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A History Lesson about Internet Radio

One of the greatest, if not the greatest, inventions of our lifetime is the Internet. It is a way to bring together millions of people from across the world to connect and share information. The Internet offers the user social networking, file sharing, music, and a plethora of information about every subject you want to know about. Radio stations have had to readapt the way they operate since the invention and technology of the Internet. Traditional radio has had a long history and now Internet radio is the current story being written. The history of radio online dates back less than twenty years and is considered modern history.

Online radio stations were first broadcasted in the early 1990s and did not take off right away. The stations, or websites, had to invent themselves and be presented to reach their target audience. Some radio stations were streaming broadcasts of music, talk shows, and some Internet radio is also considered to be a music library of songs found online. Unlike traditional radio, online radio can be accessed anywhere in the world, and in turn anyone in the world can listen to music from another city, state, country, or continent.

Originally, the Internet was a medium for communication, education, and government purposes. As the popularity of the World Wide Web grew, Congress approved the Internet to be used for commercial purposes. The first radio program to be broadcasted online was in 1993, and it was a talk show about computers and the Internet. A year later, the music industry would start to utilize the medium. The Rolling Stones broadcasted their concert live on the Internet. After that, radio stations followed their act and started to stream their shows online.

As the music hype started to spread via the Internet, music file sharing and downloading spread like wild fire. There were a lot of controversies from artists and listeners because the music industry took a hit from decreased record sales and royalties. It was not until 1998 that President Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which included laws to protect musicians and copyrighted material. This means that Internet radio stations have to also pay royalties for music. This also meant that music found online was not free and had to be paid for.

By the late 90s, there were thousands, and still are, of Internet Radio programs. Radio stations online stream live talk show programs and music stations. There are sites that are genre specific, play a mix of different music, and other that play artists that are unsigned by record labels. Having Internet radio has changed the culture and way that people listen to and find music. Bands can gain popularity through the Internet. It is easier to be heard and get heard.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

How to Become an Internet Radio DJ

A fun job where you can connect with thousands of people and entertain for your living is to be a disc jockey, also known as a DJ. It is a dream job for people who love music, people, and entertainment. There are many different approaches for the type of show and audience you want to connect to. You have a radio program that discusses politics, religion, life’s situations, or music for example. You need pizzazz, a “radio voice,” and a few other components to become a disc jockey. Here are some tips on how to become a DJ on a radio station on the Internet.

One of the most important components for this job is knowledge. You have to be an expert on the topic your show is about. If you are a DJ for a music station, you should know as much as possible about music. Most stations are genre specific, so you should know all the top hits, musicians, and style of music. Radio stations on the Internet are both genre specific and mixed. Usually there are links to a type of genre on one site. If you are the DJ for all channels on the site, you will have to immerse yourself in music knowledge. You can only be a great and well liked DJ if you are playing the type of music that people want to hear on the station.

After you have gained knowledge about the topic you want to DJ about, you will need the necessary materials and technology. For the Internet, it will be very important that you have a fast connection if you are working from home and streaming with a station online. The host will have a minimum connection speed and bandwidth that you will need to stream properly without interruptions. You will also need a microphone and a laptop or computer with a lot of memory and speed. If you are hosting an Internet radio music program that already has a playlist, you will need to familiarize yourself with the music they want to play. Others will require that you develop your own playlist. The playlist you compile should include top hits from the music genre you are broadcasting.

Once you have the right technology and an awesome playlist, you will need to find the Internet Radio station that you want to DJ for. Do you want to be part of a company that is streaming talk shows or music? What genre of music are you the most knowledgeable about? You will need to do a lot of research about the radio station, the type of music or talk show they stream, and if you would be a good fit or not. Once you have selected the Internet radio station you want to work with, you can send a resume, sample playlists, and samples of your voice.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Olympic Performance

The opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada took place on Friday evening. The performances by the dancers, musicians, athletes, and laser light shows were stunning. The opening ceremony paid tribute to not only the athletes, but to Canada and its rich aboriginal tradition. We learned about Canadian culture and were mesmerized by the performances. Famous Canadian singers performed during the show and included the talents of Sarah McLachlan, Nikki Yanofsky, Bryan Adams, and Nelly Furtado.

Nikki Yanofsky blew everyone by her young age and amazing voice. She is only sixteen years old and belted out the Canadian national anthem, O Canada. She is a Canadian pop singer from Montreal who also incorporates jazz sounds into her music. She is working on releasing her first studio album.

