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Mar. 9th, 2006 @ 06:09 am Need help with 9412's site design
Current Music: Queen - Thank God It's Christmas ([9412] 9412 - The Rock Station. More Live DJs than any other stati
Hey all,

Ever design a site so many times over a span of years that you start to run out of ideas on how to place the menu items?

I've got a Internet Radio station at www.9412.com and the site's design has been like this since Nov 2005 with the exception of my changing the top of the site and the colors of the sides of the site (root level only) about 20 minutes ago to start trying to liven things a little.

The site I think suffers from having a menu that's either too long, menu items not being titled as well as they could or both.

The home page gets pretty lengthy and I'm kinda afraid that if I do a brief sentance and have a "more" link to the entire thing visitors won't see the entire info.

Heck, if you don't see something there and think it should be I'd like to hear it!

There has to be banner ads on the site.

Thoughts, suggestions, flames, etc. will help greatly!

Thanks!
Chris
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cjpopp:
Feb. 26th, 2006 @ 06:19 pm Changes, sadness and gladness
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
*I KNOW THAT YOU EXPECT TO SEE THE 6-PACK SCHEDULE HERE, PLEASE READ FURTHER*

Listeners (and I do consider you all my FRIENDS as well):

SADNESS: JB's last MORNING on the air will be tomorrow (Monday, February 27, 2006). As you may know, all of us at 9412 are volunteers, I go to night school (and some extra-curricular activities). So...I have to move on to a (currently part-time) day job. We all have to make money somewhere.

GLADNESS: 9412 is still planning to continue the morning trivia and I will be providing 6-packs for you to hear in the morning at 10:30am CT and at 5pm CT, hopefully beginning next week! ALSO, I WILL still be on 9412. Starting in a couple weeks, I will be on Sundays 6pm - 8pm CT playing Classic Rock as well as my Rock of the 80s show from 8pm - 10pm CT (that's 4 full hours of great music!)

It has been a nice ride the last 13 months, and it saddens me beyond words to leave the AM shift. Without getting too melancholy (too late!) - I treasure each and every moment I have spent with you, the listener, in the last 13 months since I started "Wake With Jake". I hope you have enjoyed the morning show!

Please continue to enjoy The Count and Peggy in the daytime hours, they are class act people and they play great music.

I have this a few times in the last few days to the 9412 staff:

Like the Rolling Stones, I have mixed emotions, but sometimes the almighty dollar has to win :(

I enjoyed mornings more than words could ever express and if I am needed on the odd morning (I am working part-time), you may still hear me on 9412, I also may appear as a fill-in on another shift!

Thanks again and PLEASE don't be a stranger...stop by on Sundays and see me!
JB

NOTE: 9412 is seeking a DJ to take over the morning shift (and a few other shifts), so please, if you are interested contact beadj@9412.com
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jakeblues1:
Feb. 24th, 2006 @ 02:14 pm DJ's WANTED
We're in need of DJ's at 9412. Please send a email to beadj@9412.com for details.

Thanks!
Chris
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cjpopp:
Feb. 19th, 2006 @ 07:28 pm (no subject)
Hey everyone,

Some ch-ch-changes are coming up at the station. Some good, some bad. Stay tuned for further details.

I hope you all are having a great weekend!

Here is the 6-pack schedule for the week of 2-20-06:

Monday - Ringo Starr
Tuesday - George Harrison
Wednesday - Faces
Thursday - ELO Part 1
Friday - ELO Part 2

We do the 6-pack every day at 10:30am CT on the show. We REPLAY it every weekday at 5pm CT, in case you have to miss the morning airing.

Don't forget that the Wake With Jake Trivia Challenge occurs at 9:30 am CT. You can win a CD every week and a 9412 Magnet every day! Also, unlike past challenges, every correct daily answer has a chance to win the weekly prize!!

See you then,
JB
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jakeblues1:
Feb. 12th, 2006 @ 07:26 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Hey everyone,

Make sure you read the post by Chris P below this one, good stuff!

I hope all the listeners are doing ok, and if you live on the East Coast, I hope you are doing ok after the storm.

Here is the 6-pack schedule for the week of 2-13-06:

Monday - No 6-pack, I will not be in
Tuesday - Gary Moore
Wednesday - Toto
Thursday - Steve Miller Band Part 1
Friday - Steve Miller Band Part 2

We do the 6-pack every day at 10:30am CT on the show. We REPLAY it every weekday at 5pm CT, in case you have to miss the morning airing.

Don't forget that the Wake With Jake Trivia Challenge occurs at 9:30 am CT. You can win a CD every week and a 9412 Kitchen Magnet every day! Also, unlike past challenges, every correct daily answer has a chance to win the weekly prize!!

