Category Archives: Station News

Virtual Community Radio at SL18B

VCRa­dio is going to a par­ty — the biggest par­ty on the Sec­ond Life grid. We’ll be at the Sec­ond Life 18th Birth­day cel­e­bra­tion — SL18B — open­ing June 17 and run­ning through July 1st.

We’ve set up head­quar­ters on SLB Aston­ish, and our plans include a spe­cial edi­tion of the month­ly new age music show The Grove, spe­cial live pre­sen­ta­tions of our sig­na­ture fea­tures Tarot @ Teatime and Where Have You Been? plus a fun triv­ia trea­sure hunt right at VCRa­dio SLB Headquarters!

Genre Day: Music of the Baroque

Today, Sat­ur­day Feb­ru­ary 6th, we explore the music of the Baroque era. We’ll be includ­ing the work of a wide range of com­posers. Many will be famil­iar; oth­er per­haps less so — or they may have writ­ten pieces that we know well but have no idea of who com­posed them — for exam­ple Eng­lish com­pos­er Thomas Arne, who wrote Rule Bri­tan­nia but also a range of oth­er pieces which deserve more inter­est than is usu­al­ly paid to them.

Virtual Community Radio Is On The Air — Saturday Feb 6

The tests are com­plete, the stream is on the air, and it’s time to offi­cial­ly launch the station!

We’d like to extend a warm invi­ta­tion to Sec­ond Life res­i­dents to join Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio at our Grand Open­ing Ball in our fab­u­lous art deco the­atre on the Chest­nut Hills region, on Sat­ur­day Feb­ru­ary 6th at 2pm Pacif­ic Time (22:00 GMT), as we offi­cial­ly launch the sta­tion. Come in for­mal dress and enjoy a pro­gramme of 90 min­utes of waltzes, fox­trots and some rather more live­ly dances in a broad­ly Light Clas­si­cal vein, pre­sent­ed in liv­ing stereo­phon­ic sound by DJ Cale­do­nia Skytower.

Elrik Merlin Steps Forward to Found Virtual Community Radio

Richard Elen (bet­ter known in Sec­ond Life by his DJ name, “Elrik Mer­lin”, or “Rik” for short) has a tool­box which run­neth over with audio skills, music, broad­cast­ing, and all the impor­tant behind-the-scenes details that go along with those activ­i­ties.  From work­ing as a tour­ing and stu­dio sound engi­neer in the 1970s; through dozens of pro­duc­ing and engi­neer­ing gigs; mag­a­zine edit­ing and mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions; to cur­rent work as a spe­cial­ist trans­fer­ring vin­tage tapes and discs to dig­i­tal for­mat for major pro­duc­tion music libraries, “wealth” does not begin to cov­er the expe­ri­ence he brings to his var­i­ous vir­tu­al world endeavors.

Sec­ond Life res­i­dents may best know him stand­ing beside Saf­fia Wid­der­shins in the award-win­ning web TV show Design­ing Worlds, where for well over a decade he’s been co-host and has worked cru­cial­ly behind the scenes on the tech­ni­cal pro­duc­tion of each episode. Until recent­ly, he played a sim­i­lar role with Gabrielle Riel and the suite of streams for­mer­ly known as Radio Riel, work­ing as part of the team of on-air pre­sen­ters, along­side pro­vid­ing behind-the-scenes tech­ni­cal sup­port. With the found­ing of Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio he steps in front, tak­ing the lead­ing role informed by his decades of pro­fes­sion­al experience.

Building a Virtual Home

We are cur­rent­ly in the process of build­ing a head­quar­ters loca­tion in Sec­ond Life as a base for our oper­a­tions in-world. The “VCR The­atre” is being brought togeth­er by Hon­ey Heart and will be com­plet­ed soon.

It takes the form of an Art Deco the­atre, with a stage, seat­ing that can be over­laid for danc­ing, and a broad­cast stu­dio. In addi­tion it will house admin­is­tra­tive func­tions like the devices that will han­dle spon­sor­ship pay­ments and renewals to make that oper­a­tion as smooth as possible.

We are also intend­ing to hold live read­ings and oth­er per­for­mances as well as dances and oth­er activ­i­ties in the audi­to­ri­um. Here are a few pic­tures — though bear in mind that the build is not yet finished.

Get the App!

We are work­ing with Patrick at Kalei­do­scop­ic Cre­ation to devel­op our own mobile apps, but in the meantime…

VCR is host­ed by Live365, and they make iOS and Android mobile apps avail­able so you can lis­ten to mem­ber sta­tions on the go.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly these apps don’t auto­mat­i­cal­ly tune to VCR — you can use them to lis­ten to any Live365 sta­tion — so you need to search for “Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio” to locate us and start lis­ten­ing. Click the heart icon to label it as a Favourite and off you go!

Due to music licens­ing agree­ments, these apps are avail­able in the UK, US and Cana­da only at this time.

Remem­ber that we are still doing test trans­mis­sions, so the stream may go off the air from time to time and you’ll hear a curi­ous vari­ety of music across the day.

On the air soon!

We’re get­ting things ready for the turn of the year, when we go on the air.

Stay tuned!