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Volume 1-2011                                                           

Luncar Eclipse 2010

Rick Alan Rice - Publisher, Writer, A&E / IT Consultant

Early Warning for Facebook - Recently I overheard a young person say, "Screw Facebook! I'm too cool for Facebook anyway!" This is similar to renouncements I have heard used before toward previous manifestations of our still-new digital world. My own daughter used to spend hours doing MySpace HTML, designing layouts for herself others, and now she won't go near the site because it is no longer the new thing. One senses, in the current media hype, that those who imagine an ongoing world nexus of communications built around Facebook, and imagine that they are getting in on the ground floor of something huge, are essentially correct about the future of digital communications, but way off the mark in imagining that it will be corralled by any one gatekeeper site. My guess is that a year from now, Facebook will be seen as dated and passé, just as MySpace seems now. A next wave of young people will adopt a new model, declare their allegiance to a new site, and the cycle will start again. (1-10-11)


Early Blogging for Gun Rights

James Madison - Author of the Federalist Papers

"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of."

George Mason - Ratifying Member of the Constitutional Congress

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials."

Sam Adams - Ratifying Member of the Constitutional Congress

"That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms"

Alexander Hamilton - Author of the Federalist Papers

"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."

"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair."

Richard Henry Lee - Member, Continental Congress

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."

Thomas Jefferson - Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd U.S. President

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms."

"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."

John Adams - Constitutional Congress Member, 2nd President

"To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws."















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Rebel Radio for Folkies

WoodSongs Promotes Acoustic Artists

Michael Johnathon's WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is one of those encouraging success stories, if you are a fan of music in a surprising variety of forms. The one-hour show is syndicated to 491 stations throughout the world, reaching a weekly audience of  1,100,000 radio listeners. There is also the global Internet outlet, support from public television nationwide, full online archiving, plus MP3 and MP4 podcasting of Radio Hour shows.

It is all the brainchild, and extraordinary accomplishment, of working musician Michael Johnathon, who describes it all this way (from the WoodSongs website):

"I created the live audience, multi-media event of WOODSONGS on the belief that grassroots artists, collectively, had an audience bigger than Garth Brooks and Bruce Springsteen. Think of it - thousands of musicians, songwriters, bands and folkies travel the earth searching for their audience, making a living and selling their CD's. The only thing missing was a global stage that would introduce these hard working artists to the huge audience that was obviously supporting all of them. Woodsongs exists on the principal that the audience cares. The audience is interested. And the audience will always respond to good art.

"Artists are chosen to appear on our stage are selected because they are good. End of story. Fame, commercial success or lack there-of, who you know, who you opened for, whether you are on a label or are releasing your own CD, what famous artist used the same mixing board you recorded your latest CD on and who manages you means NOTHING."

"I say it often on the show and I mean it, "You don't have to be Famous to be on WoodSongs . . . you have to be Good!"

"Keep in mind that WoodSongs is NOT a concert. Several hundred people are in our theatre to WATCH a radio show get produced. The show is equally divided between two artists, giving each artist three on-air song performances. Song lengths, to be fair, need to be about 3 1/2 minutes long. WoodSongs is an acoustic performance program mixed with conversation. BILLBOARD MAGAZINE described the show as "A Prairie Home Companion meets Conan O'Brien." If you are not familiar with our show, we encourage you to visit our archives and listen to an on-line broadcast before submitting."

"One more thing: We don't pay you anything. I don't get a penny for this. Our chief engineer Kevin Johnson, the 32 member WoodSongs Crew and the cyber-dude who built this website aren't paid anything either. A local hotel will put you up for free, local restaurants will feed you and our show goes out free-of-charge to radio. You can sell your CDs to the audience after the show and we will even help you do that."


Vallejo "Pirate" Radio

OzCat Radio Features Local Independent Artists

Vallejo, California - Folk artists Misner & Smith, whose work is featured on this site, were among the most recent Bay Area artists to be featured on Vallejo's OzCat Radio.


"Ozcat Radio is an all-volunteer nonprofit, non-commercial internet radio station dedicated to promoting local and independent artists as well as highlighting community events and non-profit information. We are on the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week serving the greater Vallejo area. Now playing: great independent and local music of all flavors. Plus interesting stories, interviews with Bay Area artists, etc. Ozcat Radio programming is eclectic and free-form. Warning: this is not your ordinary radio station."


That is the description from the station's web site (http://www.ozcatradio.com). In true independent spirit, the station hopes to flourish with the help of  “underwriters”--local businesses and individuals to provide tax-deductible contributions in return for on-air and online acknowledgement. These contributions will support day-to-day station operations, as well as funding for studio and broadcasting equipment upgrades.


Founded in June 2006 by singer-songwriter David Martin and his wife Kathleen, OzCat Entertainment is the umbrella organization under which OzCat Radio operates. Housed at 1104 Georgia Street, the enterprise is a support mechanism for independent artists who need all the help they can get in getting the attention of the music industry.


This spirit was born of David Martin's own experience with media frustration. In 2004, his "single 'Anyway' was the only independent hit on the R&R Top-40 indicator chart, quite a feat for a local artist. Even then, he was turned away by every Bay Area radio station he approached. 'We don't break new music,' was the general response from Program and Music Directors." (from the OzCat website.)


OzCat Entertainment provides a performance space for private meetings, events, rehearsals, CD release and cast parties, small banquets, and even video and film shoots. The station's Emerald Room performance space offers such amenities as a raised stage, PA System, mirrored rehearsal wall, dressing room, kitchen, velvet privacy curtains, and gallery wall space.

"Ozcat is a very real station-our deejays don't pre-record their shows and our music is not pre-programmed. We feel that live radio is about as real as it gets." The station, which currently only broadcast to the Vallejo downtown community, has made application for a Full-power Non-Commercial FM License, which is no easy thing to do. The FCC opened a window for special filing for one week back in October, 2007 and OzCat was there with their app. That was the first such opportunity afforded to radio entrepreneurs since 2000. The proposed 100 watt station would be at 89.5 FM, a clear spot on the radio dial. Jeff Shaw and Todd Urick of Common Frequency, "a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 'dedicated to providing information about non-commercial radio broadcasting within the United States to the public, with the aim of facilitating more public involvement in non-commercial radio'" has been helping OzCat's management with the application process.

Among the artists who have performed live on OzCat is RARWRITER.com's own in-house musicologist Douglas Strobel, who was instrumental in getting Misner & Smith a spot on the show, and who is tireless in his efforts to promote local music, particularly of the acoustic variety, and of the station itself.




©Rick Alan Rice (RAR), January, 2010