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Late last night, our web team threw the switch on what I think is the most exciting development on this site since we re-launched Radio3 back in November of 2005.

Our Webby-nominated web radio stream, which until now was an automated music-only feed, is now a living breathing radio station featuring live hosting, editorial features, and all of the great 100% Canadian music you've come to expect from Radio3.

Now you can tune in 24/7 to enjoy the very best in new Canadian music from anywhere in the world with a halfway decent internet connection. Hosts Grant Lawrence, Lisa Christiansen, Craig Norris, Tariq Hussain, and Lauren Burrows are joined by Amanda Putz and Buck 65 as your guides to Canadian music culture at its best.

Tune in with our custom online player (and start making your own playlist), or tap into the MP3 stream with the major media player of your choice. Please note that this is not simply the same feed as channel 94 on Sirius, but a unique station created exclusively for the web.

See also:
The CBC Radio 3 Player Is Now Embeddable
New Mini-Player Launches
Radio3 Player 2.1
Update: Ask and ye shall receive. Since many of you have expressed concern that we've discontinued our music-only service, we can't just leave you hanging. We have plans to offer a new and improved music-only service, but seeing as this won't launch for some time yet, you can still access the old feed via our pop-up player.

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march
#1 posted by
march
on Sep 14, 2007
ok... I'm gonna plead stupid for a sec, but I can't find the link for the MP3 stream that you're talking about
march
#2 posted by
march
on Sep 14, 2007
nevermind... found it...
tb3
#3 posted by
tb3
on Sep 14, 2007
This is me very pleased with you guys and gals!

I listen to the stream all day long at work. And while I love having access to the great music, I do miss the commentary, the editorialization and the general personality that comes from have the R3 people talk at me like we're hanging out at some gathering of cool-in-the-know-folk talking about things, as opposed to slugging away in the dreary world of greige and fluorescent lighting, tapping at keyboards, breathing in recycled co-workers breath from the loverly HVAC systems that 3M Filtrete commercials warn me against.

The R3 Bot that changed the songs, never said anything in between songs.

So this is me saying thanks. At least when Legionnaires Disease finally sinks its cold, mucousy hooks in me, at least I will be listening to great songs AND people!!!!
geekwad
#4 posted by
geekwad
on Sep 14, 2007
I also listen to a lot of the R3 web stream. About 120 hours a month, I guess. So it's a safe bet that I liked it the old way. Now people are going to be talking? "Opinions"?!

Well, you sold me at "Buck 65". Can't wait!
Darkan9898
#5 posted by
Darkan9898
on Sep 14, 2007
Is there still an option for the 'old' format with no commentary? I get distracted by commentary while trying to work...
Darkan9898
#6 posted by
Darkan9898
on Sep 14, 2007
Is there still an option for the 'old' format with no commentary? I get distracted by commentary while trying to work...
tb3
#7 posted by
tb3
on Sep 14, 2007
Darken9898,
Yah, try a "Playlist"
suckamc
#8 posted by
suckamc
on Sep 14, 2007
Giving it a listen now, I listened to the old way a lot, and always enjoyed it. Yay, Amanda Putz!
Darkan9898
#9 posted by
Darkan9898
on Sep 14, 2007
Playlist is for songs, well...songs in my playlist. So that's not really what i need because I know all those songs. I need the NEW music (but without commentary)...are those days over?
trepid
#10 posted by
trepid
on Sep 14, 2007
Give us back our sliders!

The ability to scan tracks, and skip through ones that I preferred not to listen to was a key feature of the old system.
Colin Medley
#11 posted by
Colin Medley
on Sep 14, 2007
I've been visiting CBC Radio 3 for years. Love the blog, love the podcasts and the concerts and sessions... but I've never really listened to the R3 Radio all that much. I think you've finally picked my interest though... I've been listening for an hour already and I'm loving it! I like having a host. Great idea!
oilersfan33
#12 posted by
oilersfan33
on Sep 14, 2007
Just as soon as I hear some hip-hop or rap then I'll let you know what I think
oilersfan33
#13 posted by
oilersfan33
on Sep 14, 2007
Alrighty I see some "Abs" coming up I'm digging the web radio
tb3
#14 posted by
tb3
on Sep 14, 2007
Drakan9898, try "other people's playlists"
RanSolo
#15 posted by
RanSolo
on Sep 14, 2007
It looks like when you detach the player you still get the old NMC stream by default. So if you don't want the live stream, try that.

It doesn't look like you can choose the R3 Web Radio when the player is detached though so this might be an oversight by whoever changed the player.
clovelac
#16 posted by
clovelac
on Sep 14, 2007
So I hear a song I like, and I press the + sign beside it, but it won't add to my playlist. Has this function been disabled? Because if so that would suck.

