Category Archives: Programming

Light Classical Music …and more

Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 25th: today on Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio, we’re pleased to present a pro­gramme of light clas­si­cal music, one of our core genres.

The pro­gramme fea­tures a wide range of both artists and com­posers, some well-known and some, per­haps, who are sel­dom heard. Lis­ten out for the likes of Tom­lin­son, Ketel­bey, Alwyn, Gun­ning and Addin­sell, for exam­ple, to name but a few, and enjoy a day of tune­ful, often relax­ing orches­tral music.

The Fourth Tower of Inverness

Today, Fri­day 24th Sep­tem­ber, we’re begin­ning the first of the acclaimed and award-win­ning radio dra­ma series from ZBS Foun­da­tion, by kind per­mis­sion of Tom Lopez at ZBS. Tune in today for the first episode of The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness, the ZBS series that start­ed it all back in 1972.

We’re going to be run­ning a total of 13 30-minute episodes, one a week, on Fri­days at noon and 4pm Pacif­ic time / 8pm and mid­night in the UK.

This clas­sic sto­ry is filled with all kinds of teach­ings, from Ram Dass play­ing on the Wurl­itzer of Wis­doms, to the Tibetan wheel-of-life, to Sufi sto­ries, all woven into a humor­ous adven­ture tak­ing place in an old man­sion called Inver­ness. The man­sion has three tow­ers, but Jack Flan­ders has seen a fourth. When he final­ly enters the tow­er, he dis­cov­ers there are var­i­ous lev­els, and each lev­el con­tains anoth­er world.

Fea­tur­ing Robert Lorick as Jack Flan­ders, Valerie Manch­es as Lady Jowls, Mur­ray Head as Lord Jowls, and M. Ful­ton as Chief Wampum. It’s a must ​for fans of radio dra­ma and exot­ic meta­phys­i­cal mysteries.

We don’t own the rights to ZBS pro­duc­tions, so they will not be appear­ing on our Mix­Cloud chan­nel. But if you like what you hear from ZBS, don’t for­get that you can buy mp3 down­loads, USB sticks and even the odd CD of their pro­duc­tions at ZBS.org, or stream them with a sub­scrip­tion at ZBSmedia.com. And if you like what you hear, why not make a dona­tion on their web site?

Autumnal Equinox

Today, Wednes­day 22nd Sep­tem­ber, we’re pre­sent­ing a pro­gramme of music to cel­e­brate the Autum­nal Equinox in the North­ern Hemi­sphere, which marks the begin­ning of Autumn.

The hol­i­day of the autum­nal equinox, Har­vest Home, Mabon, the Feast of the Ingath­er­ing, Meán Fómhair, An Clabh­súr, or Alban Elfed (in Neo-Druid tra­di­tions), is a mod­ern Pagan rit­u­al of thanks­giv­ing for the fruits of the earth and a recog­ni­tion of the need to share them to secure the bless­ings of the God­dess and the Gods dur­ing the com­ing win­ter months. The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kel­ly around 1970 as a ref­er­ence to Mabon ap Mod­ron, a char­ac­ter from Welsh mythol­o­gy. Among the sab­bats, it is the sec­ond of the three Pagan har­vest fes­ti­vals, pre­ced­ed by Lam­mas / Lugh­nasadh and fol­lowed by Samhain.

Join us for the lat­est episode of our Sec­ond Life trav­el series “Where Have You Been?”, where we vis­it the Restau­rant at the End of the Uni­verse: noon and 4pm Pacif­ic; 8pm and mid­night in the UK, and lis­ten out for an episode of “Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity” from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton, every four hours from 4am Pacific.

“Anderi­da Gorsedd, The Long Man of Wilm­ing­ton, Autumn Equinox” by chrisjohn­beck­ett is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Music from the Grand Hotel

And now we take you to the Palm Court of the Grand Hotel…” as the announc­er used to say, intro­duc­ing a pro­gramme of fine light clas­si­cal and dance music from the Grand Hotel in East­bourne, on Britain’s South Coast.

Today we take you back to the dance-halls of the ear­ly to mid­dle 20th Cen­tu­ry, from around the mid-20s to the 50s, char­ac­terised by the BBC radio series, Grand Hotel. We’ll also be hear­ing some clas­sic big-band record­ings and much more.

Then at 12 noon or 4pm Pacif­ic / 8pm or mid­night in the UK, tune in for the lat­est episode of “Where Have You Been?”, our twice-month­ly look at things to do and places to vis­it on the Sec­ond Life Grid. This time, we vis­it The Restau­rant At The End Of The Uni­verse.

