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SEPTEMBER

Monday September 30, 2019 12:38 NOON CDT -- National Impeachment Day
Already established, National Impeachment Day is held on March 3rd.
Details

Monday September 30, 2019 12:11 NOON CDT -- Orange Shirt Day
Research by Artisan Radio has uncovered a Newly Designated Holiday!

Today is Orange Shirt Day in Canada.  It was started to recognize the
impact that Canada's Residential Schools had on indigenous communities
for over a century.  At least 2800 children died and/or disappeared in
these schools.

I also take it as a sign of respect to the first inhabitants of North
America.  What Trump and his sycophants ignore is that white Europeans
were immigrants to this land.  They swindled and stole the land out from
under those that were already here.  In other words, what is left of the
First Nations are the true 'Mericans. Not the old white males (and
females) that support him and his ilk.

Ignorance fills empty heads.

Sunday September 29, 2019 9:08 PM CDT -- Radio's Most Dramatic News Sounder
The World Today - Mutual Radio

Sunday September 29, 2019 5:30 PM CDT -- Closed Monday, Open Tuesday & Wednesday, Closed Thursday, Open Friday
Additional Designated Holidays have been added when The Blare Blog will be open during the coming 1st week of October.

Sunday September 29, 2019 9:30 AM CDT -- Music for the Future of 1960
Back and forth in musical time.
Awake in a Dream

Sunday September 29, 2019 9:15 AM CDT -- Aijet's Total Lie
The Chairman of the FCC in a bad light of his own shining.
Not One Truth about NET Neutrality

Sunday September 29, 2019 7:58 AM CDT -- INCELS are Wrong in More Ways Than One
The "involuntatilly celibates" are angry because women won't have them, but let's deal with one problem at a time.

As explained to us by a Catholic priest, "celibate" literally means "unmarried". He noted that priests take a vow of celibacy, meaning they will never marry. Nuns, on the other hand, take vows of chastity, which means they will  never have sex. The Church arranged it this way so the male clergy can enjoy the perverse thrill of watching the nuns go insane.

So, the "incels" are involuntarilly chaste not because they're ruffled over being unmarried, they plainly want sex and aren't getting it. They are literally INCHASTE.

Getting the right words isn't their only problem. The INCHASTE fail to understand that it's not women who rebuff their incursions, it's biological nature itself  blocking out unsuited sperm spreaders from the reproductive imperative, since the covert mission of the sex drive is to overpopulate the planet until survival becomes unlikely.

Sunday September 29, 2019 7:23 AM CDT -- Glenn Hauser At 2000
The host of "World of Radio" achieved his two-thousandth program containing an interview on the history of the program hosted by Charles van Sant of WSSR Cincinnati.
Interview Extract from World of Radio 2000
An odd thing is that Cincinnati has no WSSR, those call letters are assigned to Joliet, Illinois.

Saturday September 28, 2019 1:34 PM CDT -- Picking and Choosing on Trash Day
When the curbs are lined with heaps and stacks of refuse we've known people who make the rounds and pick about to collect free takeaways. It's interesting to see what they take and what they leave behind. The broken garden hose has possibilities but the discarded strorm windows are the wrong size.

The same holds true when they chose their politicians. For example the ones who chose Trump as their chosen liar and cheater almost all identify with his hatred of non-whites and dispassion about cruelty but none of them seem to adopt his penchant for nice suits and bright executive ties. The Trump crowd parade around in their half-pant cut-offs looking like geriatric six-year olds with clown shoes, mismatched socks, ungroomed facial hair and rumpled baseball caps not even owning a suit. They certainly won't be ready for the next funeral.

Saturday September 28, 2019 10:44 AM CDT -- It Could Have Amounted to Something
There was once a great hobby which contained the seed of major revolution in radio broadcasting. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened the way for legal low power broadcasting with Part 15 of their rules. At its origin the idea was intended to benefit equipment manufacturers by permitting "phonograph oscillators" inside record players so that music could be played over the family radio, eliminating the higher cost of including amplifiers and loudspeakers in phonographs. It was quickly realized that these mini-transmitters could be modified to enable personal radio stations built around them. Personal transmitter kits entered the catalogs and the great micro-radio hobby was established.

Meanwhile the national networks and local high power licensed radio stations monopolized the programming arena making available only what they offered. Over the decades quality dropped from an outstart of excellent program fare to the present day trashpile of rightwing hate talk, sports trivia, recycled religion, and repetitious music aimed for the culturally retarded, and it's still a monopoly with the FCC as their guardian.

What we could have had is quite different. Were Part 15 micro-stations made part of every household, more than occasional use as a realty tool,  it would be listeners in total charge of what gets heard in homes and by nearby neighbors. Program and advertising opportunities would bestow to homeowners whose income would increase in exchange for commercial airtime. Energy wasting high wattage stations would be mostly obsolete except for regional public safety stations for traffic, weather, and emergency contact with the mass public.

Very recently we've passed through the Armageddon of Part 15 radio as the professional high quality kits that opened the door for entrance to this empowerment have become extinct under very questionable circumstances. What remains are low-level ineffectual beginner's kits with no upgrades and vastly overpriced factory built units that offer too little for their greatly inflated price.

As conspiracy theories go it is widely witnessed that strategically placed trolls entrenched in hobby forum sites have very actively and sereptitiously succeeded in killing the kits and discouraging participation in this liberating hobby.

What few practitioners continue to operate are dwindling in number and even the little blue pill is impotent against their disappearance.

Saturday September 28, 2019 6:32 AM CDT -- The Best Classical Music from Germany
For the 10th year (I'm estimating, it's been quite a few years) the Deutsche Welle Festival Concert Series is coming to KDX Sunday evenings at 6 PM CDT. The good news arrived by E-mail:

Dear Subscribers, we're about to start a new season of festival concerts, and it's an exciting one!
The fall quarter of DW Festivals begins on Monday, September 30.
Clara Schumann turns 200 this year, so does Jacques Offenbach, but neither have ever sounded younger than in our concerts, from a Schumannfest in Bonn and an Offenbach Festival in Cologne.
Another birthday boy, the Polish-born Soviet composer Mieczysław Weinberg, is only 100. His music was duly celebrated in this Russian-Polish Weinberg Year - and we have a special performance of his last symphony. This is music worth sharing with your listeners.
On the subject of anniversaries, hang on for the rollicking 50th anniversary tour begin of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. With Richard Strauss's Alpine Symphony, it's clear why this young orchestra is in the deluxe class.
Andreas Ottensamer is only 30, but the multi-talented clarinetist is a hot commodity on the music market, and was Artist in Residence at the most recent Schwetzingen Festival. We were there and bring it to you.
Elected four years ago by the Berlin Philharmonic as that orchestra's new principal conductor, Kirill Petrenko gave his inaugural performance in August. We have it, with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
This series would never be complete without the opening of the Bachfest in Leipzig, this year turning its attention to his courtly, i.e., worldly music and including some of his best-loved pieces.
Imagine an entire festival dedicated to string quartets, and you'll have an idea of what goes on in Heidelberg every season.
Julien Pregardien and Kit Armstrong team up for "A Winter's Journey" by Schubert, and the splendid La Stagione Frankfurt give their brisk rendition of the classics.
Star conductor Teodor Currentzis has a fascinating program of 20th and 21st century music at the festival Eight Bridges in Cologne.