I also miss the slider. As much as I love Canadian music, I don't love all of it, and I like being able to slide ahead out of the crap, thanks.
AKB
#17 posted by
AKB
on Sep 14, 2007
Wait, Is this the same as the Sirius Feed? Are there going to be non-Canadian Bands? Or is it a whole other operation?
TheRadioHead
#18 posted by
TheRadioHead
on Sep 14, 2007
I found that the streaming radio had a wider variety of music than I heard on Sirius. I know summer is a hard time for new music, but I am weary of hearing what seems like the same 100(?)songs over and over. I see that those are now the only songs playing on the new stream. You guys have got a huge library of music to choose from, why not use it better?

Not complaining, just want more of a good thing. I, for one, am thrilled with the hosted stream.
trepid
#19 posted by
trepid
on Sep 14, 2007
I'm thinking that it would be really nice if this feature were to be added as a 3rd mode, so that it might still be possible to have the features of the old radio mode -- things like sliding back to listen to a song you like, right from the beginning, scanning ahead to skip through ones you aren't currently feeling.

Also, in firefox, the r3 media player doesn't update to the current playing track in the playlist view or in the current track section, at least that's the case for me.
erikochan
#20 posted by
erikochan
on Sep 14, 2007
Hi, can you guys adjust the volume of Amanda's hosted segments so it better matches the volume of the music? Her voice is so quiet in comparison and it's getting a bit annoying to be constantly adjusting my volume.

Other than that, I'm really enjoying the hosted radio stream so far! And you're playing all my favourite songs too! Hooray!
Steve Pratt
#21 posted by
Steve Pratt
on Sep 14, 2007
Thanks for all the amazing feedback so quickly. We're obviously all very excited about the new station today, so help from all of you to make it better is very welcome.

Sorry to those who are missing the slider - we love it, too, but there's a good reason we can't do it anymore. The original radio station was essentially a long playlist, so skipping through it was possible. However, now that we have a real, live radio station, we can't skip into programming that hasn't happened yet (unless we invent a time machine :-) ). We're hoping down-the-road to add a 'make-it-yourself' radio station that will bring the slider back, but it won't be soon. For now, the slider continues on personal playlists.

Also, for those who are getting the old station when they pop the player, it's very likely a cache issue - if you clear the cache on your browser, you should get the new station.

The only place the old NMC station still exists is in the embeddable players (Facebook, MySpace, blogs, etc) and it's because we haven't been able to update them yet. It's coming soon.

Are there more of you out there who can't add tracks to playlists? We can't seem to reproduce that one here, so any help you might give us in figuring it out would be great. Clovelac, if you can email us your browser, operating system, etc to feedback@cbcradio3.com, we can try and troubleshoot.

Thanks for all the feedback and please continue to let us know if you're having any problems. Hope you all enjoy the new station!
tb3
#22 posted by
tb3
on Sep 14, 2007
Steve, at the rate you're rolling out impressive features to this place you call home, I would not be surprised if you were in fact already working on the time machine.

In fact, I'll bet that is the Secret Ops Scotty is working as I type!

Once I found how to add this in iTunes, and not have to leave Safari open, I am a happy camper.

p.s. when is the IM live request chatroom coming? I want to request for some April Wine or Coney Hatch and send it out to Craidro (or Pedraig)
Steve Pratt
#23 posted by
Steve Pratt
on Sep 14, 2007
Hey AKB,
Web radio isn't our Sirius channel. It's a completely new station designed for the web. It's 100% Canadian music, all from New Music Canada. Sirius continues to kick arse with it's own mix of Canadian and international music. The two stations are designed to be complementary to each other.
jjvenkit
#24 posted by
jjvenkit
on Sep 14, 2007
oh the putz, how we've missed you.
Steve Pratt
#25 posted by
Steve Pratt
on Sep 14, 2007
Hey tb3,
Scotty is indeed hard at work with Marty McFly on the Delorean in our sub-basement.
And good news on the itunes front - just click on the mp3 button on the top of the player and it will launch in the media player of your choice. CBC Radio 3 is also listed in the iTunes radio directory, too, under Public Radio.
AND we're working on IM with the hosts. Hopefully Grant will have some IM news on Tuesday or Wednesday during his show.
Woot!
Mark99999
#26 posted by
Mark99999
on Sep 14, 2007
spotty. Can't get a stream going... one of the greatest things about the old version was the amazing stream... never stopped or slowed down.

Now, as someone said, no slider; spotty, erratic reception.

Hopefully first day bugs which will all be worked out.

I even made my quality 56k, but still cuts out every 10 second.