Join 9412 tomorrow and me Tuesday for a special "Anti-Valentine's Day Wake With Jake"

See you then,
JB
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Feb. 10th, 2006 @ 10:31 pm Internet Radio post on Slashdot
Current Mood: Pride
Current Music: Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down The Crazy River ([9412] 9412 - The Rock Station. More Live DJ's th
My post on Slashdot about Internet Radio
Feb. 10th, 2006 | 10:25 pm
mood: Pride
music: Nazareth - Razamanaz ([9412] 9412 - The Rock Station. More Live DJ's than any other station on the I

Hi all.

My name is Chris J. Popp and I own 9412 - The Rock Station. We've been on air for over 6 years, and I have co-organized two internet radio confrences.

I'd say 95% of the stations out there do not care about making money with their station, they just want to be able to play music and share a dream they have had. Yes, there are stations that raise money or sell commercials and 9412 is one of them. But it costs money to be able to do Internet Radio.

I've seen a few posts about quality of the station in terms of bitrate. With Internet Radio, which is digital, you do not have signal loss or skip. You either get it or you don't. Some stations broadcast at 128k or 320k which can look impressive but elminates a lot of listeners out there and unless you have a trained ear you won't tell a difference.

320, IMHO, is a bit excessive. The stream cost more at about $8 per which is nuts when you look at a 56k stream which is going for approx 90 cents to $1.50. More listeners can be reached with a lower bitrate that still sounds good.

Most stations out there are iPods or jukeboxes that play randomly and have no real feel to it. That is true. 9412 - The Rock Station has 140 hours of live dj's on it's schedule every week. Last I checked, no one else matches that. Oh yeah - we actually interact with listeners by having a dj in a chat room, take requests via IM and email and we check our ego at the door. Lets see your local CC station do that. That's right - you won't because it's corporate "station in a box" radio.

WOXY, Wolf, Y100, DI, Radio Paradise, Club977... these stations are some of the best out there. That's because they have a desire to do well and take it seriously.

Why should Internet Radio be given any special rights? We should not. 9412 pays the Big 3 license bodies - just like FM and AM stations in the US do. I've had stations say "we do not want the competition there" when I have approached organizations such as concert organizers, festivals and similar events.

To me, those stations just put us on the same level playing field as them and see us as equals.

Why have you not heard of many stations yet in the public realm? It comes down to money. Ask ANY internet station owner if they had a choice of spending $$$ on advertising on a bus or getting more streams to accomidate the people (remember them?) they will say more streams so fast it will make your head spin.

I've seen some talk about Internet Radio being able to turn a profit. Here's the thing:

Listeners -> Advertisers -> Money for streams -> Listeners

You have to have a good listenership number to get Advertisers. 50 listeners once a week will not bring in a Fortune 500 company let alone the local book seller.

Get the advertisers, that will bring in the dollars. You need to have a sales person that knows radio and has the contacts with ad buying firms and the advertisers themselves to be able to get them on board. Also, a media kit and rate card will help and DO NOT cheapen yourself. Don't charge $27 for a :30 (which is a rate in a market of say 100,000) but go $9 per :30. Better yet, get sponsors for each hour so you don't have to have commercials. FYI - 9412 only will ever do 4 minutes per hour of commercials. Period. CC and other corporate stations do 12 mins per hour.

Got the money, then you can improve the station. Buy more music so you have a larger play catalog (we've got 15,000 songs) and put the money into giving prizes to the listeners and doing more for them. Get more streams to increase the level of demand you can accomidate.

But, it all starts with the listeners. Without them, the circle is broken and you won't get to do the other stuff. Get the other stuff, then you get more listeners.

Can't hear a Internet station without a computer? BULLSHIT. You can hear Internet radio on cellphones and with cellphones you can get a $2 adapter for the ear piece that will then handle a standard 1/4" plug. That plug can then be used with a cassette adapter or IR device just like those that iPod users have for them to listen in their car.

I'd say 40% of our listeners at the day time are in buildings where they can't get a decent FM or AM signal. (FYI, we average 3,000 listeners per hour with tune ins, tune outs and listeners per stream. Need data to back that up just let me know ;) a stream does not equal 1 listener only)

The Wall Street Journal released a report in 2001 that said Internet Radio will be a $9 Billion (yes, with a B) by 2010.

Here's some other stats:

# 64.9% of 1751 online radio listeners say they plan to spend holiday money online in 2005. Compare year-to-year numbers and there's a 9.9% increase in people who plan to purchase holiday gifts online. In 2005, 48% will spend up to $450; 35.6% will spend up to $300 each. - RROnline Survey 33

# The Internet is the information superhighway, the ultimate research tool for every consumer. Internet radio combines the power of an information kiosk with the proven results of radio to provide the best of both worlds for advertisers, especially those who wish to reach affluent, educated professionals at work. - Arbitron

# Internet radio is one of the fastest growing media in history. Recent studies performed by Arbitron and Edison Research show that as many as 103 million Americans over the age of 12 have experienced Internet broadcasts, and a significant and growing number of those are regular users of this new medium.

