Fabulously Late Update

Fabulously Overdue Update

There is a huge HOLE in this blog where 10,000 things should go — beginning with thanksgiving for the amount of kindness, financial support, and volunteer effort that has been DONTATED to Radio Newark over these last few months.

I have been remiss in not charting our waypoints here.  Busy on other fronts, but neglecting one’s website is just wrong.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY that wrong is hereby corrected!


Radio Newark Is Becoming Omnibus

Branding Problem SOLVED

Once upon a time, there was NO HOPE for getting a radio station license for Newark, Delaware, so we went online with “Radio Newark.”  Who knew, back in 2010, that the FCC would open a Filing Window for the Low-Power FM Radio service?  (In November, 2013.)

Three bright minds looked at the entire FM dial in 2009, looking for ANY POSSIBLE WAY to jam an LPFM radio station into Newark, Delaware.  But with the co-channel, first-adjacent, second-adjacent, and THIRD-ADJACENT rules the way they were, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE.  It literally took an Act of Congress to get the rules changed over at the FCC.  Several Acts, in fact, and it took several years for all the new rules to be implemented.

In the meantime, Radio Newark built up quite a little following.

The station — the Internet station you hear today — changed a lot over the years.  We saw right away that many of our listeners were coming from overseas.  That forced us to rethink our programming, and we scrapped dayparts because we were broadcasting to listeners in forty time zones around the world simultaneously.  Our weather reports went from being local, to national, then we dropped them altogether to concentrate on programming of interest to ALL.

But the new FM station needs to concentrate of the listeners of Newark.

And we think its name should reflect Newark, too.

So over the next few months, our current science-focused Internet radio station is going to become “Omnibus.”  The programming will NOT be changed, other than to continue our pattern of adding fascinating new content sources as soon as we have agreements signed.  The focus on science, education, and self-development will never change, as that is one of our unique features.  Omnibus will replace Radio Newark as the name, but everything else will remain just about the same.

This has been a consideration of ours for quite a while.  In fact, I even registered an “Omnibus Radio” domain for a few years but we never changed over.

Now we are.

We do this so that in a year or so, we’ll be back online with a localized version of Radio Newark that is much more of a reflection of my hometown.  This will coincide with the launch of our FM staion WIZU 99.9 MHz right here in Newark, Delaware.

I’m fuzzy on the timing of all of this, but that’s OK.  It’ll all work out.

Thank you for riding with us through this transitional time.

News Journal Covers FCC Authorization

Radio Newark Brainy Web Station Gets FCC License

OUT OF THE BLUE I get a phone call on the Studio line from Aaron Rogers, “business reporter at the News Journal” in Wilmington, DE — a Gannett newspaperAnd he has 1,000 questions.

I thought Journalism was dead?  Apparently, Aaron hasn’t gotten that email.  He may have heard about us from Doug Rainey, the publisher of Delaware Business Daily, because Doug has been covering this story from BEFORE IT EVEN STARTED.(!)

I’m no expert on journalism and the media, but I can tell you that Aaron Nathans, Doug Rainey and Josh Shannon, too (more on Josh in the next post…), are true Journalists.  Professionals.  Competent, knowledgeable, skillful, ‘factful’ in their reporting, creative in their writing, and effective in their communication.

After all the bashing I’ve heard of newspaper reporting I’ve found these three fellows to be excellent at their work.  Yes, it’s nice that they called and wrote about what we’re doing (that includes YOU), but what I found most interesting was the workmanlike way in which they crafted their product.  They all three are very, very skilled.

Right — So what they did is write stories about us.

You should have seen Aaron’s story in print.  (I’ll put a scan of it online.)  My mother called at 7:30 in the morning.  “Stephen, the radio station made the paper!  It’s a GREAT article.”  What a plus!  I love the headline most, because it talks about who is listening.  “Radio Newark Brainy Web Station Gets FCC License.”

Nice to be called Brainy, isn’t it?

Here is Aaron’s story — http://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/small-business/2014/02/23/radio-newark-brainy-web-station-gets-fcc-license/5759463/

Thank you, Aaron, for your kind article, and thank YOU for making our little oasis possible.

Steve Worden

PS — I have to thank Robert Craig for a great visit to the station, too.  Bob did the photos you see in the News Journal article.  And because this is Delaware, after a few minutes of talking I learned that he went to Christiana High School with my brother and later worked with my father at W. L. Gore and Associates.  Really, it’s like that around here.