HELP!
John Paolozzi
#27 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 14, 2007
Mark, have you tried clearing your cache? Or tried clicking on the little button in the top right corner of the player that says "MP3"?

The stream is a bit spotty, but it will stabilize throughout the day. We've been testing the stream for over a week now, but nothing brings out the bugs like launching for a real audience.

Rob Dub
#28 posted by
Rob Dub
on Sep 14, 2007
I can add some tracks to my personal playlist but not all of them such as the version of True Patriot Love that just played during the r3-30.
I also tried the mp3 version for my itunes and noticed that the old stream is still active. Will that stay like that or will it go dead one day?
I must also say that the levels of the hosts are lower than the music to my ear.
Nicole Goodman
#29 posted by
Nicole Goodman
on Sep 14, 2007
Hi Rob,

The iTunes stream is still the old one, but it will be changing once we update the embeddable players...
clovelac
#30 posted by
clovelac
on Sep 14, 2007
Dear Mr. Pratt:

I rebooted, reloaded, and now I can add songs to my playlist. Now I'm having trouble loading the media player, but I'm 100% sure it's my network that's having problems, and has nothing to do with you folks! I'm over the moon you are reading our comments and responding. You guys are swell. THANKS!
Rob Dub
#31 posted by
Rob Dub
on Sep 14, 2007
If I'm listening to the r3-30 right now on web radio and web radio doesn't play international acts does this mean international artists will no longer be included on the r3-30?
Craig Norris
#32 posted by
Craig Norris
on Sep 14, 2007
Hey Rob,

Yes!! The R3-30 is now the sole all-Canadian Indie chart show!

Are you excited?
Can you feel it?

Craig
marymarie
#33 posted by
marymarie
on Sep 14, 2007
Great to hear! *cough-Shoestring Divi..-cough* Seriosuly though, glad to hear its 100% Canuck!
I'm loving the new changes! Congrats and keep it up!
Rob Dub
#34 posted by
Rob Dub
on Sep 14, 2007
Hey Craig,
I'm over the top excited that the r3-30 is the sole all-canadian indie chart show.
Now I've just got to pitch more of my favorites. Does gospel count as indie? I love the new Sojourners song Run On.
Rob
rdickie
#35 posted by
rdickie
on Sep 14, 2007
I don't know what's more exciting, the fact that you guys put out a web radio station or the fact that you guys actually listen to viewers.

I'm listening to the r3-30 right now. I find that pretty cool cuz normally i have to wait till sunday night or monday morning to hear it.

Also thanks for the embeddable player. I slipped that into my facebook and my own website. The only irritating part is that i wrote my site in xhtml.. i can embed it without the non-xhtml embed tag but then it doesn't work in IE... Either way I make use of the radio player a lot and probably even more so now!

The only issue i noticed is that once in a while the current song playing and list lag update (sometimes several songs before it catches up). I suppose this is a polling issue. I'm on FF 2.0.0.6, mac os 10.4.10, g4 ibook. I will try on my linux ubuntu64 system later. Flash for linux is still beta and i even have it wrapped for 64-bit.. so if it works there it should work anywhere :P

I'm just curious though, for those who seem to like the old method.. how hard would it to be to create a "Random playlist" updated once a day with 500 songs or so.

Well anyways.. this made my day. I was up till 4am writing a paper and this put a smile on my face..
John Paolozzi
#36 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 14, 2007
rdickie, what's your url? Love to check it out. We'll be posting something about blogs featuring R3 sometime in the near future.

Re the randomizing player... it's not impossible, and may be considered for the next version we launch in the coming months.

We'll be ripping the player apart again for the next version of the site shortly, so it's all a matter of making it all fit together in a way that is as easy to use as it is to program.
sheldong
#37 posted by
sheldong
on Sep 14, 2007
I'd really like to have an option to use the old format again. It's not that I really dislike the dj's or anything but I listen mainly while I'm at work and I find the commentary between songs to be distracting. The ability to scan forward and backwards through the tracks was nice too.
trepid
#38 posted by
trepid
on Sep 14, 2007
I understand that it isn't possible to travel forward through time, but I'd be happy to have the stream lagging the live format by an hour, if it meant I could skip around even in a limited manner.

A lot of what made R3 distinct from any other stream out there was that flexibility that no one else had. If you just realized halfway through a song that you enjoyed it, you could scan back and restart the song to listen to the whole thing. And if something wasn't matching your vibe, you could skip forward through it.

I just feel like this upgrade (at least temporarily) sacrificed some of the stronger distinguishing features, and I'd love to have the option not to lose them.
jbezooyen
#39 posted by
jbezooyen
on Sep 14, 2007
ack, I'm afraid I don't like this as much. I work in a retail clothing store and we keep this page open so that the canadian music can stream for our customers. For our situation, it's much better if we don't hear the hosts in between the music (it's too distracting, and it really breaks up peoples shopping experience).

