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Since 2001 we've been doing this ... thing. After all this time I still don't know what to call it... my hobby... a "passion"... a second career, maybe?  It sort of feels like all three, except, as a career... it's certainly cost more that it's earned.  I know this because it hasn't earned a dime. DFW Radio has always been the "Odd Man Out"... which is genuinely strange because it certainly has skin in the game. 20 years of skin. Probably a pimple or two as well. I dunno.  Through it all, though... whether we had 8 listeners or 200... it always had its place firmly in my heart... and I never once thought it would ever break me to keep it going. And then the budget got tight and the laws changed regarding the costs and legalities of running an internet radio station, 24/7.  So, yes, there was a time, several years ago when i said to myself: "self... this is gonna eat you alive... maybe we should stop while we're ahead".  I didn't want sponsors... I didn't want endless commercials about dishwashers and the most absorbent brand of tampons on the market.  I just wanted to play the music I loved and grew up with. And I never wanted to be the station manager, program director and sole deejay.  I knew DFW needed help to forge a future if we were going to survive.

Then came Charme, and Sharon, although not necessarily in that order. Suddenly we had a variety that extended beyond the 80's, and production assistants who doubled as engineers. It's interesting that DFW was originally a "Pittsburgh" thing... and then, when we relocated, it was done exclusively in Honey Brook. But now, Charme and Sharon are both New Yorker's, originally, and you might be surprised to learn that this does actually change the sound of the station, somewhat - alas, for the better. This year we've added more new talent from across the pond, Mr. Glenn Mitchell, who has the 60's on his side, fer sure.

There's been some misconceptions regarding the station over the years as well. Let me take a minute to dispel some of the most glaringly obvious ones:

1. No, DFW has NOTHING to do with Dallas/Fort Worth. We're still located in Honey Brook, PA.

2. DFW Radio goes back to the days when Internet Radio stations were known as "ongoing webcasts".  And since it was initially for my family and friends... the name stands for: "David's Family Webcast".

3. Only 3 shows out of the entire lineup are actually "live", these days. The rest are pre-recorded a day or two prior to air-date and sent to us via a filebase on the Internet.  This will change again, once the pandemic is over.

Over the last 20 years, the station has relocated 4 times and has burned through no less than 9 servers. But we have never re-tooled the station with new microphones, mixing boards and equipment until now. It's long overdue, and the overhaul is almost complete. We're proud to be with you, all these years later. We're still commercial-free, we're still doing what we love, we're still finding ways to make a nickle scream until it begs for mercy... and for the first time ever, we also have an advertising budget. So thanks for tuning in, and if you haven't yet... wtf, dude!!??? Do it! You won't regret it.   

Just like that... we blinked... and Summer was a blurry memory.  We're all doing okay, here in Honey Brook, PA. The station is now streaming on a much higher quality server, and the one thing that seems to be a recurring theme around here is a revolving door of upgrades.  Last month, we celebrated our 19th year on the air, a milestone that, frankly, continues to thrill us to no end. In belated honor of that momentous occasion, we decided that the website needed yet another upgrade... as all things get stale as time passes, except, of course, the music.

And now to the things that really matter to you, our loyal listeners:

We're still commercial-free

We still pump out the music that you love

Charme is back! And we welcome her return to the DFW Family, even though, in our hearts, she never left!

We have a rock-solid stable of new voiceover talent, some great new on-air staff, your old favorites returning for the Fall lineup, some incredible new shows that we know you won't want to miss; and, as always, a very high commitment towards bringing you top-quality programming to get you through your day.

Your weekends just got more fun, too! Sundays have never been a better time to tune into DFW Radio, with the return of Beatlefest Sunday and, at 5pm EST, our newest addition to the DFW Family, Glenn Mitchell brings you "The 60's Show" from across the pond in a fabled land called "England".

So join us. And tell your friends!

Have a happy and safe Autumn.

