Thank You and Farewell to Elrik Merlin

I, Gabrielle Riel, would like to inform our lis­ten­ers that Radio Riel pre­sen­ter and tech­ni­cal direc­tor Elrik Mer­lin has announced that he will be end­ing his 13-year asso­ci­a­tion with the sta­tion, effec­tive Novem­ber 30. Elrik joined the sta­tion just a few months after his arrival in Sec­ond Life in 2007, and since then he has pre­sent­ed a com­bi­na­tion of reg­u­lar shows and spe­cial events. His voice has also become famil­iar to lis­ten­ers on sta­tion idents and spon­sor messages.

I am sad in many ways to be leav­ing Radio Riel”, he said, “but after over a decade with the sta­tion I think it’s time for me to move on. There are some things I’d like to explore in the realm of broad­cast­ing in the vir­tu­al and real worlds, notably which include an empha­sis on spo­ken word-based con­tent and oth­er new direc­tions. It has been a great plea­sure to sup­port my friend and col­league Gabi on the Radio Riel project over the years — in fact it’s been a major part of my life both in-world and out. We are part­ing on the best of terms and I wish her great and con­tin­u­ing suc­cess going forward.”

Elrik’s new broad­cast­ing project will be titled “Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio”, or VCR, and will begin test trans­mis­sions in the near future, based at vcradio.org. “Ini­tial­ly I will be con­tin­u­ing the Wednes­day and Sat­ur­day dai­ly pro­gram­ming that I pro­duced for Radio Riel, with playlist-based pro­gram­ming the rest of the time,” he says. “But in due course I intend to include addi­tion­al con­tent that will take us in a rather dif­fer­ent direc­tion. I have no inten­tion of com­pet­ing with Radio Riel,” he says, “and ulti­mate­ly our paths will be very dif­fer­ent. But I would­n’t be at all sur­prised if we col­lab­o­rat­ed on some joint projects in the future,” he concluded.

We at Radio Riel wish Elrik the absolute best as he moves for­ward with his excit­ing new project. He was inte­gral to the devel­op­ment of the sta­tion and we would not be what we are today with­out his con­tri­bu­tions. Thank you for all you have done for Radio Riel Elrik and good luck with your next broad­cast­ing chapter!

Hits In Hi-Fi

Today we’ll take anoth­er nos­tal­gic jour­ney back to the 1950s and 1960s, when music was on vinyl (and on the radio) and home audio was new and excit­ing­ly futur­is­tic… with Hits In Hi-Fi.

In the ear­ly days of stereo, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of albums were released that were designed espe­cial­ly to show off the won­ders of this new way of pre­sent­ing musi­cal enter­tain­ment. Sounds “ping-ponged” across the stereo sound­stage; instru­ments appeared hard on one side and then hard on the oth­er… and there were a lot of space ref­er­ences, bloops and bleeps start­ing and end­ing the pieces — and once the Moog Syn­the­sis­er became avail­able, that was includ­ed in the mix too.

A selec­tion of these albums forms the core of our music today. Often the tracks con­sist of instru­men­tal arrange­ments of pop­u­lar songs, but there are also plen­ty of orig­i­nal tunes too. Aimed at the imag­ined bach­e­lor in his pad, invit­ing his friends around to blow them away with the lat­est stereo­phon­ic sounds, the genre is some­times called “Space-Age Bach­e­lor Pad Music” or “SABPM”; lat­er “Jet Set Pop”; or more broad­ly, “Space Age Pop”.

We have a bunch of orig­i­nal hits from the 50s and 60s in today’s pro­gramme along­side the instru­men­tal re-work­ings that both char­ac­terise the “Easy Lis­ten­ing” genre of the era.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Merlin. 

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Now Be Thankful

Tune in to Radio Riel’s Main stream today for the 14th Annu­al “Now Be Thank­ful” pro­gram with music in hon­or of the Amer­i­can Thanks­giv­ing holiday.

Today’s pro­gram con­tains a mix of all of the gen­res that we usu­al­ly play on Radio Riel’s Main stream with a focus on Chris­t­ian hymns and music of Thanksgiving.


Today’s pro­gram is pre­sent­ed by Gabrielle Riel.

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