Construction Permit Received

FCC says DO IT!

Stunned, to say the least.

FCC Construction Permit

The Feds have issued us a Construction Permit!  We WILL BUILD an FM radio station that will cover all of Newark with Listen Radio, Not Talk Radio®!”

Now, creating something from NOTHING is an impossibility, I’m told, but I’ve watched you create a radio station from nothing but an idea.

(Ha! Take that, Physicists!)

YOU have tweeted and Liked and linked and shared and fundedEACH ACTION providing the impetus needed to move this project forward.

To this end: the Federal Communications Commission has granted a Construction Permit to build a real radio station.

Proof that dreams can become reality.

YOU are the reason why this happened.  You have been so encouraging.  Your gifts funded our engineering.  Your word-of-mouth, tweets, Likes, and shares amplifies everything we’re doing.  Thank you SO MUCH.

Our frequency will be 99.9 MHz, and the signal will be heard all over the city, down to Brookside, up to Pike Creek, and over to Elk Mills.  “Newark 99.9 WIZU” will be on the air THIS YEAR.

We’re going to need a Big Push soon — but I know you’re UP FOR IT!


Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

You don’t see the Small Army that is behind this station, but you know your part.  Thank you for engaging.  Your gift is significant. Your contribution is important.  Your words are meaningful.

Every bit of effort sent our way lifts us another step.

I am grateful for you, and I want you to KNOW THAT.  I am grateful for your encouragement, notes, email, phone calls and financial support, too.  We would not be here if it weren’t for YOU.

Talk to you soon.  All the best from Delaware,
Stephen Worden, General Manager
For the Newark Community Radio Board of Directors

LPFM Application Is FILED

FM Radio Station for Newark, Delaware

Newark, Delaware — In what seemed to be an impossibly convoluted mess, what with the government shutdown and a second-adjacent channel problem¹ that WOULD NOT GO AWAY we found a way to wedge our station into a perfectly sized window of opportunity.

¹ Radio stations must protect other radio stations on nearby frequencies.  Being in the crowded East Coast media market, this was a very challenging problem to solve.

And when I say “we” I mean an angel in the form of Doug Vernier of V-Soft Communications.

In layman’s terms, Doug is The Bomb.  He literally wrote the software that the broadcast industry uses to solve overcrowded frequency problems like ours.

Doug personally performed the engineering needed, provided charts and tables and diagrams and a summary page of notes sure to bring tears to the eyes of the FCC reviewer.  (It certainly brought tears to mine.)
There were some REAL SURPRISES along the way (trust me), but in the end, we got ‘er done.  The engineering is perfect and our application status is “FILED.”  It’s in the hands of the FCC now.

It’s Official — Radio Newark Affiliates With the Voice Of America!

Radio Newark Affiliates With the Voice Of America!

friends_300It is an honor to have great friends.

In the case of Radio Newark, we have been greatly favored in this regard.  Our friends are luminaries, geniuses, broadcast professionals, fabulous media producers.

Most recently we have been favored by the Broadcasting Board of Governors — the ‘parent company’ of the Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe, Radio Marti, and the Voice of America.

The Board of Directors of Newark Community Radio is astonished and very proud to announce that —

Radio Newark is the newest affiliate of the Voice of America!

Radio Newark is the ONLY domestic (US) affiliate of the Voice of America — but that will change soon, hopefully, as other stations with a strong International outreach make room in their schedules for VOA material.

Yes!  New material covering science, news, and international affairs will be coming our way.  In addition to the VOA News Now programs currently being heard, we will be adding Voice of America science, news, and international affairs segments within our normal ‘short attention span’ format.

(Format?  What format…?!  A friend once told me, “Your station is the only one that surprises me.  I never know what will be coming next!”)

Not just a milestone on the road to broadcast excellence (which it certainly is) this new relationship opens up an entirely new media organization.  The research, journalistic objectivity, character and professionalism of VOA producers and broadcasters are known world-wide, which is why their material can be found on thousands of overseas affiliates.  We are thrilled that this new library of material is available to us (you!) and will be working over the next couple of weeks to integrate more VOA programming into our rotation.

Woohoo, to say the least!

