Signup for a folk alley account


Folk Alley Joins NPR and 11 Other Stations to Launch NPR Music

November 7, 2007

On Nov. 5 FolkAlley.com, NPR and 11 other NPR Member public radio stations recognized for music programming launched NPR Music, a new, free, comprehensive multimedia music discovery web site at www.NPR.org/music. This new site features on-air and online content aggregated from Folk Alley, NPR and all stations participating in the launch project, as well as original materials such as interviews, reviews, blogs and live performances. NPR Music permits users to explore, experience and enjoy the full range of music genres found on public radio. Through its stream and other artist-based content, Folk Alley will provide visitors to NPR.org/music with the best in folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana, World, acoustic instrumentals and other traditional and roots music-based genres.

Joining Folk Alley and NPR to launch this new service are public radio stations KEXP and KPLU Seattle; KUT Austin; WBGO Newark; WDUQ Pittsburgh; WFUV and WNYC New York; WGBH Boston; WGUC Cincinnati; WXPN Philadelphia; and American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio. All partners will provide content including live concerts, studio sessions, features and reviews. NPR Music also links to the live music streams of all participating stations, including WKSU in Kent, OH, Folk Alley’s parent station, which will contribute a stream of its classical music programming. Additional NPR affiliate stations and producers will join the project in the coming months.

Folk Alley can already be found on NPR.org/music through posted studio sessions featuring singer/songwriter Susan Werner and contemporary roots band The Duhks, along with an exclusive live concert recording of newgrass trio The Greencards. Future Folk Alley contributions to NPR Music will include concert recordings, interviews, music lists and studio sessions spotlighting artists on the FolkAlley.com playlist. Artists currently streamed on Folk Alley include Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss & Union Station, David Francey, Tom Paxton, Eric Bibb, and Nickel Creek.

Folk Alley Director of Marketing and Programming Linda Fahey says, “We're thrilled to be part of this exciting online music collaboration with NPR. Not only will NPR Music help folk and acoustic music fans find FolkAlley.com, it will provide a great opportunity for the artists that excite us and our online listeners to reach a larger public radio audience.”

“FolkAlley.com is recognized as one of the most exciting online projects created by a public broadcaster, offering a desirable mix of unique content. We’re delighted that our colleagues at Folk Alley are joining NPR and the 11 other stations at to launch this new service,” says Maria Thomas, Senior Vice President, NPR Digital Media. “NPR Music evolves the high-quality music journalism, performance and presentation that have been the longtime trademark of NPR and public radio stations like WKSU, the producer of FolkAlley.com.”

Specific sections of the site are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. In each genre, program, and subject area, users can explore renowned music journalism; intimate interviews and studio sessions with artists; exclusive web concerts featuring national and regional musicians; reviews and news; original blogs from critics, experts and artists; and podcasts.

At launch, the site features two new blogs. The “All Songs Considered” blog, written by producers Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, will go behind the scenes of the online weekly music show produced by NPR. “Monitor Mix” will offer music picks and industry news from writer and musician Carrie Brownstein, formerly of the band Sleater-Kinney.

The site culls from NPR's and the participating stations' extensive music archives to present thousands of features; the site's Artist Index alone, an A to Z artist directory, will, at launch, offer content covering more than 2000 performers. It is expected that 200 new features will be added monthly. The NPR Music service enables partner stations and NPR member stations to incorporate a variety of modular content offerings, including RSS feeds and Javascript modules, into their station web sites.

NPR Music also offers original video and audio features. Along with the Artist Index, some of the featured new elements being produced by NPR and participating stations are: Project Song - a video feature challenging songwriters to write and record an original song in two days at the NPR studios (the first participant is songwriter Stephin Merritt, to be followed by indie band Georgie James); Studio Sessions - in-studio audio performances, some including video; Discover Songs - audio stories about, and recommendations for, individual songs; and Music Lists - five-song listening sets curated by musicians and station staff.

Coinciding with the launch of NPR Music is an exclusive media player available across www.NPR.org This player allows users to create a personal playlist for audio or video (dating from 2004 to present) on the site and makes dynamic recommendations for related content depending on a user's selections. The playlist also offers persistent links to NPR's 24-hour stream and the five-minute NPR News Summary.

The member supported FolkAlley.com brings the best in singer/songwriter, acoustic instrumental, Celtic, Americana, bluegrass, world and traditional folk styles to listeners across the U.S. and in more than 150 countries around the planet over the Internet. Along with its 24-hour music stream, FolkAlley.com is the on-line source for Folk Alley playlists, artist interviews, folk music news, original performances and Open Mic, a virtual "coffeehouse" on-line that provides amateur and yet-to-be-discovered artists the chance to upload songs for consideration by Folk Alley's 80,000 registered users. FolkAlley.com is produced by 89.7 WKSU, a service of Kent State University.
PR01.07 -NPR- 11/05/07

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at November 7, 2007 5:12 PM


Support Folk Alley During Our Spring Fund Drive!

 

Recent Topics

 

 

April 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30               


April 2018


March 2018


February 2018


January 2018


December 2017


November 2017


October 2017


September 2017


August 2017


July 2017


May 2017


April 2017


March 2017


February 2017


January 2017


December 2016


November 2016


October 2016


September 2016


August 2016


July 2016


May 2016


April 2016


March 2016


February 2016


January 2016


December 2015


November 2015


October 2015


September 2015


August 2015


July 2015


June 2015


May 2015


April 2015


March 2015


February 2015


January 2015


December 2014


October 2014


September 2014


August 2014


July 2014


June 2014


April 2014


March 2014


February 2014


January 2014


December 2013


November 2013


October 2013


September 2013


August 2013


July 2013


June 2013


May 2013


April 2013


March 2013


February 2013


December 2012


November 2012


October 2012


September 2012


August 2012


July 2012


June 2012


May 2012


April 2012


March 2012


February 2012


January 2012


December 2011


November 2011


October 2011


September 2011


August 2011


July 2011


June 2011


May 2011


April 2011


March 2011


February 2011


January 2011


December 2010


November 2010


October 2010


September 2010


August 2010


July 2010


May 2010


April 2010


March 2010


February 2010


January 2010


December 2009


November 2009


October 2009


September 2009


August 2009


July 2009


June 2009


May 2009


April 2009


March 2009


February 2009


January 2009


December 2008


November 2008


October 2008


September 2008


August 2008


July 2008


June 2008


May 2008


April 2008


March 2008


February 2008


January 2008


December 2007


November 2007


October 2007


September 2007


August 2007


July 2007


June 2007


May 2007


April 2007


March 2007


February 2007


January 2007


December 2006


November 2006


October 2006


September 2006


August 2006


July 2006


June 2006


May 2006


April 2006


March 2006


February 2006


January 2006


December 2005


November 2005


October 2005


September 2005


August 2005


July 2005


June 2005


May 2005


April 2005


March 2005


February 2005


January 2005


December 2004


November 2004


October 2004


September 2004


August 2004


July 2004


June 2004


May 2004


April 2004


March 2004


February 2004


January 2004


December 2003


November 2003


October 2003


September 2003


August 2003