Thanks to all the bands and labels who have contributed to Surf Rock Radio in the last year. Extra special thanks to Willie Mars, Derk Biondi, Chumby Steve, Franky Sands, El Guapo, Bamalam and T.T. Shaker, Jammin James Riley and Noodles for putting shows together.
Extra extra thanks to listeners and everyone who has donated to help support Surf Rock Radio in 2017. Your donations really do make a difference, and that brings me on to make an announcement.
In 2018 things are going to change. In fact things are going to get a whole lot better. Some of you may be aware that over the last few months I have had difficulty keeping up with site updates, and it's taken a bit longer than normal to add tracks to playlists, and post the charts each week. Some shows have been stuck on the server longer than they should have. Others of you might not know that I have extreme damage to the nerve endings in my fingertips and I can only use a computer for a few hours each day. This leads me to one conclusion. We need to use technology in a much smarter way to operate the station.
In early January, Surf Rock Radio will be entirely run from our servers in the cloud, and in addition to that the playout software that manages the shows and playlists will also be migrated to our own software. This software is entirely owned by our technology partners GECKONET LTD and SHARAWAJI RECORDS. Things are going to get rough and repetitive for a few weeks as we rebuild the playlists on our own platform.
For twelve years, the Great Lakes Surf Battle has, and continues to be, the standard of quality for Canadian Surf rock. It all kicks off on Friday June 2nd at the Shameful Tiki Room for an opening party and then heads to our traditional haunt, the Cadillac Lounge. Remember kids, if you don't see the Official GLSB logo, it's not authentic!
Join us for the live broadcast on www.surfrockradio.com
The Shameful Tiki Room Toronto
Friday June 2nd 8pm- Hang Ten Hangmen and
Cadillac Lounge shows; DJ Derk
Friday June 2nd
8pm- Hang Ten Gallon Hats
9pm- The Thing from Outer Space
10pm- Cliff Divers
11pm- Luau or Die
12am-Mark Malibu & the Wasagas
1am- King Beez
Saturday June 3rd
8pm- The Calrizians
9pm- The Surfrajettes
10pm- The Men In Gray Suits
11pm- The Hang-Ten Hangmen
12am- Champions of Justice
1am- Ninth Wave
We are working hard to expand the Surf Rock Radio music library and we are very pleased to say that from May 2017 we will have a 3 terrabyte library. This is enough to store every surf tune ever released since 1961 in 320 kbps mp3 format. However, in order to make the upgrade we will have to change the url of the stream itself. This will probably not affect those of you who listen via the surfrockradio.com website or tunein, but it will affect those that use an external application like itunes or windows media player that are listening via a .pls or .m3u file.
The new url will be http://surfrockradio.com:9996 for the 128kbps stream.
We also have the capability to offer a higher resolution 192 kbps and AAC+ stream but we will ask listeners if this is something that they would like to use. if the response is positive we will go ahead and offer it.