Category Archives: Station News

We’re now available in AAC

We are pleased to let you know that in addi­tion to our exist­ing mp3 audio stream, we can now be heard in AAC, which may offer improved qual­i­ty includ­ing bet­ter stereo and a clean­er sound, par­tic­u­lar­ly as we improve oth­er parts of our broad­cast chain to match.

Per­haps more impor­tant­ly, lis­ten­ers will expe­ri­ence low­er data usage as the AAC stream runs at 64kbps rather than the 128kbps that is used by the mp3 stream. We are cur­rent­ly upgrad­ing our mobile apps to play the AAC stream — watch this space! The 128kbps mp3 stream is unaffected.

To tune in to the AAC stream, set your play­er to Some net­work play­ers (Winamp for exam­ple) won’t decode the AAC stream over an https path, so in that case use An alter­na­tive is to use the short-cut — but note that this does not work with all play­ers (VLC works fine)

NOTE: AAC is not avail­able in Sec­ond Life. Lis­ten­ers in Sec­ond Life and oth­er vir­tu­al envi­ron­ments that rely on the FMOD audio libraries should con­tin­ue to use the exist­ing mp3 stream as AAC is not sup­port­ed by this library (and appar­ent­ly nev­er will be). You can, of course, run an ordi­nary net­work play­er while you’re in-world.

The 2023 Edition of the Dickens Project

Now open — until Jan­u­ary 7th!

Major Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio spon­sor and sup­port­er Sean­chai Library is pleased to announce the open­ing of The Dick­ens Project 2023 Edi­tion.

This Sec­ond Life win­ter hol­i­day tra­di­tion invites guests to walk in the steps of Ebenez­er Scrooge in an envi­ron­ment inspired by Charles Dick­ens’ 1843 novel­la “A Christ­mas Car­ol.” An invit­ed com­mu­ni­ty of Sec­ond Life res­i­dents, groups, and orga­ni­za­tions will present a vari­ety of music events, per­for­mances, tours, and sto­ry presentations.

Oth­er fea­tures include skat­ing, sled­ding, a bal­loon ride, a horse cart tour, plen­ty of pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ties, and sev­er­al new fea­tures this year. The Dick­ens Project regions opened on Thurs­day, Decem­ber 7th, and close at the end of the day on Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 7th.

Vis­it the Project now, at

Winter Hollow: a Winter Wonderland Experience

Join us for a beau­ti­ful ren­di­tion of Win­ter and the Win­ter hol­i­days in Win­ter Hol­low 2023, con­ceived by Hon­ey Heart, and pre­sent­ed by Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio spon­sor Elite Eques­tri­an.

Take a 15-minute sleigh ride through the snowy coun­try­side, stop­ping off to skate, dance, or explore the many beau­ti­ful spaces through­out this exten­sive expe­ri­ence. Pause at hunt head­quar­ters in the Tree Farm, or try the pony ride to win a spe­cial Lim­it­ed Edi­tion of the Famous and Beloved Bay Rum Roy­al, exclu­sive to Win­ter Hol­low. Take a per­son­al sleigh from the Ride With Me expe­ri­ence to explore on your own.

The mag­ic of the sea­son is yours, but don’t delay — this build, like any snowflake, is unique and tran­sient and it dis­solves into the ether on Jan­u­ary 3rd.

Find Win­ter Hol­low 2023 in the Des­ti­na­tion Guide or fol­low the SLURL to the Wil­low Grove region to visit:

Live Tarot Readings in Second Life, Nov 23

To give thanks for the sea­son, Hon­ey Heart PhD, host of Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio’s orig­i­nal series, “Tarot @ Teatime”, will be giv­ing  FREE Live Tarot Read­ings at the Tarot Tent in Win­ter Hol­low in Sec­ond Life, on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23 1:00–2:00 PM SLT.

All read­ings are free, per­formed in a pri­vate SL Voice Call, and con­duct­ed sole­ly in Eng­lish. Please make sure you are con­fig­ured to accept a pri­vate SL Voice Call pri­or to arriv­ing. Read­ings are first come-first served and the last read­ing will be tak­en at 1:50 pm.

Your car­riage awaits:

Read­ings are for enter­tain­ment pur­pos­es only.

Live Tarot Readings — Friday, August 11th

On FRIDAY AUGUST 11th from 3–4pm SLT/Pacific Time, come along for a con­fi­den­tial free TAROT READING with HONEY HEART, co-host of the Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio series, “Tarot @ Teatime”. Just TP over to the Tarot Tent at Wil­low Grove/197/62/2801. (Read­ings are for enter­tain­ment pur­pos­es only.)

Then don’t for­get that you can catch the lat­est episode of our orig­i­nal series, Tarot @ Teatime, on Sun­days and Thurs­days at 12 noon or 4pm Pacific/SLT, 8pm or mid­night in the UK.

We’ve Got Skill!

We’re pleased to announce that you can now access Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio sim­ply and quick­ly on your Alexa or com­pat­i­ble cloud-based smart speak­er. Just enable the skill (and you may not even have to do that) and you’re one step away from being tuned in!

