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This is Serbia Calling

In a previous blog, I discussed the impact of Radio Caroline, how it altered the status quo for British radio. Here, I wish to present to you a book which had a deep impact on me and inspired me to become involved with internet radio broadcasting. The book is ‘This is Serbia Calling’ by Matthew Collin. It is a factual account of the history of independent Belgrade radio station B92 during the Balkans conflict. During the nineties, Europe was engulfed by its worst conflict since the Second World War. The breakup of the former-Yugoslavia turned into an horrifically bloody ethnic conflict. Religion separated the ethnic groups of Yugoslavia and the dark aspects of humanity presented themselves to the inhabitants as Serbian and Bosnian orthodox christians fought with Croatian and Bosnian Roman Catholics and Bosnian / Kosovan Muslims. The religious divide went back to the times of the Ottoman Empire and had always been a simmering bowl of contention but during the communist years of Yugoslavia and the protection of the Soviet Union, somehow the population had remained glued together. Political upheavals led to a rise in nationalism during the early nineties and the fragile bonds broke, releasing the full fury of suppressed anger amongst the ethnic populations as they fought for power in the region. To read more about the conflict I highly recommend Tim Judah’s book ‘The Serbs’ which provides a detailed factual analysis of the ensuing war. ‘This is Serbia Calling’ is a case study of the remarkable work of independent radio station B92. It was run by youth and developed into an active resistance movement as the war progressed. During times of conflict the power of media becomes elevated. The history of warfare has been dotted by technological media movements. Propaganda is an essential part of warfare and masters of propaganda are usually in the boss seat during a conflict. Ideological dissemination is vital to all sides of the conflict. What B92 did was to use their radio station to express the youth’s anger with the horrific happenings in their nation. It was a station which transcended the ethnic divides that were ruining Yugoslavia. A discontented youth movement emerged that would shake the very foundations of the empire that Slobodan Milosevic was attempting to create in Belgrade. The voice of the revolution was born and B92 was at the critical cultural edge. The DJs sought to keep…

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KryKey Website translation blurbs

I’ve been using linguistic skills and writing up blurbs for the international KryKey websites. Here are some (in addition to Chinese already posted): French, Spanish, Italian, German. Translating is an area where I aim to do a lot more future work… If you might be interested is using my services please get in touch. Bienvenue à vous! Nous nous appelons KryKey et nous sommes un nouveau service internet où vous pouvez créer ou écouter à votre propre station de Radio. En ce moment il existe à KryKey les stations de radio partout dans le monde: aux États-Unis, en Australie, en Grande Bretagne, en Russe, et en Chine. Naturellement, nous voudrions prendre le service de KryKey à la belle France; aux emissions et aux auditeurs, tous les deux. La radio sur l’internet est un service qui se développe rapidement. Nous sommes contents et fiers d’introduire le KryKey à la France et les pays francophones. http://www.krykey.com ¡Bienvenido a KryKey! Somos un Nuevo servicio de web donde se puede crear o escuchar su propria emisora de radio. Ahora, en Krykey, hay emisoras por todas partes del mundo: los Estados Unidos, Australia, Inglaterra, Rusia y China. Sobre todo, queremos dar el servicio KryKey al mundo hablante español, por ambos los oyentes y locutores. La radio sobre el internet progresa de prisa. Estamos contentos y orgullosos de presentar KryKey al mundo español. http://www.krykey.com Benvenuto a KryKey! Siamo un nuovo servizio dell’internet dove Lei può creare o ascoltare la sua propria stazione radio. Adesso, a KryKey, sono programme dappertutto il mundo: I Uniti d’America, l’Australia, il Regno Unito, la Russia e la Cina. Soprattutto, vogliamo offrire il servizio KryKeyal mundo Italiano, ai entrambi ascoltatori e trasmissione. La radio all’internet sviluppare rapidamente. Siamo soddisfatti e fieri de presentare KryKey alla Italia. http://www.krykey.com Wilkommen zu KryKey!Wir sind ein neu Dienst im Internet wo Sie können Ihr eigenes Radio schaffen und hören. Jetzt es gibt zu Krykey Sendung in die ganze Welt: die Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika, Australien, das Vereinigtes Königreich, Russland und China. Vor allem, wollen wir dem KryKey Dienst zu die Hörer und zur Rundfunkund Fernsehpersönlichkeit ins Deutschland bringen. Das radio im Internet entwickelt schnell. Wir sind glücklich und stolz. Wir stellen KryKey ins Deutschland vor. http://www.krykey.com

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Radio Caroline – Pirate Radio

