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For those paying attention, during this downtime between Seasons 9 and 10, the studio is being reformatted so that all the audio equipment is removed from TK’s room and moved into the lounge so that all the cast in the studio can be on camera at once (camera angles allowing). Not just that, but thanks to White Virus (from BeatPort FM, the new name of Virus Core Radio from the BritFur FM days) we now have some rather wonderful CD technology added into the mix. This means that we’ll be doing something resembling preparation before each show for Season 10. It feels strange and weird. Before all that, however, has been the task of moving furniture, and throwing things out in order to make space for all this to happen.Work in Progress
As you can see from the progress picture, things are well on the way. What you can see in the picture is the furniture now in the lounge with the Shoutcast broadcasting machine and the “XavierPC” (the one used for the Google+ Hangout with Xavier when he remotes into the studio) both in place. The mixers are in location, with the CD players below the black mixers, and the compressor under it all. What you can’t see is the chaos behind the camera, as one section of the lounge is ruined to make another tidy. However, once TK’s room is sorted, things can be put straight. This means things are still on schedule for our restarting in November as planned.

Whoo!

Now, to wrap this post up. There are still a few things to be wired in for TigerTails Gaming, plus one or two other bits or bobs. Then there is the task of tackling TK’s room (which now no longer has any PCs in it). Watch this space for more info on when the show is coming back. All being well, early November for the test shows, with the main Season 10 starting mid-November with any luck. Until then, farewell.

12th Anniversary YouTube Special Show

On this day in 2004, TK and Hedgie broadcast the first ever episode of TigerTails Radio from a flat in the deepest, darkest depths of southern England. It proved popular enough to broadcast for a second night, then a third, then a fourth, and then it kept airing for a whole year until July 20 2005. Since then the show has had 8 other seasons and only last week aired Episode 52 of Season 9, ending that current run.

To celebrate this fact, the cast of TigerTails Radio have created a very special celebration show for you all to enjoy as we look back over the last 12 years of fun had in the studio. This retrospective contains video clips, artwork, and photos from the show’s history, including some never-before-seen footage outside of a live show. Yes, this includes footage from the now hidden Drunk Show from Season 7 – the fabled Episode 53! Hosted by Xavier and Hedgie on camera, with TK being his Voice in the Booth as per normal.

Coming in at a massive 2 hours and 47 minutes long, featuring messages from previous hosts and guests Wardy, Southpaw, Salamander 3, Felis, and White Virus, this episode of TigerTails Radio is made for YouTube (and therefore will not count towards the total number of shows) and is the most comprehensive history of TigerTails Radio so far, and you can watch it by clicking play on the video below…

A Quick Note On Copyrights

Season 9 has been the first in quite a while where you, the listener, has been able to submit songs for us to play on the show. We play Creative Commons music, or copyrighted music which we have permission to play. When submitting songs to us, we ask that you also provide copyright information for it, either to show it’s Creative Commons or to show that the owner has given TigerTails Radio permission to play it. Check out the Submit a Song section above to see how you can submit music to us.

The copyright thing, however, is really important. You would be surprised how many submissions that have had to be rejected due to not including any copyright information. This happened recently when a song was submitted with a link to the SoundCloud page. The page contained no info if it was Creative Commons so we had to reject it. However the person who submitted it went and got the permission and so we played the song.

Getting the permission changed this:
Copyright Claim

To this:
Copyright Released

And this was in 24 hours of submitting the permission to the agents working for the copyright holder. Got to give RepostNetwork respect for their swift actions.

So, if you’ve had a song submission rejected, now you see why. And if you’re submitting a song please ensure you are able to tell us the copyright situation so TigerTails Radio knows where it stands. As the above shows, knowledge is power.

And we all like power, don’t we?

Quiplash

Some people have asked how to get involved as a contestant in the Quiplash games we play on the show, so I thought I’d break down how it normally goes…

At 9pm UK time, the news segment is normally starting to end. This is the best time to make sure you’ve tuned in (though, of course, you should be tuned in for the whole show!). After the post-news song has finished, the Quiplash game screen will be shown along with the code to take part. Just log into jackbox.tv and enter the code to play.

The main game screen is on the YouTube feed, though the audio is pumped though the radio-only feed. The game itself is played on a mobile/tablet/laptop/PC (mobile/tablet is best as that allows you to keep up with the main game screen on the laptop/PC) and is comprised of 3 rounds.

The first two rounds involve answering 2 questions on your device – this bit is timed to 90 seconds, so pay attention to your device on the game start and do not rely on the stream as lag could give you less time to answer. Once all questions have been answered, you get to vote on your favourite answer to the other questions. Again, the time you get to vote is limited, so keep an eye on your device. The YouTube feed can then be used to keep track of the scores and to see how others have voted.

Round 3 is the final, and everyone gets the same single question. Again, this is timed – and the time limit is shorter, so pay attention to your device to make sure you get the whole amount of time. Contestants then get 3 votes to cast on which answer(s) they like the best.

