My initial plan for reviving Alternatives as Simple Living Works! included an Internet Radio program. Afterall, I had been a professional beggar for public radio for 18 years and raised millions of dollars!
Numerous radio and TV programs — over-the-air, cable, satellite, commercial, non-commercial — are now released as podcasts. Some of them are call-in shows, which gives them the connectedness of social media. In some cases, radio hosts invite response, like Tony Campolo’s ‘Across the Pond,’ but he rarely if ever reads or responds to listener comments during the show. (Tony’s broadcast in UK, South Africa and Australia, but not the U.S.) Other shows, like TheCommonGoodPodcast.com and Simple Living Works! Podcast, both of which I host and produce, invite listener response and we read and respond to the comments on future programs. Unlike a call-in show, the response is delayed, not immediate.
Internet radio has numerous outlets — several networks each of which include numerous channels that have many programs.
The reason I haven’t gotten into internet radio yet is that in most cases the programs have to be an exact length to fit into a time slot.
So much of AM radio has been taken over by right-wingers, that it’s mostly an intellectual desert. Most channels of internet radio have quite specialized subjects, so, as with podcasts, they have limited, niche audiences. Many of them focus on health, especially alternative health, and on New Age themes.
Most of the internet radio networks are commercial. In some cases, the show host pays for his/her time but in most cases, the channels carry ads that are not related to the show content. In some cases, the various channels carry the same ads, so that the advertiser gets a variety of listeners.
Many internet radio channels and shows are regular over-the-air radio programs also carried on the internet. You can get thousands — yes, 14,000 at latest count — of radio stations of many types — mostly music but some talk — from around the world on iTunes. I love classical music and get over 200 channels there, some commercial jukeboxes, some public radio.
If you’re interested in internet radio, which you can listen to on your computer or smart phone, try BlogRadio.com, VoiceAmerica.com and HealthyLiving.com. I’m not recommending any of these. I prefer podcasts, which rarely have commercials, except a few hosts pitch for funds to keep their show going. If they do have commercials, I fast-forward through them.
You can try internet radio for your cause. But remember: 1. You must first qualify to get a time slot, which may be lousy, though with an international reach, midnight is noon somewhere, and in most cases, your show is repeated; 2. You must produce a show every week on time, either live or pre-recorded; 3. You have to develop an audience. Yes, some listeners may stay tuned from the show preceding yours, and the channel will usually run promos, but it’s up to you to use your other social media to build an audience. 4. If you want call-ins, you may have to line them up ahead of time or be embarrassed if you get none, especially early-on.
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What’s NOW with SLW
Tony and Shane Uncut – Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne’s complete dialog on simpler living and global justice, in eight parts. To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the Show Notes, or visit the Episode Index. NOTE: You can listen to each episode as it is released the 1st and 15th of the month, May-Aug. Or listen to several or all episodes at Preview/Back-up. The topics are different for each episode.
Let’s Learn About RAMADAN, June 28 – July 27, 2014 – Life Standard: Learn from the World Community from Living More with Less
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Spring of Sustainability: Turning Crises into Creative Solutions // Summer of Peace: Transforming Conflict in Your Heart, Your Relationships and the World, a free online event, June 13 – September 21, both from The Shift Network and Sustainable World Coalition
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Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog several times a week.