have a safe one ahead and take an Essential journey to Discover great music on www.BluesandRootsRadio.com