It's a bit disappointing. I know I can still always use my playlist of course. However, I've typically used my list as a holding ground to keep all the cool songs I've randomly encountered through the streaming list. It's too bad that I won't be able to just let the stream go in hopes of finding new canadian content anymore (without listen to those distracting hosts).

But hey, part of my disappointment is probably because I don't like most of the r3-30 hosts, and they just happen to be on right now. (I'd prefer Grant Lawrence any day.)
barbarella
#40 posted by
barbarella
on Sep 14, 2007
ok
so maybe my work will be a little less focused and yeah, likely, there will now be echoes of (solitary) laughter coming from my cubicle

but i listened the web stream all day long and i think the actual radio version is stellar

jeremy
#41 posted by
jeremy
on Sep 14, 2007
I think a solution for some people who are pining for the old days when a coke was a nickel and the player played host-free radio is to stock up on some good user playlists. There are hundreds of them out there and some of them are pretty darned good.
Rob Dub
#42 posted by
Rob Dub
on Sep 14, 2007
I just heard the end of the R3-30. Well not just I had to go clean a toilet before I could type this. Craig made it sound like the broadcast wasn't live. I thought they were in Vancouver and all but then they said they were not or something like that and it wouldn't be live next week either. I'm confussed.
Grant sounds live right now but how can anyone be sure.
Silvorgold
#43 posted by
Silvorgold
on Sep 14, 2007
Wow, the player even works on my cellphone!

Now I'm able to listen to the CBC3 feed just about anywhere I go.. if I wanted to (and if I wanted to pay an arm and leg in data charges if I wasn't in a wifi zone).

The quality is amazing on my phone too!

Keep up the good work guys, and here's a screenshot of the feed in action for proof:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/codyrl/1381810533/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/codyrl/1381810523/
Grant Lawrence
#44 posted by
Grant Lawrence
on Sep 14, 2007
Hey Rob - I am live right now!
Rob Dub
#45 posted by
Rob Dub
on Sep 14, 2007
Here is a wierd glitch. I had to turn the player off so my daughter could have some kid music time. I was actually in playlist mode listening to the uncut buck 65 interview when I hit stop. Minutes later the radio started blasting the current song by Tin Bangs. The player was still loaded with the interview but live radio was pouring out. Scared the crap out of my kid! Ha! Hitting the stop button cleared it up but it was wierd.
John Paolozzi
#46 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 14, 2007
Silvorgold,

Can you tell us what phone and service you're using? You've blow us away.
Charles
#47 posted by
Charles
on Sep 14, 2007
This is so great! So I guess all my whining about Radio 3 having been kicked off of Radio 2 was rather pointless in the end. Not that I'll be letting up on my criticism of your failure to identify yourself as an "English Canadian" station (one in 25 or so non-anglophone songs does not a "Canadian" station make; nor should we ignore how insulting it is to non-anglophones if you're going to continue to claim that you play "The best in Canadian music"). But hey, I'll restrict my complaining to the so-called "Canadian" Polaris Prize for the moment and just say: Long live Radio 3!
Woofer
#48 posted by
Woofer
on Sep 14, 2007
OK, this may not be around forever, but for people who want the old as well as the new here are the links:

The new stream (with real people!):

http://icecast.cbcradio3.com/r3

The old stream (run by the robots in Pedro's basement):

http://icecast1.cbcradio3.com:80/r3

I have both in iTunes in my Radio playlist and can switch back and forth easily.

I would assume that the old steam will eventually be stopped in favour of the new one, but for now you have a choice!
hool
#49 posted by
hool
on Sep 14, 2007
i liked the radio mode better without grant talking all the time. i think a host makes sense for a podcast of related music, especially because you can skip the talking if you want.

i miss the ability in the radio mode to fast forward the track if i don't want to hear it.

i don't think it's grant specifically that i don't like - probably any host would be distracting.

there's something incongruent about mixing a traditional radio host with a stream of music. i get impatient and just want to hear a stream of uninterrupted music that i can skip through if i please.

i understand that the playlist mode can do this for me, but the pre-made playlists don't seem to have as much content nor variety as the radio mode.
sizzlefish
#50 posted by
sizzlefish
on Sep 14, 2007
refresh my memory...how much are we paying for this free service?
124th Street Beat
#51 posted by
124th Street Beat
on Sep 14, 2007
Listening to the end of Grants show, the final sign off from our late and great beloved Saturday night show almost brought a tear to my eye! As much as I love listening to you all live on the internet, it sure would be swell to have our Saturday Radio 2 nights back!
Grant Lawrence
#52 posted by
Grant Lawrence
on Sep 14, 2007
We're only talking every five songs or so which is every 15 - 25 minutes give or take... don't worry, you'll get used to it. Change and evolution is always what CBC Radio 3 is all about.