Now, to those of you outside of the US — thank you for making this happen.  You have told your friends, family members and co-workers about the station.  You’ve added entries for Radio Newark in your local search engines and Internet radio directories.  You’ve tweeted and blogged and Liked us and I am extremely grateful.  Truly, it is your international support that has made our VOA affiliation possible.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

To our friends at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, thank you for your assistance.  Thank you for your programming.  And thank you for representing the many dimensions of the United States of America so well.  It is an honor to be your first domestic affiliate.  We look forward to a very long and mutually beneficial relationship.

With gratitude,

Steve Worden for the Newark Community Radio Board of Directors


International News from Radio Vaticana (Vatican Radio)

Vatican Radio is the official voice of the Catholic Church, headed by Pope Francis.  And because Catholics are found in every country, Vatican Radio maintains a huge footprint.  Programming is produced by over two hundred journalists located in 61 different countries totaling more than 42,000 hours of simultaneous broadcasting covering international news, religious celebrations, in-depth programs, and music.


According to VR’s website, “The main task of Vatican Radio is to proclaim the Christian message freely, faithfully and efficiently and keeping the center of Catholicism in contact with the different countries of the world by:

– communicating the voice and the teachings of the Roman Pontiff;
– informing about the activities of the Holy See;
– giving information about the life and the activities of the Catholic Church in the world;
– helping the faithful to evaluate today’s problems in the light of the Teachings of the Church.”

Although Vatican Radio is a gigantic service, we carry only two newscasts per day, each of which are rebroadcast once.  There is a very human, caring touch to these newscasts which reflect the personality of the new Pope, who has been noted “for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.”  (Wikipedia)

It is an honor to be counted as an affiliate of Vatican Radio.  We are very grateful for this interesting perspective.  Listen with an open mind and see if you learn something new.

Industrial Info Resources Newscast

IIR_LogoIndustrial Info Resources (IIR) is a global research and analysis company that covers large-scale industrial construction projects — “gathering, confirming, disseminating and updating information about industrial plants around the world.”

The service covers electrical power generation and transmission, mines, metals, and minerals, oil and gas terminals, refineries and pipelines, onshore and offshore oil production, chemical processing plants, pharmaceutical and biotech processing, industrial manufacturing (durable / non-durable goods, transportation, warehousing and distribution), food and beverage processing, pulp, paper and wood processing, and alternative energy sources like biodiesel, ethanol, and solar power.

IIR maintains a treasury of constantly-updated databases.  The projects they research and monitor impact huge populations.  IIR provides intelligence to business serving these largest of industries.  Coverage is truly global, investigating projects and operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia & Middle East, and Oceania.

In some way, these projects touch all of us — they are that big.  Who is winning the global automotive manufacturing war?  What country is leading in alternative energy production?  What investments are governments making in their infrastructure?  Industrial Info Resources performs more than 1,000 interviews per day, covers more than 10,000 projects, and reports on 7,000+ maintenance shutdowns, turnarounds, and outages per year.

Their daily (weekdays) newscasts are packed with information on these gigantic projects.  The IIR Newscast is a fabulous resource.  It is an honor and privilege to bring you such detailed, timely, IMPORTANT NEWS that you won’t hear anywhere else.

Radio Newark is very grateful for IIR’s affiliation and rebroadcast permission.  Thank you Mr. Lewis, Mr. Bergen, and Mr. Fox!  We wish you and IIR much continued success.


International News

Flag_GlobeWe broadcast a heavy schedule of International News here at Radio Newark.  We are affiliated, officially, with a number of the world’s great international news sources — Deutsche Welle, Vatican Radio, Radio France International, Feature Story News, Industrial Info Resources, and China Radio International (CRI).  We also carry Voice of America newscasts with their knowledge, but no formal affiliation.  Each of these A-List broadcasters provide vast resources for news gathering, field reporting, story editing, audio (and video) production, communication infrastructure and so on.

Furthermore, we are most fortunate to bring you Feature Story News, CATEX News from the Catastrophe Risk Exchange, World Business News from Industrial Info Resources, and financial news from Money Matters by Marc Cuniberti.  Brilliant insight from unique points-of-view.

We believe it borders on the miraculous that we are able to bring you such a fantastic variety of excellent International News broadcasts.