Your host as always will be Rick Fulker, 6 to 8 PM Sundays on KDX starting October 6th.

Friday September 27, 2019 4:28 PM CDT -- Word from the White House
We are half-cocked and bloated!
- (This statement was heard on a program earlier and is paraphrased here.)

Friday September 27, 2019 3:48 PM CDT -- Heads Too Small to Accomodate Complete Thoughts
How does this happen to so many Republican men? Years of research have paid off and we've tracked the cause of unbelievable stupidity so prevalent in today's population. It's the hats. No kidding. Not just MAGA hats, all hats of the same kind nominally known as "baseball caps", "trucker hats" and "Army private caps". They've become a fashion requisite in these times and men wear them in the daytime, at night, and everywhere socially. Men sit at table with their wife or girlfriend wearing those hats. They show up at church like that. Now hold on, hold on, we're getting to the point. Thing is by wearing these hats in the summertime they trap head-heat and cause brains to shrink continually squeezing out thoughts. As heads get smaller you've soon got a beligerent white nationalist talking about shooting up Planned Parenthood. The right kind of hat for tropical comfort is the pith helmet which is suspended away from the head by a specially designed head-band system that allows air-circulation and cooling around the head. There is no cost for this information, The Blare Blog is glad to help.

Thursday September 26, 2019 8:45 PM CDT -- Artisan Radio Responds to Our Anonymous Debater Blog from Tuesday

Had to laugh when I read in your blog that your anonymous e-mailer
wanted to debate you.  As far as I'm concerned, you don't give the time
of day to someone who doesn't have the courage to attach their name to
what they write.
- Artisan Radio

Heck, sometimes I don't know who I am, so it might be a match.

Thursday September 26, 2019 8:39 PM CDT -- Hartford Calling
We're receiving a "5" signal from Brooce!

Hi Uncle Carl!
I read everything in your blog!
You've got a lot of great stuff there that I really enjoyed.
As mentioned - the Linux computer will be just for hearing KDX.  The computer crashes a lot, but my tablet has been used mainly for internet stuff-- and this is because it has a pretty good "mag" capability. 
So - just a couple of hours ago there was a pirate station on 1710 kHz - and - unbelievably -- it was heard by AM BCB DXers from roughly Detroit to NY and all sorts of places inbetween.
I heard it also - but I was not near a radio - so I listened on a remote controlled software defined receiver in Pennsylvania.  Just before I was able to take a receiver outside away from RF noise to try to hear it - it vanished from the  remote receiver in PA.  So it was then gone.  The music it played sounded like far eastern (Chinese sounding???) electronic music.  Not fun music to listen to at all.  Very generic and boring - awful sounding, really.  Someone on an AM DX Facebook page said the station was asking for reception reports.  But I did not hear those announcements.
My FM DX tuner is coming back from being repaired.  This is (by widespread opinion) the most sensitive and selective FM tuner ever made.  The FM band is wall-to-wall with local signals - but I still want to have the capability of hearing FM DX anyway.  I am also expecting loop antennas for longwave and 2 - 6 MHz.  They should be here next week.
Well, I'd better try to sleep.  The air conditioning is ON - but it still feels like it's 90 degrees in here 
Very Best Wishes
Brooce

Brooce signs off for now.

Thursday September 26, 2019 8:23 PM CDT -- Word from Boomer
Hello Boomer! Welcome to The Blog. What do you have to say for yourself?

Monday was a holiday and I got to see your blog.

I too have seen those directories with endless music station listings. I think if they could rise any bit above those listings, they're already serious about broadcasting and doing it somewhere else, like on Youtube or through their own sites. It's more of a playground, but if you're someone like The Legacy or ATrain's WHAR, directory space is a place you wouldn't bother with.

As for male and female voices getting higher these days, I've heard it too and thought the cause was from smoking much less tobacco. Many male announcer voices were deeper because of smoking, it's a distinctive sound I've heard on old recordings. Actresses who smoke too, consider Suzanne Pleshette or Lucille Ball going from a high lilt to deep and gravelly voices.

You could be right about the cigarettes... the movie stars are always smoking in every old movie. They also drink all the time when they're either happy or upset, and that might cause "whiskey voice". Back to you.

Another thing was radio hired announcers with authoritative voices for news reading or as the general station voice in the early days of radio. Recording processes also dictated what voices were desirable, older recordings were midrange, so you'd fit better with a higher voice, think Tiny Tim quality, but back in the wind-up phonograph era.

Now I think the trend is bright, youthful voices in the media, and informal announcing styles, especially on sports talk radio, with all of the 'ah-umms' included.

I've noticed women with very high voices who sound like young kids. Maybe they're moms who talk to their kids that way all day, or pet owners. I noticed it one day at coffee, and if she wasn't talking about adult topics like her car, it could have been a little girl's voice. She could voice a young character in an animated movie or TV show like the Simpsons. A full size adult woman. Use your talent for something..

Well, they hired me and said they wanted an authoritative voice, but I found that sounding authoritative never went so well on date night.

One reason that radio production is so tight nowadays is because of digital watermarking for Neilsen ratings. In order to get the most 'hits' on the meters, station audio has to be dense and wall to wall so that the digitally encoded tones have some sound to ride along with at all times. Announcer reads should always have a music bed behind them.

The overlaps being tight, I hear that a lot now, and it's probably the automation making a slight mistake at the crossfades, the silence detection, or the voice track timing is off a bit.

It's a symptom of auto-dj and automation, compared to a board operator playing cartridge tapes and records. I recall stations having seconds of silence between songs, or pauses between news headlines and you'd hear a teletype in the background. Silence does help one to organize and contemplate, like paragraphs in written blog postings do.

When I got my first serious radio station going while in high school, I was very concerned with music and how radio was dealing with it. Stations wanted to be able to define their listeners by the kind of music they liked, and played more of that kind of music. Not only was there competition between stations, but it reflected in listeners taking sides, I'm a rocker, or I like jazz so rock and roll is offensive. I think it polarized people a lot more and it wasn't fun to live with that genre-ism in school.

I defined my radio station as freeform, or a 'true pop station', that played the best of everything, that's what I tried for, within the limits of the music I was able to get. I started to like music crossovers, like jazz rock, classical rock, funk country, whatever could be creatively put together, and I could hear it and think, 'Ah, I like what they did here.'

