radio you once loved... and so much more...
Welcome to Troubadour 1700
A service of Minimum Wage Media
An FCC Part 15 compliant low power AM radio station
in Shirley, Massachusetts USA
Progressive easy listening music
(Folk, world, and new age that's ready for the commercial mainstream)
The culture and lifestyle that go with it.
Pass the Hat...The name "Minimum Wage Media" says it all. Troubadour 1700 and Liberty & Justice 1640 were founded and financed on a shoestring by a busy, hard working, low income person. Please support this media "seedling" with a subscription, a donation, or your advertising dollars. Click here to contribute on line.
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Promotional Video for upcoming Minimum Wage Media Crowd Funding Campaign is now complete
11/12/13 There was a steep learning curve because I had never done digital video editing before, and at first I couldn't envision doing such a project all by myself. There was also a two week detour as I looked into a potential new LPFM station for Ayer, MA, since the LPFM filing deadline was moved up to November 14th. But after a month of plodding along, at least I can now say that the video portion of the upcoming Indiegogo.com proposal is complete. The rest should be easier.
When the entire campaign is ready on line, it will be announced here and many other places.Both streams restored
10/15/13 Troubadour 1700 is back on two streams at least for the time being. The problems have been resolved.
http://184.108.40.206:8100 (with title streaming)
http://220.127.116.11:7100 (without title streaming. Feed to TuneIn.)
87.9 returns; Troubadour on a single stream
10/4/13 Liberty & Justice 87.9 returned to the air at approximately 6 AM on Friday 9/27 through a computer with a new hard drive and operating system. Also, due to apparent processor limitations, I had to cut back to only one stream for Troubadour 1700 at 64k. Encoding two 64k streams, Sound Solutions audio processing, plus broadcast automation is a tall order for any single computer. Note the current stream URL:
Liberty & Justice 87.9 off the air due to hard drive failure
9/24/13 Liberty & Justice 87.9 has been off the air for nearly a week due to a damaged hard drive. The trouble shooting and replacement process has been far more troublesome and time consuming than it should have been, thanks to the egos and proprietary obsessions of certain computer manufacturers during the late XP and Vista eras. The Emachines computer that manages L&J 87.9's air product "came" my way as a nearly new unit. It wasn't my purchasing choice. In less than three years, it has blown both a motherboard and a hard drive.
After experiences with three of their products, and reading tales of woe from others, I'm convinced the Emachines line exists solely as a dumping ground for substandard parts from otherwise quality vendors such as Seagate and Intel. My advice if you own one: don't replace the failed part with an Emachines OEM. Find a similar replacement directly from the part manufacturer. Anyway, since I can't use the recovery discs I have decided upon an expensive upgrade to Windows 8. Either way, I would have to rebuild all the software from scratch. The station may be back on this weekend. If not, it will be early next week.
The timing of this development couldn't have been worse. Between this and other pressing matters, no work on the proposal mentioned below has been done in nine days. It is extremely frustrating!!
Also, due to the disappearance of title streaming several months ago, I have added an additional stream (at least for now) for Troubadour 1700 that restores the feature. The new stream URL is as follows:
Both the new stream and the older one are now encoding in AAC+ and the quality is superb.
MINIMUM WAGE MEDIA'S CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN -
BRING OUR PROGRAMMING TO TWO LICENSED COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS SOMEWHERE ALONG THE NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS ROUTE 2 CORRIDOR
9/8/13 This is the "goal of goals" and I am determined to make it happen one way or another, either through outright purchase of the facilities, an "LMA to ownership" arrangement, or by challenging the FCC license renewals of two local stations. (All Massachusetts radio stations have their FCC licenses up for renewal in April 2014.) It all depends upon the level of support we achieve, which of course, depends upon how effectively we publicize the effort far and wide among our target demographics and among entrepreneurial professionals.
Are you tired of local radio station ownerships dominated by fundamentalist Christians, neo-conservatives, and those of the lowest common denominator of American mainstream "thought"? Would you like to finally have a local radio management that is anti-war, anti-corporate, pro-economic justice, pro-natural, organic, and local food, pro-vegan, pro-health freedom, anti-GMO, and pro-small business entrepreuerialism, craftsmanship, and the arts? Then you need to support this effort. If you would like to see the return of folk music to the local radio dial (in the spirit of WSLE and WADN), along with new age music, world music, and Americana (and possibly on weekends, 1960's and 70's oldies and forgotten FM tracks, 1980's country, Brazilian roots music, and other forms of GENUINE music), then you need to get behind this effort and spread the word.
Our crowd funding effort on Indiegogo.com will be announced here when it is ready. Currently, I am bolstering my professional and social networking in anticipation of it. Stay tuned!
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Troubadour 1700 is a service of Minimum Wage Media
Minimum Wage Media is a insurgent broadcasting effort named in honor of starving artists and the working poor - those who are prevented from reaching their full potential due to the vicious cycle of poverty and debt. We seek to expose and shame the powerful elites and status quo enforcers who exploit us, and build a culture based upon concensus, equal ecomomic opportunity, and a respect for nature, natural health, and natural law.
The micro stations of Minimum Wage Media are a project of Jeffrey Gill whose background includes folkimage.com, Walden 1120 (WADN), WCMX, WCAV, and WDLW.
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