Tuesday, 26 August 2014

By way of introduction...

"Well, we've got to start somewhere, so it might as well be here."

A great man once said, "I have a dream". Well, here at AbstractRadio, we also have a dream...

   Mission Statement    

The task is simple : create the world's finest radio station. 

"Well, that's no simple task!", you cry. 

Followed quickly by: "What exactly do you mean by 'world's finest'?", and "How do you intend to achieve this monumental task?"

You raise very valid points...

Clearly, 'world's finest' is open to a fair amount of interpretation. Here at AbstractRadio, it simply means the following: seamless quality music on a global stage - no chat, no ads., no breaks, no news, no frills; just music, sweet music.
For a lot more on this, please have a look at the
manifesto.

And how are we going to do it? Hopefully, with a little help from our friends.

Here's the plan:

1) Get established as a reliable source of quality music.

It's early days, we're still learning the ropes and, at present, with the station's current revenue stream flowing at a mere trickle, AbstractRadio does not yet have the means to provide the sort of bandwidth necessary to reach its intended global audience.

So as we find our feet, AbstractRadio will stream its live feed on a fairly low bandwidth, while simultaneously posting the same fine line in quality music as mixes/podcasts at a much higher bitrate on our mixcloud page.

With this approach, we hope that, over time, you'll will get to know and trust that our commitment to fine quality music is a genuine one. And you can then recommend AbstractRadio to your friends, and so on, helping us slowly build up an appreciative following of happy listeners. 

2) Crowd-funding our early steps.

AbstractRadio is completely committed to providing a seamless listening experience, kept totally interruption free, including ads. But, nothing comes for free, and with both bandwidth and hosting costs rising as we expand, the best way to pay for these services on internet radio is by placing adverts within the live broadcast, and that would defeat the whole point of the exercise.

So, to escape this, AbstractRadio hopes to crowd-source the funds from you - our lovely and fantastically generous listener - to help support the first six months of broadcasting by covering its running costs. And over these first six months, we intend to develop and expand a following large enough to give the station enough market presence to allow us to sell advertising space here on the website (and so keep the broadcasts ad. free) - hurrah!

It's worth pointing out that we don't need to source vast sums - if 1000 "followers" donated just a few pennies each, that alone would cover the bills for a fair while.

Understandably, we need your help with this - we can't do it alone - this is a radio station for anyone and everyone, so anyone can... 


3) Get in touch and get involved.

As well as providing financial support for AbstractRadio, we would love you - the listener - to take an active part in the station - what do you want to hear? Do you have new ideas, new music, are you a dj, a musician, a producer? - get in touch, send us your thoughts, your demos, photos of you dancing around the cat, anything - let's do this together - it's more fun that way.



So, a fairly simple plan: build up a following, raise a small amount to cover the bills during the early days, develop a global audience and use ads. to support the station, all the time spreading the gospel of the finest quality music known.

"Large streams from little fountain flow, tall oaks from little acorns grow."

Honestly, what could possibly go wrong?



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