Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 25, 2012 George Albon Part 1

This past Saturday we aired (sadly, without Jay) the first part of your interview with San Francisco poet George Albon. He read quite a bit from his book Momentary Songs (Krupskaya Press, 2008). He discussed how he strives for writing that 'lifts off the page.' Again, we talked about poetic language that runs counter to the language commonly found in advertising and jargon. George always challenges himself to do something different in each of his projects. His use of rhyme manages to be new and surprising and, perhaps due to his background as a musician, his rhythm is ever-present. We discussed his interesting use of form and font and how politics and the elements are present his work. We had a wonderful interview which will continue in weeks to come. Click here to listen

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Little Turbulence

UPDATE: The archives seem to have been restored. Yay! Not sure whether or not this is permanent -- I'll update again when I know more.

To everyone who has listened, been on the show, and supported us -- thank you so much! Personally, this has been one of the most enriching projects I've ever taken part in, and it's all because of the incredible writers and community I've gotten to know by helping to put these shows together.

Before I get to what the title of this post alludes to, please know that this isn't a "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" post. But we have hit a bit of snag in the production of our show, and it will cause an indefinite (but hopefully short) delay in the production of future shows.

The essence of the story is this: shows will no longer be archived and archived shows will no longer be available via the site. Rest assured, thanks to Bryan Chandler and the good people at KUSF in Exile/San Francisco Community Radio, all of the archived audio still exists and is in our hands -- it simply cannot be streamed at this point.

We're currently working on moving our archived shows to a place where they can still be downloaded (and, ideally, streamed), but the path forward is a bit murky at the moment. Most likely, the shows will be packaged as downloadable podcasts which you can access via iTunes or another podcast client. In the long run, this may be a blessing in disguise, as it will have the potential to expand our reach and won't impose a strict length requirement on the material.

For those of you who listen live, I don't have a sense of when our Saturday morning broadcasts on will continue. For now, the top priority is ensuring all of our past shows are safely hosted and available again.

Finally, I want to make it very clear that KUSF in Exile/San Francisco Community Radio has been nothing but supportive of our show, and we're deeply grateful to them for giving us a voice and birth-place for Poet as Radio. We continue to support them in their extremely important legal battle against the sale of the radio station -- a battle which has very real implications for the future viability of college and community radio across the country -- and urge you to do the same.

As always, thank you for listening.