Monday, December 29, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

WPR's audio stream is working again. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles

Friday, December 26, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, WHRB's faster stereo audio stream is suffering from a slight imbalance in levels between the two channels. In addition, both streams are suffering from faint bleedthrough in the background of another station. We have contacted the appropriate people at the station, but so far we have received no response, and no corrective action has been taken.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Dear fellow opera lovers,

There is a slight problem with KUAC's audio stream at this time. There is a low-level but audible hiss. The problem has been reported to the appropriate personnel at KUAC, and we hope and expect that the problem will be corrected within a week.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Dear fellow opera lovers,

Current audio stream problems of which you might want to be aware:

Hector's Ogg Vorbis audio stream is up and running again. However our first choice recommendation for Hector continues to be their Windows Media Player stream instead.

Those of you planning to listen to Klassikaraadio on Monday need to know that one parameter on your Real Player needs to be configured in a certain way. You need to go into your Real Player menus and make sure that only the HTTP protocol is checked. If you are uncertain how to make that adjustment please go to our home page and pull up our Internet Radio For Techies page.

For this coming Saturday, there are problems with YPR's streams for the NPR World of Opera. Both of these streams currently suffer from a hum. In addition the Windows Media Player stream suffers from intermittent clicking when played with any version of Windows Media Player later than version 6.4 (if you want to access and use Version 6.4 it is usually available from a file called mplayer2.exe on most PCs). We have written to the station reporting these problems but this station is almost always unresponsive. If these problems particularly bother you let us know and we will furnish you with the appropriate email addresses.

For this coming Saturday, I recommend you do not use WKNO as your stream of choice for the Metropolitan Opera. This stream currently suffers from a squeal.

For this coming Saturday, if you wish to listen to the Metropolitan Opera on Georgia Public Radio, you may do so on their superior Real Player stream, which is working again. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles

Dear fellow opera lovers,

KXLU's audio stream is working again. However it is not playing at its proper speed of 56k but only at 24k. We have contacted the station about the problem.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

We are happy to inform you that WFCR has been restored to the active list. However KUSC's stream is currently completely down. We have contacted KUSC and hope the situation will be corrected shortly.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

WCLV has announced that its high fidelity 56k MP3 stream is down. It states that its hope is that it will be back in service on December 22nd. Since it is obviously now past that date, we have inquired as to their updated estimate on how soon it will be back in service and await their reply.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Friday, December 19, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

Two intermittent problems have returned with the audio stream for Radio 4 Netherlands. There is a low-level squeal present in the audio and also an intermittent clicking. We have written to the station repeatedly concerning these intermittent problems but there has been no response to our concerns. If the problems particularly bother you let us know and we will furnish you with the appropriate email addresses.

Happy listening,

Charles

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, both streams of MDR Kultur are currently suffering from a high-pitched whine. This has been a persistent recurring problem. So far all emails to them on this matter have been studiously ignored. If the problem particularly bothers you, let us know and we will furnish you with the appropriate email addresses.

At this time, NDR Kultur's web site is up again. However their stream is suffering from a slight squeal. This has been a persistent recurring problem. So far all emails to them on this matter have been studiously ignored. If the problem particularly bothers you, let us know and we will furnish you with the appropriate email addresses.

At this time, WOMR's audio stream is working fine. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles

Dear fellow opera lovers,

Some of you may listen, or try to listen, to WCNY. If you are, some of you may be experiencing some crackling. This is an intermittent problem with some Windows Media Player streams. It does NOT occur if you switch to Version 6.4 Windows Media Player. You may find the latter version by doing a search on your computer for the file called mplayer2.exe . Once you find it, please open that program. Then cut and paste into the File Open menu window the following: http://subscribe.streamguys.com/WCNYWEB and click OK. You should find the stream now plays with no crackling. I'm firing off a message to our contact there right away to see if they can straighten this out. Good luck, and please let us know if 1) you experience the crackling and 2) whether the above suggested solution does the trick.

At this time, we can load and play WWNO's audio stream again, thanks to some late-night computer repair work on the part of the station. However something a tad peculiar is happening with WWNO's audio stream even when it works. About half the time the stream does not load or play. If you click the audio stream link and it does not load up and play, just try again two or three times. It should eventually load up. We have notified the station but so far the problem continues to come and go unpredictably.