Once we get our legs we'll be much more interactive, taking calls, emails, reequests, interviews, music news of the day and moment, all live on this site.

It's going to be fun!
John Paolozzi
#53 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 14, 2007
I think Grant has nailed it. Give us a chance to de-bug the player, and get rolling with the new radio content. Right now we’re running both Sirius and web, so it’s going to take us a bit to figure out the perfect programming mix.

Plus… something else is in the works, though it’s going to be a while in the making. It will be as good as the old music stream, but also give you control over what you’re listening to.

I don’t want to give you an exact delivery date, or describe how it works, but it’s going to be good. Pants-wetting good.

Maybe Craig and Pedro won’t ruin the surprise this time around.
Craig Norris
#54 posted by
Craig Norris
on Sep 14, 2007
Uh...

I'm not trying to pass blame here, but I think we should go the tape on this one. I didn't spill the beans on this one.

Pedro is far too excitable. That's all.

Besides everyone knows the new, exciting "something else in the works" is an all-Gowan stream.
John Paolozzi
#55 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 14, 2007
Craig, you know Gowan feels badly about himself when you make fun.
Silvorgold
#56 posted by
Silvorgold
on Sep 14, 2007
It is an HTC TyTn which is available on Rogers Wireless.

I got it for an amazing deal, plus it uses Wifi, I'm quite happy with it, but it has its pros/cons.

The price should see a dramastic price cut within a few weeks since the 2nd generation of it is coming to Canada in the winter

http://www.rogers.com/tytn
John Paolozzi
#57 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 14, 2007
Update: Ask and ye shall receive. Since many of you have expressed concern that we’ve discontinued our music-only service, we can’t just leave you hanging. We have plans to offer a new and improved music-only service, but seeing as this won’t launch for some time yet, you can still access the old feed via our pop-up player.

http://radio3.cbc.ca/launch.aspx
Grant Lawrence
#58 posted by
Grant Lawrence
on Sep 14, 2007
... just don't
tb3
#59 posted by
tb3
on Sep 14, 2007
If you don't want someone talking between songs, there's some elevator's you can ride.

Otherwise, I can't believe that people are overlooking playlists.

I know I'm the choir, but I can't tell you how happy it makes me to be able to hear commentary and songs. I have yet to hear more talk than rock all day long!
tb3
#60 posted by
tb3
on Sep 14, 2007
p.s. Craig where the hell is the All-Haywire stream????
Mark99999
#61 posted by
Mark99999
on Sep 14, 2007
Spent the day musicless for the first time in two years... and now I'm home, and the new stream is NOT working here either.

Aaarrggghhh!! Am I plagued? Is anyone else experiencing any difficulties?

jzablot
#62 posted by
jzablot
on Sep 14, 2007
This is great news, thanks!
alpy
#63 posted by
alpy
on Sep 14, 2007
Wow. I'm in love with the new stream. Although it's not the Sirius feed, it's the next best thing. Thanks Craig, Pedro, Grant, Amanda and all for setting this up and being so responsive to the fans :)
Darkan9898
#64 posted by
Darkan9898
on Sep 14, 2007
Awesome - thanks for giving us the music-only feed option! I will definitely be listening to both.
Craig Norris
#65 posted by
Craig Norris
on Sep 15, 2007
Hey Alpy!

Thanks for the sentiments! However, even though Pedro, Grant, Amanda and I are all computer programming geniuses, the credit and praise need to be heaped on to CBC Radio 3's absolutely brilliant web team.

And when we're done piling praise and adulation on to them, heap some more.

I'm so glad that you like the changes, though!
(So do I).

c.
Peggy
#66 posted by
Peggy
on Sep 15, 2007
I can no longer open the radio3 stream in itunes, the progress bar just states connecting but nothing opens
Twiss
#67 posted by
Twiss
on Sep 15, 2007
Hooray! Geoffrey Brown and I have been lonely every Saturday night since R3 left the radio waves, and we're too poor to get SSR (guess we're not your demographic after all) despite our sadness we've kept listening to CBC and frequent this blog and so happy our Saturday nights are back to spending it with you guys.
We've got a hot date lined up tonight with CBC-R3 in the background!
neuromancer
#68 posted by
neuromancer
on Sep 15, 2007
I quite enjoy this new web radio thing. I'm very happy with the change.
craigbear
#69 posted by
craigbear
on Sep 15, 2007
I'm already a Sirius listener, so this doesn't change my life as much as it does for some people, but at least it now means I can listen at times when my radio is unavailable or loses signal or whatnot. Yay.