If you need to enable the Skill, say “Alexa, enable Skill” and then reply “Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio” when asked for the name of the Skill.

Then you can just say, “Alexa, Play Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio”!

*Note that this fea­ture may not be avail­able out­side the US, Cana­da and the UK.

VCRadio Presents… Live Tarot Readings at SL20B

Hon­ey Heart, co-host of the orig­i­nal Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio series “Tarot @ Teatime” will be on hand at the VCRa­dio instal­la­tion on SLB Breath­tak­ing to give Tarot read­ings to vis­i­tors — free of charge — from 1 to 2 pm SLT on Sat­ur­day June 24th and Fri­day June 30th. Don’t miss this oppor­tu­ni­ty for a per­son­al reading!

Your car­riage awaits!

Read­ings are for enter­tain­ment pur­pos­es only.

We’re Moving to Willow Grove

As we write, we’re mov­ing into our third year, and we’re in the process of mov­ing our head­quar­ters to a new loca­tion on the Wil­low Grove region. The SLURL is

All our Spon­sors, Friends and Patrons’ rental pan­els are now in the back room at the new HQ. There should­n’t be any inter­rup­tion in these services.

Over the com­ing year, you can expect a con­tin­u­a­tion of our unique pro­gram­ming, includ­ing new episodes of our orig­i­nal series, some of which are cur­rent­ly on hia­tus. “The Mag­ic of The Musi­cal” will start a new sea­son in April, and until then we’ll be run­ning some favourite episodes in the Sat­ur­day 2pm SLT slot. And when the series returns in the Spring, it’ll be broad­cast live from a brand new loca­tion. Sim­i­lar­ly, there will be new episodes of “Where Have You Been?”, where we vis­it places of inter­est around the Grid,  begin­ning next month — and until then we’ll be re-run­ning some shows cov­er­ing still-cur­rent SL loca­tions and activities.

Keep an eye on the web site here for the lat­est details.

October 27–31st at Haunted Hollow

The cel­e­bra­tion of the spir­its of autumn con­tin­ues this week, and Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio is pleased to be there right along­side Tarot @ Teatime and Sean­chai Library to sup­port this event, pro­duced by Elite Equestrian.

Join us on between Thurs­day, Octo­ber 27th and Hal­lowe’en itself, Mon­day, Octo­ber 31st, at Haunt­ed Hol­low on Chest­nut Hills in #Sec­ondlife for the fol­low­ing events — all times SLT/Pacific …

  • Thurs­day, Octo­ber 27, 6–7pm - Live Tarot Read­ings with Tarot @ Teatime’s Hon­ey Heart
  • Thurs­day, Octo­ber 27, 7–9pm - Free­bird Live Trick Or Treat
  • Fri­day, Octo­ber 28, 11am-1pm - Free­bird Live Trick Or Treat
  • Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 28, 7–9pm - Free­bird Live Trick Or Treat with DJ Cale on-the ‑air
  • Sun­day, Octo­ber 30th, 1:30pm — Ray Bradbury’s “The Hal­loween Tree” live read­ing with Sean­chai Library — Conclusion
    fol­lowed at 2:30pm approx to mid­night — A Samhain Ball at The Peak over­look­ing the entire region, with DJ Elrik Merlin
  • Mon­day, Octo­ber 31st at 2pm — Tarot Talk — The Scary Cards where the hosts of Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio’s “Tarot @ Teatime” give a live pre­sen­ta­tion on why they’re not so scary at all.
    fol­lowed at 3pm - Wash­ing­ton Irv­ing’s “The Leg­end of Sleepy Hol­low” pre­sent­ed by Sean­chai Library’s Cale­do­nia Skytower

Stay Tuned to for fea­tured music Wednes­days and Sat­ur­days, our pro­grams Where Have You Been? (Weds/Sat) and Tarot @ Teatime (Thurs/Sun), and ZBS Radio Dra­ma Fri­days all on-the-air.

SUNDAY 23rd at Haunted Hollow

The cel­e­bra­tion of the spir­its of autumn con­tin­ues this week, and Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio is pleased to be there right along­side Tarot @ Teatime and Sean­chai Library to sup­port this event, pro­duced by Elite Equestrian.

Join us on Sun­day, Octo­ber 23rd, at Haunt­ed Hol­low on Chest­nut Hills in #Sec­ondlife for …

  • Sun­day, Octo­ber 23, 1:30pm — Ray Bradbury’s “The Hal­loween Tree” with Sean­chai Library — Part 2
  • fol­lowed at 2:30pm — Clas­si­cal Autumn Ball at the Ball­room over­look­ing the sea with DJ Cale­do­nia Skytower
  • PLUS Tarot @ Teatime at 12 noon and 4pm Pacific/SLT

And there’s still more hap­py haunt­ings to come.

Review the full sched­ule of events between now and All Hal­lows Eve.

Stay Tuned to for fea­tured music Wednes­days and Sat­ur­days, our pro­grams Where Have You Been? and Tarot @ Teatime, and ZBS Radio Dra­ma Fri­days all on-the-air.