Great New Licensing Deal from APRA,
Recent off air periods, and Changes Changes Changes!
Updated Tuesday 2nd July 2013 at 11:58 pm
Planned program changes called off.
This is a pretty big update, where to start, I don't know. But anyway.... After so many months, and rightfully so, all the proverbial has hit the political fans in Canberra. I guess at the end of the day it's true what they say, if one doesn't do a fair days work then they get the boot. With a fresh Rudd lead Labor government, we are hoping that they'll be a change in attitude, only time will tell. For reasons I don't wish to share at this stage, we can definitely say our chances with the new Kevin Rudd line up are much better. To reflect these changes we have updated our change.com petition letter, and also the material on the save sydney radio campaign page.
When it comes to what's happening on the air, last week we successfully launched a new ad campaign, promoting the save sydney radio petition. This campaign will grow with new announcements being added and more stories on why there is such a strong need for 2PR FM to go terrestrial in Sydney.
Thirdly, our playlist is now growing so large that it is outgrowing our current computer system. Aside from giving you listeners the best radio experience in Sydney, the playlist which currently consists of 19,000 tracks regularly needs to be maintained. The entire library is currently backed up on several sets of DVDs. In our opinion this is the most reliable method over hard-drives which can crash at anytime, but is incredibly impractical, hence why we are desperately wanting to move on to blu-ray discs.
With our hard-disc space also running out, we also desperately want to upgrade to a newer computer system with larger hard-drives to accommodate our entire playlist. This will happen sometime before years end. Unfortunately the temporary casualty of this situation will be the retro party mix on Saturday nights. The program will be taking a brief sabbatical. However on the brighter side, this means they'll be 24 big hours of 80s music on the weekend. The Purple Zone will air for 12 hours both on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00, what a way to enjoy the weekend.
Now on to the issue of the recent amount of off-air periods - This is directly related to what we've mentioned above. We are producing, maintaining, and upgrading our music library, running the play-out system of 2PR FM, managing the administration (such as sending out letters and emails, website upgrades, and other stuff) all off the one computer. For the most part, we can perform these duties why the play-out software is in operation; however when we are adding new music to our library, the play-out system is switched off. This is so the computer is at peak performance when extracting audio from CDs and vinyl to the systems hard-drive.
LASTELY THE MOST EXCITING NEWS OF RECENT TIMES IS THAT WE HAVE STRIKED A NEW LICENSING DEAL WITH APRA - THIS IS PERMANENT!. Over the last three years, we've been broadcasting via Loudcity, which means we paid royalties to Sound Exchange, SESAC, BMI, and ASCAP through Loudcity. These funds are then interchangeable with APRA in Australia. Apparently this has all changed, so as from Monday 1st July 2013, 2PR FM is now proud to announce that we now have established a new deal with APRA. 2PR FM has always believed that artists and song-writers should be supported. As many can appreciate, this has been very confusing ground over the last ten years, hence so many of our off air periods back in the twenty norties.
So for the foreseeable future, things are certainly going in the right direction. The computer that we are doing this from though has certainly copped a heavy thrashing over the last four years. So with that in mind, I'm keeping my mind open that it will finally give up the ghost one of these days, but thankfully with good back up practices, this will not be a catastrophe. This will basically mean a month off the air, as it will take us that long to replace equipment, and restore backups - remember this is all being done off a shoestring budget - my disability support pension. And on an absolute final note, we have given the colour scheme of our website a little bit of a fresh paint over. So be careful of the web paint, and keep on enjoying the retro.
Updated Thursday 23rd May 2013 at 7:02 pm
WE'RE STILL SOLDIERING ONů....
This afternoon we conducted a seven hour pilot test of the new program we were planning for Saturday nights from June. While running through the test, we discovered that the selections and playlists being generated were not up to the Standards of 2PR FM's current format. Hence we have decided that the changes planned for the new show have been called off. On a brighter note, I've been able to get my name around and about across the internet today, so hopefully I should have a strong chance of being nominated for the NSW disability ambassador.