Also colour me pleased that Amanda Putz is officially an R3 regular now. I been hopin. And Buck 65? That rocks.
John Paolozzi
#70 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 15, 2007
Peggy, have you tried clearing your cache? It sounds like your computer is looking for the old stream. Or you could look for us under Public Radio on iTunes, and click on that.
blueberryhamster
#71 posted by
blueberryhamster
on Sep 15, 2007
Buck 65, Host?
rock'n'roll!
alteeffour
#72 posted by
alteeffour
on Sep 15, 2007
Since there are hosts and the R3-30 now in the feed, is there a schedule to look at somewhere?
Steve Pratt
#73 posted by
Steve Pratt
on Sep 15, 2007
Hi alteeffour,
The web radio schedule is under the On The Air section of the website (top navigation)
Peggy
#74 posted by
Peggy
on Sep 15, 2007
thanks John for your quick response, the link under public radio is what won't open, I did discover though that I could choose open live stream from the menu bar in itunes and type in the url provided on this blog and it opened fine. I too was looking for a way to not keep safari open while listening. I really like the new format and keep looking forward to what other new options you keep adding.
shopgirl
#75 posted by
shopgirl
on Sep 15, 2007
oohh la la!!

Brilliant web team indeed!

This is great.


redheadoncarousel
#76 posted by
redheadoncarousel
on Sep 15, 2007
great to have you back. having you with me as i grow into my life as an expat in Amsterdam makes me spin, spin, spin;)
group hug!
downtown
#77 posted by
downtown
on Sep 15, 2007
I'm digging the new format...nicely done. What I missed about CBC Radio 3 on Saturday nights were the various stories on past experiences based on a particular theme. It really gave off the vibe of a small gathering of friends listening to music. Are there any plans to incorporate these stories again, at least one night a week?
TheIceman
#78 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 15, 2007
Ever since I had a Sirius radio I wanted tol isten online at work. But unfortunately it never worked in the steel and glass monstrosity where I work. The Playlist mode before was nice, but I missed the personalities of the Radio3 hosts and their individual music tastes- Grant, Tariq, Lauren, Lisa, Craig and Pedro. Radio 3 is the best for Canadian Independent Music and just continues to get better. Great job on the site and the functionality!
Chris Kelly
#79 posted by
Chris Kelly
on Sep 15, 2007
Hey Downtown (great user name),

I know for sure that Grant's show will be very similar to the Saturday night show with themes and stories and live interviews. Check him out 12-3 (Pacific) Tues-Friday.
Lord Pumpernik
#80 posted by
Lord Pumpernik
on Sep 16, 2007
about friggin time.
then radio wave
then TV
then the world.

thanks for snagin the Buick 1965
neuromancer
#81 posted by
neuromancer
on Sep 16, 2007
So, while Grant was on right now (12:40 eastern, sunday), the interview with T&S was playing over top of grant. Just thought you should know.
John Paolozzi
#82 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 16, 2007
Thanks for the heads up. The system we build to marry our live radio software to the player software is brand spanking news, so there are still a few bugs cropping up. Were on it.
IzzyGraze
#83 posted by
IzzyGraze
on Sep 16, 2007
I like this new feed but it doesn't as well as the last one did on my computer. Sometimes it's fine but others...like right now...it has to rebuffer about every 10 seconds and eventually quits and I have to restart the stream. It might be just bandidth though with peek hours and such but I'm hoping it gets better soon because this isn't so great.
bobster
#84 posted by
bobster
on Sep 16, 2007
Anytime you guys get MORE Canadian music out there, it's gotta be a good thing...Congrats

Bob Ryszkiewicz: Album "The Ghost of Elvis"
Melmenarmie
#85 posted by
Melmenarmie
on Sep 16, 2007
at the top right corner of screen, there's a red banner for the R3 Media player. There's a microscopic button that says "MP3" on the right side of that banner. It's next to the "?" button. I had to manually open the stream with my window's media player.
Aberdeen
#86 posted by
Aberdeen
on Sep 16, 2007
First I want to say that R3 is my favorite source for new music. The BOT was like a personal “shuffle”. I’ll give the new format some time to work out the kinks, but right now I am not really impressed. Is the format to satisfy the Sirus radio listeners?

The good point is the interviews, which give extended insight to the artists listening.

The bad are the announcers. I would expect more professionalism. There are a number of college radio announcers that can do better. At least the BOT knew when to shut-up!

