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Canstream Newsletter December 2012 - Really useful stuff for arts and media people
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✭ BBC A&M Open Evenings ✭
In December and January, BBC Audio and Music will be opening the doors of its Radio HQs for two evenings of networking and guest speakers.
  • 5pm-7.30pm, Thursday 6 December - New Broadcasting House, London - SOLD OUT
  • 5pm-7.30pm, Wednesday 16 January 2013 - BBC Quay House, MediaCityUK, Salford
Sessions on the evenings are:
  • The importance of community radio in the developing world and the work of BBC Media Action
  • My journey from community radio to the BBC, from 1Xtra's newest signing Yasmin Evans
  • My radio career - Nihal, BBC Asian Network, London / Mary Anne Hobbs in Salford
As a member of the Community Media Association, we would be delighted if you and your community radio colleagues could attend.

All are welcome, as long as they or their station is a member of the CMA. Station volunteers, presenters, staff, management or just those with an interest in the sector are invited to come along.

Please RSVP to this email address. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to see the full flyer.

✭ CMA Amazon Shop ✭
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Do your Christmas shopping online, beat the traffic - and support the CMA at the same time! It sounds too good to be true - but it's not. The CMA Amazon Shop is open for business all year round. You get the same great Amazon product selection and deals as always - but a percentage of your purchase price goes to support the work of the CMA.

Click here to enter the CMA's Amazon store.

Automated Listen Again
Alisa automated podcastrecording software

ALISA bridges the gap between your online streaming and your Listen Again platform. With ALISA you can record your station's output and automatically upload it to the Listen Again platform. Just complete an online schedule with details of your shows and everything you want to record gets automatically uploaded and stores up to 20 gigabytes of programmes..

Cost: £10 per month or £100 per year +VAT with a podcasting account only from Canstream! Contact us to find out more.

✭ Station Managers Toolbox ✭
arts and community media

Our "Station Manager's Toolbox" features some of the web's best resources to help with managing your station and your volunteers. We particularly like to highlight free and open source resources.

Get 10% off quality music

The CMA has partnered with music download website the Desktop Music Library to offer a 10% discount on their community radio rate for CMA organisational members.

The fully licensed Desktop Music Library allows media professionals to download CD quality tracks from one of the world’s most complete Commercial Music collections for just 50p per song, and is the same service that is used throughout the BBC as well as at GMG Radio, Bauer Radio, Orion Media, Celador and many other stations across the whole radio industry.

The service is the only one to contain every single UK Top 40 single since the charts began in 1952 as well as the majority of the US HOT 100 since 1954 and countless more tracks from every conceivable genre – updated with 8,000 new, pre-release and catalogue tracks per month. Community Radio stations can benefit from a lower package of £25 per month per user including 50 full quality downloads and CMA Members get an additional 10% discount! Click here to contact the CMA for further details.

DCMS radio seminar transcript online

If you're in need of a little light reading over the Christmas break, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have published the transcript from the seminar on Supporting Growth in the Radio (Audio) Sector held a few months ago.

It includes comments made by CMA Chairman, Andrew David along with other senior radio industry figures. It can be viewed here.

For those who prefer to watch / listen rather than read, the session has been put online in a two-part video. Part 1 / Part 2.

Using WordPress to create a radio station website

WordPress is the world's most popular online publishing and blogging platform. With millions of users worldwide, it also has a very healthy add-on and plugin community surrounding it. This means it's a very inexpensive and efficient way to get a radio station website online.

Blogger and web developer Oliver Needham has published a post with his experiences of using the WordPress software to create two student and community radio station websites - with links to some great plugins to help you on your way.

Radioplayer on a radio

Last month, at the annual Radio Festival in Manchester, Radioplayer demonstrated a prototype 'hybrid radio' interface they've been working on.

The radio automatically selects the strongest broadcast signal for each station, switching to an internet stream if the broadcast signal deteriorates. This process is transparent to the user and is powered by RadioDNS, another industry collaboration which aims to act as the hybrid 'glue' between broadcast radio and the Internet.

✭ Canstream's RSL Bundles ✭

Restricted Service LicencesTry our Canstream "RSL Bundle". We have a package aimed specifically for stations about to start a Restricted Service Licence. With any of our live streaming accounts you also get 2 months Listen Again alongside.

From just £60+VAT you can stream live 24hrs a day for a month and upload over 8 hours of your best bits with no download restrictions. Also included are complete online statistics. Tell your mates about us with [FORWARD].

NEW! Coverage Plots ✭

Are you running an RSL, applying for a community radio licence or looking to improve your transmitter coverage? Without the right preparation, you could be disappointed at the reach of your station. Canstream are able to produce high-quality computer coverage predictions for your station - all you need to supply are details of your planned transmitter, and we can do the rest.

