I apologize to kusp.org users who were unable to access our web services (including streaming and on-demand audio) last night. We experienced a so-far unexplained failure in our servers at Cruzio, our Internet provider. We were back on line by about 5:30 AM local time. Our staff, and Cruzio’s, are investigating what happened and we’ll do our best to prevent a recurrence.
Last weekend (beginning Friday night 9/10) KUSP experienced a long interruption in our live audio stream services on the Internet. The signal was ultimately restored on Sunday morning 9/12. The problem was ultimately traced to one of the servers at our primary Internet service provider, Cruzio. We’re assured that changes to that server have now been implemented that will ensure this specific problem won’t happen again.
We appreciate hearing from our Internet listeners whenever you experience a persistent problem. Internet audio delivery is still not as reliable as old-fashioned FM, and sometimes glitches in the system aren’t immediately apparent to us here at the studio.
Final streaming note: this weekend we will present live radio broadcasts of the 53rd annual Monterey Jazz Festival — KUSP’s 30th consecutive year of live broadcasting from MJF. Alas, the Monterey Jazz Festival is the only KUSP program all year for which we do not have Internet stream music rights, so during the hours the live broadcast is on the air, we will insert encore broadcasts of recent KUSP jazz programs on our audio streams.
We would love to bring all our listeners the sounds of the Monterey Jazz Festival, wherever it is you listen, but the Festival management remains steadfast in maintaining strict control over MJF on the Internet. Visitors to kusp.org and to our Facebook page will get ongoing reports from Monterey as the weekend unfolds — consisting of content we create, as opposed to the live musical performances from the MJF stages.
Broadcaster and blogger Bruce Bratton hosts “University Grapevine” on KZSC 88.1 FM Thursdays at 4:00 PM. Bruce has invited me to be his guest today to discuss the state of public radio in the Monterey Bay area and beyond.
Posting this prompts me to belatedly thank everyone who attended Media Day at the Museum of Art and History last Saturday (3/29). Bruce put together this event, which was sponsored by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. He invited me to appear on his electronic media panel with people from Community TV of Santa Cruz County, Cruzio, and Santa Cruz Indymedia. The attendees I spoke with that day seemed to think it was time well spent, and I know Bruce is hoping to offer additional events along these lines in the future.