If you miss out on the chance to be a contestant (or don’t want to take part in the Q&A part) you can still influence the game by being in the audience. You don’t get to answer the questions, but you do get to vote on the answers, and the audience vote can be the deciding factor on who wins the question. there is a strict time limit on the voting, so pay attention to your device and don’t rely on the YouTube feed.

We normally play 2 games so if you miss the chance to take part in game 1, there is still a chance to join in, and you can always be in the audience for the rest of game 1.

If you have any further questions, ping them to us via email, or jump into the IRC channel (#tigertailsradio on the anthrochat.net server) and we can tell you all you need to know.

Happy playing!

TigerTails Radio Comes Back In 2 Days

Season 9 Pre-Testing Show 00 will start on July 6th at 8pm. This will not be a normal format show, but will be a live-stream of us trying to get everything working, making the equipment play ball, and trying to figure out volume levels. The YouTube feed may go up and down a bit, though the live radio/podcast feed should be relatively unaffected. Please join us in IRC to let us know how well things are working.

As we also plan on bringing music back with this season, feel free to suggest artists you’d like to hear who have released their tunes under the Creative Commons license. You can reply with links below, poke us on Twitter @tigertailsradio, Facebook, or email them in at music@tigertailsradio.co.uk – whichever is easiest for you. If emailing your songs in, please also include a link to the page you got the song from so we can correctly credit in the show notes.

Not forgetting July 20th is our 11th anniversary show! There may, or may not, be a little bit of drinking going on. Maybe… The drunk show for this season may come early this time. Something to look forward to.

The Return of TigerTails Radio

Season 9 is coming. With our 11th birthday happening on Monday July 20th, we’re certainly hoping to get the show back up and running before then. Over 100m of new cable has been purchased and Thomas King has taken a moment from web development to create an Android App for TK to use to control the sound effects and jingles, thus removing a PSP from the list of equipment required to keep the show running.

The annoying whine in the YouTube feed could potentially be gone too (which is a good thing) thanks to a nice piece of kit TK managed to pick up recently – and we could even start broadcasting in 1080p now (Subject to bandwidth tests).

We have also started to approach musicians on FurAffinity as one of the requests we got for Season 9 was to bring music back. Still not entirely sure on the technical side of adding tunes to the show, but we can now broadcast in a high enough quality for YouTube not to murder the sound so it’s something we are looking to bring back. If you would like your original music pieces featured on TigerTails Radio, please do get in touch. You can email us at featureme@tigertailsradio.co.uk and we’ll be in touch.

Conversation with the team have gone well to suggest that a couple of test shows (to make sure everything works before the “official” start of the season) could be started as soon as Monday 06 July. So that’s our target. If this is going to move, we’ll keep you posted on our Facebook/Twitter feeds as well as this site.

TigerTails Radio Season 9 – Watch This Space…

Another Season 2 Clip

With ease, TigerTails Radio’s most successful event was the TigerTails Radio Comic Relief Gunge-a-thon 2. Held on Red Nose Day of 2007 (which was Friday 16 March if memory serves), this event gunged 10 furs and raised £700 for the charity. It was also the last episode of Season 2.

Below is a clip of it. This is Wolfpaw receiving some classic BBC gunge and then getting covered in some of the slop we’d recovered from the bottom of the pool. Was it cold? Mostly. Was it gross? Certainly. Was it worth it? Judge for yourself…

Season 2 Clip – Russian Roulette

With TigerTails now turning 10, let’s have a look back at when the radio celebrated its second birthday way back in 2006. Before the great Comic Relief gunging of Season 2 came the pie-tastic game of Russian Roulette. The concept was quite simple. 6 foam pies would be loaded on paper plates to represent the chambers of a pistol. On the bottom of the pie plate would either be “Blank” or “Bang” – with the bang being the loaded chamber. The players then take turns to pie someone until they fire the loaded chamber, whereupon the game ends and the loser receives the remaining pies.

TK battled against party guest Draconder in this game, with Goten (another party guest) being the victim of all the pies until the bullet was shot. Who won, and how many pies did Goten and the loser have to endure? Watch below to find out.

Season 1 Clip – Hedgie vs. Sherbet

A clip from Season 1 on the final day of broadcast having gone every single day of the week from 20th July 2004. This was 20th July 2005, and Hedgie decided it would be a good idea to snort a line of Sherbet… Because reasons. With Shep Shepherd on hand to make sure everything is above board and TK filming on an old-as-hell digital camera (hence the terrible audio), click play to see what happens when you give an idiot an audience…

Season 7 Episode 54?

Join us at 10pm GMT tonight for a special show, featuring TK, Hedgie, and Felis as they give 2013 the farewell it deserves, and see in 2014 with a mini celebration. Did you think 2013 was a good year, or a bad one? Join us in IRC and voice your opinions… And if things go well enough, we may even attempt a call-in or two over the Google Hangout.

So if you’re not going out for the New Year, why not join us for a few hours of fun, chat, ranting, and stuffing 2013 into a box and drowning it in the North Sea.

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