Radio Caroline – Pirate Radio The sixties saw a massive boom in popular music. It was the golden age of Rock n’Roll. The youth of the world had a voice, and despised as it often was by the authorities, rock and roll redefined global culture. The birth of Pop music created a huge broadcast requirement. Vinyl making factories boomed as billboard artists fought for market share. Consumer society had a new outlet and the music industry seized control. In order to generate sales and introduce new music to the masses, a strong, effective medium was needed. Radio came into its own and Rock and Roll stations sprung up across America, beaming the controversial culture to the enthralled audience. In the UK there was no pop music radio station. Yet Britain was a country at the cutting edge of the revolution with the Beatles riding on a global crest of a wave. America had an easier time with its expansive commercial radio networks, though seizing the airwaves for pop music was not without its own battles there. In Britain the radio network was in government hands and tightly regulated. Radio Caroline looked for the loophole and found it in setting up an offshore broadcast, thus avoiding terrestrial regulations. Ronan O’Rahilly and Oliver Smedley set up radio Caroline, named after President Kennedy’s daughter, and began broadcasting in international waters 5km off Felixstowe on 28th March 1964. It was not the first maritime radio broadcast. The Americans had conducted maritime radio stations since the 1930s. Also, in the North Sea, the Dutch and the Swedes had set up maritime radio during the 1950s. However, Radio Caroline was the first English language broadcast in the area and was specifically a pop music broadcast channel. Quickly dubbed ‘pirate radio’, Radio Caroline battled with the technologies and began to rapidly acquire a huge listenership. Logistically, running maritime broadcasts was a costly affair, in terms of finance, equipment, staff and dealing with constantly changing regulations. To generate income, Radio Caroline relied on advertising revenue and also subbed itself out to evangelical and religious broadcasts. As a business it was more a cutting edge technology, a disruptive technology, a people’s technology, rather than a money-making venture. As a cultural enterprise it was very successful. It gave birth to the careers of such legendary DJs as Tony Blackburn, Johnnie Walker, Dave Lee Travis and Tony Prince. From day one,…

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KryKey – What is it?

What is KryKey? In a world of music that the ipod has turned upside down, the market of computer music products is full to the brim and highly competitive. MP3 sales is now the standard marker for a music artist’s success. Music in the digital age is pegged to tech developments. KryKey is a disruptive technology that has the potential to set the new standard for music listeners and makers alike. Web radio is the ‘in-thing’ in the tech sector. The recent annual tech show in Las Vegas was full to the brim of internet radio products. A study has predicted the ‘web radio’ sector to draw in $900 million revenue this year. There is an expected compound annual growth rate of 29.7% That web radio is the fastest growing area of the World Wide Web is in no doubt. What the sector has lacked until now is a platform to incorporate potential broadcasters to supply the channels necessary in the radio boom. KryKey is the perfect platform for the Web Radio Station. It simply allows you to create your own PRS (Personal Radio Station) where you can invite other people to act as DJs. The KryKey software incorporates an easy-to-use MP3 streaming interface, where you create playlists of MP3s you upload. Today in a terrestrial radio studio, it is normally a similar digital interface that is used to play the music. What KryKey does is reverse the traditional radio barriers, of it costing so much money to set a studio up and being incredibly expensive and tightly regulated to conduct a broadcast, which has certain broadcast limits. You can set up and run your KryKey PRS from your own living room or office, with DJs not even having to be present with you but sat in the comfort of their own homes. How is the station funded? People initially told about KryKey suspect that it is an ‘under-the-counter’ pirate radio broadcast service. Sure there are places on the net where you can set up internet pirate radio, but the quality of the stream is appalling, there are server issues and no guarantee of station stability. KryKey uses incredibly powerful US servers and one of the most important feedbacks received is that customers are very satisfied with the volume and 128 bitrate quality of the KryKey stream. KryKey earns its revenue through advertising on the station. One of the options…

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Krykey Chinese webpage

Krykey is trying to expand into China’s massive internet. Here is the translation work I have done for the webpage we are building http://www.krykey.cn (not up yet but will be soon) 欢迎您到KryKey公司。 我们是一台新互联网收音机。 您能还是听还是创造您自己的广播电台。我们现在,从在世界周围在美国,澳大利亚,英国俄罗斯和希腊,有广播电台。 我们有一个中国的广播电台,http://www.krykey.com/prs/China_Net_Radio 。 我们确实想要给听众和广播都中国的我们的服务。 广播电台在互联网是新核令人激动。 我们是高兴和骄傲给中国引进一个KryKey公司。 谢谢。http://www.krykey.com

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Web Radio

In this digital age what is the future of web radio? The internet provides us with the ideal opportunity to all become broadcasters. As fierce as the market is for listeners, I feel that web radio provides DJs with broadcasting opportunities like never before in history. If you’re good then your shows will get listeners. Krykey provides us with a great way of reaching our audiences and I can see it growing and taking listeners from established radio. It would be great if it could broadcast over DAB or traditional airwaves but with the new arrival of internet car radios etc, web radio is certainly a growing phenomenon. Not many people don’t carry mobile sound devices these days and web radio is a facility that will in the future be present on them all. It is a fun time to be a web radio DJ, I’m sure you’ll agree…krykey facebook group

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