As I roll on with the music on my carrier-current station, it's still done that way, all bagged together. I don't think my station is all that exciting, maybe it could just be called 'interesting' or a curiosity, an uncommon commercial free music station on AM radio. That's how I feel about it, but even so I think it's a cut above, because radio has such a low average intelligence to begin with, it doesn't take much to exceed it.

You mention "musical crossovers" and I have a whole collection which I once used on a classical station. I had the rock-n-roll version of an overture by Mozart, the disco Beethoven's Fifth, the samba version of Grieg's Piano Concerto, but the station didn't appreciate it.

As for sample and bitrates in streaming, one thing you could do offer several bitrates of the same program, one for desktop browser play, others for phones on a data plan, so they can at least hear it. Examples are mp3 or ogg at 128k and higher, and Opus or AAC at 32k and lower. There are other phone formats that can be used, but Opus seems to be the most free, supported and unrestricted to use.

Ya, KDX has toyed around with digital formats and bitrates.

I hope you can get your carrier current station going on 1510 AM! Fewer worries about neighbor complaints, lightning, tuning transmitters mounted outside, weatherproofing, or running audio and power links to distant transmitters.

Range is self limiting, staying within power lines in a neighborhood, or along a few streets where the signal tends to be strong and then drop off rapidly outside of that area. I've heard my carrier current signal a few miles away, but it's so weak that the average person wouldn't stay to listen or even notice it when tuning around.

Carrier current seems to be better received in homes, I find lots of fading on a car radio, where an antenna signal is better, more consistent in the car.

It's good if you're able to get on a frequency that was deleted in your area too. Those were carved out in the band plan for AM radio, and are often the quietest frequencies in an area.

If you need tips on your carrier current station, let me know. I notice that the K-Rocks Radio site that was once a good CC reference is not on line right now.

Boomer

Thursday September 26, 2019 7:43 PM CDT -- Al Franken Update
Al Franken has been doing a podcast since spring.
The Al Franken Website

Thursday September 26, 2019 7:12 PM CDT -- A Place to Plan
I don't know where you do it, but I plan things in my head. At the moment there are many plans up there. To name some, my head plans to virtually light up the end of the AM radio band. By the time these plans are manifest KDX will be heard at 1510, 1550, 1640, 1670, 1680 and 1710 kHz! At the present time we have enough actual transmitters, as opossed to transmitters that only exist in the head, to do five of them. Let's see, 1510 is an LPB AM-5 Carrier Current, 1550 is an AMT3000, 1640 is an AMT3000,  1680 is AMT5000 and 1710 is Ramsey 25B. We only need one more! It's amazing we can think of so many things with only one head. Space inside the head is crammed compared to the vast expanse outside, yet you'd sometimes think the opposite was true.

Thursday September 26, 2019 7:08 PM CDT -- Saturday Has Been Designated
It will be World Safe Abortion Day. Anyone planning to have a safe abortion should have it on Saturday. If that's how it is, I guess Contraception Day didn't go as planned.

Wednesday September 25, 2019 5:48 PM CDT -- Al Franken Returning to Radio
Plans a weekly radio show. If it becomes available to KDX we will carry it!
Details Announced Here

Wednesday September 25, 2019 5:19 PM CDT -- A New Knock-Knock Joke
KNOCK-KNOCK
Who's there?
I don't know, would you see who it is?

Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:46 AM CDT -- A Name for Everything
The ground around the Internet Building, home of KDX Worldround Radio, is known as "Average Terrain Park" and a driveway connnects the public road up through the park 100-feet to the building.  We are pleased to announce the naming of the drive as "Wireless Way", although we aren't sure how to get it registered with the GPS location-finding system.

Wednesday September 25, 2019 7:10 AM CDT -- The Automobile
The automobile is a mechanism designed to make car radios mobile.

Tuesday September 24, 2019 10:09 PM CDT -- The Fluidity of Word Definitions
Realty and reality no longer have anything to do with each other.

Tuesday September 24, 2019 8:54 PM CDT -- Next Designated Holiday
The Blog will be back Thursday for World Contraception Day.

Tuesday September 24, 2019 8:35 PM CDT -- Ever Changing
KDX Worldround Radio is classed in several ways including "Experimental", or, as we kiddingly like to say, "Mental and Experimental". Humor aside, we have been dabbling with radio streaming technologies and are exploring a return to the Shoutcast Directory, which was the original directory of our origin when Nullsoft owned the platform. When Shoutcast was taken over by Radionomy the connection was cut and we migrated to Icecast which means two things: the underlying streaming servers are different and the directories are separate. Over the course of time Radionomy has become two streaming enterprises under one roof: Radionomy for financially upscale radio and Shoutcast for smaller starter operations. Our first concern in considering a renewed relationship is whether it can be accomplished without running two streaming servers.

Tuesday September 24, 2019 7:42 PM CDT -- We'll Have the Latest Time for you in Ten Minutes
We'll tell you the time in words instead of numbers.
Little Word Clock

Tuesday September 24, 2019 7:32 PM CDT -- YES!!
My kind of guy.
Put That Damn Thing Out or I Will

Tuesday September 24, 2019 6:25 PM CDT -- Subjects and Topics
A few things I've recently been thinking about...

The "debate" advice given by the Anonymous Emailer. Ya, I've been mentioning the anonymous emails calling my opinions wrong and suggesting that I participate in a debate but I think the anonymous emailer already makes two blunders which we'll address: first, given that he's anonymous, how would I know who to debate? And the other flaw is that he seems to believe that "debates" are held to determine which opinion is the correct one, and that's not what debates accomplish. An educated understanding of the debate format tralizes that debates are semi-formal academic competitions which determine the most persuasive debater before a given audience. Very often the poorly informed competitor has the greater audience appeal but is still wrong once it's all over. In my case since I know my opinions are correct based on journalistic and scholarly investigation there would be no point giving the wrongly informed opponent the time of day. For that matter we do not have an audience at hand with the slightest interest in sitting through such a useless exercise.

Then there's the contemporary uproar over racism and sexism. I'm sick of the whole thing and intend to clamp down where KDX policy is concerned, and now ban any reference to anything racial or sexist no matter how it's framed. Even what I'm saying now is banned and I must stop saying it at once.

On a more creative note I'd seriously like to do a daily live show over all of our media outlets, the AM, FM transmitters, the streaming radio station, and this Blog. I've been mentioning that on thousands of internet radio stations no one is doing anything live, which seems like a wasted opportunity. Of course we'd record the show and re-air it later and make it available on the forthcoming Demand Radio page where the best of radio will be offered for you as an industry insider.

Don't let me know how you feel about these things because I can imagine.

