The Adventure continues – Radio Land Part 3

It seems a while since I have written a blog post about my continuing journey in setting up a radio station plus I was looking at the Radio Station’s Webpage this morning, and noticed that it was a while since the blog post had changed on the front page. Hopefully, if the plugin is doing its job correctly, then you should be able to see the previous blog posts in this series at the bottom of this page. We have talked about the concept, software, music and butts – with the latter referring to the encoder and even included some information about planning and scheduling shows. In part three I’m going to talk about marketing, promotion and interaction – and give some exciting news as well!

I remember the moment quite clearly when I thought, I want to have my own radio station. I had this vision of myself sitting in a studio, playing music, talking into a mic, having fun and interacting with listeners. In the beginning, it seemed a very simple step to go from this vision in the bath tub to the actual reality, although the actual journey has been far from simple. It the last episode I talked about the software which I use and just wanted to provide you with an update on this as well as telling you about how I am promoting the station.

“… reported me and I had my channel suspended for twenty four hours.”

  • Software additions – I’m a bit of a gadget geek and this often manifests itself in software as well. When planning the shows, it takes some time to download music and to convert and edit it, but what takes the most amount of time is actually choosing what to play. I currently have approximately 250 tracks categorised as tracks for the Snuggle show and about 150 for the Musical Show. With a small amount of money i have spare a month I’ve invested in two additional plugins to my Myriad Software. The first one is Autotrack which actually randomly chooses tracks for me to play based on predefined criteria which I set and the second one is something called the OCP plugin which actually allows me to automatically publish to the webpage the name of the track and the artist which is currently playing, previously I had done this by hand. Hopefully both of these will reduce some of the time and energy it takes me to complete the shows which is important, especially since I will be starting another show this week! With the forementioned OCP plugin, it made me smile when it said that I could actually update the DAB radio as well – maybe this is not in the immediate future.

  • “… a number to text to using the prefix ‘WAFFLING’…”

  • Interaction – I have this problem when I am on the radio and even when I am streaming on Twitch. I think I am so used to teaching that I actually enjoy interaction with people. In fact, at work, my office is miles away from my colleagues (often wondered why that happened) and so I do go on journeys to interact and chat with people hence being assigned the tag of ‘Social Butterfly’. When I am on the radio I need to remember that people are probably there to listen and not necessarily to interact. I had an interview for a local hospital radio station, something I might still do, and the ‘lead presenter’ asked how many times we had actually called a station. None of us had, and this he said was a reflection of level and depth of interaction with the commercial stations and that we shouldn’t expect much interaction within our shows. I do accept this, but every time I come up with an idea for a new segment it includes some sort of interaction. Actually it doesn’t include it, it actually requires it. In order to try and facilitate the interaction I have set up a Twitter account (@wafflingradio) and a Facebook Page and even a Skype account (wilsonwaffling) ! This provides a wealth of possibilities to contact the ‘studio’ and hopefully the Skype will allow me to take ‘live calls’. My dream would have a number to text in order to contact the studio using the prefix ‘WAFFLING’ although I have no idea how to actually set this up or the cost involved.

  • “…just maybe…developing an ‘app’.”

  • Advertising/Promotion – I’ve always wanted to be a station manager and provide the opportunity and the funding for people to present on the radio as well as maybe having one show. I’m pleased to announce that I have actually managed to convince someone to join the team, who will be presenting the Decades Show on a Thursday evening at 20:00. This will hopefully bring in a different audience to the show as well as allowing the presenter to develop her own show and ‘fame’. I did have a second advertising campaign which went dreadfully wrong. I thought, after setting up two webcams in the studio, that I could actually stream the station to Twitch. This was going really well and I had several people not only listening in but also interacting with the show. Unfortunately, someone reported me and I had my channel suspended for twenty four hours. Apparently, and it wasn’t due to copyright, I am not allowed to broadcast within the music channel with static images (I was using a webcam) and only with creative content. There are certain radio stations which are allowed to do this on Twitch and I have emailed them to see how I can get on this ‘list’. However two weeks have past without a response so far. I would still like to broadcast some sort of visual content for the station, but again, I am currently not able to think of how to do this without breaking copyright laws. On a positive note, I am currently looking at getting some business cards and flyers for the station as well as maybe….just maybe…developing an ‘app’.

  • I have this awful habit of having visions of grandeur about projects. I’m not saying that I want Wilson Waffling Radio to be top of the ratings just behind Radio 4. Having a regular and committed group of listeners is, I think, more attainable and something which I continue to strive towards. I also want to provide opportunities for people. I continue to finance the station and I would hope that eventually there would be a dedicated groups of individuals who share my vision and continue to work towards the end goal. I am always keen to support people and, although this is a good virtue to have, it is important that I maintain a focused approach to this and do not end up being taken advantage of, or even actively encouraging listeners/viewers away from the station. Looking back to that moment in the bath tub when I decided to try and make my dream of having my own radio station a reality, I never realised either how much work it would be and how appreciative people are of the station and the shows. I hope that my adventure continues in radio land and, although I know there will be numerous barriers and obstacles to overcome, the journey as a whole will be enjoyable as I continue to travel towards that final vision.

    Do you have any suggestions for the station or ways in which I can promote interaction and listeners? Have you been through a similar journey and have reached your end vision reasonable unscathed? If you have the answers to any of these questions or any comments about the station or blog then please add them in the comments below. If you are interested in being part of the vision or even the radio station then please get in touch with me via email ( or through any of the social media sites which I frequent.

    You can keep up to date with my content by following me on Twitch, Twitter and Facebook. If you are interested in joining or playing Minecraft, then you can join the server and website here. Of course any subscribers to my YouTube channel are always appreciated.

    Have fun and I’ll catch you all later and, until then, consider yourself waffled.

    2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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