Collage Gallery Expanded

More MP3s are online now. The Truthful Translations of Political Speech gallery has been expanded (New Nixon, Bush I and II stuff) and a new gallery has been added: Celebrity Speech.

Notables skewered in the new section include Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, among many others. I especially like Rush Limbaugh’s tribute to fascism and Paul Harvey’s ode to his bong.

There will be more galleries to come in the coming weeks as the media collage section gets more fleshed out. Spread the joy of open source music far and wide!

A/V Archive Unleashed, Launch Imminent, Random Notes

I hereby present to you the Audio Library, which contains more than four gigabytes of material. In addition to 40+ hours of shortwave pirate clips (many new to the ‘net), featured MP3s and all things Mbanna, there’s some worthy video for you to check out as well.

Examples include “Free Radio: A Video Documentary” and “Evil Empire,” an oldie but still goodie, especially with the pending NAB radio convention in Seattle (just a month and a half away) and Clear Channel’s recent higher-than-usual public visibility.

Remember: this stuff just represents what was previously encoded, plus a backlog of stuff I hadn’t gotten to putting online yet. And we haven’t even gotten to media collage! Based on this, it’s feeling about time to officially “launch” DIYmedia, which means getting back into the real swing of things, with regular updates and the like. Look for that to happen within a week or so, once we get a few more essentials online. Read More

Enforcement Action Database Online, Plea from a Colleague

It’s been tweaked slightly, and there’s still more improvements yet to come, but our world-famous (heh) FCC Enforcement Action Database is back online. One of these days I’ll write a FAQ. The restoration process should go much more quickly now that the two large jobs are out of the way…

On a related note, an online colleague, Lisa Nalbandian, a Master’s student at the UW-Milwaukee j-school, is working on a video documentary about microradio and LPFM. She’s looking for stations (both licensed and not) to speak with, preferably in the Midwest. You don’t have to be on camera if you don’t want to. Drop her a line if you want fame and enlightenment.

Summer Break?

May I be frank for a moment? HTML sucks. For building a huge-ass website, it sucks. Problem is, it’s the only code I know.

For now, the plan is to resurrect the site in HTML, which is obviously taking longer than expected. Then we can experiment. I know the design needs work, but the priority here is resurrection, not eye candy. Take your info straight for a while. Read More