Tuesday September 24, 2019 5:28 PM CDT -- The HEBA Medium Wave Antenna
The KDX Engineering Department first learned about the HEBA medium wave antenna on "This Week in Radio Tech":
Worldwide Antenna Systems
HEBA Antenna Specs
TWiRT 460

Tuesday September 24, 2019 4:57 PM CDT -- Being Punctilious
The following words are related one to the other: point, pointwise, punctilious, punctuate, punctuality and punctuation. You See? We know even less about the English language than you thought. I'll let you study it while I'm busy setting up our "Punctuation Display" using litlle punctuation fonts downloaded from the keyboard.
? ! , . " : ;

Tuesday September 24, 2019 6:35 AM CDT -- Punctuation Day
About

Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:05 PM CDT -- A Moment of Pastafarian Warship
Bow Your Empty Heads

Sunday September 22, 2019 8:48 PM CDT -- The Autumnal Equinox
9-Things to Know

Sunday September 22, 2019 7:38 PM CDT -- Tort Law Day
Just announced on this weekend's Ralph Nader Radio Hour... October 5th will be Tort Law Day starting this year. Whereas the significance for our purposes is that The Blare Blog remains open on these special commemerative days, except that this year it comes on a Saturday when The Blog is already open. So we'll be open in stereo. Of course in succeeding years October 5th will fall during the week if only we remember any of this.

Sunday September 22, 2019 5:49 PM CDT -- Whiz Dumbs of our Four Fathers

Haystacks have gotten to be more scarce than needles.
- Carl Blare, less than 10-minutes ago

Pots tend to say things about kettles.
- Carl Blare, earlier today

Most of the known universe remains unknown
- Carl Blare, before noon

I don't doubt reality but I think reality doubts me.
- Carl Blare over breakfast

Sunday September 22, 2019 4:07 PM CDT -- It Happens So Slowly You Barely Notice
Over the course of the past several decades the once deep voices of male humans have been slowly rising in pitch at about an octave per decade so that men today have upper mid-range voices and in years to come will be in the soprano range. With women the change isn't exactly the same as their voices are sounding increasingly younger and more girlish so that mature women of the present day sound like grade schoolers and in the near future will sound like toddlers. The cause of these voice effects is of course plastic. For some reason green plastic is the worst but it all plays a role.

Sunday September 22, 2019 3:27 PM CDT -- WEATHER
Rain is dropping from a darkened sky. For more on this we take you to Lightning Maps.
Right This Way

Sunday September 22, 2019 3:01 PM CDT -- Vanishing Birds
Not a Good Sign

Sunday September 22, 2019 12:57 NOON CDT -- Don't Forget Tomorrow
Tomorrow is a Designated Holiday for The Blare Blog which always means we'll be open for fun. Do you know what we'll be celebrating? We'll probably spend the day planting a beer garden, as recommended by Reverend Stang on "The Hour of Slack". We're feeling pretty good now that the climate has been saved. I mean, isn't that what was accomplished by Friday's CLIMATE STRIKE away from school and office holding parades and rock parties everywhere on earth?

Saturday September 21, 2019 7:08 AM CDT -- The Strike
The world of most Americans continued unperturbed yesterday with little notice paid by domestic radio to the historic GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE taking place around the world inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. From our vantage here in the center of north america we monitored radio stations across the country hearing no mention of the Great Event. The hold on licensed radio frequencies by right-trash corporate "conservatism" is almost totally pervasive giving no voice to serious reality, force-feeding a gag-reflex of movie and sports trivia from the usual vomiteers such as Rush Limbsaw, who never saw a pork he didn't eat, and Sean "Sanity" Hannity, the worst haircut on radio.  At the same time, down the dial, conformunist public radio took time away from their national mortuary service to panhandle because it costs money to panhandle. Appropriate to the occasion comes word that 3-billion fewer birds populate the sky owing to the very causes being ignored.

Saturday September 21, 2019 6:16 AM CDT -- Free Speech in Limited Supply
Speech may be free but don't take it all.
- Carl Blare

Friday September 20, 2019 ALL DAY -- GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE
KDX Worldround Radio Participates in the GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE inspired by 16-year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE

Thursday September 19, 2019 6:35 PM CDT -- Sign of Life in Streamland
Frequent tours of the several thousand stations streaming at the Icecast directory turn up thousands of music music music music stations with no sign of life within the acres and miles and piles and mass congestions of more music hit music every genre no voice no person just music endless tunes from the 60s, the 70s, the 80s, the 90s, high school memories nothing but, all day over and over again and again.

But last night I found a lone stream delivering voices and talk and conversation called 3950.net. What it sounds like to me is the audio feed from an amateur shortwave HAM relay station. I listened for awhile, wondering if re-transmission of shortwave conversations was legal but I'm not an enforcement agent so it's not something to be concerned about but I just wonder and I'm sure it's safe to listen or at least I hope it is now I'm worried.

Thursday September 19, 2019 4:10 PM CDT -- Ideal Radio House
Think of the ways a low power radio station could fit perfectly into this wonderful building.
Up in the air and On the Air

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:23 AM CDT --  About Public Radio
Public radio sounds like a hosted mortuary service.

Thursday September 19, 2019 7:54 AM CDT -- Humanity's Destruction is Not Relevant to Low Power Radio (moderator part15.org)
Humanity's Destruction

Wednesday September 18, 2019 7:01 PM CDT -- When the Medium is the Only Message
We've talked about the greater share of low power broadcasters who love hit music from high school above all, even when they're in their eighties. Only 1% of us make a mission out of airiing cultural content serving the higher mind, somewhat of a rare commodity this close to the Bible belt. And there's an even more specialized sub-set of radio buffs who simply like the equipment for what it does. It transmits frequencies and can be heard far away. It's tantamount to a construction worker loving pliers and wrenches completely apart from anything you can build or repair with them.

Tuesday September 17, 2019 5:42 AM CDT -- Constitution Day in the U.S.
It was a radio broadcast at 3-something this morning that informed us of Constitution Day so it's been added to our List of Designated Holidays upon which The Blare Blog is Open for Web Tourists.
About

Monday September 16, 2019 7:14 PM CST -- The Power Increase Hasn't Come Through
However, it should be noted that KDX hasn't applied for a power increase. It would just be nice if they once in awhile granted them anyway.

Monday September 16, 2019 6:59 PM CDT -- The Sun is Going Down and It's Getting Dark
Are you sure this is normal?

Monday September 16, 2019 6:55 PM CDT -- Examples of Irrelevant Things
This picture has nothing to do with radio and would never fly over at the forum site.
I Don't Get It

Monday September 16, 2019 6:13 PM CDT -- Sound Effects Forever
Library of Sounds

Monday September 16, 2019 5:47 PM CDT -- Land Plans
KDX has no plans to re-locate to a cruise ship at open sea and will remain on land as far from the coast lines as possible. Nor will we move into re-conditioned train cars moving around the rail networks. We will continue to operate from a fixed position anchored to the ground but are converting this website into a Virtual Theme Park for Radio Hobbyists.

Monday September 16, 2019 5:43 PM CDT -- Brick or Parking Garage
Reacting to our posts about cruise ships Bruce says they remind him of floating bricks, but I see it differently. To me the huge container ships look like bricks and cruise ships look like floating parking garages. The phones are open so you can tell us what cruise ships look like to you.

