Big News from Cladrite Radio!

Big news!We’ve got big news! Cladrite Radio has taken the Patreon plunge, and we wanted you to be the first to know.

Patreon is a website that allows creative types to receive monthly support from their fans, followers and, in our case, listeners. We’ve set up several contribution levels, starting as low as $1 a month, and with a thank-you gift (or gifts) at each level.

Cladrite Radio is a labor of love, but it costs us a good deal of money, time and energy. A little support from our listeners, readers and followers will go a long way toward making things a bit easier for us.

If you listen to our toe-tapping tunes, enjoy our posts here on our blog and on our various social media platforms, or both, we’d very much appreciate if you’d at least pay a visit to our Patreon page and consider chipping in what you can—you’ll receive some swell stuff in return, in addition to our deep gratitude. We love exploring the pop culture of the first half of the 20th century with you, and your support can help us dig even deeper.

The Latest from the Streaming Wars

We’ve been talking to you of late about the technical troubles our streaming provider, Radionomy, has been experiencing, and here’s the latest: Our stream is currently available via all the popular browsers via this website, our page on the website, the Internet Radio feature in iTunes (look for us under Jazz), and via the free Radionomy app that’s available for Android and iOS.

However, it’s still not available through many third-party apps (like Reciva and Nobex—though Android users of the latter may be able to access the stream), and that has impacted our listener hours rather drastically. This matters because Radionomy has a daily minimum number for listener hours and any stations that fall below that mark get 86’d.

We’re not that close to the danger point just yet, but we’re closer than we’d like to be. So we humbly ask you to make it a point to give us a nice, long listen or two (or twelve) over the next few days to get our average back up a bit. Choose whichever method mentioned above that works for you; it’s all the same to us (and to Radionomy).

We may look into switching to another streaming provider one of these days—Radionomy is not only buggy, but their communication with their broadcasters is almost non-existent. But the service is free, which matters to us a great deal—a money-maker Cladrite Radio is not. We’re lucky when we break even.

So unless and until we switch, please keep us streaming in the background whenever you’re able (heck, stream us on your computer or phone and mute the sound, if you’re not in the mood for our toe-tapping tunes at just that moment, though honestly, when are you not in the mood for great music from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s?). And thanks!
Listening to Cladrite Radio on the beach

Happy 115th birthday, Louis Armstrong!

The great Louis Armstrong was born 115 years ago today in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here are 10 LA Did-You-Knows:

  • Armstrong was the grandson of slaves.
  • He grew up rough in the Storyville section of New Orleans and as a sometimes-delinquent teenager, he found himself more than once sent to the Colored Waifs’ Home for Boys. It was there that he honed his abilities in playing the cornet.
  • The young Armstrong played with many bands in the Crescent City, but it was his time with band of Fate Marable‘s riverboat outfit that perhaps proved most influential in his style and ability. He once referred to his time with Marable as “going to the University.”
  • His nickname morphed from Satchelmouth to Satchmo during a 1932 European tour when an editor of a London music magazine referred to him by that soubriquet, perhaps based on a shorthand version of Satchelmouth in his notes.
  • Armstrong tended to remember faces but not names, so he made it a practice to call “Pops” anyone whose name was eluding his memory. Eventually, friends turned that around on him, and it became another of the nicknames by which he was known.
  • Armstrong claimed most of his life to have been born on July 4, 1900, but some years after he died, a birth record was discovered that revealed his true birth date.
  • Armstrong was unfamiliar with both the song Hello, Dolly! and the show it came from when he recorded it in 1964. It became his first No. 1 hit.
  • An avid user of a herbal laxative called Swiss Kriss, he adhered to the questionable belief that the regular use of laxatives was key to good health.
  • Armstrong is said to have coined the slang terms “cat” (a jazz musician) and “chops” (a musician’s skill with his instrument).
  • Louis Armstrong’s home in the Corona section of Queens, New York, where he and his fourth wife, Lucille, settled in in 1943, is now a museum and remains furnished much as it was when the pair resided there.

Happy birthday, Satchmo, wherever you may be!

Louis Armstrong

A New Day for Cladrite Radio!

Well, today is the big day! Cladrite Radio‘s new stream is launched, and you can start listening right away via the embedded player up above (just under the Cladrite Radio banner). There’s even a button that allows you to open the player in a pop-up window, so you can continue sto listen as you make your way around our website (or other sites, for that matter).

You’ll also find Cladrite Radio in the Tune-in Radio app, which allows you to easily listen to us on mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. We’ll be adding our stream to other services soon, too, and we’ll share that news with you when we do.

A family gathers around to listen to Cladrite Radio

There’s also a direct URL you can use to access the stream: You can use it to listen via iTunes (File > Open Stream) or your web browser.

We’re still familiarizing ourselves with the ins and outs of our new provider—their service works rather differently than Live365 did—so there may be a glitch or two along the way (we’ve not yet managed to add the classic advertisements our listeners so enjoy, for example, but we’ll soon have that solved)—but over time, our broadcast will come to resemble more and more the Cladrite Radio you know and love. For now, our mix of songs isn’t as extensive as you’ve to expect, but it will grow day by day and eventually our library of toe-tapping tunes will be even larger than it was at Live365.

What can you do to help? Listen just as often as you can and for as long as possible. Our new stream provider has listener-hours minimum, and we want to reach that right out of the gate so there’s no risk of us losing our stream. It wasn’t an issue at Live365—they didn’t have a minimum, and they had a large built-in audience of listeners—but this time around, we’re building our audience from the ground up a bit more, and we need everyone who had enjoyed us in the past to listen now and also to help spread the word. Share our station on Facebook and Twitter; there’s a button on the player itself for social sharing, or you could always share this post to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumbler, you name it.

Word of mouth is absolutely vital to us, so if you know anyone, young or old, who likes the kind of music we play, please let them know about us.

We thank you for your loyal listenership through the years, and we look forward to sharing this wonderful music with you for many years to come.