4G & Marconi

the wireless

Marconi, The Wireless and You

The internet may soon be a wireless thing if Sprint and Verizon have their way. The appearance of 4G clouds the issue of internet dominance by cable and land line. But, is this really earth shattering? Hardly.

Guglielmo Marconi refined wireless telegraphy in the early 1900’s. His wireless transmitted greetings from the U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to the United Kingdom’s King Edward the VII. That was the first transatlantic wireless from the U.S. The same Marconi station was the first to receive distress signals from the RMS Titanic.

From Marconi’s wireless, we have reached a stage whereby we can talk by wireless technology, not from a fixed location, but a mobile one, with the ability to contact people all over the United States. The modern world requires mobility. We demand it from our gadgets. While Marconi did not invent the wireless, he helped it evolve. In some small way, he provided the foundation for 4G, which will soon allow us to send not just voice but streaming media to those on the move.

Could Marconi have envisioned the use of wireless to transmit live pictures? Soon, you will have, in the palm of your hand, a device which will rival the technology of 1960’s Sci-Fi. While we may not be on the correct path in various aspects of our culture, technology remains an outstanding feature of living today, thanks in part to Marconi and his wireless.

(Guglielmo Marconi)

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Welcome to Our New World

Mic-Studio

Hi, welcome to radio 66+,

Thanks for taking the time to look us up.

This radio station is the vision of my husband who has worked in radio at various times in his life.

Now retired and after 5 plus years of devoting a lot of time and energy into caring for his elderly Mum, who, sadly died this August, he had time on his hands. The dream he had put on hold could now be pursued.

Lots of research had to be done on how to set up an online station. The surprising thing was that cost wise it isn’t a huge expense to get started, just a few basic items like a good quality microphone and headphones and a mixer and a computer of course, which we already had. Compared to years gone by these items are very reasonably priced and can be obtained cheaply online.

Now, when it come to time, that is a whole different matter. He has spent weeks and weeks and weeks setting this up. Compiling a music library, working out how to use the broadcasting software, programming the station, cutting voice tracks, making jingles etc etc. I even get involved in that part, it is great fun.

Many a night he has woken up around 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep for thinking about ways to improve the station so he gets up and starts work and carries on all day into the early evening. He does stop to eat although has skipped a few miles during the process.

We were lucky to have a room available that was away from the main area of the house so it would be quiet for recording and setting it up as his studio involved a lot of work and that’s where I came in. I am happy to do the re-organizing. I had been using it as a sewing room so all my stuff had to come out. It already had a built in work surface/desk which was perfect for his computer, mike and mixer and sound system. Of course, that meant I had to find a place for my stuff so more moving around of things but eventually we got it all sorted out.

His music library consists of a wide spectrum of music to account for all tastes. It has modern day hits, oldies, pop, rock, country and blues. It has songs from the US, Canada and Europe so our friends and family should find something they enjoy.

It is still very much a work in progress so tune in and give us a try but if the first song you hear isn’t to your liking just hang about a bit, we have music for everyone. It’s worth hanging on to listen to our jingles and promos!

We are trying news on the hour too.

We have no idea where this will lead us, whether it will just end up being a station for our own enjoyment or whether our friends and family will end up listening in regularly or whether we will attract a bigger audience. Time will tell. Please tell your friends and families if you enjoy listening. There are links to it on this website. Four different links, one for each type of player. Click on your music player and it will down load a link for it. (Example- iTunes player)

It has been a very intense but enjoyable project and we will carry on working to improve it, expanding the library and making voicetracks and jingles.

Thanks for listening!

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Radio 66+ The Format

mrandmsnorthcurtinfrost

Format Du Jour

Okay, that’s a fancy French word, but, maybe you need some culture. LOL.

Radio 66+ is rough around the edges but like anything interesting it’s not all bawdy, guy stuff. We have our moments.

The primary purpose of 66+ is fun. We do it because we enjoy it. My primary career was in radio. I worked many different formats in several markets. Radio is a gypsy world and I reached a point where my family was more important than fame and glory. Today, I do not expect fame, glory nor wealth but to enjoy what I love — radio.

The generation which precedes us, like most, has their time, their music, their history. We were born and lived through, in my opinion, what was the best time to be alive in the Free World. From living in a rural area with no running water, or electricity to sitting at the keyboard of quad processor, large screen computer set up doing internet radio going across the globe, my life has seen many dramatic twists and turns.

The music of our lives has been as varied as the experiences and cultures of our past. We’ve enjoyed everything from classical to hard rock. Radio 66+ is an expression of our past, the culture which makes Heather and I who we are. Here’s hoping you can find a bit of you in the music which spans over 6 decades.

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