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Okay, so I get that the site was looking pretty sloppy as of late... and...ummm... some parts were missing.  And... yeah... we lost all our Station Blogs and News Articles... and our Player stopped responding locally...and...


So, what's important here is that we've recovered some of the earlier blog posts that go back 3 or 4 years and we've rebuilt the website.  There's a lot of things we have planned for the future.  This year we've been fast at work developing apps and, in association with myTuner Radio, we're now available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, via Alexa and on Echo devices, as well as Google Home. So, we're definitely a very busy bunch these days. 


We're happy that you're a part of the experience as we grow and expand the station into different markets and all sorts of interesting directions.  Thank you!


David

Monday morning , August 20, 2001 at 5:00am... was a quiet, rainy, not-very-illustrious start to a Summer day. Back then, I had a day job, working in the IT Department for Allegheny County, in Pittsburgh.  9/11 was a few short weeks away... and I had 2 hours to get myself ready to go to work, via the daycare to drop off my daughter, and a bus stop (because nobody in their right mind actually drove downtown to work a job!).  We didn't know it, but it was a poor time to launch an Internet radio station.  But, uneventfully... that's exactly what I did before I walked out the door.  I clicked on the old Winamp/Shoutcast setup... flipped a switch... and grabbed an umbrella. Simple as that.  All day long I listened to the automated stream at my desk while I fielded tech support calls in my office.  Not shabby for a webcast (the term "netcast" was still several years away from being the commonplace term) that was streaming at 64kbps.  And that was it.  No fanfare... about 2 listeners that whole day...no sponsors... just music.  I did a show called "Simply 80's" with a co-deejay partnering with me since 1997. By the end of 2001, the partner was gone... and it was just me...so I moved the show over to DFW and kept going.  It would be years before we added The Morning Show, RetroOasis, Beatlefest Sunday, HitMix, The RetroDiner, or Sharon's Country Harvest... but I do recall the night I premiered "80's After Dark" in January of 2002, because it was the first time Sharon did the DJ Drops and went on the air. 

Next came  Charme, and, with her... a host of announcers, techs and freelance voiceover artists.  We were growing... and somewhere along the line... we were becoming an extended family. When I relocated to Honey Brook, PA, almost 8 years ago... we went off the air for a few weeks.  It was Sharon who said "you should be doing what you love...what is it that you want most of all?".  I immediately blurted out "DFW".  And so the rest is history. DFW has always been a labor of love. To remain commercial--free and still be able to produce the quality of shows we have... we've learned how to become extremely creative...both with production value and financial shuffling.  But we're still here... and we're proud to have outlasted many other (some more popular) Internet Stations in the process.

People have asked me time and again over the years: "what does 'DFW' stand for?".  The call letters were cleverly (or predictably) dreamed up back in 2000... and they stand for [D]avid's [F]amily [W]ebcast.   Ha.  The More You Know, right?

We're proud as we can be to still be here... and still tagging along with you as you go about your day. 

So... Happy Anniversary to DFW, and thanks for "tuning in" and joining us.  We are hopeful for many, many more years to come.

David, Sharon & Charme
Happy Holidays to our awesome listeners!

Prior to our "big move" (still in progress!) the team sat down to discuss scheduling and programming for the first half of 2017.  These are "peak listener" times, and it's never a grand idea to make changes to online radio lineups during this particular phase of the year.  While terrestrial radio and other mediums receive better ratings during the Summer months, it's true that stations of our particular type tend to show higher listener averages during the first half and tail end of every year.  So it's always been clear to us.... during this schedule block cycle... "change is bad!" 

However, we are an incredibly stupid bunch of happy team players... so we are proceeding to do the unthinkable. Therefore... the following programming will not be renewed after the Holiday Season format ceases on January 1, 2017:

BeatleFest Sunday
HollyHop Radio

Contractually, and in compliance with the DMCA regulations which allow us to operate, it's simply not feasible to continue to produce this programming at this time. Whether these programs will be discontinued permanently or temporarily remains to be seen.  But, for the foreseeable future, there will be other programming in those time slots (Saturday mornings and Sunday, respectively).  I can tell by the shocked silence that you're as unhappy about these changes as we were.... until we started dreaming of all the really great and cool program possibilities that we could think up and implement.

There is one other change that is a personal one for me.  As of February 1st, I will be stepping down as emcee of "Simply 80's", aired nightly at 8:00PM EST.  As the station continues to grow, and my tasks increase as both program director and host of the "Morning Show", the demand requires me to refocus my attention towards these roles.  Simply 80's originated as an hour-long on-demand program (via Real Audio) in 1996, which makes it one year older than my daughter and precedes "DFW Radio" by nine years.  So this decision was as difficult as it was sad for me to make.  A new host will be announced shortly.

So, what new and exciting things do we have planned for you in 2017?  What new shows will be in those old, time-honored program slots?
Aww heck, relax, everyone! You're in good hands... would we let you down?  Nahhhh.  But we WOULD keep you in suspense until after the holiday season.  Because... well... we're just mean, like that. 

Until my next post on the other side of the New Year...

Peace & Love to all... and Merry Christmas/Happy New Year from our family to yours.


  David Orwig
  Program Director & Occasionally Obnoxious Deejay 





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