I also think this is the start of a slippery slope, from board based music exposure to formatted shows, much like Radio 1 and 2; maybe even playing Nickelback.
saidthewhale
#87 posted by
saidthewhale
on Sep 16, 2007
they wont play nickelback. the new format is rad, congrats guys
mojambo
#88 posted by
mojambo
on Sep 16, 2007
I've been waiting for this along time and did not know it was coming so I am happyhappy! And yet I will still wait for the day I can listen to this station on my car radio. I'm not going to pay for that satellite radio and this music has always deserved better than being played in the middle of the night or for a few measly hours on saturday evening. I await the day.

(also itunes is not updating the songtitles, or maybe its just me, dunno)

Keep up the fight!
tb3
#89 posted by
tb3
on Sep 16, 2007
How one can go from noting on air personalities that are worse than some college stations, to formatted shows playing Nickelcrack…

T'aint a slippery slope – More like a game of leapfrog in the badlands…
mojambo
#90 posted by
mojambo
on Sep 16, 2007
I also want to listen to it on my kitchen radio!
Amanda Putz
#91 posted by
Amanda Putz
on Sep 17, 2007
Just a quick nod to all of you who not only listen, but take a minute to respond positively or negatively. Feedback is so key to getting better. Of course there will be kinks as we figure out how this is all going to work. We essentially have two or three jobs per person and are venturing where we've never ventured before.

Our web team really is second to none--I would venture to say globally. I think ABC has a decent site, but CBC's is better. (Let's not even mention the BBC's. My CS 100 homemade page looked better and is more current.) Other radio stations with a web presence simply don't offer the eye candy or infotainment.

Today I'll work on my little mini-studio & hopefully get the levels a-ok.

Just heard Mark M & Tariq talking about one of my favourite songs, "Do the Right Thing." This is spectacular.
chickpea
#92 posted by
chickpea
on Sep 17, 2007
I work in with an NGO in Colombia, and am so thrilled to be able to listen to Canadian music and live commentary over here - the Canadian voices along with music help me feel connected to Canada, and I love it!
chickpea
#93 posted by
chickpea
on Sep 17, 2007
I work in with an NGO in Colombia, and am so thrilled to be able to listen to Canadian music and live commentary over here - the Canadian voices along with music help me feel connected to Canada, and I love it!
bryce
#94 posted by
bryce
on Sep 17, 2007
I'm looking at the Web Radio Schedule right now, and I'm not seeing anything other than "Music Mix" in the evenings. Any plans for a show on Saturday nights like the one that used to air on CBC Radio 2?
bryce
#95 posted by
bryce
on Sep 17, 2007
Oh yeah, Congratulations, and thanks for all the hard work! This made my day.
John Paolozzi
#96 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 17, 2007
Bryce, we shall see. Right now we've added a whole new radio station to our service without adding any additional staff or resources, so before we go making even more work for ourself we need to be sure we can do it properly. But theoretically, it's a great idea. Thanks for commenting!
Aberdeen
#97 posted by
Aberdeen
on Sep 17, 2007
First, for those commenting on my Nickelback comment; this was a line drawn in the sand by R3.

As for my Sirus comment it was clarified that there are now two R3 formats; Sirus and Web.

As for the announcer comment. I am still on the limb. I do like Amanda (but I like the Fuse also) but Lauren does havea nice radio personality and knows know to segway in and out of a playlist.

There is hope! But does the BOT still exist?
aRTie
#98 posted by
aRTie
on Sep 17, 2007
There seem to be more Yeahs than Nays, but for the record, my vote is for the old talk free stream. It was prefect: perfect for work, perfect for parties, perfect for listening.

I like the previously mentioned idea of a talk-free playlist comprised of 500 random tunes, updated daily. That'd be an easy solution that would keep everyone happy, yeah?

A hearty thanks,
Artie
RanSolo
#99 posted by
RanSolo
on Sep 18, 2007
The NMC stream worked fine for me (on the page and the mini player but never in iTunes). The R3 Web Radio stream doesn't work for me at all. It doesn't work on the page or in iTunes. I have tried in Firefox, Internet Explorer, and iTunes. I assume the problem is my work firewall situation but I don't know why it would have worked on the page before and not now. I have cleared my cache and still nothing works.

I tried connecting in iTunes using both the URL and the public radio link. Other streaming stations play but not this one (I tried the first 5 or 6 in the Public Radio section and R3 is the only one that doesn't work). I also tried it in Windows Media Player and it just says Connecting to media...

Any ideas as to what could be wrong here? I was really excited when I read that we would have hosted radio but now I feel all left out.

I haven't tried this at home yet but the stream used to work for me in iTunes at home so I assume I won't have the same problems there.
AKB
#100 posted by
AKB
on Sep 18, 2007
Yeah. I'm in with Ransolo here.
It works great at home, but nothing happens at work, which is too bad because I was super excited about spending my working day with Radio 3.

