BCH Website Overhaul

wordpress-logo-1With the Brown County Hour now on a monthly schedule (1st Sunday of every month at 9AM on WFHB), it seemed a good time to update our website. We’ve been using WordPress ever since we launched the show back in June of 2010, and have been quite happy with the tools it provided us. And so must a lot of other folks, apparently… it’s estimated that WordPress, a vibrant open-source content management system in existence now for several years, powers upwards of 20% of the web! So we saw no need to try reinventing the wheel, but instead dug in for a major and long-overdue upgrade of our WP installation.

The site has been bumped up to the latest version of WordPress (v 3.6), all our fancy little plugins have similarly been updated, our wood & leaf theme made the migration intact… and perhaps most importantly for our users, our old (and now obsolete) audio playback plugin has been replaced with a nifty new audio player that offers you, our listener, more flexibility in your streaming experience.

What this means for you is now, when you stream one of our shows, you can control the playback volume, skip back and forth in the program, mute, pause and (a new feature) download the show for your personal digital archives! Check out the graphic below for details on how the new audio player functions.

bch_player_graphic3

Now if you decide to download one of our episodes, bear in mind that the show is an hour of stereo audio in MP3 format, with a file size hovering around 85 MBs or so. It’ll download fairly easily on any kind of broadband connection, but if you’re on a dial-up connection (as many still are in Brown County), be prepared for very long download times and possible ISP timeout. The BCH team is working on providing “alternative audio acquisition accommodation” for the bandwidth-impaired. We’ll keep y’all posted.

Categories: Radio Show Blog | Leave a comment

BCH Episode #18 – BCH Goes Monthly!

BCH Episode #18: 2013-09-01

Hosted by Janice Pearce & Dave Seastrom.

Old Yellowwood Road

“Things that Go Thump in the Woods”

First aired Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical Guest: violinist Carolyn Dutton
  • Jeff Tryon as Tramp Star
  • Poem by Gunther Flumm
  • New contributor Peggy Daily, local author of the book for women, “Practical Guide to Fishing,” with a story about turtle fishing.
  • Keith Bradway reading his Bear Wallow letter to the editor
  • Brown County Park naturalist Cassie Norman on snakes
  • Jon Kay reading a James Whitcomb Riley poem
  • Charlie Cole and Linda Baden discussing the controversy regarding Yellowwood road
  • and The Motley Brown County Hour Comedy Troupe.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

Add your comments below.

Categories: BCH Show Archive | 1 Comment

VIDEO: What a radio show looks like

A short video by BCH producer Jeff Foster, showing what a typical episode of BCH looks like when it’s all laid out in his digital audio workstation. From episode 18, slated for airing on WFHB Sept 1 2013 at 9am.

Categories: Radio Show Blog | Leave a comment

BCH entering 4th year, doubling schedule

We want to welcome the wave of new Facebook fans of the Brown County Hour! That ‘share this page’ link works pretty well.

The Brown County Hour debuted on WFHB on June 26, 2010. For three years the show has been a successful bi-monthly program. Not bad for an all-volunteer community radio project. We won an award in the April 2011 Society of Professional Journalists’ Best Of The Best Awards, Indiana Division, And Pam Raider was awarded WFHB Producer of the Year in June of that year. We cruised through a year on our laurels, had a bit of a mid-life crisis in 2012, but bounced back in 2013 with the addition of Dave Seastrom to our Creative Team, and several new segment contributors, most notably Dave, Mike Bube, Jon Kay, ‘Tramp Star’, and others.

For the past year the BCH crew and WFHB have been talking about taking the show to a monthly schedule, effectively doubling our work load and rate of production. Now bear in mind that Brown County folks ‘do things a little different’, and have a certain suspicion when it comes to ambition. We’ve seen ambition take its toll on a lot of people, and we just don’t feel the need to follow that example. We like things the way they are pretty much most of the time.

But this little radio show is something we all care about… a lot. Part of that may have something to do with the fact that the core team likes to get together once a week to rant and rave and have a good time. But it’s more than that… it’s a creative outlet for us, but it’s more than that, too.

When we get together on Tuesday nights and discuss this unique community, (probably the only county in Indiana that the very name of it evokes a distinct and well-known reputation for all things creative, down-home wisdom, a general love of nature and unusual, eccentric people), we feel driven to bring all these stories out of the time-sensitive oral and dusty library book traditions and showcase them in the digital age… in a hopefully entertaining fashion.

With that priority firmly in mind, we’re ramping up to take the Brown County Hour monthly, with our launch program airing Sunday, September 1, 2013, 9am on WFHB.

Henceforth, BCH will air on the 1st Sunday of every month at 9am. If you live outside the WFHB broadcasting area you can catch the show live on WFHB.org, or stream it afterwards from WFHB or here on our website.

We expect a few hiccups, but hopefully no train wrecks. Our production paradigms will be changing and evolving quickly for awhile as we work out the kinks. But we’re pretty confident we can not only bring the show to air twice as often, but make it even better in the process.

We thank YOU, a Brown County Hour fan, for all you do to help make our show better! You’re encouraged to register at our site and leave comments, and please feel free to use the BCH email form to communicate with the BCH crew more directly. If you live (now or ever) in Brown County and would like to contribute an audio segment for the show, pull the rope and we’ll talk about it. If you have a criticism of the show, those are welcome, too. We have thick skin, but listen to every perspective in hopes of finding something we can use to make the show better.

