FA News – March 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Flashback Alternatives!

On Friday, March 24th, Flashback Alternatives celebrated its 18th year of broadcasting.  FA is one of the longest continuously running Internet Radio stations in the world.  We have had many challenges keeping the station operational all these years, but thanks to the listeners of FA, we have always found a way.  Thank you for being a part of Flashback Alternatives – your home for the Past, Present, and Future of Classic Alternative Music!

Flashback Division

Our sister station, Flashback Division, is now listed on Tunein.com as well as on iTunes.com.  Flashback Division simulcasts the Flashback Alternatives stream at 128kb MP3.  It also has its own Twitter page – #FBDivision.  The Flashback Division website will be updated to include streaming links to TuneIn.com as well as incorporate the TuneIn Web Player.  You can also use the TuneIn Mobile App (available for Android and iOS).

Flashback Alternative Broadcast Software Issues

After yesterday’s Windows and Broadcast software upgrades we ran into an issue with the scheduling component.  As a result, at the suggestion of the broadcast software vendor, we will need to reinstall the software.  This will happen at some point later today (Sunday, March 26th, 2017).  I expect to be offline for about two hours.  Please check the FA or FD websites for more information (it will be posted on the TagBoard).

Flashback Alternatives and Flashback Division Web Sites

Work continues on both the FA and FD websites.  Both sites have the basics in place (Tune In links, Tag Board, Now Playing, and Requests).  The FA site also has a temporary Up Next menu item to see what artists are in the queue.  Watch for new features on both sites in the coming weeks!

Oh Canada!

Both Flashback Alternatives and Flashback Division broadcast from Montreal, Canada as part of the SonixCast network which also handles all licensing via SOCAN.  In addition, the websites for Flashback Alternatives and Flashback Division are also hosted with SonixCast web hosting in Montreal, Canada.

CloudFare

We recently started using CloudFare for the FA and FD websites.  This will allow for faster site response times as well as website security.  We have also added additional website protections within the websites themselves.

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives (and Flashback Division).

DJ Ed

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FA Alert – March 14, 2017

As of earlier this afternoon, all streams are once again available.

192kb MP3 and 64kb AAC+ on Flashback Alternatives

128kb MP3 on Flashback Division

Our iTunes listing has been repointed to the 192kb stream.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

DJ Ed

#flashback-division, #flashback-alternatives, #on-the-air

FA Alert – March 14, 2017

Quick update:

We are on-the-air and broadcasting on the 128kb stream.  We are still having issues with the 192kb and 64kb AAC+ streams.  Please use the 128kb stream from either the Flashback Alternatives or Flashback Division websites.

You can also find the 128kb stream on the Shoutcast and IceCast directories (search for Flashback Division).   In addition, until the 192kb and 64kb stream issues are resolved, I will be redirecting our iTunes listing to the 128kb stream.

Thank you for your patience.

DJ Ed

#fa-alerts, #flashback-alternatives, #icecast, #shoutcast, #stream-issues

FA Alert – March 12, 2017

Flashback Alternatives and Flashback Division are currently offline.  Our playlist servers themselves are up and running, but we are having difficulty connecting to our broadcast servers at Sonixcast.

This started around 1pm (ET) today.  We did come back up for around 30 minutes around 4pm (ET).

I do have a ticket open, and other broadcasters are mentioning they are having issues as well.

I am hopeful this will be resolved before tomorrow.

I know that FA has had some website and broadcasting issues lately, and I apologize.  We are working on ensuring Flashback Alternatives is able to continue on in a cost effective manner, while still being able to provide commercial free services.  This all part of the growing pains in using a fairly new provider that is attracting a lot of attention.

Thank you for your patience.

DJ Ed

#flashback-division, #flashback-alternatives, #off-the-air

FA Alert – March 4, 2017

Flashback Alternatives will be offline from 11am to approximately Noon (ET) for system and server upgrades.

We also expect the Flashback Alternatives website to be up and running later today.  The Flashback Division website will also remain operational.

Thank you for your patience and as always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives.

DJ Ed

#flashback-division, #flashback-alternatives, #maintenance, #upgrades

FA News – March 2nd, 2017

We are having some additional problems with the web site.  This happened during a software upgrade.

Please use our WordPress site for Listen Links and Chat.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

DJ Ed

FA News – March 1, 2017

Just a reminder that the old StreamLicensing streams are no longer in use.

Please use the new SonixCast links on the FA website, or the FA WordPress Site.

iTunes has already been updated, as have our listings on Shoutcast.com.

Thank you.

DJ Ed

#itunes, #shoutcast