As per all the yays and nays. I think people should give it time. It'll probably take some time for Web Radio to find its rhythm and its feet. I'm hoping that they're will be more themed programming in the future, so it doesn't just sound like a host introducing whatever the bot has picked.

Anyway. Congratulations. It sounds great.
Aberdeen
#101 posted by
Aberdeen
on Sep 18, 2007
For those that are having problems with R3 at work you may be behind a firewall, which is my case.

What I do is click on the MP3 button located in the top right hand corner of the R3 Media Player. This kick starts Windows Media Player and I can then listen to R3. Unfortunartely I can not listen to playlists.
RanSolo
#102 posted by
RanSolo
on Sep 18, 2007
I've got the opposite problem. I can listen to playlists but I can't listen to the R3 Web Radio Stream. I am definitely behind a firewall (possibly more than one, I can't remember). The thing that seems strange to me is that all of the other streaming radio I've tried has worked fine.
meander
#103 posted by
meander
on Sep 18, 2007
I am definitely in the yeah camp when it comes to the new format for R3. I love hearing actual people talking between songs. Podcasts are great, but they are no substitute for live radio.

So I do really like this format for work, but my computer at home just died. Which leads me to this question: who do we (being Canadians) have to suck up to to actually get R3 back on the radio? I'm talking a dedicated station and not just a late night Saturday session??

And while I’m on the topic, I have to say it still annoys me that we have this tremendous resource that is paid for by tax payers, yet you can't actually access it unless you have an internet connection and a computer or Sirus radio subscription. Radio 3 has proven itself to be very successful at promoting Canadian artists (at least my CD purchasing decisions and concert going habits would reflect and support that statement) and I would think that increasing the demand for Canadian artists would be a priority for our government. So if that is the case you’d think that making Radio 3 into an actual Radio station would build upon the momentum that R3 is witnessing. We have so many talented artists in this country we just need better ways to promote them - like R3 on the radio.

Anyways, I can sweet talk good so let me know who I should talk to!
John Paolozzi
#104 posted by
John Paolozzi
on Sep 18, 2007
Aberdeen, RanSolo, and others having problems… just so you know our team is working on trying to figure out the problem… hope to have an answer soon!

Meander, feels funny pointing you in the direction where you can give the powers that be what-for, but seeing as you’ve asked a direct question, who am I to refuse?

http://www.cbc.ca/contact/index.jsp
RanSolo
#105 posted by
RanSolo
on Sep 19, 2007
Thanks John. I had no doubt that the team was working on it. I didn't really use the NMC stream much (playlists were my main method of listening anyways) so I haven't really lost anything. I'm just jealous that I can't hear the new format during the day.

I don't say it enough on here but I really love the work you guys do. I have been exposed to so much great music through this site. Canadian indie music has become the majority of what I listen to now. I'm listening to the Hot Hot Heat session right now. Amazing!
RanSolo
#106 posted by
RanSolo
on Sep 19, 2007
So, I left the main radio3 page open this morning while I went about listening to other stuff (podcasts) and suddenly, about 40 minutes later, I heard some conflicting music. It was the R3 Web Radio. I paused it since I was listening to something else thinking that when I was done, I could just press play. That didn't work. It sat there for about another 20 minutes after I pressed play and then it started playing again. It has cut out for long stretches here and there during the day but it always comes back eventually. Not sure if that helps diagnose the problem. We've got a very fast internet connection here so I don't think that buffering should take that long (and other streaming radio plays pretty much instantly).

What I've been able to hear sounds great.
Amanda Putz
#107 posted by
Amanda Putz
on Sep 20, 2007
I couldn't agree more meander. I think it's a travesty that you have to have a computer in order to hear what's going on around here.

My most recent understanding is not that it's not so much The CBC that is keeping us from being our own FM station, but the CRTC. I'll let you do your homework on that front as to how to rant and rave at them. Really, if we were to get a frequency it wouldn't really cost the Ceeb anymore cash because we're already doing what we'd be doing on there...n'est ce pas?
Ian
#108 posted by
Ian
on Sep 24, 2007
I too am having problems receiving the "R3 Web Radio" live stream.

I am in a home setting behind a typical home-based firewall "appliance" that I administer.

When you guys did the original cutover from the automated stream to the live stream, I did successfully receive it and spent about 3 hours on Sunday Sept 16th listening to it.

Since then, however, I get nothing, although the playlist cycles through as if the streaming was actually being received.

I can click the PLAYLIST MODE button and listen to my own saved playlist as well as those of others.

I can also bring up the old automated stream via the mini-player workaround.

FYI - I think it would be beneficial if there were some way to log a "support" issue such that it could be responded to by your technical staff. I do not think posting here (in a blog post) is an ideal way to do this.

Thanks
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