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EAA Radio Now 'On the Air' Year-Round With Streaming, Mobile Apps

Edward Stimpson
EAA President Tom Poberezny joins EAA Radio personalities Digital Dave (right) and Fast Eddie (left) in the newly completed “Studio In The Sky” for the inaugural interview of EAA AirVenture 2008.

Edward Stimpson
EAA Radio “Studio In The Sky” and “The EAA Radio Porch” where the broadcast moves when the weather is nice and the planes are noisy.

Edward Stimpson
EAA Radio personalities Weasel (Right) and DA Swede (left) take their post air show program “The Traffic Jam” cross-country to join an EAA AirVenture institution, Jerry Sleger’s One Man Band.

Edward Stimpson
EAA Radio staff members and interns who are also current or former students at St. Cloud State University.

December 3, 2009 — AirVenture’s EAA Radio came from humble beginnings: a trio of hosts at a desk in the EAA Communications Center in 1996 huddled around a single microphone. The group has grown considerably in the ensuing years, and this past convention had an all-volunteer staff of over 40 people, including eight interns from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. With expanded content offerings & technological capabilities, EAA Radio is now broadcasting over the Internet 24/7, 365 days a year.

This was made possible in part by MacroMedia, Inc., which in 2007 donated a copy of its automation software to help streamline station broadcasts. Additionally, their staff donated countless hours to re-wire EAA Radio’s home at the Bill Forbes Broadcast Center. And just this week the EAA Radio App for the Apple iPhone became available in App store on iTunes from CoDeveloper. The free application allows users to listen to the entire EAA Radio audio archive as well as the live stream.

The EAA Radio website has also undergone a facelift. With the help of the EAA IT staff, a number of new features were added, including links to EAA Radio’s Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition, the page has been updated with a new Flash-based stream player, so visitors can listen to the station’s broadcast on nearly any computer. Also at EAARadio.net are links to their newly updated archive page and information about other free, streaming mobile applications.

Watch and Interact: At AirVenture 2010, users can watch, listen, and interact with EAA Radio hosts and guests in real-time. The streaming video/chat functionality was beta-tested at the convention last year and will add a whole new dimension to the broadcast.

 
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