Updated Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 8:32 pm
We've hit a huge bump in the Road,
This is just another short update to announce basically that we are still alive and kicking. Over the last ten months or so, we have made numerous attempts in contacting influential people for raising awareness of 2PR FM's goals. We have also added a few more thousand tracks to our ever-growing playlist, and will soon announce some fresh schedule changes.
I've also thrown my name into the hat for the NSW Don't Dis My Ability Ambassador. Should I be nominated, my efforts in getting 2PR FM licensed hopefully would be acknowledged and taken more seriously. Aside from playing an archived quality playlist, the programming will also carry news bulletins, special updates, and information about disabilities and associated events. If you're interested in nominating me, this is the form to fill in - your support would be much appreciated.
but 2PR FM still on track for going Terrestrial.
Updated Sunday 19th August 2012 at 11:08 am
2PR FM undertakes its biggest task ever
Well our submission for getting a FM license has been and gone. It was filed at the end of June, with the supporting letters we have received. We would like to send our gratitude to those who have written in, we certainly have a good case for going terrestrial. Our initial response from the Department of Broadband and Communications was not good, considering the amount of work that was put in. There is a lot I would like to say, but as they are processes still on going, any comments or conclusions may be premature.
On a much brighter note, we have introduced our latest show, SUPER VARIETY SUNDAY. This program airs directly after Mystery Memory Tour from Sunday mornings, and plays throughout the entire day until Sunday Night 70s. This program uncovers everything from the 60s 70s 80s and 90s, a format that celebrates the complete retrospective of chart music. From it's rock n roll beginnings to bee-bop, ten-pin alley, doo-wop, psychedelic, bubble gum, glam rock, west coast, country, disco, new romantic, euro-pop, new-wave, dance, party rap, through to power ballads and house, Super Variety Sunday reaches into every corner of 20th Century chart music.
On finishing off this update, it is three years ago today, that we commenced our first live test from Egihosting. It was our first exciting month into the world of live broadcasting. We've come a long way since then, with our current playlist up to 12,500 tracks, with hundreds added regularly - our digital library is still growing. We are now broadcasting from better hosts, and well on our way to terrestrial broadcasting - in spite of the difficulties we may encounter on the way. As noted on earlier occasions, this is a permanent project for bringing a playlist with archival quality to FM broadcast radio.
in its history, lobbying for an FM license.
Updated Saturday 5th May 2012 at 10:35 pm
2012 sees 2PR FM in full steam ahead for terrestrial broadcasting in Sydney.
The music motors are in top gear, and we here at 2PR FM are undertaking the biggest exercise in the stations history. We are pleading to as many people as possible, to all those who want to see a change in Sydney radio to lobby. Please see our special LOBBYING page for all the details, THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US! CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR LOBBY PAGE!
Updated Saturday 28th April 2012 at 6:19 pm
2010 in Review and a temporary off air period.
Since our month long broadcast back in October November 2010, things have been very quiet on the 2PR FM website. However, as some listeners have discovered, there is much activity still happening behind the scenes. Some have discovered some vibrant noises coming from the studios down below, as in the way of unofficial temporary testing, and program wise, the introduction of The Mystery Memory Tour on Sunday mornings, and an encore edition of The Purple Zone from 6:00 Saturday evenings.
As some listeners know, we are between a bit of a rock and a hard place at the moment, as chucking in the towel is the furthest thing from our mind, we are in this for the long haul. The situation is we want to show prospective interested parties that we are much more then the average "have a go" station and disappear, however we are NOT broadcasting to the public as we CAN NOT AFFORD the copyright and royalty fees that unfortunately have become law.
As some of you great listeners will know from visiting this site over the years, we now have our eyes, or more appropriately our ears firmly set on getting a FM license for the broadcast area of Sydney. Being frank, this will NOT be an easy task, as for example at present there is a six year moratorium for the issuing of new FM commercial licenses in old Sydney town. We are not sure how this unethical piece of legislation has got through, but we are trying our best to address it, it is a serious breach of fair competition regulation in this country.
