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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Folk Alley?
Why Do I Have to Register to Listen?
What Registration Information is Required?
How Will Registration Information Be Used?
Who Will Have Access to This Information?
I’m Having Trouble Registering. Please Walk Me Through the Steps
Why Does This Site Use Cookies?
I Registered But Didn’t Receive a Confirmation E-mail
How Do I Listen to Folk Alley?
How Can I Change My Password?
How Can I Change My E-Mail Address and Other Registration Information?
How is Folk Alley Funded?
Why Should I Support Folk Alley?
How Do I Make a Donation to Support Folk Alley?
How Can I Help Promote Folk Alley?
Can You List Upcoming Songs/Already Played Songs?
Do You Have an Archive of Already Played Songs?
Where Do I Send a CD for “Airplay” Consideration?
I Mailed a CD to You. Did You Receive It?
How Do I Request a Song, Artist, Etc.?
Why Don’t You Play [Artist Name]?
Where Can I Buy the CDs of Artists that I’ve Heard?
I’d Like to Suggest Some Links to Add to Folk Alley


What is Folk Alley?

FolkAlley.com is a listener supported 24-hour, online music service featuring folk, traditional, Americana, Celtic, singer/songwriter, world, and acoustic music. It was launched in September 2003 and is produced by WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio. Along with the hosted music stream and real-time playlist, the web site also offers a blog, music news, folk links, information on musicians, new releases, exclusive artist interviews, and more. WKSU is a service of Kent State University, host of the Kent State Folk Festival, the nation’s second longest folk music festival on a college campus.


Why Do I Have to Register to Listen?

We require all listeners to register in order to better serve those using the service by building direct lines of communication. There is no charge for registration.


What Registration Information is Required?

All registrants are required to provide an e-mail address and a password. We also request that you provide your name and location (i.e., city and country).


How Will Registration Information Be Used?

All registrants are required to provide an e-mail address and a password. We also request that you provide your name and location (i.e., city and country).


Who Will Have Access to This Information?

Your E-mail address and any other personal information you provide will be used exclusively by FolkAlley.com. We will not sell or trade your personal information without your expressed consent.


I’m Having Trouble Registering. Please walk me through the steps.

1. To register, visit our registration page.

2. Complete the registration page, creating a username and password. Click on “Register Me” at the bottom on the registration page. That’s all there is to it!

3. After you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link. Click on this link or cut and paste this link into your browser, then press “enter” on your keyboard to confirm your registration.

For AOL Users: Some versions of AOL mail do not allow clickable links. Please please copy and paste the entire link (beginning with http://) into the address bar of your web browser.


Why Does This Site Use Cookies?

FolkAlley.com employs cookies to recognize you and allow you to automatically access protected services and full usage of the web site and music stream. Registrants who have cookies disabled will need to log in each time they visit the site.


I Registered But Didn’t Receive a Confirmation E-mail

It may be that your computer has a spam blocker or other type of filter that is filtering out the confirmation e-mail that we sent to you. Please check any holding area your filter may have and add folkalley.com to your list of approved senders (aka “white list” us). If you are still unable to access your confirmation E-mail, contact us at and let us know that you have not received your confirmation.


How Do I Listen to Folk Alley?

Here are some step-by-step instructions, if you are having trouble listening:

1. The first thing that you need to do is register, creating a username and a password.

2. Then, you need to make sure you are logged into the site using your username and password. When you do this, a list of streaming links will appear at the top left corner of most of the pages. There are links for RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, MP3, and aacPlus.

The MP3 streams and the 64 kbps aacPlus stream require a broadband cable modem or DSL connection, but the RealPlayer, Windows Media and 32 kbps aacPlus links will work on either a dial-up or broadband connection.

3. Depending upon what player software you have installed (and your connection speed), pick one of the links. If you have a relatively new Windows-based computer, you probably already have the Windows Media player on it. If not, free media player downloads are available here:
- Windows Media Player
- RealPlayer

For MP3, you can use:
- Winamp on Windows PCs.
- iTunes on Mac or Windows PCs.

The aacPlus streams, which provide excellent sound quality at very low bit rates, are supported by:
- Winamp version 5.08 or higher on Windows PCs.
- VLC on Mac, Linux/Unix, and Windows PCs.

Follow the directions found on each player’s download site to install the respective player.

