Howdy! Rex here.
While the team and I spend the next few weeks putting together the final draft of RFJ, I'd like to take a moment to formally introduce you to Steve and ZQ The Lost Tracks of Rock and Roll!
Steve's a great guy who, like many of us, has a fondness for the one-and-only WZZQ, along with a deep understanding of the impact it had (and continues to have).
A few months back, I became aware of his internet radio venture, which pre-dates RFJ's test transmissions by a year and a half. This link takes you to the mission statement for his station.
Long story short, Steve and I have eerily similar philosophies about what radio can (and should) be. That said, with my deepest thanks to Steve, RFJ and ZQ are going to work together to serve a wide variety of listeners who crave something different. We're committed to giving local and regional musicians an outlet to share their talents.
For the next few weeks, you can hear ZQ The Lost Tracks of Rock and Roll on RFJ from 4 PM to 9 PM Monday through Friday, and Sundays starting at 5:00 PM!
11:00 AM MONDAY - WE'RE BACK! Thanks for letting us know how much you missed us yesterday. We'll try our best to not tinker on holiday weekends anymore.
Rex here. RFJ has been down for several hours now because of a technical issue "beyond our control". Unfortunately, the tech team that I hoped would be back online by mid-morning is not responding to tech tickets today because of the holiday. I usually have nothing but stellar customer support from them, so I can't even be mad, but I am disappointed for those of you who have been reaching out wondering where we are. At this point, we're almost certainly going to be down for the rest of Sunday, 4/4 and into Monday. Deepest apologies, once again. Please monitor this space for updates.
Copy this address to our HQ stream into whatever streaming player you prefer to use, and find many other ways to listen on the not-so-creatively-titled "OTHER WAYS TO LISTEN" page!
We've set a date for the premiere of "The All-Time Tunes 'Til Two Top-50" ... which David Adcock, mere seconds into the special, clarifies as being *A* Tunes 'Til Two Top-50! Have your listening devices ready to go Sunday morning April 5th at 8:00 AM! We're working on prepping the tapes for broadcast, along with working on the station as a whole.
There's lots of excitement around here, and none of it would be possible without our Kickstarter Founding Supporters and the Sustaining Supporters who contribute via PayPal and Venmo. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your generosity, and for your continued encouragement!
Rex here, with a quick update.
In our excitement over what we're working to build, and the heartwarmingly positive response we received after the initial launch, we hoped to be able to somehow violate the laws of space and time in a way that would move the next phase of our launch forward WAY ahead of schedule. We aren't quite there yet, but we're getting closer. Also we have some REALLY interesting news:
1) Okay, so we can't tell you the first piece of news quite yet, just in case something falls through. Trust us, it's a MAJOR EVENT, and it's taking everything we have to keep our mouths shut.
2) Radio Free Jackson is the newest affiliate station of the Pacifica Radio Network! Pacifica is the oldest public radio network in the country and the world's oldest listener-funded radio network. RFJ now has access to incredible programming produced at community radio stations across the country, and we're also able to delve into the Pacifica Radio Archives, the oldest public radio archive in the country, with over FIVE DECADES worth of interviews and other content. Some content (both network and local, for that matter) may be political or otherwise opinion-based in nature, so to be clear: "The views and opinions expressed by any one at any time through the facilities of Radio Free Jackson, including social media channels and our website, are not necessarily the views and opinions of management, hosts, volunteers, advertisers, or other financial contributors to the station." Also, while we are proud to be able to bring you content from around the country, remember that several local programs are in development.
What's next, I hear you asking? Throughout the month of January, we'll be adding programs to the schedule and continuing to prepare for Phase Two. Sometimes we'll let you know what's we're going to air, and other times we'll simply surprise you. Keep checking the app!
Thanks, as always, for your interest in and support of Radio Free Jackson!
