ecomain wrote:I want to add more to the "Cop Watch" concept for news radio. Pretty much every Burner is irritated by the way John Law targets us having fun out in the middle of nowhere. They sneak among us, scrutinizing us, judging us, staring us down, bringing down our mood. I was a good boy in '07, not breaking any laws I was aware of and it still really annoyed me.
robotland wrote:I want an NPR affiliate...Some programming suggestions:
"Art Car Talk"
"This American Dream Life"
"A Playa Home Companion"
Eric wrote:I would also pretty much guarantee that if you did "out" undercover officers that the FCC would shut you down. Quickly.
mister jason wrote:What Rockstar said. You're free to do what you like, but if outing cops gets attention from the FCC focused on our station I'll take it very personally.
That bit aside, great thoughts. We typically do a *ton* of event coverage, news, etc. In the past, we've used the What, Where, When guide as a jumping off point for gathering event info. This year's guide was literally impossible to use, so our event coverage ended up being a lot more sparse. (disappointing)
We try to verify news brought to us, but ordinarily we simply throw in the caveat that you shouldn't believe everything you hear on the playa without verifying it yourself. It can be fun to coax the rumor mill along, too.
The NPR-themed stuff has potential to be good. Anyone who's interested in pushing forward with that, feel free to get in touch. We can make it happen. We're always open to input and contributions from our fellow burners. It makes for great radio. (and less work for us.) Trust me, it's no small undertaking to get a quality signal out with good coverage 24 hrs/day on the playa. :)
Putting it simply...if you want to hear more news coverage, pitch in and it can happen.
Valkyrie wrote:So what you're saying, Rockstar, is you need an entirely different crew to go out and gather the news, on top of the staff to set up and run the station? Yeah, I can see how that could easily at least double the size of the people-investment in the project. And getting people to do the unglamorous footwork, too, is tough.
Rockstar wrote:With the time and money outlay after that we just donâ€™t have to ability to go out and beg people to tell us what they are doing so we can put it out on the air. We hope they take the time to come tell us instead.
However if someone wanted to be a roving reporter and do real news that was factual and verifiable and not turn it into just another controversial editorial hit piece on an artist or the project we'd be more than happy to run it.
Rockstar wrote:I know that our DJ's put a lot of work into thier shows and probably are not up to doing more time with radio station news. Some start setting up play lists several months before they get there.
Rockstar wrote: Running a radio station and make it all work and make the content listenable is a huge time and money consuming project. It usually costs me about $3000.00 a year to run Electra FM for 10 days, that's just the station, not the rest of the camp. This year we dumped over $5000.00 into it.
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