Deep Breath… Here We Go

Yes, today marks the start of TigerTails Radio – Season 7.  We have had 3 test shows to make sure things are working as expected, and while everything isn’t 100% to TK’s satisfaction, things aren’t going to get any better than what they are, so we might as well go ahead.

What new for Season 7 then?  Well, first off, have a look at our nice new website.  Isn’t it pretty?  It’s pretty functional (well it’s not winning any awards for style, put it that way), but certainly a lot better looking than the previous one.

The important things are still around.  The ‘Listen’ page has links to for you to listen with most major media players.  We’re looking for a workaround for the Flash player, so if you used that just sit tight and hopefully it will be back soon.  If the main links don’t work for you, we have the raw server details on hand so you can dump them in to your media player of choice and listen that way,

Podcasts will return, and now have their own section.  Well, ish.  Podcasts will be hosted off-site now, as that reduces our bandwidth commitments.  From now on, each new podcast will be linked to from a post on the main page.  The post will be tagged “Podcast”, and thus by clicking on the podcast link in the top menu, you will be presented with the posts containing the podcasts.  Magic.

The ways and means of contacting us haven’t changed, and links to all our social media sites (Facebook, Google+, and Twitter) have been added to the bottom of the “Contact Us” page.  The IRC details are also there, too.

So, that’s the website covered…  What about the show?  Well, our biggest change is the move from Livestream.com to YouTube via Google Hangouts on Air.  Why did we do this?  There’s a few reasons.  Most noteably, the Livestream was low frame-rate crap. It saved a local file to TK’s computer but the quality of video was appalling.  Hangouts on Air aren’t much better in terms of quality, and it eats the broadcasting equipment, but archives are saved to YouTube automatically. This means a TubeCast is available moments after the show has finished each night.  There are also lots of toys for TK to play with (early in the show, before the broadcasting hardware runs out of resources).

The Audiosurf challenge is no more, for the time being.  We will try to work out another challenge instead.  Winners of the Off Season challenge will be announced during the live show tonight.

Old favourites like Review of the Week, The Gaming News, Done and Dusted, and Role Play Talk are back.  The show will follow the regular format, with Review of the Week and The Gaming News taking up the first half of the show, and Done and Dusted followed by Role Play Talk taking up the second.  This should, in theory, give us a good 2 hour show.

Finally, the show now starts from 8pm UK time!  An hour earlier than it used to.  This also means it finishes at 10pm (if it doesn’t over run) so all you Brits can go to bed at a reasonable hour (he says, typing this at 6.30am).

If you made it this far down, congratulations.  Give yourself a pat on the back…  Or a cookie, whichever is easiest.  Why not drop in to IRC during the live show and tell TK you’ve read this bit?  Let him know that typing this post up for over an hour has been worth it.

Enjoy the show.

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