This service is available for a small fee - email us to find out more.

✭ Funding News ✭
Carnegie Trust Neighbourhood News

Neighbourhood News will be launched in January 2013. The Carnegie Trust will be seeking applications from local commercial and civil society organisations across the UK and Ireland to develop new and innovative ways of producing local news. The Trust will make £10,000 of funding available to five Partner organisations during 2013.

This funding will enable each Partner organisation to deliver a local news project in a clearly defined geographic area. Projects may be innovation of existing news provision, for example, covering a new area of content, or the development of new projects, such as a new platform to deliver news.

For more information, visit the Neighbourhood News website.

✭ Sector News ✭
Scottish community stations merge

Two Scottish community radio stations are working together to create a sustainable new service. Two Lochs Radio, from Gairloch, has linked up with Ullapool-based Lochbroom FM.

All programmes on Lochbroom's FM frequencies have been replaced by Two Lochs Radio - with Lochbroom FM continuing a service online from Ullapool.

Lochbroom FM Chair, Fran Harrison says: "In order to provide the local radio service we feel the community needs during the winter months, we are linking with Two Lochs Radio to share their broadcasts."

Alex Gray, Chairman of Two Lochs Radio says: "We are very pleased to be working with our neighbouring community radio station, Lochbroom FM, to develop the best local radio service that we can for the residents, visitors and businesses across Wester Ross."

Keeping an Eye on Melton for seven years

Leicestershire-based 103 The Eye is still going strong - seven years after first coming on air full-time.

The station was the first community radio licence to launch after the Access Radio pilots back in 2005. Some of its presenters have gone on to work for commercial radio stations and the BBC while other established presenters have joined the station.

It was recently awarded a fresh five-year licence to serve listeners in the Melton Mowbray area.

Mighty new station in Southport

Just three months after commercial station Dune FM left the airwaves for good, Southport once again has its own local radio station.

Mighty FM has spent the past month running an RSL from a market stall in the Merseyside coastal town. The station features a number of former Dune presenters, as well as some fresh local talent from the town.

Station managers Dave Quinn and Trevor Ford have been delighted with the response to the broadcasts: "Because people can see us broadcasting through the shop window, lots of shoppers and drivers are waving at us as they go past. And the texts and messages of goodwill keep coming in. It just goes to show there is a definite need and opportunity for a good local community radio station for Southport. We're absolutely over the moon with the response."

Cheshire station celebrating successful RSL

South Cheshire community radio station Red Shift Radio is celebrating another successful RSL trial broadcast.

The station has been on air during November and December on 87.7FM - and to celebrate the end of its licence, staff and volunteers are holding two local events.

Liz Southall, co-founder of RedShift Radio, said: "The feedback during this FM broadcast has been immense.
"We can't thank our sponsors and strategic partners enough for chipping in and supporting our dreams to bring Crewe and Nantwich its very own Community Radio station.
"We hope to be awarded a full-time licence in 2013 so please keep supporting us and we will do our very best to support you in return."

Red Shift Radio broadcasts online all year round.

Lancaster aiming to go Beyond Radio

A new community radio project formed after the closure of Diversity FM in Lancaster now has a name.

Over 100 potential names for the new station were put forward by local people after publicity in the press and online. Now, station management have settled on the identity Beyond Radio for the service, which is aiming to put together a bid for a full-time licence next year.

Chief Executive, Duncan Moore, explained. "We wanted a name for the new station that was memorable and represented our desire to be more than just another radio station on the dial."

✭ Tech News ✭

Crowdsourced funding website Kickstarter has launched in the UK.

The site, on which users seek money for creative or product-based ideas, has so far raised more than £211m - with 5% of each successful pledge going to Kickstarter.

Until now, new businesses using the site to raise cash for projects had to set up an account in the US.

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Two rival software companies have announced major updates to their operating system lineups this month.

Microsoft is hoping its new Windows 8 software will turn around the company's fortunes - with the new 'tiled' interface, dubbed Metro, being available across PCs, smartphones and tablets. The rest of the OS has also received a visual facelift and a number of new features, along with the debut of browser Internet Explorer 10.

Meanwhile, UK-based Canonical has released the latest six-monthly update of its free Linux-based Ubuntu system. Version 12.10 brings improved support for web apps, and better search features.

✭ Arts and Culture News ✭
Delia Derbyshire Day 2013: Manchester

Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 will be taking place on Saturday 12th January at Band on the Wall, in Manchester.

Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 is a special day and evening event of performances, screenings and talks celebrating the work of the fascinating electronic pioneer Delia Derbyshire, who is best known for creating the original BBC Doctor Who theme tune in 1963 using no 'musical' instruments.

More details can be found on the Delia Derbyshire Day website.

✭ This Month's Hot Topics ✭
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[cma-l] How do you solve a problem like breakfast?
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[cma-l] Change of community radio station name
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[cma-l] Two local TV licence awards thread started by Andy King.


Welcome to your bumper November edition of the Canstream newsletter! With the nights getting colder and darker, what better reason to stay in, listen to the radio, and play around with some of the cool new tech we've brought you throughout the summer? This month - more local TV licences, applications open in the North East, celebrating the 200th member of the community radio family - and plenty of really useful hints and tips. Enjoy!

Radio1812 back
Station Managers Toolbox
200 CR stations on air
Local TV: Belfast and Sheffield
NE applications sought
Euro community media map
Soundcloud for journos
Community Media Week
RSL Bundles
Coverage Plots
Funding News
Potter Foundation
People's Postcode Lottery
Sector News
Third birthday for Spark
Island home for station
5 years of Sheffield Live
Radio Skipton launch
Tech News
Kickstarter starts in UK
Two new OSes
Arts & Culture News
BBC writersroom
Radio Drama Unit
Network Music Festival
Hot Topics - Mailing Lists
Breakfast content
Station name change
TV licence awards
Canstream Services
RSL Bundles
Live Streaming
Elsewhere in Radio
RAJAR roundup
Danny Baker on-air rant
USA: Future of local news
Social Media News
Twitter trend algorithm
Sales exec, BANG
BBC Fast Train North
And Finally..
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Elsewhere in Radio
BBC switch off AM in trial

In the last month the BBC quietly switched off local AM radio transmitters to see if anyone noticed - and it seems not a lot of people did.

Four local radio stations had their medium-wave transmissions axed on a trial basis in the last few weeks. Essex and Hereford are now back on while Nottingham and Kent remain absent in the interest of seeing if any people are outraged.

Scots radio stations in "crisis" claim

Scotland's airwaves are in crisis - with Real Radio the latest to scrap Scots DJs to broadcast shows pumped up from England, to the outrage of the Scottish Sun.

It followed the controversial axing of the station's cult football phone-in in July, believed to have saved £150,000 a year.

Anorak time... zzzzip!

A little Christmas treat for anoraks - this montage has a classic UK jingle for every FM frequency from 87.7 to 107.9. How many community radio stations and CMA members can you spot?! Your (fictitious) prize: a quality piece of local radio merchandise. ;)

Social Media News
New algorithm to predict Twitter trends?

An MIT researcher says he has created an algorithm that can identify Twitter trends hours before the service can itself. If the algorithm works as he says, it could help Twitter - and many more companies - make a lot of money.

JOB: Content Producer, Insight Radio (Cardiff)

RNIB's Insight Radio is the Sony Award winning radio station for the blind and partially sighted community, setting new standards for international and accessible broadcasting.

Broadcasting online, on FM in Glasgow and across the UK on Sky Channel 0188 and Freesat 777, they want you to join their team as a Content Producer and continue the success of their Cardiff satellite studio.

PAID placement: Radio 1 and 1Xtra

The BBC is offering paid 8 week placements at Radio 1 & 1Xtra HQ. Applicants must be over 18 and there is no minimum entry requirement in terms of qualifications or employment.

For more information on the Take it On scheme, click here.

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The next Canstream Newsletter will be published on Tuesday 4 December. We'd love to see your news, articles and any interesting tidbits you'd like to include.

Send submissions to us on news@canstream.co.uk by Friday 30 November for inclusion.

And Finally...
Why we all have 'earworms'

Why do certain songs stay in your head, playing endlessly on repeat? It is a recognised phenomenon. These songs are known as "earworms" and psychologists at Goldsmiths have come up with a scientific formula which describes why certain songs are catchier than others. Dr Lauren Stewart, leader of the study, said "it is interesting to us to find out whether earworms actually have a role to play." The phenomenon was discussed on Radio 4's Today programme last month.

In a similar vein, UnhearIt has been created for those of you that have a song stuck in your head and you can't get it out no matter what you do. Using the latest in reverse auditory melodic unstickification technology, the site enables visitors to "unhear" songs by hearing equally catchy songs. So really all UnhearIt does is make you forget your old song by replacing it with another one... sorry!

Turn off the computer and do nothing

Just relax and listen to the waves. Don't touch your mouse or keyboard and try to do nothing for two minutes. If that works for you then why not also treat yourself to a longer keyboard break at calm.com.

See you next month - on Tuesday 4 December!

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