Archive for April 2018

9 Days…

The penultimate Saturday before the start of Season 11. And as everyone is busy, this will be a short post – as will tomorrow’s.

So let’s take a moment to give a shoutout to an unsung part of the TigerTails Radio equipment. It’s often overlooked as it’s not a big and expensive piece of electronics, but it serves a vital part of keeping the show running as smoothly as it can. And that’s the whiteboard. It is seen hanging up next to TK and contains the playlist for the show’s music, topical notes, episode numbers, and other bits and bobs which TK needs to be able to glance at while he’s busy doing things.

Normally a day or two before the show, Hedgie will select the music for the episode, decide a playlist order, create the cards for OBS, and then update the whiteboard. This tells TK things like song name, artist, track number (and on which CD). We don’t normally stick to the playlist order, but we can do. While there is space in the show running notes for 6 songs, we have 10 songs collected incase we need to fill time for some reason. This is rare, but it’s worth having that option. Then at the end of the show, we refer to the whiteboard when doing the website’s song credits.

So here’s to the whiteboard. The unsung hero of TigerTails Radio.

The countdown continues…

10 Days…

The new jingles have arrived, and the new opening jingle will be the first thing heard in Season 11. Get excited!

Following on from the post a couple of days ago, these have now been programmed into the app – which is now on revision 6! It has now run into an issue where the app no longer works properly on the Android device allocated to the jingles. You press the option – and then there was a good long pause before the jingle played. Thankfully, there is a better and more powerful device available, so who needs optimisation? Just throw more power at it. No screenshots this time, because of spoilers, but the new opening Jingle had Hedgie burst out with laughter. So there’s that. A couple of new jingles for new segments (including one that can cover the Quiplash slot for days we don’t play Quiplash), plus a couple of new jingles for breaks and plugs. These are what you have to look forward to. Be ready.

As for getting rid of the Drama button… It has been replaced. RIP Drama button.

The countdown continues…

11 Days…

Getting crates ready to send to storage.

Crate Expectations.

Part of the planned resetting of the studio was getting some of the gaming consoles into TK’s room and out of the main studio space. This was because he has two CRT TVs in his room, which we wanted to use to expand the Playstation 2 network to 5 out of 6 consoles set up and ready. While all 6 are technically setup and ready, two of them share the same TV, thus only 5 are available at any one time. Prior to the move around, however, only 3 were available – so those CRTs needed setting up.

So the first thing to do was to start crating stuff up. TK’s room was filled with boxes that hadn’t been opened since the move. They were filled with bedding, curtains, lego, model railway stuff, and a whole treasure trove of other things. The cardboard on these boxes was getting a little ratty, so items were transposed into the plastic packing crates used to store the retro gaming hardware. There were many trips to Argos, and many times Argos delivered more crates to the studio at 9pm as TK took advantage of same-day delivery.

Moving all this stuff out of TK’s room meant that the lounge was soon almost permanently filled with crates, and as neither TK nor Hedgie drive, the kindness of Echo and others was somewhat abused in assisting with trips to the storage locker. Of course, moving things to the locker wasn’t the only task needed to get TK’s room in a state to setup the CRT TVs, but that’s another blog post.

The countdown continues…

An empty storage locker.  It was not destined to stay empty much longer...

An empty storage locker. It was not destined to stay empty much longer…

A few of the crates of stuff from TK's room.

A few of the crates of stuff from TK’s room.

12 Days…

This was going to be a short post to announce something…

We’re getting some new jingles!

Which made me think, while the fact the jingles are powered by an Andriod mobile phone app has been mentioned in the past, we’ve never gone into detail about it. Since we’re doing some behind the scenes posts in the run-up to Season 11, now seems like the perfect time.

Unity has many uses. From great 3D games like City Skylines, to lazy asset flips which flood Steam. It also makes a great simple soundboard. Originally Unity 4 was used, so TK had to code scripts to make the jingles happen – but with Unity 5 came UI elements and buttons were part of this. This means that he can assign the built-in audio player to a button and just trigger the Play() function via the OnClick of a UI button. This has the benefit of being ridiculously easy to create, but does come with the downside of being unable to be stopped when started. If someone who actually knows what they’re doing wants to get in touch – the email address is in the Contact Us page…

The picture below is the progress so far of the update. It’s mostly the same as the Season 10 app, with one button changed from an old alternate News jingle to a jingle from 2006. Long time listeners will probably be able to spot which one it is. The new jingles have just been ordered, as they’re obviously not made in-house, and will be replacing 4 of the existing buttons with one more being added in that handy empty slot. This does mean TK might be getting rid of the Drama button (cue Drama sound effect) and replacing it with a jingle… We shall see.

The countdown continues…

Programming the phone app to make the jingles happen.

A work-in-progress screenshot of updating the jingles app for Season 11.

13 Days…

The PS1 Link cable, just one part of the many retro gaming pieces used for TigerTails Gaming.

The countdown continues.

Thanks to the exploits of TigerTails Gaming, not only is the studio filled with podcasting and live streaming equipment, it’s also full of retro gaming hardware. One of the challenges faced during the studio move-around after Season 10 ended was where to put everything both during the downtime and afterwards. The solution to this was to get a storage locker and fill it with the things we might need in the future, but not on a constant basis. However, this came with the problem of needing to find something to store all the stuff in once inside the unit. Thankfully, Argos to the rescue with their stackable plastic crates. The first things to be crated were the retro consoles that wasn’t already plugged into anything or already boxed up and their associated accessories/cables.

There is nothing that can teach you just how much stuff you have than having to crate it all up and send it to storage. It took a while, but soon 5 crates of at-the-time unused retro gear were ready to be stored. A crate of Megadrive stuff (including 3 spare consoles and a MegaCD 2), one filled with Sega Saturn stuff, one of Nintendo things, and two Playstation crates. Considering the studio has a 6 console PS2 LAN, it’s not surprising that there were 2 Playstation crates. One thing to note: None of these crates contained any games…

Once the retro console stuff was safely stored, it was time to start crating the rest. But that’s for later…


All the spare consoles and gear crated up

All the spare consoles and gear crated up

The Playstation crates, and all of the A/V leads that come with them...

The Playstation crates, and all of the A/V leads that come with them…


14 Days…

Moving the studio gear into a secure storage location while things were sorted out.

That’s right, on Monday 16 April 2018, TigerTails Radio will return for our first test show of Season 11. We have new equipment, new things, and at popular request we’ve hidden TK away from the action. Well, not so much hidden as buried. You’ll see what we mean.

In the meantime, here’s a couple of photos of how the studio looked in December as things were being reorganised. There was much chaos that went on. Things are much better now, of course. Not yet perfect, but we have 14 whole days to figure that out. Which isn’t all that long, actually. Oh bother, best get the duster out and get busy.

Let the countdown begin…


Some of the mess during the studio sort out and move

Some of the mess during the studio sort out and move

Some of the mess during the studio sort out and move

Some of the mess during the studio sort out and move


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