Updated 17th August 2014
First let me say a very big thank you to my best friend, lifelong companion and wife, Rachael for putting up with this hobby and all its trials and tribulations. I'd also like to thank the team at iTunes and Windows Media for believing Atlantic Oldies 2NG is a great station and the team at Loudcity for wading through the legal side of licensing. I'd also like to thank John at Atlantic Sound Factory for helping me out when iTunes listed me and I needed extra capacity quickly. I also appreciate the help from Dave at Soft'n'Easy, another great internet radio station. We email back and forth on ideas and also for some of the little snippets and software he has written to make things easier. Additionally I would like to thank Alan at Rewind 45. We have kept in pretty constant touch regarding idea's for each others stations.
Also, a big thanks for the regular listeners, Dave, Sally, Rick & Jim who frequently email with suggestions and idea's. I apologize if not all get acted on, just need more hours in the day.
THE HUMAN BIT
Somewhere in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area at a secure datacenter sits a rock-solid server, the hard drives keep whirring night & day pumping out great hits on Atlantic Oldies 2NG. So, what gives and why oldies from two countries?
Well, that is easy, let me introduce myself, I'm Gorby, although you may hear me "on-air" as Rick Ainley. Firstly I'm a Brit, who has lived in DC for the last 15½ years and isn't going anywhere just yet!. I've always loved the music when I grew up, although the Seventies decade was the first I can honestly remember, BBC Radio 1 and Radio Luxembourg (208) would always play the Sixties too. I can remember lying in bed with an old transistor radio with an earphone listening to the old 208 - The Big L as they called themselves in the Seventies, not comparable with the Pirate Ship in the Sixties, Radio London!.
I've been involved in broadcasting since I was 14 helping out on the "Paull Hunsley Electric Wireless Show" on BBC Radio Humberside, then Essex Radio when it first started. I was even involved with some land based Pirates, with plans that never quite took off. Then I went legal and joined the BBC as a trainee engineer. I've been in broadcasting full time ever since, now as technical management in a TV station in the U.S. The era of the offshore pirates completely skipped me. When I lived in Essex, England no ships were out, then when I moved to Cardiff, Wales they all went back. Had I been in earshot of those ships, who knows what would have happened!!!
Over 10½ years ago I launched PLATINUM HITS on Live365 which went well, I experimented with various formats and finally in July 2005 launched 2NG. In September I went my way, left Live365, licensed with Loudcity, rented some Shoutcast space and went out to the world. It's been fun and I love to get emails from listeners. Slowly I've been adding to the library, it gets bigger every week and I sometimes amaze myself when I listen because I keep hearing songs I'd forgotten I had. In January 2009 the station began a slow transition to Atlantic Oldies 2NG.
Hopefully, you find the same. Atlantic Oldies 2NG gives you the chance to listen to some great British and European hits that never made it over here, the British Invasion that never cross the Atlantic so to speak. I have to thank WBIG (before they flipped it to crap) in DC for playing some great stuff when I arrived in 2000 and XM Fifties, Sixties & Seventies that play great stuff now, although I do prefer the mix of those three great decades.
THE TECHNICAL BIT
The foundation of Atlantic Oldies 2NG is now Station Playlist, an automation package from StationPlaylist. It sits humming 24/7 without much of a hiccup. Every now and again it burps and lets me know it's alive, but for $250 the reliability, feature set and support is without any doubt amazing. I changed from SAM because SPL handles voice-tracking (allowing me to record some announcements and make it sound live) far better and also the audio encoding is better as a rule.
As of February 2008 I changed to Station Playlist Creator to generate playlists for the station. Whilst not as flexible in terms of rules and scheduling, it actually does everything I need it to for Atlantic Oldies 2NG and does it well. It allows me to schedule jingles nearer to times, and also insert voice tracks for as far ahead as I could see fit! MusicGen Lite was retired. A great free package but no longer supported, even in the paid versions. Time to move on.
Atlantic Oldies 2NG is then encoded into multiple streams, three MP3 and two AAC+. This web site is run by a CMS (Content Management System) called Joomla with some add-ons by me to show you what is playing.
Sometimes I do live shows but now I record a weekly show, and I did have an old Arrakis 2100SC audio board which I found on eBay and subsequently sold on eBay. Now I use a plain vanilla Mackie desk as it offers way more options for me. For Live-Assist I use a really great German software package called mAirlist and sometimes also use a very powerful Open Source Software on Linux called Rivendell.
It is styled in the type used in American radio studio's, British studio's tend to use a different style but similar(ish). I have a computer attached where I can run either Station Playlist or mAirlist in live-assist. To complete the British-ness I just purchased a pair of Beyer Dynamic DT100 headphones (cans) that for some reason are the staple of European radio stations but are like finding chicken's teeth in the U.S.
That's it for now, but please email us. I'd love to hear from you.