~~ With a tip o’ the hat, your Brown County Hour Crew

  • Jeff Foster
  • Pam Raider
  • Rick Fettig
  • Vera Grubbs
  • Janice Pearce
  • David Seastrom
Categories: Radio Show Blog | Leave a comment

NEW TIME on WFHB!!

TO OUR LOYAL FANS: As we enter our 4th year of producing the Brown County Hour on WFHB Community Radio, we have a significant change in our schedule to announce!

Our 18th episode is almost done… but will NOT be broadcast on WFHB on Aug 17 as was planned, but will instead air at our new time of 9am Sunday, September 1.

Beginning with this episode, the Brown County Hour will increase production from bi-monthly to monthly, and air on WFHB on the 1st Sunday of every month.

If you have friends who enjoy our show but might miss this announcement, kindly pass the word. Many thanks to you all!

Categories: Radio Show Blog | Leave a comment

BCH Episode #17 – Independence Day Special

BCH Episode #17: 2013-06-15

Hosted by Janice Pearce & Dave Seastrom.

First aired Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 5 PM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • BCH Producer Jeff Foster introduces Mr. Michael Potts, teacher of the honored “We the People” State and National champions from Brown County Jr. High School
  • “Agripuncturist” Mike Bube shares some fascinating history on popcorn in Brown County
  • Bill Land with some interesting information on the history of Browning Mountain
  • Original Roots Rock/Americana songwriter and musician Marvin Parrish
  • Suzannah Zody with a story about The Playhouse Theater
  • Jeff Tryon with another great Tramp Starr story
  • Jim Eagleman and Cassie Norman regarding wildlife presentations in the Brown County Park
  • Dave Seastrom with his rich commentary on life in Brown County
  • Gunther Flumm with a poem about Flag Day
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

Add your comments below.

Categories: BCH Show Archive | Leave a comment

BCH Episode #16 – Earth Day Special

BCH Episode #16: 2013-04-20

Hosted by Janice Pearce.

EarthDay.org/2013

First aired Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 5 PM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Agriculture expert Mike Bube, sharing important gardening tips
  • Bird Snyder with his timely expertise on mushroom hunting
  • Brown County born musician Forest Gras
  • James Connor, Brown County sculptor
  • Doug Harden providing us with an update on The Playhouse
  • Jon Kay on Abe Martin
  • Jeff Tryon with another Tramp Starr story
  • Jim Eagleman on nature in the Brown County Park
  • Gunther Flumm – poetry
  • And more!
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

Add your comments below.

Categories: BCH Show Archive | Leave a comment

BCH Episode #15 – Valentine’s Day Special

BCH Episode #15: 2013-02-16

Hosted by Rick Fettig and Janice Pearce.

Sarah Flint

First aired Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5 PM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Operators are standing by to take your order for a Brown County love potion
  • Director of Traditional Arts Indiana Jon Kay shares historic Hoosier poetry
  • Local elder Hank Swain tells a tall tale about a harsh winter and the bountiful spring that followed
  • IU’s Jim Krause discusses the premiere of the new documentary “Spirit of Brown County”
  • Doris Embry recounts her life as an artist in Brown County
  • Our featured musical guest Sarah Flint talks about her current projects
  • And more!
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

Add your comments below.

Categories: BCH Show Archive | Leave a comment

BCH Episode #14 – Holiday Special

BCH Episode #14: 2012-12-22

Hosted by Pam Raider, Vera Grubbs, Janice Pearce, Rick Fettig and Susan Showalter.

Photography by Geoffrey Thompson
www.geoffthompsonimages.com

First aired Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 5 PM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guest: Slats Klug, whose music has graced every episode of the Brown County Hour since the beginning of the show, drops by the studio for an extended interview, and we play 3 tunes from his “A Brown County Christmas” CDs. Interview by Pam Raider.
  • Brown County actor Ian McCabe interview by Susan Showalter.
  • Interview with an anonymous someone from the mysterious ‘No Name Committee by Vera Grubbs.
  • The BC Historical Society update with director Julia Pearson, by Janice Pearce.
  • A reflective piece on the Winter Solstice by Pam Raider
  • Plus our regular poetical offering from Gunther Flumm.
    And more!
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

Add your comments below.

Categories: BCH Show Archive | Leave a comment

BCH Episode #13 – Our Autumn Special

BCH Episode #13: 2012-10-27

Hosted by Janice Pearce and Rick Fettig.

Photography by Geoff Thompson

First aired Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 5 PM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • We go on-location at the Outhouse Races for the fast and the furious and the pungent scent of victory
  • A skit from our recent live variety show recreates an investigation into a tipped outhouse
  • Teller of tall tales Hank Swain reveals what happened to the last bear in Brown County
  • A visit to the studio of fiber artist Sarah Noggle
  • We sit down with town statesman Andy Rogers to talk about his family’s Brown County heritage
  • Featured musical guests Marvin Parish and Scott Freed, including Marvin’s tribute to local busker John Franz
    And more!
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

Add your comments below.

Categories: BCH Show Archive | Leave a comment