Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July Update

Ok folks, so here is a quick update. The live streaming broadcast is still on hiatus, coming back soon, either weekly or bi-weekly but with a consistent day and time so you folks know when and where to listen. I will be sticking with CamUp.tv for this. More details coming very soon.

As many of you know, recently awdio.com went offline. As of right now I have no idea when, or even if they are coming back so I am working on another solution to bring back past shows so that you folks can listen to them on demand.

I was having a decent amount of success with this on awdio, and would love to find a way to bring it back. If anyone has any ideas about good podcasting sites that don't claim a "license" to the content I would love to hear from you.

That's it for now, happy 4th!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Awdio.com down. Again.

Don't blame me I wasn't trying to do a show this time.

So, awdio.com is down, something similar to this happened a couple of years ago and while I thought that they had put their reliability issues behind them, it might seem that they have not.

For those of you who might not know awdio is the site that I've uploaded the recorded file after our live streaming broadcast, this way those who missed the live show could go back and listen to it on demand, anytime. Essentially the live stream turned into a podcast and every time I'd upload a show I'd see at least a couple of hundred "listens" so obviously there was a following there.

So, does anyone out there know of a similar site that I could use? Keep in mind that due to licensing issues I can't just go and upload music just anywhere, their terms of service has to be agreeable with what I do.

Anyone have any ideas? I'd love to get these archived shows back up so that the music can be heard once again.

Thanks ya'll.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wow, 8 Years!

8 years ago, on May 17th, 2009 we made our premier on blogtv. It doesn't seem that long, but at the same time it does seem almost a lifetime ago. The show was so different then, it's almost easier to say what is the same!

At that time, ISL was a part of a group of online broadcasters, and I'll shamelessly admit it, we were a force to be reckoned with on blog, every night one of us was broadcasting. There were musicians playing live, as well as Deb and I doing our thing with the radio style format and even between us there was variety, with me playing more progressive music and handling the interviews, and her with the musicians that she met on YouTube that she somehow encouraged to come on and play live music on her show. As a group we were a fun crowd and you never knew what was going to happen at any particular show.

I miss those days, it was a ton of fun and if nothing else I'm glad that I got to be a part of it.

Show updates;

I do the Tuesday morning show when I can, I have to be honest, while the format works, I'm not much of a morning person but at least one Tuesday morning a month I have done a live show. Right now the focus is on sharing videos that I find on YouTube. I'm not promising anything but I would like to see if I can find the time over the next week to do a show and celebrate the 8th anniversary of the show.

Maybe play clips from past shows, we'll see, especially since we've made some new friends on camup, I think it would be a neat way to define our past as we point our way towards the future.

Wherever that may be!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April Update

Show update as well as rambling thoughts, all because I can :)

I haven't done a live streaming broadcast in a couple of weeks, while there was some interest in the morning "coffee" broadcast I wasn't able to stick with it. However many people have told me that the morning show was easier for them to listen to live, so I think I will bring this back at some point, maybe just not so early in the day.

Speaking of interest, our page on awdio.com has really taken off. Of late, I've used this as an archive where I've converted shows to mp3 format, and uploaded them there sometime after the live broadcast. These shows have had hundreds, if not thousands of clicks and listens. Just in the last week I had 30 likes, 4 new followers and 3,202 listens. I can't ignore numbers like these, there is clearly an interest in Indie Spotlight on there now. My thoughts on this is to continue to upload past live shows, but to also create and upload shows that will be exclusive to awdio. This could work out better for me as well as the show because I could record portions of the show at a time, and to maintain consistency always upload to stream it at the same date and time every week. Awdio has always been pretty good about front page features, so the exposure will still be the same, and if I also happen to do a live show that week, it'll be a bonus show for the awdio audience.

While I've always enjoyed the live streaming broadcasts I haven't been able to commit to them in any meaningful way, and when people don't know when to find you, they won't. While I had an increase of viewers during the Morning Coffee broadcast I wasn't able to stick with it, and there is an obvious interest on awdio.com that I would like to capitalize on, so as to continue to give the music and the musicians more exposure.

This is what Indie Spotlight is all about, it's not about the host, it's about the music hosted.