So again, things are very busy behind the scenes and 2PR FM is still on track for reaching it's goals. We will post new updates when they happen, watch this space!
A slight license hiccup to be corrected.
Updated Sunday 26th December 2010 at 6:50 am
2PR FM is Now Fully Operational
This year has been perhaps, the most eventful in the ten year history of 2PR FM, with much excitement, celebration, and some disappointments.
Over the last eighteen odd months, we've been conducting a number of successful test broadcasts. At the end of October this year, we were excited that we had striked an agreement with various Australian Copyright Associations with getting a special license, and with that it seemed we were on our way for full time broadcasting. We were delighted that we were broadcasting over our tenth anniversary, however they are some license issues that still need attention.
The Devil is in the Detail
A few weeks ago, we went through the license agreement with a fine toothcomb and found that most of it was fine. Unfortunately they were some requirements in relation to reporting and auditing. Complying with such conditions would mean a major reorganisation to our music library, which would involved much work. Due to our various disabilities, the requirements are beyond what we can do, thus we are renegotiating our license in hoping of getting further exemptions. We are confident that we should be able to get such an agreement, however like any of this bureaucratic material, it just takes time.
Our Latest Earthquake Report
In relation to causing an earth quake, we certainly created a good vibe with our listeners. Over the last 54 days of broadcasting, ouir tally counted just over 200 listeners.
We also caused a few knocks in some unexpected places as well. Though we certainly have no proof or hard evidence, the real threat of our large playlist has possibly unnerved a rival station or two. Three wikipedia articles relating to 2PR FM were deleted in rapid succession, each of them against the websites policy as they were all strongly sourced. The curious nature of this little drama was that it took place a few weeks after our launch. Remember anyone anywhere could mask themselves as an admin or editor, and do whatever they want, hence our slight degree of curiosity in the nature and timing of the events. This has given us a huge boost to our confidence, knowing we have a great product to offer, and are posing a real threat to our competition.
The 2PR FM Mission
We are here not to just play the tracks, but are here to preserve as much of the musical pop culture as possible, from the late 1960s to the 1990s. As mainstream commercial radio only plays the same few selections, our playlist will keep growing as we continued to digitise our vast archive of music. More then a passing interest or project website, 2PR FM is a life mission.
It is much to a sad degree, that we will never see such a large body of great music published again, as was done from the late 1960's through to the 1990s. It was a time when all genres of music were progressing through there peaks, such as pop, rock, disco, dance, glam, new-wave, country, funk, punk, and ballads. Mastertapes to much of this music has been lost, and with so little of it being played on main stream radio, we want to preserve as much of it as we can for the current and future generations.
Our ultimate aim is to bring this project to a terrestrial model, and are constantly working behind the scenes to make this happen.
Temporary off air period
In relation to going off air, we've unfortunately had to cease broadcasting for a temporary period until we iron out some minor bugs with our license agreement. We signed off just after 7:00 am Sunday morning the 26th December, but hope that we should be back soon. Even if we are off the air, 2PR FM is truly still alive and kicking in the background.
Further updates will be posted as things develop.
Updated Tuesday 2nd November 2010 at 12:30 pm
2PR FM is now fully operational, and as from midday Thursday 4th November will celebrate it's tenth anniversary and commence broadcasting full time. To commemorate such an occasion, we will start broadcasting with our super four day special, 80 hours of the 80s.
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2PR FM Negotiating Copyright Deals for Permanent Broadcasting
Updated Monday 20th September 2010 at 8:15 pm
2PR FM Moves Ever Closer to Permanent Broadcasting
With a three week extension, our last test broadcast has been another success, with 2PR FM moving ever closer to permanent broadcasting.
Unfortunately, as we are now coming up to the reality of negotiating through various copyright issues, we regret that as of the present, that we will be off air until these issues are resolved. Though we are silent, please be assured that 2PR FM is not gone, nor has ended. As a matter a fact, this is perhaps the most exciting phase in the station's history.
As this involves dealing with a number of parties, we are not sure how long this silent phase will last. We are desperately trying to be fully licensed by our tenth anniversary in early November. We can only cross our fingers.
