BY MIKE PODSEDLY Published in Smoke Signals June 2020 Issue
Inside The Gates Radio owes its existence to the streaming revolution. It is estimated that 80% of music listening is on streaming platforms. The music we consumers play is not ours in the physical sense. This is in contrast to when we purchased vinyl records or CDs, which had all the information about the tracks and band members on the album covers or CD inserts. We all just rent the music we listen to whenever we activate a streaming service.
The advent of streaming has made an enormous amount of content available to us. In order to navigate this wealth of choice, providers have created algorithms to produce playlists to choose from. These playlists use adjectives like mellow, chill, workouts, cleaning, etc. to match the songs to your activity or mood. The algorithms are based on databases that include the song classification, demographics and listening habits. To access the content, one pays $10 to $15 per month for the privilege. Inside the Gates Radio doesn’t use algorithms to generate playlists. Every song that is selected for the library has been chosen by humans. One by one, songs are evaluated for relevance, quality of sound and performance along with listening experience. This results in a carefully curated library that is “the greatest music of our lifetimes.” The full library is played in rotation 24/7 so the listener gets a unique experience every session.
Unlike the streaming services the cost to stream Inside the Gates Radio is free— that’s free, free. ITG Radio is managed by music lovers who want to share their music and knowledge with you the listener. The live shows are must listen radio. The show schedule kicks off with Dinnis Keefe’s Saturday Serenade at 6:30 p.m., Sunday’s Shiraz Alikhan’s San Francisco Nights at 4:30 p.m. followed by Craig Looney’s Looney Tunes at 6:30 p.m. You will be engaged when they share the backstory of the songs they play. Craig offers a mini song quiz for every show and the questions along with the answers are posted in the blog section on www.insidethegatesradio.com.
This radio station is an amazing asset to the Big Canoe community and beyond. The potential for communicating with residents is unlimited. Access is very easy using your device and our app for IOS and Android. If using your computer just go to our website and use the player page to listen. Your listening experience can be enhanced by connecting to your Bluetooth speakers or even Alexa. Please take advantage of this great music library and it will evoke memories of events in your life and be reacquainted with favorite songs you may have forgotten.