Monday September 16, 2019 10:46 AM CDT -- Quality Boost
Streaming station KDX-OGG has just doubled its audio sample rate from 22,050 Hz to 44.100 Hz. Reception comparisons between the two are underway and will determine which setting is better under general conditions. There are two issues that often stand in contrast to each other: The higher sampling rate incrementally increases the received audio quality, but more demand is put on the the listener's internet service and CPU. 

Monday September 16, 2019 8:45 AM CDT -- The Retro Look
This thing looks alright.
Retro Wireless Speaker

Sunday September 15, 2019 7:28 PM CDT -- What Are They Going to Do About Us?
"Us" includes all who fail or refuse to subscribe to "mobile" which of course refers to cell phones. At KDX we have a land line and will never buy into the cell phone push. But the world is coming to expect mobile presence and this could soon effect hireability and acceptability as we are scrutinized for web certification. Already growing numbers of the population are being disenfranchised over matters other than phone affiliation, the homeless are of interest only to the degree they can be dispersed to "somewhere else", with no such place being accepting of them. It is significant that today's policy makers adamantly defend the unborn by prohibiting abortion, but advocate riddance toward the long born by herding them elsewhere. It is too often the leaders and policy makers who need to be quarantined so the rest of us can rest.

Sunday September 15, 2019 5:56 PM CDT -- Stop Butting
Modern radio production would have it that every song and announcement be so closely butted together that in some cases one is stiil heard while the other starts. That is not always the best practice. There are times with some material that calculated silence becomes appropriate.

Sunday September 15, 2019 3:41 PM CDT -- I Can't Remember
An idea flowed into my thoughts leading to an instant impulse to blog about it but then...
What was it? Can't I remember? The thought has got to be right there, ready to re-connect. But it's dormant and all I know is that there was this idea. It was good too. Despite not knowing what it was I have the deep confidence it was, frankly, an excellent idea, proving again how smart I can be when I actually say something prior to forgetting what it was.

Sunday September 15, 2019 3:21 PM CDT -- Free Wi-Fi in the Package
I'm still ruminating about the cruise ship concept where they get you captive and subject you to an unending trail of credit card charges while you quietly plow through vast miles of salt water on the way to other credit card moments. This next shipboard tour via steadicam is hosted by the cam operator who does a splendid narration except when the wind blows his microphone or the waves below override the hearability and because of the quantity of mirrors we occasionally see the cameraman in reflection prior to a turn down another corridor.
On the Way
In this sequence we learn of courtesy binoculars for the event of a whale sighting, special TV channels with new release movies, yoga mats, towels and flip-flops, showers with anti-smog mirrors, frequent drinking stations with still water and sparkling water, spa, hot tub, steam room, sauna, wading pool, diving pool, jogging track, heated floors and laminated wood railings.

Please understand us. We're not railing against ocean cruises, although they are seemingly irrelevant to low power radio, we're exploring talk show content that might interest listeners. The fact is, EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE is relevant to radio broadcasting!

Sunday September 15, 2019 12:21 NOON CDT -- The Most Expensive Boredom Money Can Buy
Do I have dementia or Alzheimers? Can't decide which. All I see is furniture. Acres and rows and columns of furniture, and edibles, mouth watering crunchy sweets and fried crispy meats, pools, saunas, so much water. Yet how dry I am. To the bar!
Cruise the Day Away and Tomorrow and the Day After That

Saturday September 14, 2019 8:35 PM CDT -- In a Few Words

A music genre is a conventional category that identifies pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. There are numerous genres in Western classical music and popular music, as well as musical theatre and the music of non-Western cultures. The term is now perhaps over-used to describe relatively small differences in musical style in modern rock music, that also may reflect sociological differences in their audiences. Timothy Laurie suggests that in the context of rock and pop music studies, the "appeal of genre criticism is that it makes narratives out of musical worlds that often seem to lack them".

Music can be divided into different genres in several ways. The artistic nature of music means that these classifications are often arbitrary and controversial, and some genres may overlap. There are several academic approaches to genres. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green lists madrigal, motet, canzona, ricercar, and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. According to Green, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, and the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form." Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language".

Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, and that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can also differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the styles, the context, and content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will often include a wide variety of subgenres.

Several music scholars have criticised the priority accorded to genre-based communities and listening practices. For example, Laurie argues that "music genres do not belong to isolated, self-sufficient communities. People constantly move between environments where diverse forms of music are heard, advertised and accessorised with distinctive iconographies, narratives and celebrity identities that also touch on non-musical worlds."
- Re-Printed from Wikipedia under Creative Commons.

Saturday September 14, 2019 8:16 PM CDT -- Older and Wiser is Sometimes True
We've met a lot of oldsters who never managed to get wiser with age, but I think in our case we've fulfilled the prophesy and have become slightly wise in some respects. Take dating for example. I've always known how to meet women but no longer seek opportunities to do so because of becoming stingy about time. What is dating but time spent getting to know one-another but I am not about to take time away from the radio station to accept cruise ship invitations or dancing at the castle. However, there is a way that could work... if I let women know that I have no time for socializing but invite them to volunteer at the radio station what I'd do is train them to operate the transmitters and compile the programming setting me free to roam around "on station business" and socialize with other women. What could possibly go wrong?

Saturday September 14, 2019 6:18 PM CDT -- Stray Genres
"Genre" has gotten into the lexicon for describing the "Category" or "Type" of programming heard on radio stations. There are tons of genres in the music realm starting with rock, alternative rock, oldies, grunge, punk, rap, jazz, classical, disco and so many more. Non-musical genres include news, talk, Christian, right-wing hate, and sports. The Icecast Directory lists some genres that are interesting... "Misc", which of course means miscellaneous; "Null" which puzzles me but probably means something; "Radio" which promises to be comprehensive of anything; "Unspecified" which leaves us to wonder what we're hearing; "Various" which can also be said "Variety"; and these two: "Alternative" and "Progressive". Earlier we mentioned "Alternative Rock" which so-far as we know is a specific breed of music, but the world is loaded with alternatives including alternative medicine and alternative news on the internet. "Progressive" I think is a particular musical category but it's also a leftist political wing and can refer to people who are futuristic and inventive. For a short time we added "Think" to our genre description, but I got to thinking and removed it. Fact is, and we've mentioned it before, the station genres listed on web directories don't mean much because so many stations simply claim every possible genre so as to over-populate the directories in a desperate bid to be noticed. Maybe KDX should list "None". Or, this thought is just now forming, maybe the "genre" space can be re-purposed to carry some other message. I think for fun I'll put: "The Radio Station of the Internet". Later that same day, the new test message is: "God set you on the path to hell. Jesus can save you." And finally, to wrap this up for now, I think we'll use the Genre Generator on our Stream Server to publish maxims, aphorisms, platitudes, and the occasional promotional plug. This is getting to be fun.

