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The Holiday Season is upon us! . . . . .
Here's the latest updates for the site for the Winter of 2012:
- It was an interesting--and very busy--2012 for The Digital Deli Online. You helped us reach a new milestone of 1,000,000 visitors! As our online family grows we have each other--and the timeless legacy of the wonderful recordings from The Golden Age of Radio--to see us through what remain very difficult times. Join us in celebrating our cultural past with ever more goodies and surprises throughout the site.
We've streamed over 200 wonderfully timeless ephemeral videos to you from all over the site. And we've added 230 new static streaming audio recordings to underscore our Radio Articles.
We added over 48,700 first and second generation encodes to our FTP archive this year and another 16,400 updates and fills. We also increased our output of Radio Program articles from 430 to 522! Your continued interest in our articles is what keeps us going. Here's some more of our latest new features and fully illustrated articles:
- Our latest Radio articles:
- From the holiday 2009 season:
- We've added a very unique '404' Page to help as we continue to streamline and refine the site. There's no excuse now to ever get 'lost' navigating The Digital Deli Online
Dramatically expanded Golden Age of Radio Electrical Transcription History page. Click HERE.
- We've added 265 of the Internet's most thoroughly provenanced and accurate Radio Program Logs. Click HERE.
- We've added over 245 of the Internet's most complete and accurate Golden Age Radio Biographies to our collection. Click HERE.
- Visit our new Historic Radio section with over fifty vintage restored or partially restored radios from the Golden age. Click HERE for Table-Tops. Click HERE for Floor Consoles.
- Golden Age Radio History Cover Art in both Windows Media Player and iTunes compatible format. Click HERE
- Golden Age Radio Premium Promotional Membership Cards from the 1930s to 1960s. Click HERE
- 1600 sight-impaired enhancements to our 4,200 web pages of static content. (Yes, still a ways to go, I admit, but highly satisfying--and a tip of our hat to the Blind Community for gently encouraging us to do so.)
- Repaired 113 broken links, adding 89 new Retrospective, Nostalgia, and Genre links in the process to replace them.
- 75 New Serial Film reviews and companying graphics from our Serial Film Collection of over 800 individual Chapters. Click HERE
- We've Added another 47,000 newly encoded or upgraded Radio Episodes to our Holdings for a total of 262,000 worldwide recordings.
- We've added another 123 Golden Age Movies to our Golden Age Movie Holdings for a total of over 3,300.
- We've added over 4,200 Golden Age Television Episodes to our Golden Age Television Holdings.
- We've added another 97 Films to our Golden Age Ephemeral Film Holdings
- We've Upgraded our Primary Server to a quad-processor, 10-Terabyte SATA II Storage configuration.
- We now have over 9,300 Golden Age Radio Series Titles in our Collection. Click HERE
- We've acquired double our previous bandwidth from our Hosting Service.
- We've added 7,100 more Electrical Transcription Discs and Reel-to-Reel Tapes to our Transcription Holdings
- We've released over 327 previously uncirculated Golden Age Radio Transcriptions from our own 1st Generation Sources.
- We've acquired more software tools to develop the website and tag and encode our Transcription upgrades.
- We've embarked on an effort to dramatically re-organize The Digital Deli Online, consolidating its features.
- We've added some wonderful Special Collections Folders to our FTP Site:
- We've added the AFRS Collection, currently comprised of 149 distinct AFRS origination series from the World War II and pre-Korean Conflict era. Click HERE
- We've added the AFRTS Collection, currently comprised of 63 distinct AFRTS origination series from the pre-Korean Conflict area through the Cold War years. Click HERE
- We've added the Children's Collection, comprised of over 200 distinct series from the Golden Age Radio era programmed specifically for a juvenile audience and painstakingly transcribed from E.T.s, LPs and tapes.
- We've added the Christmas High-Quality Collection, categorized both chronologically and by series, from 1931 through 1978. Click HERE
- We've added the Golden Age of Radio History Collection, comprised of over 6,000 Radio History and Trivia episodes. The absolute minimum point of departure for any serious Golden Age Radio Collector and an invaluable resource for both new and experienced Golden Age of Radio Historians. ClickHERE
- We've added the Golden Age Radio Scripts Collection, currently comprised of over 2,100 full scripts and provenances in either Adobe Portable Document Format [PDF] or TIF and JPEG images, ready for OCR scanning.
