DISCOTERIA’s DAYS ARE NUMBERED!

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I hate to begin a post with such a declaration but in some ways this couldn’t be further from the truth!

Yesterday, (September 30th), I received my “Listener Threshold” notice from Radionomy which stated as follows:

Discoteria we are writing to to remind you of the various broadcaster listener thresholds to achieve in order to allow Radionomy to keep Discoteria on its platform:

Radio Station Age – Threshold – Minimum Audience required:

-3 months – Basic – 12 hours/day
-3–9 months – Advanced  – 130 hours/day
-9 months – Premium – 130 hours/day

This means that in one month’s time, the first assessment will take place and you will need to have achieved an average audience of 12 hours/day for the preceding thirty days.

130 hours/day must then be acquired at the end of 9 months.

In plain English, if we do not maintain an average of 12 hours per day and don’t continue to maintain this average, Radionomy will be removing Discoteria from their broadcasting platform. In short, this means Discoteria will be forced off the air. We’re sure as faithful listeners you would not like to see this happen.

So how does this affect you, our listeners?

It means we need your support to keep Discoteria on air.

Tune In and Listen!

Please tune in and listen to our station as often and for as long as possible using one of these broadcast options:

Spread The Word!

You can help get the word out by telling all your friends, family and co-workers about Discoteria. The more listeners we get the better. More listeners = longer listening hours.

Listen Frequently!

By listening to Discoteria on an on-going and frequent basis, this will help bring up our “minimum audience hours required” and will continue to keep Discoteria on the air. If we don’t achieve these hours, I’m sure you’d hate to see us leave the airwaves – that means you won’t be able to hear all those classic club and chart disco tunes, our weekly broadcasts of Stephen L. Freeman’s Back To Music and other programming.

Your continued support of Discoteria is greatly appreciated. We’re sure that together we can meet, and maintain, the goal.

Thank you.

Discoteria Needs You, or It’ll Be Time To Say Goodbye!

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Discoteria Needs You!

We recently received notice from our service provider, Radionomy, of our 3 month probation period for achieving our minimum audience numbers.  In accordance with their broadcast rules and regulations, we must be maintaining a listener listening average of 12 hours per day by our third month on the air.

In order to broadcast on Radionomy, we must meet the following thresholds to keep Discoteria on its platform:

Radio Station Age / Threshold / Minimum Audience Required

  • 3 months / Basic / 12 hours per day
  • 3-9 months / Advanced / 130 hours per day
  • 9 months / Premimum / 130 hours per day

This means that in one month, the first assessment will take place and you will need to have achieved an average audience of 12 hours/day for the preceding thirty days.

With this deadline fast approaching – July 31st – sadly, so far we have not come anywhere near this average (as of yesterday we were averaging 3.75 hours per day).

The reality of the situation is that if we do not maintain this average and don’t continue to maintain this average, Radionomy will be removing Discoteria from their broadcasting platform.  In short, this means Discoteria will be forced off the air.  We’re sure as faithful listeners you would not like to see this happen.

This is where you our listeners can help.

Tune In and Listen!  Please tune in and listen to our station as often and for as long as possible using one of these broadcast options:

  • Radionomy:  www.radionomy.com/en/radio/discoteria2/index
  • Yourmuze.FM:  www.yourmuze.fm/webplayer/discoteria2
  • Radioguide.FM:  www.radioguide.fm/internet-radio-canada/discoteria
  • Website:  discoteria.wix.com/discoteria (click on the player)

Spread The Word!  You can help get the word out by telling all your friends, family and co-workers about Discoteria.   The more listeners we get the better.  More listeners = longer listening hours.

Listen Frequently!  By listening to Discoteria on an on-going and frequent basis, this will help bring up our “minimum audience hours required” and will continue to keep Discoteria on the air.  If we don’t achieve these hours, I’m sure you’d hate to see us leave the airwaves – that means you won’t be able to hear all those classic club and chart disco tunes, our weekly broadcasts of Stephen L. Freeman’s Back To Music and other programming.

Your continued support of Discoteria is greatly appreciated.  We’re sure that together we can meet the goal.

Thank you.

Radionomy Stream Update

For the last two weeks, we’ve experienced a change with our Radionomy stream. The company has implemented a “Geo-Block” on strategically targeted countries. Listeners are unable to listen to our stream and are either given a notice or re-routed to a station that plays “lounge music”. All stations on the network are affected by this change.

Countries Affected by Radionomy’s Geo-Block
Russia
Japan
Canada
The Philippines
South Africa
Brazil
Venezuela
Peru
Chile
Taiwan
Colombia
Bolivia
Countries formerly in Yugoslavia (e.g. Serbia, Croatia)
Turkey
Romania
India
Ukraine

If you live in these countries, we’ve come up with solutions so you can listen.

  • Listen to Discoteria on YourMuze.FM. – We’ve developed an alternate media player for affected listeners. This link has not had any issues with our stream and all listeners can access it without any problems.
  • You can list to Discoteria by visiting www.yourmuze.fm/webplayer/discoteria2

Listeners in the United States are not affected by this issue, yet. There has been no official notice or explanation given by Radionomy executives regarding why this change was necessary. Producers were outraged by this change and many have decided to leave for other providers. We are looking at the current litigation between Radionomy and Sony Music, which may affect listeners down the road.

In the meantime, we are looking at alternate options to insure our future by looking for other companies who can service us. Many of these costs were originally covered by Live365 under a blanket fee. But because of their demise, we will have to absorb the cost ourselves. The costs of broadcasting for small radio stations have skyrocketed, specifically in music licencing.

While no decisions have been made at this point regarding our future, we will endeavour to keep our listeners up to date on all activities and actions related to the future of Discoteria.

The Big Announcement

Big News Everyone!

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After Live365 closed business earlier this year, and up until that time, I had used their broadcasting platform for quite sometime and was extremely pleased with their services.  But when Live decided to shut down after the changes to the small broadcasters act in the U.S.A., I resisted going to another platform for quite some time.

A few weeks ago, I finally bit the bullet and decided to open an Radionomy account.  For the past two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with their broadcasting platform, I finally feel I’ve got somewhat familiar with the programming features on their service.  And, based on my experiences so far, I’m excited to reveal that I’ve decided to bring back my classic 70s disco radio station, Discoteria!

I haven’t set an official launch date yet, but in the meantime, I’m formulating some plans in bringing the station back.  Of course they’ll be all that classic 70s disco, but I’m thinking of broadening the music net a little further and may include some 80s dance music as well as more soul/r&b dance tunes as well.

I don’t want to say too much at this point, as nothing is concrete yet, but I can reveal that I’ve talked a bit to Stephen Freeman about the possibility of bringing back a new version of Back To Music too.

Plus, if any of you out there reading this, are a DJ or a fan of classic disco, I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got any programming ideas, or might be interested in doing your own podcast or show on Discoteria too.