If you have any further problems, please E-mail us at .


How Can I Change My Password?

Visit this page and click on "Change Password."


How Can I Change My E-Mail Address and Other Registration Information?

Click here.


How is Folk Alley Funded?

Folk Alley is listener supported and is a registered 501c (3) non-profit organization through Kent State University. FolkAlley.com receives financial and in-kind support from WKSU-FM. Listeners may donate at any time, including seasonal fund drives. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available. Contact Linda Fahey for additional information.


Why Should I Support Folk Alley?

It is our ambition that this music genre be available to as many people as possible. Through voluntary listener contributions and corporate sponsorships, we strive to maintain this web site and music stream as a free service.


How Do I Make a Donation to Support Folk Alley?

You may make a donation—online or by check—by visiting our support page.


I Love Folk Music! How Can I Help Promote Folk Alley?

Folk Alley has been established to protect a cherished art form and promote the future of folk music, one of the world’s fastest growing musical genres. Below are some ways in which you can help promote Folk Alley.

1. Place a link to Folk Alley (http://www.folkalley.com) on your web site or blog. You will be spreading the word about folk music to everyone who visits your site. You may want to add a Folk Alley web banner as well. Please visit our Spread the Word page for more information.

2. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that now there is a place online where you can enjoy folk music 24 hours a day! Encourage them to register, listen, and browse the site. Ask them to tell their friends and add links to their web sites.

3. Put Folk Alley stickers in clubs that feature folk music. If you would like to receive a packet of stickers, please e-mail your request to with your mailing address.

4. Download a Folk Alley flier and hang it where folk music fans gather.

5. Work with Folk Alley on sponsoring a FolkAlley.com concert in your venue.

6. Send an E-mail to and request a Folk Alley FANkit, which includes lots of Folk Alley branded goodies!

7. Folk Alley is listener supported. Make a contribution on our secure donation page. Your donation will help us maintain this site.

8. Post to weblogs or chat group. Mention Folk Alley, and encourage your fellow bloggers to check us out.

Do you have other ideas on how you can help promote Folk Alley? You may send your suggestions to .


Can You List Upcoming Songs?

We are unable to list upcoming songs as part of Folk Alley’s compliance with The Digital Copyright Millennium Act (DCMA).


Do You Have an Archive of Already Played Songs?

Lists of previously played songs are available on the playlist page. Recently played songs are listed in the updating playlist. Other songs are searchable by date and time. You may update all playlists to reflect your listening timezone and make searching easier.


Where Do I Send a CD for “Airplay” Consideration?

Please note that we only review unsolicited CDs as time permits, and we cannot guarantee airplay. Please consider our Open Mic website feature to share your music with the Folk Alley audience. To set up a free artist profile page and to post your songs on Open Mic, click here

Please send your CD and any promotional materials to:

Linda Fahey
Folkalley.com
PO Box 261
Saranac Lake, NY 12983 USA
USA

I Mailed a CD to You. Did You Receive It?

Folk Alley’s small staff receives hundreds of CDs each month. We regret that we are not able to offer notification on arrival or personal comments on submitted CDs. Review CDs will not be returned without sufficient postage.


How Do I Request a Song, Artist, Etc.?

We are proud of our playlist, but also realize that, especially with the breadth of the folk music genre, we could be missing out on some very good artists. We receive many more requests than we can accommodate, but keep listening! You may hear that favorite artist of yours! Please E-mail requests and suggestions to . We appreciate your input!


Why Don’t You Play [Artist Name]?

It may be that the artist’s music doesn’t fit our format. With the amount of quality material and number of excellent artists in the world of folk music, it may be that we just don’t know about a particular group or individual singer and/or songwriter. Or the artist may already be in rotation. Suggestions are always appreciated! Please E-mail requests to .


Where Can I Buy the CDs of Artists that I’ve Heard?

Click though song titles in the Folk Alley playlist and you will find a page with additional information on artists and links to buy the CD, if available, directly from Amazon.com. Folk Alley receives a portion of proceeds from most purchases made through these links. If you are interested in establishing an affiliate relationship with Folk Alley, contact Linda Fahey.


I’d Like to Suggest Some Links to Add to Folk Alley

We are always looking to expand the wealth of folk music-related information on Folk Alley, and you may send your suggestions to .

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