Another great performance that was filled with energy and talent was by Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams who sang Bang the Drum. Bryan Adams has been releasing albums that have been popular in both the United States and Canada since 1980. He is a Canadian rock singer who also writes songs and plays musical instruments such as the piano, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and the keyboards. He and Nelly Furtado sounded great during their performance of Bang the Drum which was an Olympic tribute song.

Nelly Furtado is also a Canadian singer who grew up in Victoria, Canada. Her music has topped the American music charts and Internet Radio stations as well as traditional American radio programs. She has worldwide fame and sings folk, pop, R&B, and Latin rock music. She also plays an array of instruments such as the ukulele, guitar, trombone, and keyboards. She has been nominated for American, Latin, and European awards.

Sarah McLachlan has such a beautiful voice to accompany her outstanding piano playing. She performed a song while the Alberta Ballet dance company interpretive danced during her song. She sang one of her own songs, Ordinary Miracle, while she played the piano. Sarah is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and has also been a success in the United States. She sings emotional ballad pop songs and plays the harp, piano, and guitar.

In addition to great music being performed, the opening ceremony had dancing, cultural storytelling, and hundreds of fiddlers playing music. The ceremony included tap dancing, interpretive ballet dancing, and aboriginal dancing. The LED light show was mesmerizing and the poem read by Shane Koyczan was captivating. There were Olympic performances that will be remembered forever.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Best New Artist 2010

The Grammy’s are a music award program that recognizes accomplishment in the music industry. It is a star studded event with glamour musicians, a night of awards, speeches, and performances by some of our favorite artists. You can win awards for song of the year, album of the year, record of the year, and best new artist. These awards are given out as overall ratings, and then a musician can also a win a more genre specific award such as best rock and roll album. The most coveted award by new bands and solo acts is best new artist. It establishes their place in the music industry and proves they can make it amongst legendary bands or soloists.

This year, the best new artist Grammy award was given to the Zac Brown Band. They were up against nominations MGMT, The Ting Tangs, Keri Hilson, and the Silversun Pickups. To be nominated for this award, you had to have made a public interest for the first time with your music. The band or artist doesn’t have to be newly formed. For example, they may have started their career in music years before but hadn’t gained a lot of popularity or public attention.

The Zac Brown Band gained a lot of public attention and had songs that were played on the radio, had songs requested, and made the Billboard music charts with singles from their album. In 2009, they had three number one singles make the Billboard chart which solidified their nomination to win best new artist in 2010. The singles are called: Toes, Whatever it is, and Highway 20 Ride. Only five country music singers or bands have won this award.

They are a country music band that formed in 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia. They record under the labels Live Nation, Home Grown Music, and Atlantic. The band is made up of members: Zac Brown, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowels, Clay Cook, Chris Fryar, and Jimmy De Martini. Each member plays a musical instrument and sings. You will hear sounds coming from guitars, an organ, a fiddle, bass guitar, steel guitar, drums, and a mandolin.

It may have taken them nine years to gain a lot of public attention and national fame, but they have been nominated and won many awards. Their music can be heard on many different country Internet Radio and traditional radio stations. They have a unique sound that makes them stand out in the country music genre.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Boston is Not Just a City

When you hear someone say Boston, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the state of Massachusetts. However, if you are a rock music fan you probably think of the band. The band however did originate in Boston, Massachusetts, and you can guess where they got the idea for naming their group. The most popular times for the group were in the 1970s and 1908s. Currently, the band is still recording and producing music. The last year they toured was in 2007, but continues to gain new fans, impress old ones, and make amazing rock music. Here is a look back at the history of Boston.

The founder of the group is Tom Scholz who wrote songs, produced the albums, and played the guitar and keyboard. The only other member of the band to be signed by Epic record and help create the albums was Brad Delp. Other members were brought on to tour and make up an entire group. The two men created a lot of the songs in Scholz basement where he saved up money from his job at Polaroid to make a studio. Current band members include: Tom Scholz, Jeff Neal, Michael Sweet, Gary Pihl, Tommy DeCarlo, and Kimberley Dahme. However, the band used to consist of different members during the 1970s and 1980s.

The first album was released in 1976 and was self titled after the band’s name Boston. Two years later in 1978, they released their second album called Don’t Look Back. This album topped the number one position on the Billboard music charts, and the first made it to number three. It would be almost ten years later before they released a third album which also made it to number one. The album was titled Third Stage. There was another eight year span before another album was made. It made it to the number one position like the other albums, and was called Walk On. It was released in 1994 and didn’t do as well as the others and topped the charts at position seven. For the rest of the 1990s, Boston didn’t release any more albums. It wasn’t until 2002 that a fifth was made and called Corporate America.

