Live365 Closes, So What Next?

The 31st of January 2016 will go down in history as a dark day for Internet radio when Live365 closes down.

The closure of such a big player in the streaming industry is going to leave 1000’s of Internet radio stations/broadcasters without a licensed stream.

It was Live365 that sparked my interest in Internet radio way back in 1999/2000 time.

I listened to a lot of different stations via dial-up some I enjoyed some I didn’t.

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Hey Mr DJ Can You Play…

In all the years I’ve been a DJ I’ve worked in some great places & I’ve lost count of the amount of requests I’ve taken from people for songs at some special event such as birthday or wedding.

Although requests were usually OK, Some nights you would get that one person who constantly kept coming up to the booth or stage demanding you played the song(s) they wanted to hear.

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At one venue in Scunthorpe in 2008 I ended up quitting the Friday night DJ position after someone threatened me with violence for not playing the songs he wanted to hear… Thankfully that venue has long since been demolished to make way for housing.

What these IDIOTS need to remember is DJ’s are creative people & they’re paid to entertain a crowd!

DJ’s are NOT a Jukebox! You don’t dictate the playlist.

 
It takes a lot of skill and thought to get the playlist/set just right for the audience you are entertaining.

Next time you’re at a party and there’s a DJ playing the party tunes leave him to it he knows what he’s doing.

Although If you do feel the need to ask a DJ for a request at a party/pub etc…

Don’t start threatening them it will only get your song request put to the very bottom of the DJ’s playlist!

You Don’t Have to be a Radio DJ to use RadioDJ

As you probably know by now I swear by RadioDJ free radio automation software.

Although while it’s primarily built for use in a radio studio, You don’t have to be a Radio DJ to use the program.

It also works great for automating your music collection at home.

We currently use it for automating music in & around the flat.

With the built in request system it could also be used as a solution for Jukebox in a pub/bar.

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If you’ve converted your CD’s to mp3/FLAC or other supported formats and you’re looking for a program that is easy to manage and great at automating your music collection then RadioDJ is the program you need.

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It’s not really that difficult to get RadioDJ up and running.

You just need to follow some Basic Instructions and have a bit of patience.

Once you have RadioDJ installed and working you can then start importing music into the program.

From the options menu you will probably need to go into “Categories” to edit the categories you want your music to appear in.

Once you’ve sorted out categories and imported the music.

Then you will need to setup custom rotations.

Example:

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After you’ve done that and the music is playing away nicely then the job is almost done.

When you create a rotation in Option>Tracks Rotation you have the option to save it into the database. Give it a memorable name.

If you want different styles of music at different times of day then you would use events to load the track rotation of your choice at a set time.

Events can be found by clicking on the “big bar” at the bottom of RadioDJ or via Option>Events

Once you have all that sorted you can keep playing with rotations and playlists until you have your music collection fully automated.

Top Tip: Don’t expect to learn everything about RadioDJ in the space of a week. It will take time to get used to what things do within the program.

Once you get used to what RadioDJ can do you’ll love just how easy it is to use.

Who knows you might end up wanting to become a Radio DJ yourself?

Homophobia in Music

Homophobia in Music?

It seems recently there has been a lot in the news about pop stars singing homophobic lyrics in songs.

Apparently it’s rife within the rap music scene where it’s tolerated (sic) as part of a rap battle.

Is it right that there’s a perceived culture of Homophobia within certain sections of the music industry?

Hell NO!

I feel it shouldn’t be tolerated at all.

“Recently one of the X-factor winners was heard during a rap battle to use homophobic slang and doesn’t seem to have any remorse about having done it. He has since tried apologising about it but I think the apology has fallen on deaf ears”

 
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Of course homophobia is nothing new in pop music.

You had artists such as Shabba Ranks who would openly use derogatory comments about gay people in his music.

Writing this as a Gay man I find any form of homophobia quite frankly unacceptable.

I put up with enough of that crap growing up in the 1980s. Even if you don’t like someone because of their sexuality you have no place judging them.

“After all being Gay or Lesbian isn’t a choice it’s who we are and how we were born”

 
If you are a pop star who thinks it’s OK to use anti-gay lyrics in your songs then it’s very much a case of SHAME ON YOU!

There is NO place for Homophobia in this world.

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