Saturday September 14, 2019 1:11 PM CDT -- Poem for My President
At 10:07 this morning our Incoming Message from Boomer contained several things that prompt a response. Ya know, when ya think about it, adding a few public information programs to a music format might be the ideal format. Anyway I admire the approach, so good! Do that! And the Live Boomer Show once a week has our super interest and we wonder if we could get a link so our Friends of the Blog can overhear? Lastly is the matter of "stinky flatus", which reminds me of POTUS, providing perhaps the basis for a poem in the Rose Garden.

Saturday September 14, 2019 12:58 NOON CDT -- News of Bruce
There have been no inquiries regarding the recent silence of Bruce in Hartford so I'll respond in case anyone has withheld their curiosity and sits there hoping we'll bring it up anyway. Last week by telephone Bruce announced a new SDR (Software Defined Radio) with a steep learning curve so he's been deeply into it and said he'd file a Blog report the minute he knows anything. His new dog Jimmy which shunned hin at first is beginning to accept him and often tries to attract Bruce away from the SDR for more dog oriented activities.

Saturday September 14, 2019 12:29 NOON CDT -- Word From Canada

I just caught up with the Blare Blog, and read with interest Boomer's update and thoughts.  I have to say that I agree with him regarding the actions of the moderator over at Part15.org and the Journalism thread.

It's just common sense.  The Forum is there to serve its participants, not the moderator's personal opinions.  If someone is willing to spend the time and effort to publish facts and/or their thoughts that touch even remotely on Part 15 broadcasting (and that don't include such obvious taboos such as bigotry and racism, sexism, etc.), then to offhandedly dismiss them as irrelevant is insulting.  Why would that individual bother to post again?  Why would anyone, particularly newcomers?

When it comes to moderation, less is more, at least in my opinion.

- Artisan Radio

Saturday September 14, 2019 10:07 AM CDT -- Incoming Signal from Boomer the Dog
Hello? Hello? Are you there?

Blog check-in.

I saw the journalism being rebuffed by the Junk Yard Dog, and it annoyed me too; that part of my brain that detects unfairness was set off. It doesn't seem like the Junk Yard Dog spends that much time on the group, fewer posts and replies, so maybe he took a quick glance for moderation purposes and flagged it without reading with depth.

I think music stations are good, even ones that play your favorite hits from high school. It's still an alternative to corporate, network radio, and an act of disobedience to commercial radio that only wants you to listen to themselves. Still, it's good to be asked if we might be able to do something more with the special opportunity we have. Most Part-15 stations put a good bit of time and technical effort into establishing their stations on the air, and is it really the end of the cycle, just to be on the air?

I'm mostly music based, I'm on AM and there's not a lot of music on AM. I do C-QUAM AM stereo, and music is good to show off the high fidelity through stereophonic sound. I'm an experimenter, so I work on my sound and signal a lot, trying different things. I run a few shows from the internet, like Radio Survivor, and do a live show once a week, as well as have friends stream in and broadcast them live, but it's mostly music on Auto_DJ. I'd like to do more, and perhaps if the P-15 groups encouraged discussion of programming, it could give stations some ideas for their own listeners.

With historically low attendance numbers at P15 org, now would be the time to loosen up on moderation. With fewer overall posts to the group, one negative post is like an oversized elephant in the room, and it hangs around like a stinky flatus in the air.

Boomer

Saturday September 14, 2019 9:37 AM CDT -- Let Me Explain
The world is self organizing and then along come the humans who have their own ideas about how things should be arranged so they rip everything apart and use their own maps and plans which must be perpetually maintained and repaired because the earth keeps trying to get back to its own original plan and persistently undoes the human mess. Unlike the world, the human mind is empty and disordered but continues to fill up with falsities until minds are completely misinformed at which time they try for a career in politics so they can be paid to spread their own confusion onto everyone else. We each choose our own strain of disarray and defend it mightily using such tools as speech, written word, and body language together with technical inventions such as guns and keyboards. Even upon realizing our fate there is nothing we can do about it so giving up and withdrawing into a hopeless gloom makes perfect sense.

SaturdaySeptemner 14, 2019 8:54 AM CDT -- Our Stable Genius Assures Us
Thank you for the reminder.
The Genius is Still Stable

Saturday September 14, 2019 8:42 AM CDT -- We Interupt This Blog
This Just In...
You Won't Read This in the Mainstream News

Friday September 13, 2013 4:13 PM CDT -- From the Other Side of My Mouth
Having criticized all the music stations for being so damn common I also realize that having the power to transmit favorite songs over radio is a wonderful pleasure. Ya, I'd go up to the 3rd floor and start "Rumble- by Link Wray" (1957) over the Knight Phono Oscillator, then rush over across the balcony to the attic room and tune it at 1630 kHz and the voice coil thumped with exquisite wrang. So, I know what you're doing and why you're doing it. I still get the same rush when I transmit my own voice and listen to what I'm saying and marvel at how the microphone diaphragm sent it to the transistors and out over the Internet and while anyone in 400 countries could have heard it they didn't which is amazing.

Friday September 13, 2019 3:12 PM CDT -- When Journalism is Banned
Perhaps central to my departing several low power radio forum sites is their unfortunate practice of counting journalism as "off topic". The fact that three forum sites have a similar attitude is not by design or collusion but by plain coincidence. There happen to be white nationalist webmasters at two of the sites and a starched pants conservative moderator at the third. These people are guardians of a party-line and do their part to quash points of view outside of  what main-stream media would present. They profess the "fake news" mantra of their Fuhrer Donald Trump.

These forum sites claim to represent legitimate low power broadcasters regarding technical and programming issues and most members patter on about the hit music in their playlists and there's no objection from the referees but news talk stations come under scrutiny in the campaign to abolish investigative journalism that might expose the lies and omissions of right wing hate radio.

All this to say that it's happened again with an otherwise excellent posting at one of the sites by RadioPhvern, a Blare Blog Correspondent. Here's what he shared:
9\11 Resolution by Fireboard is Legit
The news story as approached by RadioPhvern is an excellent example of first-rate journalism for reasons that should be obvious. He is not promoting a "theory" about what happened on 9\11 nor is he inferring anything about the "truthiness" of the so-called "official story". He is simply presenting facts about what the N.Y. Fireboard did and mentioned that the story was otherwise buried by mainstream media, which gives additional dimension to the matter. But instead of commending RadioPhvern for excellence in news broadcasting, he was cornered by a junk-yard dog of a moderator who said:
A reminder:  this forum is about supporting Part 15 radio.  I fail to see how the original post is relevant in this regard. Also, anyone posting links should at least give a synopsis of the content so others do not waste time on things which do not interest them.  It would be helpful if those posting links add their own original reasoned comments concerning the link content rather than just dumping them here.

The rudeness of that STOP SIGN is stunning. This moderator is rendering judgments on behalf of an imagined set of participants whose time (he concludes) will be wasted by an example of excellent journalism.

The true reaction to the incident, by me at least, is disapproval and disgust for asinine moderation.