- We've added the Hollywood Collection, currently comprised of 95 distinct 'Hollywood themed' radio series from The Golden Age of Radio. Click HERE
- We've added our new Star Showcase Collection, currently representing the entire circulating radio work of 19 of The Golden Age of Radio's most successful stars. Click HERE
- Moving on, our 'About Collecting' features showcase Golden Age Radio Collecting issues, best practices, resources, equipment, research techniques, philosophy, and tips and tricks in virtually every facet of Golden Age Radio Collecting. We'll be expanding this section for The Holiday Season, adding some ideas to help you with this fascinating hobby through the cold months of the winter. Check the section for some gift ideas for your favorite Golden Age Radio fans.
- Unlimited bandwidth has allowed us to provide several new high-bandwidth features.. Hopefully you've noted how fast the pages of The Deli come up on your screens by now. Please accept our thanks for your continuing loyalty.
- Web Traffic: We've maintained Google Positions 2 through 5 yet again! (That's positions 2 through 5 out of over 23 Million Golden Age Radio site references on the World-wide Web). Yahoo and MSN have placed us #1 for months now. Thank you!!
- We're subscribed to, and visited by every country, territory, and international body with access to the Internet now--including thousands of hits each month from our dedicated troops prosecuting Iraqi Freedom.
- The site has grown from 5 pages to over 5,600 pages.
- We've grown from offering 40 show logs in February to over 245 show logs now.
- We're offering 180 CD/DVD Art labels now, as opposed to the 45 labels we were showing in February. You can preview 45 more on the CD-Label Art Page. The next installment of 90 more CD/DVD Art Labels should be rolling out by the end of June. We've received donations for 23 CD-Art compilations already, with glowing comments from all who've received and used them!
- And if you ever get lost on the site, the wonderful Google Site Search Tool is readily accessible on every page now.
It's been a devil of a year for all of us. But you're continuing interest and loyalty have made it all worth it.
Other Quick Notes
We've added 380 mp3 and itune compatible cover art images for your Golden Age Radio Collection.
New spotlights on the remaining Spotlight Categories are in draft.
World-wide Interest in Golden Age Radio.
We continue to be amazed that the Internet could ever reach so far from such a humble beginning as the first 10 months of The Digital Deli. The country count of our subscribers tripled in one year. We now have subscribers from 147 countries, territories, and international bodies. (Click on any flag to see a map of that country)
See where the last 1000 of you are visiting from, 24/7 and real-time:
(Hover your mouse pointer over a dot for precise location--see if you can
find yourself as well. Click refresh if your location isn't shown at first)
Now honestly . . . how cool is that?
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. . . as well as in all 50 of the United States now. This has far more to do with Golden Age Radio's enduring fascination for people around the world, than with our efforts on this web site. You can't help but be amazed at such far reaching responses to this initial presence. We've marked the occasion with this world map showing our subscribers so we can all see the genuine universal interest in The Golden Age of Radio worldwide.
FTP Site Access and Updates
There are over 1 Gb of shows and other materials available for 'http' download--from the same FTP Site our supporting subscribers use. If you wish to know how fast our FTP download site really is, simply download any of the 100's of available mp3's on the site, and gauge the performance for yourself.
As Always, a Reminder About Media Players
Any of you that have bought a new computer in the last few years--PC or Mac--may have become aware of some incompatibilities between Media Players with this most recent generation of both platforms, the Apple Mac's and the Windows-based PC's. If you get a Mac you're looking at QuickTime defaults to play most of your audio media (including MP3's), and in the Windows camp, Microsoft's Media Player wants to see MP3's played under its own Windows Media Player defaults.
The software we author and maintain the web site with is Adobe GoLive, which has its own predilection for QuickTime audio and video--unfortunately [or by design?] to the exclusion of a driver for generic MP3 recordings. One can only surmise that with Adobe's long association with Apple, and--Adobe's direct competition with Microsoft on many marketing fronts--Adobe was more inclined to promote QuickTime in its own defense.
I now use the open-source Media Player Classic and it's codecs (encoders/decoders) to post the MP3's here, in the hopes that the MP3 decoders in both the Microsoft and Apple QuickTime camps can decode the resulting ''platform-neutral' MP3 encodes I post here. Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe can keep duking it out in the marketplace, and we can still use Media Player Classic or other 3rd Party developed media players as a common denominator to play web-delivered MP3's.
A Final Note
'Why not just use RealAudio on the site like everyone else seems to be doing?' The short answer is that, contrary to all of the websites you visit that DO use RealAudio, we value your personal security and privacy far too much to be complicit in the questionable practice of tracking subscribers' personal information and internet surfing habits.
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