Wednesday, August 27, 2008

GUS.FM 128kbs Server Changed

If you have the GUS.FM 128kbs Shoutcast stream bookmarked to your media player, make note that we have transitioned to a new server which is online now. You may simply go to the GUS.FM website and click on the listen link in the current song playing window which will open to the new stream address and refresh your bookmark. Or you can enter this url into your media browser:

We will pull the plug on the original Shoutcast 128kbs stream on 9/1/08.

Though we have diligently made changes to all known portals, we're aware that in time there are many relays that have voluntarily, and unknown to us, picked up our webcast.

If you know of such a situation, please contact that individual service and link them back to this message, or email us at

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Time For My Opinion on Internet Radio Royalty Rates

I'm ocassionally asked, or am forwarded news articles about the plight of the

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Boycott Gary Glitter Music

I will not, and have never aired Gary Glitter material on my radio station! He is a convicted child predator and pervert of the worst extreme!

I could say that would sum it all up and close this particular article, except for one thing. He still receives royalty checks every time his 1971 hit song "Rock and Roll Pt2" is played at virtually every sporting venue in the world. And you may unknowingly be feeding his appetite.

My daughter was in high school band, and I remember each touchdown that was scored was punctuated by each teams' respective band by the familiar duh duh duh...da duh-da duh. The rights that were obtained to play that in a public setting was (or legally, should have been) licensed to compensate the composer. That is Gary Glitter in this case. And my tax money, stadium admission, and band support money funneled to his sick, twisted coffer.

The same for your high school, college, and pro team attendance.

A multiple offender in Britain, and fallen from grace, Glitter doesn't seem to absorb the gravity of his offenses. So it seems, if he couldn't be able to fix in his homeland, he trolled about internationally.

Just released from a three year sentence at a Vietnamese prison for molesting two 11 year old girls, Glitter is now slithering back to London. If that's not bad enough to an accumulation of money he made while he slept and God only knows what type of punishment you receive in a Vietnamese prison. If you ask me, even that was too lenient.

There are appropriate appendages that should be cut off Glitter at this point. If you can't get to the prime one, go for the next best thing and cut off his money. Be aware of this situation and demand that his music no longer be played at any venue.

It's a shame. I enjoyed playing this hit song in my early radio years and had fond reflections of my high school years.

From this point on, however, any time you hear "Rock and Roll, Pt.2" consider it the "Child Predator's National Anthem."

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website

Friday, August 15, 2008

Online Radio-GUS.FM: New and Improved!

Let's start off by saying.."We're exhausted! But the 'Classic Hit Combo' is back (and ON) with a vengence!" So come back to GUS.FM!

To catch you up to speed, especially if you've tried to login to the music stream, the internet has not been a very good friend for us this summer. Largely due to unexpected failures in the mainframe infrastructure from our origin, one after another. In keeping a discrepency log, the last count was 119 occurances in the last 30 days alone. (Hey, honestly, even we quit listening!)

Frustrations, lost sleep, revenue and a steady decline of listeners hit us with a brick of embarassment. When will it ever end? With a large degree of certainty we believe it has! Running the latest ping, and a little tweaking, I have never seen a such a clean response. And you can tell by listening!

The 'Classic Hit Combo' has gained a worldwide notariety that we intend to keep. Striking a cord with our listeners, that never stopped loving the classic hits of the past and developing new ones. With the likes of Classic Rock, Blues, Country, Christian and Oldies, it's sure to keep you in a grip for a long time to come.

A word of advice, if you ever run an internet radio station, you're at the mercy of your IP. But be nice and willing to work together and they'll be at your mercy.

Drop us a line and tell us what you think. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Clearing Satellite Signal Blockage

The other day I ran across someone asking a question about whether or not a geosynchronous satellite can drift off the alignment track while sending signal to earth.

Not likely. Characteristics of the earth can, and always do, however. Anything from a sinking foundation, to seasonal exposure can have an effect on a satellite dish in it’s present environment versus it’s original alignment.

For example, last year at our home in Texas, we had a record breaking three month torrential monsoon that didn’t let up almost every single evening. With an approaching thunderstorm from the southwest it was getting fairly routine to have a “rain fade” of our signal. Eventually the rain let up, but we were still having bouts of intermittent signal loss in clear sky conditions.

After a few weeks of troubleshooting the dish and receiver I climbed the roof and placed a laser pointer on top of the LNB. The light went right into about a third of my neighbors tree that had grown an astonishing six feet. After asking him to trim it back, the problem cleared.

This is a great way to troubleshoot any sat problem; but you must make sure to take a few safety (and regulatgory) issues at hand. Make sure the laser isn’t pointing in anyone’s direction. This can cause severe eye damage. Also make sure there isn’t any aircraft close by. The FAA will be all over you in a heartbeat.