They are classified under the music genres rock and hard rock. You have probably heard them on Internet Radio or radio stations that play classic rock. Not only are they masters at rock music, but they also incorporate heavy metal and progressive rock into their music. One of their most popular songs, “More Than A Feeling,” really demonstrates how great the band is, what they sound like, and shows an amazing vocal range by Brad Delp. I hope that when you think of Boston, you think about the band and not the city.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

American Idol History

A music show that has taken over every television in America is American Idol. It is a nationwide phenomenon that has everyone glued to their television for an hour a couple nights a week watching performers make their way into the entertainment industry. The auditions for the chance to perform on the American Idol stage are hilarious and memorable. Some people get their 15 minutes of fame for singing horribly or acting strangely on the audition portion of the show. On the other hand, there are very famous and successful artists that were made on the show like the first season winner Kelly Clarkson. Here is a look back at American Idol history.

The first season started eight years ago in 2002, and was created by Simon Fuller. The show was mirrored after the British version called Pop Idol which has the same concept. Simon Fuller created the show to be an interactive, reality, talent show. We are introduced to millions of singers who are narrowed down to the top ten, and then we fall in love and vote for our favorite singer who becomes the American Idol. The show has consistently stayed at a number one slot because millions of Americans participate and watch the show. The first episodes of the program feature the auditions to narrow down the millions of people who believe they are the best. The show travels to different cities around the nation and pick finalists from each to travel to Hollywood. Once there, the hundreds of finalists are narrowed down even further to 25 people and then down to 10.

The initial choice of who is going to be eligible as an American Idol is determined by the judges. It is a panel of people who are well known in the entertainment industry and have produced or recorded their own albums. The most well known yet least liked judge is Simon Cowell. Next to him on the panel are Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. Later on there was a fourth judge added who is still on the show, and her name is Kara DioGuardi. The only judge who has left the show is Paula Abdul, and currently Simon has expressed interest in leaving the show as well. Season 9 features guest judges and will include Ellen DeGeneres on the panel. They give their input on song choice, voice tone, and overall performance. When the performers are narrowed down to the final ten, the audience now decides who stays or leaves by voting. The judges simply give their input to help the audience decide.

Season 9 is currently airing on television now. They are in the process of auditions. Seasons 1 through 8 had amazing singers and winners. American Idol winners you have probably heard on Internet Radio and in your car or television are Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, and Kris Allen. A lot of the finalists also go on to sign record deals and produce their albums as well. The show is fun to get involved with because you are part of the process of making someone a star. You get to know the singers and help them achieve their dreams to become a star, or in this case an American Idol.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Taylor Takes Over the Music Charts

You may have heard all the buzz about this talented, beautiful woman, Taylor Swift. She is an amazing artist that has won many awards this year and continues to produce chart topping hit songs. She has been on numerous magazine covers, television shows, and performed during music award shows. At only 20 years old she has taken over the music industry and has been a proven success not only in that industry but she can also write her own songs and act. She is a country pop artist and is accepted, admired, and appreciated by both country and pop music fans. Billboard magazine deemed her the respected title as artist of the year.

Taylor was born in 1989 and grew up in Pennsylvania. At an early age she showed an interest in writing poems and songs, performing comedy acts, and singing country music. Like a lot of other musicians, her talent may have been inherited by her grandmother who was a professional opera singer. However, instead of singing opera, she would sing country music accompanied by karaoke backgrounds. She also plays instruments such as a regular guitar and a 12 string, ukulele, and the piano.

In 2006, she released her first professional single that was played on every Internet Radio and traditional radio station. Her hit song called, “Tim McGraw,” topped the country music charts at position six. The song was written about her and her high school boyfriend, and the memories they shared together. It was a great start to her professional singing career under the recording label Big Machine Records.

After the success of her single, she released a self titled album that successfully went platinum, which means she sold more than 1,000,000 albums worldwide. The release of her second album, called “Fearless,” solidified her career as a success in the industry. This album stayed on the top of the music charts for 11 weeks, which is unheard of. “Fearless” included chart topping singles such as “White Horse” and “Love Story.”

Because of the success of the album, she was nominated for eight Grammy awards and won five American Music Awards. At the American Music Awards, she won the most coveted award as Artist of the Year.

Not only is she a great singer, but she is also an amazing actress. She has made cameos in other artists’ movies such as Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience and Hannah Montana: The Movie. In addition to having cameos in movies, she also hosted Saturday Night Live and performed some of her hit songs live on the show. She also appeared in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She is taking on the big screen next year in the movie Valentine’s Day.

Taylor Swift can sing, write songs, play music instruments, and act. Is there anything that this amazing artist can’t do?

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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