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Old 12-08-2010, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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Hello folks,

I know this may sound like an "odd" question/request, so let me explain.

I am looking for someone who would record the local radio stations in each town, KMMR in Malta at 100.1 and KVCK AM/FM in Wolfpoint, on tape and mail them to me. I will supply the cassettes and a postage paid return envelope.

You see, I have no illwill meant or alterior motives.. i simply love hearing local, small town stations and their programming. I've worked at stations like KVCK and KMMR most of my career and thats what I enjoy.

I know KVCK is/was rebroadcast in Glasglow, MT on K296BW at 107.1 FM.

Anyone is welcome to email me, walkerbroadcasting(at)gmail(dot)com if they can help or have any questions.

By the way, emailing me privately would be preferred. Not that I don't wanna check back here for new posts, but the likely hood my absent mind will remember to check.. well, isn't too likely.. lol.

Thanks again for reading and understanding!

Paul
walkerbroadcasting(at)gmail(dot)com
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Do any of these smalltime stations have an internet stream? of course you've gotta have a decent connection to listen, dialup just doesn't cut it.

Free Internet Radio - SHOUTcast Radio - Thousands of Free Online Radio Stations lists thousands of stations, but I'm not sure how you'd search for small-town radio streams among 'em!
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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Do any of these smalltime stations have an internet stream? of course you've gotta have a decent connection to listen, dialup just doesn't cut it.

Free Internet Radio - SHOUTcast Radio - Thousands of Free Online Radio Stations lists thousands of stations, but I'm not sure how you'd search for small-town radio streams among 'em!
Nope, KVCK Radio 92.7 and 1450 do not stream at all.. and KMMR 100.1 Malta only streams sporting events.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Some of the college stations have a stream, KGLT at MSU-Bozeman has had it for years
stream
schedule (http://kglt.net/schedule/schedule.html - broken link)
and I think I saw where one of the major MT stations did too, but that's all I've noticed.

Some of the same people still volunteer at KGLT as when I was there, 30 years ago -- Cara Wilder, Ray Pratt (best blues history show ever), and the Wandering Jew (Barrett Golding) still appears occasionally too. I'm not sure if Al Miller is the same guy as back-when or not (same tastes tho!)

Last edited by Reziac; 12-09-2010 at 08:32 AM.. Reason: CD messes up adjacent links??
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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Some of the college stations have a stream, KGLT at MSU-Bozeman has had it for years
stream
schedule (http://kglt.net/schedule/schedule.html - broken link)
and I think I saw where one of the major MT stations did too, but that's all I've noticed.

Some of the same people still volunteer at KGLT as when I was there, 30 years ago -- Cara Wilder, Ray Pratt (best blues history show ever), and the Wandering Jew (Barrett Golding) still appears occasionally too. I'm not sure if Al Miller is the same guy as back-when or not (same tastes tho!)
ALOT of the small town stations can only afford to stream local high school sporting events because bandwith and royalties are way too expensive... and the regular music licenses for their traditional AM or FM broadcast do NOT cover internet streaming.

That's why I'm interested in KVCK, KMMR, et al because it's very likely no one outside of their local coverage area has ever heard them. I like the uniqueness and local flabvor to small town radio stations.. plus, and this will sound weird..you have to preserve a station and if one ever goes off the air, you don't want it to completely disappear... that's why having recordings is nice
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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That's true... Bandwidth can sometimes be scrounged up (donated, whatever), but I've followed the royalty debacle, and it's pretty clear from the utterly unfair financial terms that it's meant to shut down streaming audio as much as possible. I do like Digital Gunfire's release contract -- they only play royalty-free music. (This willingness to work outside the ASCAP/BMI box -- or rather, cage -- probably explains why such a large percentage of streaming audio is for the relatively small darkwave/industrial/EBM genres, too.)

Recordings for posterity is a good point, and not at all weird if you ask me. What will these small local memories be worth to a later generation, in terms of connecting with who and what they were? How much "old time radio" was totally lost because no one taped those live broadcasts? It's the same principle.

(One of my small treasures is a few words in the so-listenable voice of Jack Nordquist, accidentally saved on one of my old KGLT tapes. It reminds me of when KBMN in Bozeman was a delightful independent station, not just another cog in the prefab tape reel industry.)
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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That's true... Bandwidth can sometimes be scrounged up (donated, whatever), but I've followed the royalty debacle, and it's pretty clear from the utterly unfair financial terms that it's meant to shut down streaming audio as much as possible. I do like Digital Gunfire's release contract -- they only play royalty-free music. (This willingness to work outside the ASCAP/BMI box -- or rather, cage -- probably explains why such a large percentage of streaming audio is for the relatively small darkwave/industrial/EBM genres, too.)

Recordings for posterity is a good point, and not at all weird if you ask me. What will these small local memories be worth to a later generation, in terms of connecting with who and what they were? How much "old time radio" was totally lost because no one taped those live broadcasts? It's the same principle.

(One of my small treasures is a few words in the so-listenable voice of Jack Nordquist, accidentally saved on one of my old KGLT tapes. It reminds me of when KBMN in Bozeman was a delightful independent station, not just another cog in the prefab tape reel industry.)
You put it well, recordings for posterity....recordings won't be worth anything monetarily, but maybe emotionally or something.

It's important to preserve radio and it's history, past/present.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: eastern Montana
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What I consider to be kind of unfortunate is that most of the small town radio stations around my area have long since gone to mostly satellite program feeds or automation with music and often announcers canned on hard drives. Seems like actual live programs have become limited to sporting events and sometimes drive times. Warm bodies have become too expensive.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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What I consider to be kind of unfortunate is that most of the small town radio stations around my area have long since gone to mostly satellite program feeds or automation with music and often announcers canned on hard drives. Seems like actual live programs have become limited to sporting events and sometimes drive times. Warm bodies have become too expensive.

You are right on all counts, trust me, even us radio personalites complain about that too!

A small town radio station with local people is a rarity, but the ones that have them, do it good.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I hate those canned feeds. You can station-hop as you drive down the road and get the same songs and even the same ads at the same time from one station to the next, along with the same announcer. Nothing particularly good or interesting about it, but pap sure is cheap.

I think the day is coming when even that canned announcer is automated -- there is already automated software to write newspaper-type articles. Put that with a text-to-speech program and you could totally automate the entire thing from top to bottom, no radio announcer needed even to create the original feed.

I'm glad someone is preserving what we once had at every radio station across the country, as little as remains of it.
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