Another radio program on point:
Global Research News Hour

Thursday September 12, 2019 10:54 AM CDT -- Yogi Berra was a Famous Baseball Player
- The reference to Yogi Berra comes from Wikipedia under Creative Commons.

Thursday September 12, 2019 10:42 AM CDT -- Unidentified Object from Interstellar Space
It's coming this way and they don't know what it is.
Maybe It's a Giant Radio Tracking Our Broadcasts

Thursday September 12, 2019 8:42 AM CDT -- "The" Remains Public Property
Attempt to take the word "the".
Ohio State University Cannot Own "The"

Thursday September 12, 2019 6:58 AM CDT -- KLOK is Taken
Turned on as we are over the repair and improvement of our Time Spitter radio clock we opened inquiry into names and labels that can be applied to aspects of the mechanism including possible new call letters like "KLOK", but found that California stations KLOK and KLOK-FM thought of them first, although I doubt they spend time emulating WWV. San Jose station KLOK 1170 AM has 50,000 Watts and KLOK-FM 30,000 Watts while KDX operates with 1/10th Watt for its efficiency... our power bills are much lower.

Thursday September 12, 2019 6:21 AM CDT -- Time Service
KDX has filled non-program time with time. We managed to hack together an imitation of WWV, the Bureau of Standards Time Station, ours being inaccurate to within 1-minute. Trouble is it stopped working for reasons unknown and that got us very confused because no one remembered how we did it in the first place. So, naturally, we became preoccupied about it and started reading manuals and making scribbled notes until at 3 AM this morning we awoke out of a dream in which we'd noticed the air conditioner had been yanked out of its regular window and set ackwardly in the wrong window. That's when we knew how to repair the KDX clock and even came up with a name for it - Time Spitter. We also realized a simpler way of generationg time, although will always be proud of having previously figured out a complicated way of doing it. This time we added expansion opportunities by having a gap every 20-minutes where we can wedge in other vital data, whatever that might end up being after we've thought of something such as perhaps planetary information or bus schedules.

Wednesday September 11, 2019 3:37 PM CDT -- The Pentagon's Christian Outreach
Sign up today and become a "soldier of Christ" or burn in hell for all eternity.
Be All They Want You To Be

Wednesday September 11, 2019 8:30 AM CDT -- John Bowlbrush Shown the Door
Now where will ex-National Security Adviser John Bowlbrush aim his war mongering hatred of other peoples in other lands? No longer able to push for wars against the world Bowlbrush was sent to the streets by the Fuhrer.
This Way Out
With that guy gone we have reason to celebrate.
Office Party

Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:51 PM CDT -- Lightning Up
After that last blog about the contamination of Republican corruption we should lighten up. Or did I say lightning up. Watch this and decide:
THIS
Based on a thread by Artisan Radio at part15.org on an entirely other subject.

Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:18 OM CDT -- Right Wing Republican Rot
A Wikipedia search for "progressive news websites" produced a list including not a single of the many well established progressive sites and instead leaning toward "fake news" and "propaganda sites". This tactic of misdirection and obfuscation is a typical hallmark of the conservative right and is not what one expects from the "Free Online Encyclopedia". MAGA maggots and festering decay have infected the reference library.

Tuesday September 10, 2019 7:30 AM CDT -- When Radio WAD
The call sign "WAD" was recently proposed for future use and Correspondent Bruce has something to say:

WAD was the real callsign of a marine ship-to-shore station from 1939 until about 1975.
It operated in the 2-3 MHz band and other higher marine bands.
It probably also had receive and transmit on 500 kHz, which was one of the international distress frequencies.  The main one, I'm sure - in the early days of radio.
Best Wishes
Brooce

Just one question, Bruce: when we talk about "marine" are we taling about the United States Marines, the military outfit, or do we mean "marine" in the oceanic sense(?)

Tuesday September 10, 2019 7:18 AM CDT -- Solutions and Improvements
KDX Worldround Radio has been offline more than usual this week troubleshooting software and hardware problems and today report complete success and better audio quality than before. There is a good reason for the audio improvement... Stereo Tool is back in our signal chain after an absence while I was "too busy" to get around to solving a certain issue that arose... It happens that KDX stopped using Winamp as our automation service with its DSP Plugin Version of Stereo Tool and moved to Zara Automation with the Stereo Tool Stand Alone Version which did not know we were registered to use it and every 20-minutes faded into a distorted condition as a reminder that "this software hasn't been paid for". Now that I've finally looked into it, we located the FAQ instruction for copying and pasting our registration credentials and we never had to trouble the inventor, Hans von Zutphen. Long story long, Stereo Tool matches the best of today's hardware rack audio processing equipment and gives our audio a live sparkle which surpasses the result from the temporary SONOS Compressor/Limiter used during the interim.

Monday September 9, 2019 11:47 AM CDT -- Security Watch
Please report anything that bears reporting.

Monday September 9, 2019 11:31 AM CDT -- Declaring Blog Week
The Annual Holidays between Christmas and New Years Day are hereby Blog Week during which The Blare Blog will stay open the whole week.

Monday September 9, 2019 11:21 AM CDT -- Decision to Remain Inland
Not a traveler, we none the less enjoy vicarious quick trips via YouTube with a combined interest in multi modal transportation technology and impatient curiosity about other earth locations. Rail travel is a favorite and we expanded into sea voyaging to encounter a fellow who spoke about his $100 per-day living arrangement aboard a cruise ship. Responding to the idea personally, we opted against taking up quarters aboard a cruise liner due to a likelihood that low power radio operation would not integrate well from within metal walls. We'll stay put here in the Internet Building built on fertile soil just above a rich layer of clay. 

Monday September 9, 2019 11:16 AM CDT -- BRAINING
Until this very moment "braining" hasn't been a real word, but as of now it is a new word invented by me, Carl Blare. It is a substitute for the general word "thinking" but applies to focused creative thinking such as it takes to come up with new words. We have been doing a lot of braining this morning.

Sunday September 8, 2019 8:25 AM CDT -- Morning of Dark Rain Thunder
Bravely KDX operates under a dark flickering sky bypassing the usual policy of closing during severe weather.

Saturday September 7, 2019 5:29 PM CDT -- KDX is Joined By Two Additional Radio Stations
Station KHZ has been around for a few years, transmitter  AMT3000, destined to become an antenna experimental project, but has not gotten started. Then another call-sign beams into my head... KPU...a station for location near the dumpster. A big metallic dumpster could serve as a ground-plane. Stinky air... P U! By the way how is the actual word spelled? It is a word, right? PeeYou!

Saturday September 7, 2019 4:20 PM CDT -- Seth Andrews of "The Thinking Atheist" program as heard on KDX
Christianity Made Me Talk Like An Idiot

Saturday September 7, 2019 1:41 PM CDT -- Mystery  Downage
Startup procedure came to a halt this morning when essential computor network failure prevented KDX from opening website and radio servers.  Close to 8-hours spent exploring the symptoms finally led to recovery. It is believed that software upgrades to our malware security program possibly conflicted with communications software. Reverting to pre-update conditions opened the way to renewed functionality. A similar problem several years ago was also caused by security software that interferred with key operational applications.