Updated Thursday 2nd September 2010 at 8:25 pm
2PR FM Third Test Broadcast Completed Successfully
It's been another exciting month at 2PR FM, with the passing of our fourth test broadcast, again another outstandingly successful test.
With this in mind, we are now heading into, what could be our last leg of off air silence before the commencement of full-time broadcasting. We are currently in negotiations with relevant copyright and licensing associations in Australia, in the effort of finding a copyright agreement that will benefit both copyright owners, and 2PR FM. We hope an arrangement can be found where 2PR FM only has to pay a percentage of it's revenue, and at the same time support the artists and groups we play, in paying the relevant royalties. Such a deal will be a win for all, where no-one looses out.
In a brief look back of our last test, we decided to stream from LoudCity, due to a reliable broadcasting platform, and a streaming service that is legally compliant in relation to copyright issues. With the success of LoudCity, we are happy to announce that they will become our permanent stream provider when 2PR FM goes into full-time broadcasting.
Updates will be posted here and on 2PR FM's Twitter page when future developments take place. Stick around, and watch Sydney's most exciting radio project in the making. We are here to blow the shear boredom of Sydney Radio out of the water, we are the retro earthquake about to happen, consider this an early warning. :) :)
Updated Thursday 8th July 2010 at 6:30 pm
Download press release - Wednesday 30th June 2010
Once again, 2PR FM blazes the digital domain with another successful test broadcast, our third in our new phase for a permanent transmission, and for the ultimate goal of giving radio listeners a station with true archival library music variety.
As of this test, we had over 6,000 tracks in our play list with the addition of the "It's Time" chart show. For extra variety, we have also started our new 3 by 3 music system, playing three tracks in a row from each of our feature decades.
With our third test, we have pushed ourselves another step closer to full time broadcasting. We will inform you of new developments when we continue with our fourth test, which will operate from our ever increasing digital music library.
2PR FM Third Test Broadcast - Now up and running
Updated Wednesday 30th June 2010 at 5:30 pm
2PR FM Second Test Broadcast - Another Successful Step
It's here and it's happening, our third test broadcast. Though somewhat shorter and quicker then planned, the third test commenced during the evening hours of Wednesday 30th June and will continue until midday Thursday 8th July, at which unfortunately I'll have to go to hospital for the removal of wisdom teeth.
During this broadcast, our classic backtrax mix has been updated to a fresh new three by three system. This means three tracks in a row, from each of our featured three decades, such as three from the seventies, then the eighties, and nineties.
We are also delighted to announce that we are now carrying the "It's Time" chart show with Barry and William, a network show that looks at past charts from the Australian Music Report and the ARIA charts. At present, the show is being aired on alternative nights with the Top 40 Chart Mix, but will have it's own dedicated time slot by our next broadcast.
On a last exciting note, our playlist is growing at a breakneck speed, and is now well on the way of surpassing the stale monotony of commercial FM radio. At present we are carrying 6,500 tracks, an increase of 2,000 titles since our last test in January. Our aim is to have a total library of 15,000 tracks, carefully researched and selected for the 2PR FM Backtrax Format.
Updated Monday 25th January 2010 at 3:20 am
2PR FM FRONT END GETS A CLEAN UP
Like all good things, our second test broadcast has come and gone. Again, it has been a good lengthy schedule loaded with a fresh collection of programming, and an ever-expanding playlist, which at present sits at 3700 tracks. Ultimately, our music selection system will reach around 15,000 to 20,000 tracks, a feet that will change the face of radio, particularly in the new age of digital and internet broadcasting.
Our second test commenced on Monday morning 28th December 2009, with three goals in mind, a) developing our studio software further, b) testing out our new broadcasting environment, and c) getting the word of 2PR FM out into the press. With the test concluding on the morning of Monday 25th January 2010, we are happy to announce that everything succeeded way past expectation.
This has also allowed us to reevaluate our action plan, and with a good amount of feedback, allow us to better focus our broadcasting assets in relation to widening our exposure.
