From: Derek Holzer
Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2000 14:58:11 GMT

Radio Jeleni begins live broadcasting from Prague, Czech Republic, tonight at 21:00 Central European Time (GMT +1). We look forward to providing independent media, music and culture for both the Czech Republic and the rest of the world, as well as to forming connections between groups and individuals involved in media and the arts here and abroad. Radio Jeleni will broadcast in RealAudio format every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 21-24:00 CET.

During the month of September, we will also have the pleasure of broadcasting the Eurovision 2000 conference and other events at Cafe 9, and of providing a dedicated MP3 audio stream to the Independent Media Center during the International Monetary Fund/World Bank Conference here in Prague.

Tonight's program look a little bit like this:
21:00.............V myslivne.
Porad o psychologii, vesmiru a vubec.
22:00.............Indy Rock
Indie uk, '60s garage-beat and r'n'b, dark, punk-rock.
23:00.............DJ Mix : Astro-Dub
Secret in-house DJ plays super-spooky ghost-town dub...

Tune in at:


Why are you doing this?
Several reasons. First, we find the state of media in the Czech Republic to be seriously lacking in outlets for alternative expression. In journalism, influence of corporate interest and the government are so pervasive that little room is left for civic debate and the voices of those left out of the system. These same corporate and government interests also direct Czech attention to very mainstream sources of information and culture (CNN and MTV, for example). A local, "free form" alternative with information and culture not available or even acknowledged by these sources is necessary.

Second, we hope to make connections between Czech artists, journalists, musicians and thinkers and their contemporaries in other countries. Whether it's presenting the work of foreign artists to a Czech audience, presenting Czech work in an international forum, or creating collaborative projects via the Internet, Radio Jeleni hopes to create bridges with the use of new technologies.

Third, net broadcasting is really fucking fun, and we want everyone to try it for themselves. We created the audio lab at FCCA-Prague to be as simple as possible to use. With one half-hour worth of training, anybody can be ready to make a radio program.

What is 'free form' radio?
Freeform Radio: An approach to radio programming in which a station's management gives the DJ complete control over program content. Freeform shows are as different as the personalities of DJ's, but they share a feeling of spontaneity, a tendency to play music that is not usually heard. Their ideology tends to be liberal or radical, though their program content is not usually overtly political. Many DJ's mix diverse musical styles, engage in monologues between music sets and/or accept callers on the air.

What language do you broadcast in?
Because the freeform format allows the choice of content to be left to the DJ, any language is possible. Although current programming is primarily in Czech and English, there is no reason not to have programming in German, Russian, Vietnamese or Romance languages, for example, as all of these communities are present here in the Czech Republic.

Why do you broadcast only on the Internet?
So far, the Internet is still a fairly free area where experiments in both form and content are possible. Normal radio transmissions are subject to the kinds of government and business interests that affect all media. A local example of this is the transformation of Radio 1 from an underground radio station with a wide variety of programming to a commercial station with a very limited range of music--mostly techno. Licensing adds an additional, and costly, difficulty to normal radio transmissions.

Also, Internet radio provides something that normal radio does not have--listening on demand. The archive function of Internet broadcasting allows listeners to tune in any time they want, or to listen again later on. This way, people who have no Internet connection at home can connect the next day at the office or university and hear the previous night's programs. Or they can simply choose another archive if they don't like the one they're hearing. All on the same "channel".

Why don't you broadcast 24 hours?
Three words: Czech Telecom tariffs. Because the telecommunications system of the Czech Republic has not been sufficiently privatized, Czech Telecom holds a virtual monopoly over the telephone rates, which are measured in units of time even for local calls and Internet connections. These rates drop slightly in the evening, which allows for cheaper Internet surfing.

How do I listen?
The only software you need to listen is RealAudio Player, which is available for free. You can listen to the live broadcasts as they happen, from 21:00-0:00, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, or you can listen to files in our archive.

How do I participate?
We are always seeking local DJs, moderators, journalists and musicians for our projects. Several of our programs also focus on using Internet technology to connect artists in different cities. Send us an email, or call, write or visit us at the FFCA-Prague offices.

Jeleni 9, 118 00 Praha 1
Tel.:(+42) 02 24373178

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