David & The DFW Family

Anther Holiday season is upon us.  Every year we get into the spirit of the season and bring you some of the best Christmas memories, both past and present... from the middle of November to January 1st.  This year is no exception... but it almost didn't happen.
You probably noticed that we were off the air from late September to mid-November.  Unfortunately, the reasons are too varied to get into, but, needless to say, we were scrambling to resolve the issues in time to launch our Holiday format.  I'm very happy to report that we didn't disappoint.  On November 14th, the day before my birthday, incidentally. we began streaming.  Since the Holiday format was scheduled to begin in a few short weeks anyway, we simply decided that Christmas was going to be early for us this year. So, no doubt, our listeners found the station back online and streaming "All Christmas, All The Time".  Believe me, it was a great birthday present for me, as well!

Happy Holidays!

You probably never wondered what it takes for a radio station to gear up for a format change that lasts for only 6 weeks out of the year.  Well, now you won't ever have to.

The holidays are upon us.  Most of you don't consider this as an epic event in your professional lives, but for the modest, small staff (5) of DFW Radio... the fun starts during the first week of October.

The program director (That's me, by the way) starts pouring over song titles and playlists from the year before, adding and updating, tweaking and timing about a dozen configurations for each show.  Bet you thought everything was improvised, didn't you?  Not hardly.

Around the same time, our on-air staff begin working with the engineer (or pulling double-duty as both), producing Holiday Station ID's, tags, liners, and just about everything else you hear in-between songs (except their live banter), including commercial promos.  This year, the bulk of that production fell upon our newest sucker....errrr... I mean member of the DFW Family, Charme Cassidy; and let me tell ya... that girl's got skill and brought her "A" Game!

By the beginning of November, we bring in Jon Coleman to finalize some voiceover artist work for us... and while he's sub-contracted, we still consider him an indispensable part of our team.

Back in the early days of DFW, some 15 years ago, The process was far more simplistic.  I did all of these jobs myself, on the fly, and then compiled about 12 hours of music which I put on an endless loop!  Every year, it becomes more complex and we seem to be starting earlier and earlier.   Adding more variety meant recruiting more staff, including our on-air personalities.  It's important to mention that as we run on a very simple budget, remain commercial-free, and remain not-for-profit, each of us volunteer our time and various talents towards keeping the station operational and our programs professionally produced, often doubling as producer, engineer, while continuing to deliver our shows each day as on-air talent. 

So, we have plenty to celebrate as this Holiday Season approaches.  We're so very happy that you're a part of our family.

Happy Holidays!

Peace, Love, Eternal Pizza!

  David Orwig
  Program Director & Occasionally Obnoxious Deejay 

After much discussion with the firm of "Me, Myself & I, Inc."... it's been decided to begin the Fall Schedule a little early this year.  There's been some small changes that will effect the weekend schedule, in particular.  "Holly Hop Radio", while a favorite with die hard fans, has been reformatted into the afternoon schedule, from 12pm to 4pm.  More shows have been produced, of course, within the scope of the new time slot.  Don't worry, Rockabilly Fans... it's never going to disappear.  From 4pm to Midnight, we have a taste of vintage 50's and 60's radio for you, including full broadcasts from that era, complete with the original commercials. "Cruisin 50's & 60's" is sure to be a fan favorite for anyone that longs for a taste of vintage R&R from that incredible era.

BeatleFest Sunday has undergone a fantastic overhaul, with more material from the Fab 4, including the much-anticipated return of "The Fantasy BBC Sessions" at noon.

Our weekday lineup, for now, hasn't changed with the exception of new shows being produced, of course, and the triumphant return of Sharon G. at the helm of "RetroOasis" from noon to 3.  "Simply 80's" will be returning with yours truly in front of the microphone (lucky you!), but due to scheduling and the desire to have a life... we've moved the show to 8:00pm to 11:00pm.  Our "Request & Dedication" show will follow "RetroOasis" at 3:00pm.

Thanks for streaming us, and as always, if you have any questions, comments or requests... you know where they go, y'all.

Peace, Love, Eternal Pizza!

David Orwig
Program Director & Occasionally Obnoxious Deejay 

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