To conclude, they were 28 full days of broadcasting, further improvements in program listening links, three new programs introduced to the schedule, a further 1,200 tracks added to the play list, and above all, perfect mp3 streaming from our hosts from start to finish.
Please find below the details from our last test, and more information and announcements of future test broadcasts.
Updated Tuesday 19th January 2010 at 4:50 pm
WE'RE FIRING UP THE TRANSMITTER
For easier navigation, we have re-arranged a few things for easier access to the listening links. The listening buttons have also been converted to direct access, so your media player should initiate as soon as you click on the desired high or low band link.
Updated Monday 28th December 2009 at 8:20 am
2PR FM ANNOUNCES SECOND TEST TRANSMISSION
In readiness for our second test, the stream is now in preparation mode, where music is being streamed at certain parts of the day. We are still testing the software and the LoudCity servers, making sure everything will hang together for our midday launch this coming Thursday 31st December.
Updated Thursday 24th December 2009 at 12:55 pm
F I R S T T E S T C O M P L E T E D S U C C E S S F U L L Y
2PR FM is please to announce the dates of our second test broadcast. Transmission will commence on the servers of LoudCity, from Thursday 31st December 2009 at 12 00 noon, until Friday 15th January 2010 at Midnight. We'll be starting the new year off with a bang, with a special edition party mix starting 6:00 pm New Years Eve. The mix will feature nothing but the greatest 12 inch mixes of all time, and will go for a floor shaking 12 hours. We look forward to being part of your decade changing party, all live, all uncensored.
Saturday 19th September 2009 at 11:15 pm
2PR Live Playlist Enhancements - Upgrade in progress
Well, our first big test has come and gone, and much of it with success. For the first time in it's nine year history, 2PR FM has broadcasted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for an entire month just like any conventional radio station. This has been in a big part due to vast improvements in automated music software, and a huge price drop in streaming data services.
With the occasional drop out, listeners have reported great results with the feed. As many are aware, the stream was a moderately low 48kps service, for measuring out how well our hardware will cope, and mainly the software.
Our second test, which at this point is to be announced, will contain a greater range of music, as they are still thousands of new tracks to encode from our vast library. Even more exciting in our next test, our programming material will be an AAC encoded mp3 live stream at a much higher quality rate. It willll equal if not surpass the sound quality of current FM and digital radio. This will make 2PR FM receivable on home computers, and all the latest current mobile devices.
For now, we unfortunately call it an end to our current test, as the further improvements will be made.
Thursday 17th September 2009 at 12:48 pm
Scheduled maintenance for adding new music library:
Well, it's been a big month, and an eventful one at that, as were coming pretty close to the end of our first live test. For 31 days, 2PR FM has been continuously broadcasting, the stations biggest feet in it's near ten year history.
Many new things to try out, to switch around, and several bugs to iron out, but were now pretty close to having it completed. They are some error messages that still appear inside the media window player, however all else seems to work okay.
Though this test is going to end on Friday 18th September, we are planning to have a second test in December. The streaming will be of a much higher bitrate, and the playlist enhancements will be completed.
Thursday 20th August 2009 at 12:00 am
Broadcasting live to the world:
We will be doing a major upgrade to the radio stations computer this afternoon. This means that some interuption to the live stream may be experienced, from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight TIme. During this time, our new 70s digital music library will come online, with some tweaking to the current playlist.
Tuesday 18th August 2009 at 9:30 pm
Commencement of live streaming:
The 2PR Live test broadcast has just been officially launched, and with a good feed so far, everything is going to plan.
Tuesday 18th August 2009 at 10:30 am
We have just commenced our first test stream and will be in a testing phase for the next few days, to assess the reliability of our streaming partner Egihosting.
Now that we have won the struggle over jittery media files, time can now be concentrated on the rest of the website. Resolving problems with the media files has taken the best part of three months. We are now confident that the effort has paid off, and all audio material should work without fault. If buffering still occurs, I can now only point the finger at congested cyber-space downtime, through various ISP's.