FA News – February 25, 2017

We are continuing to work with our current hosting provider, TMD Hosting, to resolve our issues.  TMD Hosting suspended our account due to a drastic increase in bandwidth and disk I/O.  This was the correct action to take on their part.  Since there were no changes to the FA site, I am working with them to determine the cause and rectify.

I am hopeful we will be able to resolve the issue.  If not, I will be moving on to another host this weekend.

Please bookmark this page (https://flashbackalternatives.wordpress.com), as this is our backup site, and will always be reachable.

Important Links:
Tune In: 192kb / 64kb
Tag Board (Chat): http://my.cbox.ws/FATag2
March AoTM Poll: https://goo.gl/5nvHBG

Note:  Our iTunes listing calls a file that is hosted on the FA website.  As a result, our iTunes listing is not working.  Please use the Tune In link above (or in the links area) to Tune In.

Thank  you for your patience and for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

DJ Ed

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FA News – August 7th, 2016

Flashback Alternatives is Now Part of the SonixCast Network

This weekend we officially became part of the SonixCast Network of stations broadcasting out of Toronto, Canada.

All of our listen links have been updated on the FA Website, Shoutcast, TuneIn, FA WordPress site and soon iTunes (we are listed but there is an issue with the tune in link – this should be resolved on Monday).

We still remain commercial free!

TuneIn / Sonos Issue Resolved

For those that use Sonos devices, the issue with listening to FA through TuneIn has been resolved.  The issue was with the user agent type Sonos displays to the broadcasting software.  They use an agent that can be mistaken for stream ripping software.  As I am very proactive when it comes to Stream Rippers, I banned that agent.  I alerted Sonos to this and am waiting for a response.  In the meantime, as long I do not detect stream ripping, I will allow the agent.

September 2016 Artist Of The Month Poll

The September 2016 Artist of the Month Poll is up.  This month the choices are:

  • Thomas Dolby / The Dream Academy (Last month’s runner up)
  • John Foxx / Gangway
  • The Go-Betweens / The Go-Go’s
  • Heaven 17 / Nick Heyward

You can vote for the AoTM here or on the FA website.

That’s all for now.

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

 

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FA News – June 5th, 2016

Flashback Alternatives Returns To TuneIn!

Flashback Alternatives is once again listed on Tunein.com.  Both the 192kb and 64kb AAC+ streams are available.  In addition, the FA show schedule is also posted on our Tune In page.  Please note: Any pre-roll ads that play prior to stream launch are from Tune In, and not Flashback Alternatives.

July 2016 Artist of the Month Poll

The July 2016 Artist of the Month poll is available.  This month features June runners up Bronski Beat/The Buggles and Comateens/Elvis Costello as well as Lloyd Cole and the Commotions/The Cult and Thomas Dolby/The Dream Academy.  Vote today!

Support Flashback Alternatives

With the move back to being an independent station, our costs have gone up significantly.  Your support is greatly needed an appreciated.  Just a $2 monthly contribution goes a long way to helping Flashback Alternatives.  You can support us via PayPal.

Ethel Is On Vacation

Ethel needs a long overdue vacation, so our Monday Morning Merman segment will be replaced this month by Monday Morning Megadeath.   Thanks (?) to listener 824 for his generous contribution of Megadeath CDs, and “special thanks” to the New York Rangers for losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins making all of this possible.

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

DJ Ed

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FA News – May 7th, 2016

FA Unavailable In Canada

Due to what is hopefully only technical issues as Radionomy, listeners in Canada are unable to listen to ANY Radionomy streams.  Instead they are being redirected to a Radionomy run light music station.

I apologize for this but it is out of our hands.  The Radionomy offices have been closed the past few days due to a holiday in Belgium.  This issue will not be resolved until Monday at the earliest.

Flashback Alternatives No Longer Available on TuneIn

Earlier this week all Radionomy streams were removed from Tunein.com at the request of Radionomy.  Radionomy stated this was due to the increase in CRB rates.  This is the same increase that shut Live365 down.

Flashback Alternatives and Radionomy

In light of the above issues, as well as other technical issues with the platform, we are rethinking our future with with Radionomy.  As most of you know, due to the lack of a Small Webcasters Rate, options are slim.  Currently it is either Radionomy – or Stream Licensing – which was recently sold to a larger organization.

With StreamLicensing, our costs would go up substantially, but we would not have to run advertising, other than a pre-roll add which is about to be introduced by the new owners of StreamLicensing.  Streams would also have to be launched via a page hosted on the StreamLicensing domain and not from the FA website directly.   There may be some other limitations on what players could be used (both on PC and Smartphone Apps).  I will be getting clarification on that next week.

The results of that conversation and what (if any) announcements are made by Radionomy next week, will determine next steps for FA.   There are also rumblings that we may have a voice in Congress that will go to bat for the Small Webcasters.  More on that as information becomes available.

In other news….

Around 500 new tracks were added to the FA library bringing the number of tracks in the FA library to over 41,100 – all available via our request system – with a lot more to come!

The June Artist of the Month poll is up!  Be sure to vote!

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

DJ Ed

 

 

 

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Artist(s) of The Month Poll – October 2015

It’s time to vote for the October 2015 Artist(s) Of The Month here on Flashback Alternatives!

This month our nominees are:

  • Morrissey / Alison Moyet (The September AoTM Runner Up – Tie)
  • The Police / Polyrock (The September AoTM Runner Up – Tie)
  • Siouxsie And The Banshees / The Sisters Of Mercy
  • The Replacements / Simple Minds

Visit Flashback Alternatives today and vote!

Artist(s) of The Month receive extended play time all month long on Flashback Alternatives!

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