Introducing… ZBS: Audio Adventure At Its Finest

Today, Fri­day Sep­tem­ber 17th, sees the start of a new set of radio dra­ma series from our friends at ZBS Foun­da­tion. Begin­ning as a com­mune of radio pro­duc­ers in an island stu­dio farm in upstate New York, the “Zee­bers” start­ed by cre­at­ing radio com­mer­cials and oth­er projects includ­ing albums for DJs to pro­mote new record com­pa­ny releases.

In 1972 they cre­at­ed their first radio dra­ma series, The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness, about an intre­pid and unin­ten­tion­al adven­tur­er, Jack Flan­ders, who sets about dis­cov­er­ing the mys­ter­ies inside a hid­den tow­er in an old Vic­to­ri­an man­sion. We’ll be broad­cast­ing The Fourth Tow­er start­ing next week, Fri­day 24th.

This week, we are bring­ing you a spe­cial 80-minute intro­duc­tion to the work of ZBS Foun­da­tion, at 12 noon and 4pm Pacif­ic / 8pm or mid­night in the UK.

Tarot @ Teatime, Episode 15

It’s time for a new episode of our pop­u­lar series on the Tarot, “Tarot @ Teatime”.

Pre­mier­ing on Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 16th and repeat­ed Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 19th, Episode 15 of “Tarot @ Tea Time” dis­cuss­es rit­u­als, jour­nal­ing, and med­i­ta­tions.

“Where Have You Been?” visits The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe!

Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 15th: In a new episode of our orig­i­nal series, “Where Have You Been?”, which sug­gests places to see and things to do around the Sec­ond Life grid, Episode 16 vis­its The Restau­rant At The End Of The Uni­verse, inspired by Mil­li­ways, said restau­rant in Dou­glas Adams’ mul­ti-part hilar­i­ty, The Hitch-hik­er’s Guide to the Galaxy (aka H2G2).

There are all sorts of fun lit­tle robots put­ter­ing about, a ghoul­ish bar­tender in an astronaut’s space suit, bright lit­tle details from the glow­ing, fizzing cock­tails to the vibrant­ly col­ored art on the walls. It’s a fair­ly new loca­tion, so not too many peo­ple know about it… yet! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Polar%20Circle/97/90/764

Don’t miss this fun new episode! 12 noon or 4pm Pacif­ic, 8pm or mid­night in the UK.

Ancient Journeys

Today, Weds 15 Sep­tem­ber, join us on a jour­ney across the Ancient World, guid­ed by the ancient and mys­te­ri­ous Piri Reis Map.

We vis­it Ancient Greece, Rome and beyond to encounter the Sev­en Won­ders of the Ancient World. We redis­cov­er lost Atlantis, the ancient civil­i­sa­tions of South Amer­i­ca, cross the Pacif­ic and even trav­el to Antarc­ti­ca and the Moon.

This week: New Episodes!

Here’s an out­line of what’s hap­pen­ing on Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio this week, Sep­tem­ber 15–21. We’re fea­tur­ing three new shows! All shows air at at Noon & 4pm SLT/Pacific Time, that’s 8pm and mid­night in the UK.

Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 15th, Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 18th — Episode 16 of “Where Have You Been?” vis­its The Restau­rant at the End of the Universe.

Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 16th & Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 19th — Episode 15 of “Tarot @ Tea Time” dis­cuss­es rit­u­als, jour­nal­ing, and med­i­ta­tions.

Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 17th — ZBS Foun­da­tion: A Unique Intro­duc­tion: As we pre­pare to start an extend­ed sea­son of audio adven­tures from our friends at ZBS Foun­da­tion, we kick off with an overview of writer Meat­ball Ful­ton’s favourite ZBS series in a spe­cial 80-minute extrav­a­gan­za full of amaz­ing excerpts.

Wednes­day & Sat­ur­day — Fea­tured Music

Stay Tuned!

Two New Shows on Mixcloud: Tarot@Teatime 14 & Where Have You Been 15

We’re pleased to let you know that there are new episodes of our two pop­u­lar orig­i­nal series now up on Mix­cloud in case you missed them or are work­ing your way through the series.

In Episode 14 of Tarot @ Teatime, Hon­ey and Wil­low dis­cuss the Four Car­di­nal Virtues and how they relate to both the Major and Minor Arcana of the Tarot. In addi­tion, the read­ing for this episode presents a tech­nique for choos­ing a good date for a project.

Mean­while, Episode 15 of our pop­u­lar twice-month­ly orig­i­nal series about things to do and places to vis­it around the Sec­ond Life grid, “Where Have You Been?”, this time vis­its Art Korner SL. Art Korner SL focus­es on art and pho­tog­ra­phy show­cased in-world across all dif­fer­ent gen­res and forms. They seek to cov­er art gal­leries, art projects, pho­to­genic regions and many oth­er activ­i­ties through con­tent which is orig­i­nal, infor­ma­tive and entertaining.