Anyone who has listened to The Manamal Streaming Radio over the past 3 months is probably aware that we've had a real problem with our station host dropping the feed at random times. There have been times we were down for an hour and times that we were down for a day or more with no notification or communication from Radionomy (host).
Now, we weren't really in a position to complain because we were getting the opportunity to gain listeners and share our love of music with everyone for FREE! The free part was wonderful, the inexplicable down time not so much. There were a few other issues with the host that made some of the things we want to do with the station impossible or much more difficult than they should be.
One example of this would be the two pre-recorded shows that we air, Hair Metal Mansion with Andrew the Axeman and Hard, Heavy & Hair with Pariah Burke arrived in our station email in a nice audio file that I should have been able to upload to the host and schedule immediately. Instead, Radionomy insisted that no file uploaded could be longer than 15 minutes. This meant that I spent about 2 hours each week for each show to get the file cut, uploaded, and scheduled.
Basically, there were some annoyances involved in using Radionomy as our host, and then there were some major complaints. The down time was the straw that broke the camel's back as far as we were concerned. We are aware that you get what you pay for so this week we are changing to a paid hosting service and looking forward to a much easier process.
While we get all the music moved over and our programming set up this week there will be quite a bit of downtime, but stick with us and we'll be back to rocking ya 24/7 as soon as humanly possible.
In the meantime if you feel like helping us out as we absorb this new expense we are accepting donations. As this station is a labor of love we are receiving no income from it (although there are opportunities we are looking into for the coming months) and all expenses for the station come directly out of our pockets, any help is appreciated!