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A Little Background
name is John and I run the Atlantic Sound Factory.
I was born in England and have lived in or near Newcastle Upon
Tyne, Kings Lynn, Lincoln, High Wycombe and London. In 1982, I moved to the USA and I
now live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
ASF Radio began broadcasting from my home in February of 2005
under the name "JDIRadio". It was rebranded several times in the
following months and finally became the Atlantic Sound Factory in
October of 2005. It still originates from my home in Cedar
ASF Radio is 100% listener-supported.
Royalties to ASCAP, SESAC, BMI and SoundExchange are paid by
It's important to note that my playlist is carefully selected. My station can be heard in almost
every room in my house so if I don't enjoy listening to it, it
doesn't make it on the radio. It's as simple as that.
My Sincere Thanks Go To...
Fans of the Atlantic Sound Factory, who show their support every
month by donating to keep the station alive and kicking. Thanks to Richard at 2NG
Radio and Nick from
StreamSolutions for proving that good guys still exist and
coming to my rescue at very short notice.
Thanks also to Randy from
Fast-Serv Stream Hosting for providing reliable platforms for
our listeners, Werner (a loyal listener, friend and supporter from
Germany) for ongoing help with some of the content on the website, and thanks also to
iTunes, who has
given us a huge opportunity to be discovered by thousands of people
The station began on
February 11th, 2005 as "JDI Radio" with about 300 songs from my CD
collection. In spite of discouraging listener numbers (Some days,
no listeners at all) I continued to build the library of music.
On October 2nd of 2005, I renamed my station to the "Atlantic
Sound Factory" and ordered custom sweepers/promos for the first
time. I chose the name because I was born and raised in England,
but have lived in the USA since 1982. The result is what many call
a "Mid Atlantic" acccent. Americans think I sound English. The
English think I sound American.
Since I love music from both sides of the Atlantic, I decided the
new name was a good fit.
Over the next few months I continued to work on the sound of the
station, and applied for listings in some major media directories
including iTunes and Windows Media. That turned out to be great
exposure for the station, but also added expenses.
On March 3rd, 2007 following the amazingly stupid CRB ruling, I
registered the domain SaveNetRadio.org and helped form the original
SaveNetRadio Coalition with a core group of small webcasters. A
few weeks later, after talking with the Digital Music
Association (DiMA), I turned the SaveNetRadio domain over to DiMA/Qorvis.
DiMA brought small and large webcasters together to form a united
front against the CRB decision.
On June 26th, 2007 the Atlantic Sound Factory joined over 14,000
other USA internet radio stations in a day of silence to protest
the new royalty rates. It raised awareness, but we still have no
Sunday, September 23rd of
2007, the Atlantic Sound Factory received an awesome
write-up in the New York Times.
(My sincere thanks to
Shaun Assael for authoring the story, and Randy at
Networks for providing
temporary additional listener capacity in the wake of the media
In December of 2009 The good people at AOL/Nullsoft gave
little mention in their blog
2010, the station library continued to grow and in October we
celebrated 5 years of broadcasting.
With over 3,900 tracks from rock solid, great-sounding classics to the best of
today's new music, ASF Radio continues to entertain thousands each
day, and is without a doubt the most rewarding adventure I've ever
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