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August 3, 2004

Folk Alley has added a boatload of new features, all tied to our new expanded playlist. Take some time and poke around. Highlights include:
Auto-updating "Now Playing" box on front page with album graphic.

Playlist view options with pop-up of last 10 songs played and extended full-day and calendar search options.

Song details complete with album info and direct Amazon shopping when you click on each entry.

"Rate this Song" feature.

Comment on the Song or Artist through the community bulletin board at the bottom of each song entry.

Post a comment below or send us an E-mail at
and let us know what you think!

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at August 3, 2004 12:30 PM


Every time the page auto-updates the now playing box, my browser makes a click. This noise is driving my nuts, so I will close the browser. Other than that I lOVE all the new features. If someone could write with advice about stopping the click, I would be greatly grateful. I am using Internet Explorer 5.5.

Posted by: Joanne Hickey at August 3, 2004 5:16 PM

Go into the Windows Control Panel, and then click into "Sounds" (or "Sounds and Audio Devices or "Sounds and Multimedia", depeding on your version of Windows.)

On the "Sounds" tab, set the "Start Navigation" sound to "None."

Posted by: Chuck Poulton at August 3, 2004 5:48 PM

just hooked up with this station a week ago and dearly love it, buttttttttttttttttttttt, jim have u heard about tempo, u play a ton of songs in a row that are the same or nearly the same in tempo, come on now folk isnt all the same tempo, how about mixing it up, that is my only gripe, your artists are great both the ones i know and the new ones, keep it up

Posted by: sarah plain at August 3, 2004 6:33 PM

they are great.

Posted by: Peter Allen at August 4, 2004 2:03 AM

The new idea for the "Now playing" feature sounds great. It even works occasionally in my Opera browser on Linux. Could you try making it work all the time? We're not all Micro$oft junkies out here ;-) The main thing, however, is that you keep up your great work providing some of the best music on the internet. Surfing is just so much better with Folk Alley as musical accompaniment!

Posted by: Nick Lord at August 4, 2004 3:59 AM

Love the new features, especially the automatic update- and big thanks to Joanne Hickey for asking the question and Chuck Poulton for the advice on banishing the annoying browser click

Posted by: adrian leighton at August 4, 2004 1:22 PM

Things are shaping up really good, Anne. And yes, I have some friends who have some very good webs and I think I can influence at least a few. Good idea!

Posted by: Thomas at August 5, 2004 12:42 AM

You guys just keep gettin' better and better. You have an expanding fan base out here in Arizona, where radio station program directors shoot folkies on sight. Hang in there!!!

Posted by: Jim Pipkin at August 6, 2004 7:18 PM

"rate the song" feature does not seem to follow any system, three (3) is average but 4 is "great" and 5 is "outstanding.

why is 2 not "below average" instead of "marginal if 3 is" average". Why is 4 not "above average" and 5 way above average or "tops".
A rating of 3 should be "good" if 4 is "great" and 5 is "outstanding"

Posted by: wayne at August 7, 2004 12:16 AM

I dearly love folk alley and am proud that it is hosted at Kent State (I am a native Clevelander and I am proud of the high caliber of area universities). Anyhow, is is heaven being able to listen to you folks at 128 kbps. You kick the pants off of any other folk station I have listened to at any level of audio fidelity. At 128 kbps, you folks deliver radio Nirvana. Thanks.

Posted by: Ted Takacs at August 9, 2004 9:29 PM

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