First, I added in some sweepers, the same “station identification” thingies I’ve got on MUSIC. Those run every 10 songs on MUSIC, but, because of the longer track lengths, on TALK I’ve got those running every 5. We’ll see how that goes. And, I hope I’ll have more of those over time.
Next, I went back and gathered up all the old Reader’s Theatre events, which are in various places, as I was trying to figure it out, like the old Soundcloud, on YouTube, and on the blog. Once I got them together, I’ve added them in a playlist on TALK, which will be shuffled into general rotation occasionally. If there’s ever more of those, I’ll add them too; but, at least, they’re all there now.
And I also recorded some new stuff! So far I’ve got two tracks in a playlist called From the Newsletter of me reading some of the short essays, you guessed it, from this newsletter. I went back to the beginning and I’ll probably work my way up through them all. So the first two are “How to order pizza in Thelema” from Feb 5, 2001
and “Magical Work in Oz” from Feb 12, 2001
. I’ll only do the essay kinda stuff, not things like this update and so on; but there’s a start!
I can do some more Reader’s Theatre and From the Newsletter stuff on my own without participation from anyone else, so I’ll plan on doing that. One hopes, eventually, maybe, there’ll be some interest in participation, but I can keep going with this stuff either way.
Also, as an aside, and more generally about RADIO, I’ve recently made some other changes behind the scenes. I’ve reduced the number of duplicative stream options, so that there’s now just one 196kbps stream for each MUSIC and TALK. If you’d downloaded the playlist file and set the stations up in your Internet radio app and have trouble re-connecting, you might need to grab it again so that you’ve got the most recent changes. If you’re just listening from the web pages for the stations, you’re good to go. Also, I’ve added in a compression and normalization pass to TALK, which I’d already had turned on for MUSIC; which may help make some of the older, poorer quality audio episodes of TCTC sound better, I hope.