Ten days ago, the first chapter of Radio Free Jackson began. To be honest, if the entire book were to consist of only five words - "Tunes 'til Two is back!" - I'd be quite satisfied. As a nearly-middle-aged radio dork who has spent more than my fair share of time reading about radio across the country and around the world, seeing the reaction from listeners is nothing short of fascinating. As a nearly-middle-aged man who listened to David Adcock as a child/young man, and also partook (Is that really a word?) of Sam's earlier, masterful revival of the show on another network, as they say in the industry... and was able to talk face-to-face with a listener on the night of the launch about how he listened to TTT that morning with his mom? There are simply no words to describe how I felt, and continue to feel, other than, "WOULD Y'ALL PLEASE STOP CHOPPING ONIONS, I'M TRYING TO READ A COMPUTER MONITOR!?!" Eternal shout-outs and finger-snaps to Sam for so graciously bringing his talent, knowledge, and spirit to RFJ.
I'm also touched beyond measure by the reaction we've received from a lot of local musicians who apparently share our vision that Spotify and SoundCloud and YouTube are nice and all, but that there's something missing from the equation. The same thing goes for our Facebook family (Instagram and Twitter, we're coming for you eventually.) who have sent words of encouragement. Also, once again, and forevermore, THANK YOU to those whose financial support made our launch possible. If you're interested in supporting us financially (Thanks!), we have a PayPal account - paypal.me/rfjxn - every little bit helps.
Well, what's next?
We all work day jobs, so please bear with us if we're delayed a bit, but our goal is to be running a full daytime schedule by Sunday, December 8th. This doesn't mean that all of our programs will be in place, but hopefully a few of them will... and we'll have curated playlists throughout the day. We want to bring you live concerts and recordings of performances, and we're already working out the details on how to make it happen.
Radio Free Jackson isn't just about music. Our ultimate goal is to bring you Public Service Announcements and full-length programs that address some of the great things going on in the community, as well as discussions about what needs fixing and how to go about getting it done.
We've got to get back to work, but be aware:
1) This site will be in a state of flux for a week or so. Long story.
2) Pro-Tip: On iPhone, I've noticed two things - if you're wanting to listen in the car, the stream will drop when your phone switches from wi-fi to the cellular network... AND for some reason you can't just restart the stream from the lock screen when this happens... you'll have to bring up the app and press play. Hopefully this can be resolved in a later update.
3) Use the USB option in your car for highest-quality sound, but sometimes your bluetooth connection competes for the audio and it can be frustrating. In my car, it's possible to disconnect the bluetooth from the MEDIA portion of the system while keeping it connected for phone calls.
4) We hope to have a Roku channel set up sometime down the road, but that will be a project for AFTER we get the station fully launched.
5) The simple web player (bit.ly/radiofreejxn) will let you PAUSE the feed from a PC, and assumedly a Mac too - none of our other options allow that.
6) We want ALL THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL MUSIC! Contact us on facebook, or email music (at) radiofreejxn (dot) com
All the best,
Browser-based listeners can access Radio Free Jackson via the player below!
Radio Free Jackson's soft launch is less than a week away, so you might want these!
iPhone/iPad App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/radio-free-jackson/id1486589953
Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.radio.m628b1fa6c&hl=en_US
In the App Store, you can search for "Radio Free Jackson".
For some reason, in the Google Play Store you must search for "radiofreejxn" .
We'll have an old-school browser-based player as soon as we migrate to our new site layout... hopefully by Thursday. There's another trick up our sleeves, but we're waiting to test it first. Stay tuned!
For the time being, we're airing a TEST TRANSMISSION, which is subject to change every day or so, or when we push the wrong button.
Thanks, as always, for your support of Radio Free Jackson!
We're excited to announce a FIRM launch date for Radio Free Jackson.
"Tunes 'Til Two with Sam Adcock" will be our first program, airing at 8 AM Sunday, November 17th! Between November 1st and November 17th, we will have pre-launch content, allowing us time to get the feed and the app fully operational... it'll also give everyone time to download the app!
We appreciate your patience, as this is a bit later than we had hoped to launch. The delayed launch allows us to maximize our Kickstarter funds by optimizing licensing fees. Also, as much as we know that you'll have no trouble clicking a link on the website to get to a feed, we want to make sure our apps are in order before launch.
ONE MORE THING: If you haven't already figured it out, our new website is radiofreejxn.com
Thanks again for your support!
Radio Free Jackson is currently in "Soft Launch Mode" - we're aiming to expand our lineup VERY SOON! Be on the lookout here, and on our Facebook page.