San Pedro’s newly launched Internet radio station, The Breeze, does not come with a user manual — but it could.
That’s because the station’s founder Danny Vega is a big fan of user-driven radio. He is hoping that listeners will ultimately take control of the station’s format and drive it to popularity based on what they most want to hear.
It could be something as simple as pushing the request button on the website and sending in the songs you want to hear to firstname.lastname@example.org. Danny can turn your e-mail into a nice personalized intro/dedication for your song, too. Read the rest of this entry »
If you live in San Pedro you probably couldn’t help but notice the “teasers” plastered to nearly every telephone pole on the island “The Breeze is coming.”
Did they get your interest up?
Well, the mystery is over and the Breeze has been revealed: It is a gringo internet radio station here in San Pedro, aimed at ex-pats and future ex-pats and people who just wish they could be ex-pats. Also described as “A classic hits music and information radio station.”
The music format is ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with a little stand-up comedy tossed in. Ugh, I heard Henny Youngman this morning. “Take my jokes, please!” There also promises to be a sprinkling of island sounds — presumably Bob Marley to Jimmy Buffet.
If you were listening around 10 a.m. today you got something like this: The Dixie Cups, “Going to the Chapel”; Wings, “Silly Love Song”; Carole King, “It’s Too Late”; Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely”; Bill Haley, “Shake Rattle and Roll”; Leanne Rimes, “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”; Bill Haley again, “See Ya Later Alligator”; and Earth Wind and Fire, “September.” With a little Henny thrown in somewhere in the mix.
The Breeze website promises U.S./International news at the top of the hour, local weather at the bottom of the hour and community events on the quarter hour. The website even offers some basic Spanish lessons.
The man behind it all is “the radio guy” Danny Vega, with whom I left a message to cal me back. If or when he does, I’ll add some more background here. Including the question on the minds of some Ambergris forum members: “Will the flyers be removed from all the telephone poles?”
The internet station intends to be advertising supported. Meanwhile, you can grab a listen right here. Scroll down the home page for some basic information, including how to add the station as a pop-up so you can listen while doing other things on the Web.