Thanks for reading, please follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more current updates!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March Update

My desktop that I use to broadcast the show was starting to get a little sluggish so I decided to do a "Windows Reset" which is Win10's version of a wipe and restore. It went well except that now I'm in the process of rebuilding my music library, as well as learning how to use the updated version of OBS.

In addition to that, I've decided to change things up a little bit, and do shows in the morning instead of Sunday night. After I finish configuring and learning OBS I'll be launching the coffee broadcast this week, shooting for Tuesday (3-7).

Follow the Facebook page for more details.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Updates and Links!

Happy February everyone!

Since I haven't posted anything to this page in a hot minute I thought I would take a few minutes and do a quick blog update.

In my last blog post I was still undecided as to the future of Indie Spotlight, the show, as well as the brand itself. Since then I've resumed broadcasting live on camup.tv on Sunday nights (9 p.m. EST) and uploading the audio onto awdio (say that 5 times fast) to be played on demand. In fact as you read this you are listening to the archived show right now, pretty nifty huh?

So in short, I've been keeping the show going in much the same format, if you haven't checked it out recently I've added over 100 artists since the blogtv days and I would encourage you to drop in and say hi sometime.

Here are some links, which I'll also update in the sidebar when I have time;

Sunday night live streaming broadcast is here;


Archived shows, you can click on the player or here;


The "Official Facebook Page" which I update far more often than the blog;


Yes, even Twitter;


Thanks for the continued support.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

End of Year Update

Happy Holidays everyone!

I hope that this season finds everyone in good cheer, what a year it has been. I'm going to break down simply what my current thoughts are as far as the live streaming broadcast in particular, as well as Indie Spotlight in general.

First let's talk about the live streaming broadcast. I did one last night and found that even with no traffic I still enjoy doing this. The only real reason that I didn't see any traffic at the live show was because I haven't been consistent with my dates, times, or even if I do a live show at all. If I'm going to continue to do this I need to pick a date and time, and stick with it. My other option as I mentioned before is to go all in with awdio.com and just do the podcast format. I can even play the show live over there and it'll still archive afterwards.

I think I might be making my final show move very soon. Besides most, if not everyone checking out Indie Spotlight these days are checking it out on our channel on awdio anyway.

Now, let's talk about Indie Spotlight, the brand in general. I'll continue to post videos daily on the Facebook page (which cross posts onto Twitter) so please like and share. Social media is working as far as people getting to see these musicians and getting the music some exposure. I wish I had thought of this a long time ago.

So, as long as there is an interest, Indie Spotlight will live on!

Have a safe Holiday season everyone!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

And a Year Later...

Facebook has this interesting feature, called "On This Day" and on it was a link to a blog post I made last year.

It's right here for anyone who is interested http://riskybusiness04.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-past-present-and-future-of-indie.html

Obviously I went camup.tv, and I have to be honest, because of my work schedule and lack of involvement in other shows on there, well, this week I didn't have anybody even stop by the live chat. This has been typical of our shows over there, outside of one or two former regulars who hung out in chat on the other broadcasting platforms, I really haven't seen any interest in the show at all on there except for the folks running the site, we were featured twice the other night and yet, nobody roaming into the chat which tells me that despite the promotion by the people running the site, nobody wanted to check out the show.

In the mean time, I have spent more time on the Indie Spotlight Facebook page and I have to be straight up with you folks, this is where the future is as far as Indie Spotlight goes.

For those that might not know, every day I share a video featuring a musician playing music, most of the time it's an original although there are covers as well.

Over the next several month's, I will be transitioning from the live streaming format, to either possibly a podcast on awdio, or the Facebook page exclusively.

Indie Spotlight is getting either 2 or none as far as live show listeners/viewers. I could spend time on that aspect of our online presence, or do what is working, which is work social media and promote the musicians that way.

So here is the deal, I will continue to do the live show until the end of the year, and hope like hell our statistics go up, and at the same time get ready for plan B.

What is Plan B? Go the podcast route on awdio.com, forget the live streaming format because nobody is checking it out anyway, and spend time on our social media presence and use that to promote the musicians.

Look, I love camup, there are really great folks over there, but I also have to wonder if the live streaming format, at least as far as Indie Spotlight goes, has jumped the shark.

I think it has, time to try something else.