Internet’s First Music Festival to be Launched by College Radio Network

Internet
radio is taking another step forward as a legitimate entertainment medium this
month as the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s IBS Student Radio Network by
Backbone (IBS-SRN) [http://www.
studentradionetwork.org]
launches the Web’s first live music festival, called IBS-Palooza.
Increasingly
sophisticated college radio clubs combined with advances in Internet broadcasting
technology will allow, for the first time, multiple stations to digitally share
and play each other’s live content and provide valuable exposure to emerging
local artists from around the U.S and around the world. This is expected to
become an annual event on the IBS-SRN. IBS-Palooza will be available on
the Internet from each participating school’s website, as well at WIBS and
Apple’s iTunes Radio, College Radio category; September 19th through the 21st, 2008.

IBS-Palooza is intended to break new ground in the areas of both entertainment
technology and education. As the first live multi-venue music festival created
for the Internet, it harnesses the technologies of both Apple and Backbone
Networks to enable live syndication of streaming content among several stations
simultaneously. As an educational project, it opens up the student radio
experience to a broader, more exciting arena of involvement. Together, the
students and organizations hope to use this weekend to attract more support for
their stations, hone their live event broadcasting skills and processes, and
most importantly, have fun.

The Festival also aims to help local, emerging artists gain wider exposure
through student radio and the Internet. Most bands will be performing live
at their host school’s campus while live on the air, and some schools will
combine their efforts to create an even larger live concert event. During
non-concert hours, stations will be able to air live music from other time
zones or use their Mac-driven Backbone Radio automation software to run
highlights of Palooza from their station or syndicated from any participating
school.

“The IBS-Palooza has caused a stir of excitement and enthusiasm at WLIU-BK
that I have not seen in many years,” said Cedric Watson, Technical
Administrator at
Long Island
University’s
Brooklyn
campus. “IBS and Backbone are already looking for ways to make the next
one even better.”
Len
Mailloux, IBS Chairman, added “It will be fun, challenging and should make
for some great radio!”
This
inaugural IBS Palooza Festival will deal with a host of challenges, including coordinating
multiple live stations all syndicating their live content on a real-time basis
using peer-sharing radio automation software.

The following is a partial list of stations scheduled to participate:

NEIA New England Institute of Art, Boston (http://www.neialive.com/)
Babson College Radio, Babson Park, MA (http://radio.babson.edu/)
Simmons College, Boston (
http://www.simmons.edu/)
WLMU, Le Moyne University, Syracuse, NY (http://www.lemoyne.edu/wlmu/
index.asp
)
WLIU-BK, Long Island University, Brooklyn (http://www.wliubk.org/)
WFNM, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA (http://wfnm.freeflux.net/)
Goucher College Student Radio, Baltimore (http://www.goucher-radio.net/)
XTSR, Towson University, Baltimore (http://www.xtsr.org/)
Valencia CC (Flatfoot Records), Orlando (http://www.flatfootrecords.
com/)
KCLR, Loras College, Dubuque, IA (http://klcr.org/)
KXZY, Oklahoma State University (http://kxzy.okstate.edu/)
Las Positas College, Livermore, CA (http://www.radiolaspositas.
com/ )

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