Wednesday September 4, 2019 7:12 PM CDT -- Summer Reading
The MAGA hat is a quick read.
- Ian Scholls, Philosopher on the Philosophy Talk radio program

Wednesday September 4, 2019 6:17 PM CDT -- New Bargains
KDX now operates two back-to-back shopping mauls for your sales dollar: Medicine Mall and Smilers' Mall! The KDX Radio Shed, in addition to long time favorites - Genuine Placebo Pills in the Little Brown Medicinal Bottles and Brackish Water in Deluxe Over-Sized Plastic Jugs-  we now have two more great products! Try our Pure Liquid Mercury and Multi-Colored Micro-Plastic Pellets so you can Get Them Directly Into Your System without extracting them from decomposing dead fish remnants! We are here for you and you are with us when you're here! From Pseudo Science Labs. As advertised on the George Noway Show - Shore to Shore PM.

Wednesday September 4, 2019 11:55 AM CDT -- The Naming of a Day
As one of thousands of low power radio stations on the planet it seems we should have a special day to celebrate what we do.  We've added "Planetary Low Power Radio Day" for June 1st, using the date when KDX started formal streaming in 2007.

We also need an alternative name for what is commonly called "New Year's Eve". What are the four main things people do that night every year? They change the batteries in their calendar, stay up past bedtime, drink a bottle or two, and try to find someone to kiss. Can those things be wrapped up in a single name?

By the way, we've also added Cosplay Day, "Costume Play Day", on October 31st.

Tuesday September 3, 2019 7:18 PM CDT -- KDX Gains 1510 kHz for Carrier Current Tests
It happened by default. We got wind that the local 1510 had gone defunct and this is what we turned up:
On March 4, 2019, WQQW went silent, citing the following:
WQQW IS HAVING ISSUES WITH TRANSMITTER STABILITY/RELIABILITY IN THAT IT HAS REPEATEDLY TURNED ITSELF OFF FOR UNKNOWN REASONS. IN ADDITION, WQQW IS EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH IP DELIVERY OF PROGRAMMING FROM MAIN STUDIO TO TRANSMITTER SITE, RESULTING IN LOSS OF BROADCAST PROGRAMMING. WQQW EXPECTS TO REMAIN SILENT FOR 90 DAYS WHILE IT TROUBLESHOOTS AND DETERMINES A SOLUTION TO BOTH THE PROGRAMMING DELIVERY ISSUE AND THE TRANSMITTER RELIABILITY ISSUE.
WQQW was 1 kW daytime. The "Notification of Suspension of Operations" was submitted to the FCC March 5, 2019, so obviously they've not managed to return to operation within the predicted 90-days. What's more, WQQW is one of four stations owned by this licensee and all of the licenses are now scheduled for a Revocation Hearing because of a complaint filed with the FCC.
We notice that the listing for WQQW is fully removed from Radio Locator.org

Tuesday September 3, 2019 5:43 PM CDT -- Bad Show
Positioned among the low power radio stations of North America, KDX Worldround Radio maintains affiliations and associations with many small broadcasters in business and hobby, but we have one overall disappointment about how it's being practiced by the majority of them. The greater majority of micro stations tend to be automated hit music playlists with no live human personality.

Past radio wasn't memorable for playing hit music, it is remembered because of the glib disk jockeys hosting the music, now lost and forgotten to the fading years.

We have recently listened to thousands of small independent streaming radio stations on the internet and viewed lists of stations utilizing low power transmitters and there's a vast oversupply of dumb mindless operations cranking out endless musical regurgitation to zero audience. Needlessly pointless unnecessary radio. My advice is consider yourselves failures and find a high ledge to look down from until the emergency team arrives.

Monday September 2, 2019 6:54 PM CDT -- OPERATION STORMWATCH
Throughout the day we have been monitoring WFLA NewsTalk from Orlando Florida keeping track of Hurricane Dorian.
Operation Stormwatch

Monday September 2, 2019 1:20 PM CDT -- Door No. 1
Bruce writes:
I got out yesterday and went to the 50,000 watt flamethrower, WTIC, AM 1080, FM 96.5, and channel "3," well - they still call it channel 3 even though it isn't.
That's WFSB, CBS - over the air UHF channel 31 digital, otherwise known as ATSC 1.0.
So this is the transmitter building I'm talking about.
It was a huge installation, with backups upon backups upon backups.  (And then more back-ups.). WTIC is the primary 'emergency alert' station for CT and even some of Mass.
My phone had run down so I couldn't take any pictures.  
The phone was getting recharged when I took the tour.
On my way out I picked up the phone and got a picture of the front door of the building -- built in 1922 -- almost 100 years old now.  Here's that shot.
Radio_Station_Door

Monday September 2, 2019 1:15 PM CDT -- What is August 20th?
Bruce writes:
By the way - did you know that August 20 is (was) National Radio Day??  I didn't know until I heard it on local WDRC 1360
5 kW just down the road.  (WDRC was the first radio station in CT by the way.)
Anyway I think it's called National Radio Day.  Did the NAB just come out with it recently?  Well...  I bet they did.
Best Wishes
Brooce

Monday September 2, 2019 11:37 AM CDT -- Ignorance is Protected by the 1st Amendment
Here is a minister who preaches that school science causes mass shootings.
The Reverend Pinhead
The trope "people are made in the image of God" is tantamount to saying that "the image of God is caused by poor digital reception" otherwise it wouldn't be so distorted.

Sunday September 1, 2019 10:48 PM CDT -- To Change or Not to Change
Just heard a good one on the Stuphfile Program hosted by Peter Anthony Holder and carried weekly on KDX:
Men look at women and hope they never change, while women see men and hope they'll change.

Sunday September 1, 2019 9:23 AM CST -- SIGN ON ANNOUNCEMENT

The Blare Blog resumes operation for a new month, September 2019, bringing thoughts and opinions of Carl Blare to the international community during a time of decline for the planet and the species as we enter extinction from a beginner's point of view. The Blog is a side-channel of KDX Worldround Radio transmitting from the Internet Building located in Average Terrain Park, Center of North America, FEMA Region 7. KDX-OGG streams globally on the internet and, for listeners within 200-feet KDX AM and FM can be heard on several frequencies. This website, kdxradio.com, serves as the hub for these various broadcast activities and usually closes during overnight hours unless local temperatures drop below 39-degrees Farenheit, in which case we keep the server equipment running to heat the room. The Blare Blog opens Weekends and Designated Holidays and closes during ordinary weekdays. The Blare Blog centers on low power radio technology and programming, as well as philosophy and mathematics, with anti-religious bias and political mockery. If I'm leaving something out I'll call you back and tell you what it is.



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