International News Broadcasts

CATEX_Logo_200Every disaster, from Bhopal to Fukushima, whether man-made or Acts of God, has a price tag.  And Mr. Frank Fortunato, co-founder and CEO of CATEX, The Catastrophe Risk Exchange, Inc., can tell you their exact cost.  This newscast covers natural and man-made disasters from the insurance / re-insurance industry’s point of view.  FASCINATING and truly insightful.  Thank you, CATEX!  Read More…>

CRI_LogoChina Radio International is the official voice of the People’s Republic of China.  Naturally, CRI programming reflects the national government’s stance on political issues like Taiwan and the Daioyu Islands.  The English Language Division of CRI has a large, dedicated news staff “which provides global audiences with news, reports, and feature programs with a distinctive Chinese flavor.”  Read More…>

Deutsche Welle International News on Radio NewarkThe external broadcasting organization for the Federal Republic of German is Deutsche Welle, “German Wave.”  We are very grateful to be DW affiliates, enabling you to receive their latest English-language newscasts, Digital Europe updates, and other features.  Read More…>

FSN-110x45Feature Story News is a commercial news service with news desks on every major continent.  I really like the way the editors, producers, and presenters manage the limited time available for the broadcast (just five minutes for news that covers the globe…!).  And, of course, and I love the accents.  FSN is an independent entity, so their newscast is focused on what the listener wants.  Read More…>

IIR_Logo_smallIndustrial Info Resources (IIR) is a global research and analysis business that covers large-scale industrial construction projects — “gathering, confirming, disseminating and updating information about industrial plants around the world.”  The service covers electrical power generation and transmission, mines, metals, and minerals, oil and gas terminals, and so on.  This unique broadcast provides updates on thousands of projects with worldwide impact.  Read More…>

Radio France International

radio-vatican-logo2Vatican Radio is the broadcasting station of the Holy See, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, and is based in the Vatican City State.  It is one of the principal modes of communication and evangelization serving the Pope’s ministry.  We have two daily news summaries from RV, seven days per week.  The newscasts include information on the Pope’s activities, thoughts, teachings, and prayers.  Read More…>

International News from the Voice of AmericaThe Voice of America (VOA) is the external voice of the United States government.  The VOA charter requires that the VOA “serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news. VOA news will be accurate, objective, and comprehensive.”  At the same time, part of the VOA’s mission is to promote freedom and democracy.  Read More…>



Science Radio Programs


Naturally, we carry a LOT of Science Radio programming.  Quite an interesting mix, but I admit I am biased 🙂

90 Second Naturalist Thane Maynard Cincinnati Zoo

90-Second Naturalist.  A weekday feature, this segment is hosted by the brilliant, engaging Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Biological Gardens.  Thane’s enthusiasm and passion speak to me beyond words, connecting my innate love of nature to the world around me through compelling stories that entertain, inform, and inspire hope.  It’s genius.  Read More…>

ATA_200Big Picture Science is a weekly show, but the wonderful people at the SETI Institute gave us permission to air the individual segments.  You’ll hear Big Picture Science a couple of times a day, typically.  The SETI Institute is one of earth’s treasures.  A scientific research organization whose mission is to “explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.”  The Big Picture Science radio show takes it even further.  Read More…>

osc_tricolorEach Redshift Report from the Ontario Science Centre examines one of Life’s basic questions, like, “Is an electric car really a green machine?”  “What is the most dangerous part of space travel?” And, “What causes jet lag?”  These questions are posed to researchers at OSC who…do research and bring the answers in a lively dialog with host Ken Huxley.  The Ontario Science Centre has given us access to more than 120 Redshift Report segments.  Yay!  Read More…>

IEEE_Spectrum IEEE Techwise Conversations with Steven Cherry.  Although Mr Cherry has moved on to a new company, his work as host of about 90 Techwise Conversations remains up-to-date and important.  Mr Cherry — unlike most interviewers and hosts — prepared very well for each segment, reading books, attending webinars, participating in online discussions in order to make the most of his time with each guest.  And the guests are fascinating people.  The former head of R & D for General Motors, the inventor of the Universal Serial Bus (USB), the guy who designed the ChemCam on the Mars Curiosity rover.  This is a GREAT segment.  Thank you Steven Cherry and IEEE.

experimental_205The Banff Centre runs a Communication Workshop for two weeks each year for professional science communicators — writers, bloggers, researchers, podcasters.  “The Science Communications program is a two-week residency fostering excellence and creativity for science communicators in Canada and around the world. Participants return to their professional practices in science, media, research, or other realms transformed by ideas and confident to provide leadership in the advancement of science communications.”  Out of this group came the idea to create a weekly podcast, which is brilliant.  The Executive Producer is Scott Unger, and Experimental (the name of the show) is a delight.  Read More…>

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