[Chicago] OT: starting a radio station (hackers needed)

selizondo selizondo at gmail.com
Tue Nov 24 20:37:57 CET 2009


sounds like fun, when is the next code meetup?


On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM, Kumar McMillan
<kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Pythonistas!  I probably mentioned this before but here it is
> again.  I'm part of this really amazing volunteer group in Chicago
> called CHIRP and we're starting an honest to god real community radio
> station in Chicago.  Here's an earlier pic of our broadcast studio
> before it was finished:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/thursdayinjune/3945357881/in/pool-chirp
> We are launching the Web only stream on January 15th at
> http://chirpradio.org/ (woo!)  In the meantime you can find out more
> about the station at http://www.chicagoindependentradioproject.org/
> We should have an Low Power FM station within the next year or two
> since the bill to allow urban LPFM is actually making some headway in
> congress after 9 years of bouncing around.  It passed the House vote
> this month.
> Why am I telling you all this?  Because even though we have a ton of
> people volunteering (nearly 65 *active* volunteers, 100+ total) there
> are only two programmers, d'oh! myself and Jon Trowbridge from Google.
>  We're pretty psyched about the software we are building.  There are a
> couple apps and they run in Django on the Google App Engine.
> Everything is open source and you can check out the code, run the
> tests, run the dev server or whatever from here:
> http://code.google.com/p/chirpradio/  It's not really meant to be an
> open source tool for *other* stations to use but with a little extra
> effort and documentation it could be.
> We could desperately use some help though because Jan 15th is rapidly
> approaching.  It's a really fun group to be a part of and I think
> Chicago isn't even prepared for how much COOLER it will be when this
> radio station starts broadcasting 24 hours a day.
> Are you interested in becoming part of the magic?  We're looking for
> someone who might be psyched to hack on some Python / Django code with
> us, most likely on the weekend or in the evenings while drinking beer
> with us.
> More specifically, we could really use someone who might be able to
> take on ownership of the Traffic Log application, here:
> http://code.google.com/p/chirpradio/source/browse/#hg/traffic_log
> This app is used to rotate the PSAs that DJs will need to read while on the air.
> Here is a run down of the other apps we have been working on:
> DJ Database -- this allows DJs to browse the digital mp3 library
> (currently 2TB) that the station will use for daily operation.  The
> Music Director also needs to manage heavy rotation and light rotation
> and DJs need to mark tracks for profanity and write short reviews of
> the good stuff to help other DJs.
> Playlist Tracker -- this is what DJs use while on the air in the
> studio to enter in what they play, complete with some Ajax goodnesss
> to autocomplete against the digital library and keep data entry quick
> and painless.
> All of this still needs work!!
> If you want to be a DJ on the station then helping out with the code
> is a great way to get started on your volunteer hours.  Each DJ needs
> to put in about 20 hours per quarter of volunteer time (something like
> that).  I will warn you that people have been working really hard on
> this for several years so it might take a while to get a DJ slot.  You
> will need to go through an audition and may also need to undergo
> training (but that's provided).
> Kumar
> _______________________________________________
> Chicago mailing list
> Chicago at python.org
> http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/chicago

More information about the Chicago mailing list