At this time, KPBX's audio stream appears to be suffering from a rather unusual anomaly. As many of you know, we recommend that MP3 streams, like that from KPBX, are best played with the Winamp Player. However we believe we have discovered that this particular audio stream plays back with a slight buzz under normal Winamp playback conditions. However we believe we have also discovered that one can eliminate the buzz by using a somewhat non-standard Winamp configuration. Go into your Winamp Option Preferences Plug-ins Output menu and select the DirectSound option by highlighting it, clicking Configure, and then clicking OK. We just apprised the station of our tentative diagnosis and are hopeful this anomaly will not last much longer.

I am happy to report that the Radio Beethoven audio stream is once again available. However the persistent hum which has plagued Radio Beethoven's audio stream since June has returned. We have notifed the station.

At this time, Concertzender's audio streams suffer from intermittent clicking. We have written repeatedly to the station but have received no reply and have heard no improvement. Those of you who find yourself particularly bothered by this should let us know, and we will furnish you with the appropriate email addresses.

At this time, WABE is suffering from a slight problem. There is a slight hissy resonance on audio peaks. This is an intermittent problem which we have reported for some time to the station, but so far they have chosen to disregard the matter. If the problem particularly bothers you let us know and we will give you the appropriate email addresses.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://Operacast.com

Dear fellow opera lovers,

Today Radio Tre's audio stream is experiencing a significant problem. It is VERY LOUD, and distorting quite terribly. We have written to the station but their responsiveness is notoriously bad so we are not optimistic that this problem will be corrected any time soon. If the problem particularly bothers you let us know and we will furnish you with the appropriate email addresses. IF YOU CAN WRITE IN ITALIAN THAT MAY HELP. Our regrets.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, CBC Two's Real Player audio stream is once again accessible due apparently to much fewer users than last week. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time the first audio stream for Latvia Radio Klasika is working again, thanks to the speedy and efficient response of our excellent contact there. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, Radio Slovenia Tretji's audio stream is playing back in a stable and reliable manner. But it is still suffering from a hum. We have notified the station.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, WNYC-FM's stream is working again. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles

Friday, December 12, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

On October 31st I reported that WWUH's Real Player stream was suffering from a slight squeal and that WWUH was working with OperaCast to betatest a new Real Player stream. I am happy to report that that stream has now been unveiled. Unfortunately however this new stream is currently suffering from a hum. We have informed the appropriate station contacts.

With regard to WWUH's Windows Media Player stream, there is a peculiarity. Some of you may be experiencing some crackling. This is an intermittent problem with some Windows Media Player streams. It does NOT occur if you switch to Version 6.4 Windows Media Player. You may find the latter version by doing a search on your computer for the file called mplayer2.exe . Once you find it, please open that program. Then cut and paste into the File Open menu window the following: http://wwuh.org/wwuh.asx and click OK. You should find the stream now plays with no crackling. I'm firing off a message to our contact there right away to see if they can straighten this out. Good luck, and please let us know if 1) you experience the crackling and 2) whether the above suggested solution does the trick.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, I regret to inform you that WFDD's audio stream currently suffers from a hum, and also is running much slower than its normal 64.1k per second, at 20.7k. We have reported the problems to appropriate station personnel.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

All of SR 2's audio streams are back up and working. Even when working, their Windows Media Player streams were experiencing digital chattering and intermittent crackling the last time we checked. We expect the digital chattering will be repaired quite soon but the crackling is a problem we have on occasion encountered on other streams as well, and it normally takes about a year to correct. Consequently until further notice, when the streams are working, we recommend you use their Real Player stream as your first choice.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time the KCSN audio stream is once again playing normally. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Friday, December 05, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time KRCU's stream once again enjoys proper level balance between the two channels. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

WETA's audio streams suffer from an annoying sound, sort of like crickets, in the audio background. We have been complaining about this problem to the station since December of last year, but the station has politely nodded and proceeded to do exactly nothing about the problem in that entire time. If the problem particularly bothers you let us know and we will furnish you with the appropriate email addresses.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Monday, December 01, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, we are happy to announce that KUAT's audio streams are back up. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com