Well, my vacation from Blue Water Drift Dive lasted just a bit longer than I expected. But, as always, things happen for a reason, and in this case it was good for me to take a long deep look at what I want to do with the live broadcast. And I’m happy to report that I’ll soon be returning to the airwaves, but with some key – and I hope welcome – changes.
Firstly, instead of broadcasting at the same time every week, the schedule for Blue Water Drift Dive will become more ad-hoc, and will likely be no more than once or twice a month. I’ll schedule the broadcasts well in advance, so folks can mark their calendars, but I won’t be broadcasting weekly any longer. This is both so the show doesn’t take over my entire life, and also because …
The show will also change in its format. Instead of being a playlist of music by my favorite artists with the occasional live performance, it will become a show focused exclusively on live performance. Almost always I will be the artist performing live, but I certainly hope and plan to host other artists as well. There might be a little recorded warm-up music before and after the live performance (Creative Commons only), but the focus of the program will be live music.
And … the show will also change in its medium. Instead of just being a live audio stream on RadioSpiral, the broadcast will also be simulcast to YouTube as live audio/video stream, so that viewers get a better sense of the live music, can see me as I perform it, etc. This is by far the biggest change to the program. I’ve never done live video streaming before, so it should be a fun learning exercise.
So that’s the plan. I don’t have a date scheduled yet for the first broadcast, because I am still setting up and testing my equipment for this purpose. Also, I don’t know how well my home internet access will cooperate with such a stream. So I don’t know for sure when this will all kick off, but I’m hoping it will be soon.
As always, check back here at bluewaterdriftdive.com for more details.