It was a precursor to the search website Ask!/Jeeves where I first inquired about the feasibility of doing Internet radio….as I wondered with what to do with my life and creativity. I received a few answers, and I set out to work. Namely, saving money for a decent craptastic PC mic, a Windows 95 PC (methinks), and an assortment of wires.
I barely remember the first show as I sat down on the floor of my decently affordable Roselle, NJ apartment. 7:30pm was soon to come. I had in mind the idea of playing some music from my collection, plus some found sounds on the Web at large, and reading news articles and offering my opinions. The shows I first did were about 3 hours in length, the first half being news/opinion, then music afterward.
I recall airing “Song X”, from Neil Young & Pearl Jam initially in that first show, with music from Primal Scream and the Royal Crown Revue also in that mix.
I did a show with a Halloween theme on the last Sunday of the month of October, and a Christmas/end-of-year themed show mid-December.
I already had my format set up even then: Shows published and recorded on a weekly basis, Sunday night into Monday, subject to the connection issues I would face between my home and the Internet, plus the Java applet to run the Live365 network server.
I would switch, the server on, and play whatever came to mind, even the local radio, just to have some content, before the magic moment came, and I would take over. Even in those early days of the show, I was all about the setup, the building blocks of setting up a show, putting it together quietly, readying the signal, testing it out, and seeing it to completion just as quietly.
Below I’m posting examples of playlists, photos and audio from this time period. Feel free to contribute yours from 2000!