Episode 10 – How I Got Into Radio

cfor_thumbThis 10th episode of CFOR kicks off a brand-new season. In the starting entry into Season 2, Chris explains in depth on how he got interested in radio as a hobby. This extracurricular activity eventually compels him into pursuing it as a career.

Listeners also get a taste of “Sounds of Shortwave,” a cassette tape that cam packaged with a book titled, Listening to Shortwave. This book/tape from Radio Shack is one resource that helped Chris become more involved with shortwave radio.

For a written account, you can click here to learn more about how Chris got into radio.

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Subtle Changes Coming To CFOR Podcast

20140223_131624For folks following the Chris Freitas On Radio podcast, thanks for listening and your support. Throughout today, I have thought of a few things that will make this show a bit better.

For starters, I am going to change the category of CFOR. It will no longer be a tech show, at least not as broad in subject matter.

Instead, it will be strictly be about radio. The podcast will be something like my Shortwave Tonight & Shortwave Weekly projects before this one. However, it will not be entirely about shortwave.

Shortwave radio will be a part of the subject matter, but I will also talk about FM, AM, satellite, podcasting, and internet radio. Anything that deals with the medium, I will discuss it.cfor_thumb

One of the big reasons for this change is because I realize I get a sizable audience when talking or writing about radio (especially shortwave). I haven’t lost interest in gaming or technology but I feel that keeping consistent in format is the best way to progress this show. It’s something that I’ve failed at so far, but I want to improve in that area.

It was never meant to have a large following, but it seems the audience that’s paying attention to it is a group of people interested in radio broadcasting. It also shows in my posts as they have been linked to sites such as Reddit, Facebook, and Google.

So, I am structuring this podcast around the medium of radio. This also makes since from the namesake, Chris Freitas “On Radio.”

Also, I plan to have more guests on the program and co-host with me. This will mean that I will contact folks involved in radio. Whether it will be hobbyists, announcers, producers, etc., I want to have them on CFOR now and then. It also makes the show more fun and enjoyable.

As part of this refocused mission, Episode 10 will change. Originally, I set out to produce an episode on e-bikes. I am shifting gears to talk about how I got started in the radio. You can read up on the article, but I will go more in detail on this upcoming show.

Worldstar RadioAfterwards, I plan to do some reviews including some “retro radio reviews” of ones that I’ve used long ago. I’ll include written reviews alongside the podcast version as well.

All the social media links, hosting sites, feeds will stay the same. The podcast will still continue. I am just “fine tuning” the format and adjusting content towards my audience. Perhaps I’ll gain some new listeners in the process.

Episode 9 – Goin’ Take Ya For A Ride

cfor_thumbOn Episode 9 of CFOR, take a ride with Chris as he travels along the Shelby Farms Greenline. He talks a bit about the history and details about this trail on his first day on the job.

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Here are some pictures he took last year of the Greenline:

Episode 8 – The New 3DS & MGS 5

cfor_thumbAfter a week-long hiatus, Chris has managed to bring you this eighth installment of CFOR. In the podcast, he talks about the newly announced “New” Nintendo 3DS which releases in Japan in October. You can find out more about the new handheld by visiting TinyCartridge’s blog.

In Part 2, Chris talks briefly about Metal Gear Solid V coming to PC and next-gen consoles next year.

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No CFOR Episode This Week

Sorry to bring some sad news listeners; but there will be no episodes of CFOR this week. The MGS V episode is still upcoming (along with future episodes) and should be available next week.

I’ve recently acquired a new position at local television station WATN (Local Memphis 24) and started working as an audio operator yesterday.  The training will be all week and my schedule will not allow for any podcast production (except for a special upcoming episode after Episode 8).

I’ll work from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. each night this week until my off-day on Wednesday. At the point, the podcasts will be rolling out and I’m back on a normal schedule.

Expect Episode 8 of CFOR sometime late Tuesday night or sometime before the end of next week. I would also like to announce that the blog is nearing 20,000 page views since its creation in 2011.

The podcasts have much lower views and downloads on PodOmatic (maybe lower on other forms) but there are some people listening to show. As long as I have some folks listening, I’ll keep making it and hopefully numbers will grow as CFOR approaches Season 2 after Episode 12.

Episode 7 – Going Into Civilization

cfor_thumbIn Episode 7 of CFOR, Chris and Friends play some PC games. Only two are getting into Civilization V while others are playing Battleblock Theater.

It’s an interesting turn-based strategy game, available on Steam. Think of it as a cross between Command & Conquer, Risk, and Advance Wars. Civ5Screen0000

Civilization V also takes a while to finish a battle. In fact, the American/Germany vs. China/Greece war is still on-going and has yet to be finished. So, this podcast has a shortened version of the gameplay exploits.

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Man Left In His Own Blood Puddle; Others Take Pics

Social media and mobile technology can be great tools and excellent to connect with others & entertain yourself. However, we can misuse it time to time.

This is one instance. Last night, a man was left bleeding on the side of Beale Street as people grab their phones.

You’d expect everyone to call the police or ambulance. Somebody did, but not before a swarm of folks took photos and videos, and some even laughed and pulled down his pants.

Hardly any one helped him…

I am not going to share much of my opinion, but I will say this: What is wrong with people?

For the story, you can click on this Fox 13 news link to read up on it and come up with your own conclusions.

Episode 6 – Take A Shield & Splice Songs

cfor_thumbIn this episode of CFOR, Chris talks about the new Nvidia Shield Tablet and how it holds up with other Android devices.

In Part 2, he mentions that a radio station in Calgary (and others) are cutting songs on-the-air in order to avoid boring their listeners. You can check out the story here at Consequence of Sound. Also, Chris has some news about future episodes of CFOR.

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Episode 5 – The 30 Club & Beyond

cfor_thumbChris is now 30-years-old and he reminiscences about past broadcasting jobs with WUMR and the Look 24/7. You’ll even hear a few minutes of airtime during his time as a DJ with both stations.

Chris also has some big announcements regarding the future of his radio career.

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First Time for Everything: Listening to The Mighty KBC Radio

There’s a first time for everything. For me, it was always inconvenient to listen to The Mighty KBC Radio from the Netherlands (I just didn’t have any time because of work, spending time with friends, or other projects). Like PCJ Media, it is a fairly new and independent broadcast to the shortwave band.

Tonight, I decided to break out my Tecsun PL-660. After lamenting over the cutbacks of some broadcasters on CFOR, I figured to tune to some stations that are left.

Apparently I noticed the Mighty KBC was on-the-air. Surprisingly, the station came in loud-and-clear and played some really great classic rock tunes. Note: This station CANNOT be heard online, but ONLY on shortwave.

I also tuned into WRMI before listening to The Mighty KBC.

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