# Streaming online radio is the hot new medium. More than two out of five Americans – 100 million consumers age 12 and older – have used Internet audio or video in the past month. Streaming online radio is not limited by geographic region; it is accessible anywhere, any time, by anyone with an Internet browser.- Nielsen/Net Ratings

# More advertising-receptive audience. The online streaming radio model of free programming content supported by advertising is preferred by Internet broadcast users! - Arbitron/Edison Research

# Longer "Prime Time." While traditional radio emphasizes morning and evening drive times as their prime times, streaming radio works just the opposite. Prime time for streaming is 9 am - 5 pm when people are at their desks. Listener counts peak again from 7 pm - 11 pm, when people are home from work and logging on to their computers. This means that advertisers enjoy more opportunities to deliver their messages to the audience. In addition, people who listen to streaming radio listen longer than traditional radio audiences, an average of 3.7 hours versus 2.1 hours!

# An estimated 20 million listeners tune in to Internet audio broadcasts each week and listen for approx 5.5 hours per week - Arbitron/Edison Research

# Fifty-two percent of monthly Internet broadcast consumers have purchased online in the last month, versus only 28% for non-monthly Internet broadcast consumers. Arbitron

So.... does it sound like Internet Radio is not real?

The motto of the ConXis conference in 2002 was "We're Ready... Be Prepared".

Guess what? WE ARE HERE.


Chris J. Popp

9412 - The Rock Station

www.9412.com
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cjpopp:
Feb. 6th, 2006 @ 05:45 pm So...
Dunno if anyone ever reads my journal or the 9412 one but I'm off the air for a while...

My Computer decided to blow up on air last week whilst covering for Jake. Guess the Townsend guitar on 'Who are you' just proved a bit too much for it to handle.

I'll return, hopefully not too long.

Take care folks.
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Feb. 5th, 2006 @ 03:24 pm 6-pack schedule for week of 2-6-06
Hey everyone,

Hope your weekend was great!

Here is the 6-pack schedule for the week of 1-30-06:

Monday - Fleetwood Mac Part 1
Tuesday - Fleetwood Mac Part 2
Wednesday - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Thursday - Doobie Brothers Part 1
Friday - Doobie Brothers Part 2

We do the 6-pack every day at 10:30am CT on the show. We REPLAY it every weekday at 5pm CT, in case you have to miss the morning airing.

Don't forget that the Wake With Jake Trivia Challenge occurs at 9:30 am CT. You can win a CD every week and a 9412 Kitchen Magnet every day! Also, unlike past challenges, every correct daily answer has a chance to win the weekly prize!!

Join me tomorrow!!

See you then,
JB
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jakeblues1:
Jan. 29th, 2006 @ 03:18 pm 6-pack schedule for week of 1-30-06
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Hey everyone,

Hope your weekend was great!

Here is the 6-pack schedule for the week of 1-30-06:

Monday - Heart Part 1
Tuesday - Heart Part 2
Wednesday - John (Cougar) Mellencamp
Thursday - Jake will not be in / no 6-pk
Friday - Gerry Rafferty

We do the 6-pack every day at 10:30am CT on the show. We REPLAY it every weekday at 5pm CT, in case you have to miss the morning airing.

Don't forget that the Wake With Jake Trivia Challenge occurs at 9:30 am CT. You can win a CD and a 9412 Kitchen Magnet! Also, unlike past challenges, every correct daily answer has a chance to win the weekly prize!!

Join me tomorrow!!

See you then,
JB
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jakeblues1:
Jan. 22nd, 2006 @ 08:14 pm 6-pack schedule for week of 1-23-06
Current Mood: busybusy
Hey everyone,

Hope your weekend was great!

Here is the 6-pack schedule for the week of 1-23-06:

Monday - Janis Joplin
Tuesday - Jefferson Airplane
Wednesday - Jefferson Starship / Starship
Thursday - Jake will not be in / no 6-pk
Friday - Joe Walsh

We do the 6-pack every day at 10:30am CT on the show. We REPLAY it every weekday at 5pm CT, in case you have to miss the morning airing.

Don't forget that the Wake With Jake Trivia Challenge occurs at 9:30 am CT. You can win a CD and a 9412 Kitchen Magnet! Also, unlike past challenges, every correct daily answer has a chance to win the weekly prize!!

Join me tomorrow!!

See you then,
JB
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jakeblues1: