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Mushroom FM Blossoms into an Interactive, Internet Radio Experience


In a few short months, Mushroom FM has blossomed from a tiny broadcasting seed into
a fast-growing, community-oriented, volunteer radio station available today. "Home
of the Fun Guys," according to their slogan, Mushroom FM now features over two dozen
presenters, producing
over 100 hours of fresh live content each week. Shows cover
a wide variety of musical genres,
including top 40, dance, oldies, country, jazz and classical. Documentaries are often
produced, featuring in-depth research on particular artists.

Many of the team are veterans to the Internet radio landscape. Shows are live and interactive, with most presenters soliciting listener requests via Email or Twitter. They can also be downloaded as podcasts for later listening.

Jonathan Mosen, who was the first director for ACB Radio and the person who spearheaded ACB Radio Interactive, is the station manager for the project, which promotes a high audio production standard and cooperation and teamwork amongst its staff. Mosen says, "The dynamics, the team spirit, on our internal email list, is by far the best I have ever experienced on any project of this nature. There is 0 personal abuse, discussions are supportive and respectful, and everyone bends over backwards to help one another out. That's what real teamwork is about."

Mushroom FM offers an alternative to automated jukeboxes which lack personality, and only features live content or recordings of past live shows. Its programming can be heard using audio players for practically any desktop or mobile platform, including Windows, Mac, and Linux computers as well as the iPhone, Symbian and Android devices. They have produced a handy mobile guide, helping listeners hear the station on a wide range of devices.

In an effort to aid in expansion of the station, broadcasters have produced an audio tutorial which aims to act as a starting point for those interested in presenting on the station. Presenters are encouraged to put time into their broadcasts, paying special attention to engaging the listeners.

For more information, visit http://www.mushroomfm.com or follow @MushroomFM on Twitter .

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.


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