Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gator Radio Experience Podcast #5

We had a great show this past Wednesday night. Thanks to all who listened and participated in the chat. We did a little review of some of our favorite things from 2008, talked with Anna W about the recent "Pantomime" performance at Castilleja, and we also featured some Creative Commons licensed music stored at the website, Have a wonderful rest of the year, everyone! We'll see you on January 7th, 2009 at 6:30 pm for GRE #6. Happy New Year from the Gator Radio Team!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Final Show for 2008 this Wednesday, December 10th

Join the Gator Radio Experience as we say good-bye to 2008 with our final show of the year on Wednesday, December 10th at 8:00 pm Pacific time (click here for time conversion). We'll each share some of our "favorites" from the year and we hope to be joined my members of the state champion Gator volleyball team. We'll also do a review of the Pantomime show that just took place at Castilleja and some of our team members will talk about what they'll be doing over the upcoming winter vacation.

We hope to see you Wednesday for episode #5 of the Gator Radio Experience!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Gator Radio Experience Podcast #4

We had a fantastic fourth broadcast speaking with Ishan Sinha and Rishi Raghunathan regarding the tragic situation in Mumbai, India from last week. We also had a really nice time chatting with Brynn Harrington of Menlo Park, California about her work with the Blue Planet Run organization which is dedicated to raising awareness about water quality issues around the world. We also did a movie review of Twilight and a book review of Agatha Christie's, The Body in the Library. Thanks to everyone who listened in live and participated in the show by chatting.

Unfortunately I didn't press record right away, thus we missed the first 5 minutes of tonight's call. My apologies for that, but I think you'll enjoy the rest of the production.

Don't forget that our next broadcast is Wednesday, December 10th at 8:00 pm PST.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Episode #4 Preview

Episode #4 of the Gator Radio Experience will air live this coming Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30 PM Pacific/9:30 PM Eastern. Click here to find out the date/time in your part of the world.

In this episode we'll be speaking with Brynn Thomas, who literally ran around the world with the "Blue Planet Run" foundation during the summer of 2007 to raise awareness about water quality issues. We'll also be joined by Rishi Raghunathan, who is a friend of Mr. Montagne's, to discuss the recent events in Mumbai, India. Rishi is an American of Indian descent and he will share his perspective on the Mumbai situation with our broadcast team.

We'll also feature a music set, an interactive chat room for our listeners to participate and ask questions, and a few listener polls. Remember, if you can't catch us live, all of our past episodes are posted on our blog and are available for downloading as podcasts. We hope to see you this week for Episode #4 of the Gator Radio Experience!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gator Radio Experience Podcast #3

This episode focused on all things social media. We had a mini-debate on facebook vs myspace vs other spaces followed by an overview of some new social media spaces that we've found. We had a fantastic music set this week by "The Summerset," from Scottsdale, AZ. Enjoy the podcast recording of Episode #3 of the GRE!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Episode #3 Summary

Episode number 3 focued on social networking, beginning with a huge Facebook vs. Myspace debate that turned into a discussion about the pros and cons of both sites.

Our favorite new websites include:

  • Statuses all in a feed
  • 12 second video statuses (a video version of Twitter)
  • Internet Tech TV
  • Visual Bookshelf- A Facebook application that allows people to review and rate recently read books
  • Fails of all sorts! If you need cheering up, this is the place to go.
  • Google Video Chat- A video chat option straight out of Gmail.
  • Like Visual Bookshelf, except independent from Facebook and fancier.
  • (Thanks, Kendall L!) A site where blogs optimal for iPhone and Smartphone use are designed.
  • Google Docs- Online document sharing, editing, storing, and collaborating
  • Like Google Docs, but a different site where we wrote our letter to Barack Obama.
  • What would we do without them? A site that lets you stream video and sound.

The House of Bernarda Alba opens this Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 7:30, and Sunday at 2:00.
The Pantomime is coming up on December 6.
Twilight opens this Friday. Will it be able to please all of its avid fans?

Stephanie reviewed the Madonna concert and the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.

Our band of the episode was The Summer Set from Scottsdale, AZ. We played "Seasons," "Cross Your Fingers," and "Close to Me."

Join us on December 3 at 6:30 Pacific to listen to our next broadcast!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Show #3: Myspace Vs. Facebook and all things social media!

Join the Gator Radio Experience on Wednesday, November 19th at 8:00 pm as our team debates the two most popular social networking sites on the Internet! We'll also be sharing some links to some up and coming social media spaces and links to our favorite blogs and video sites. We'll also feature a music set by a band to be determined and we may even interview one of the band members.

Time and Date: Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 8:00 pm Pacific/11:00 pm Eastern.

Click here to find out what time this is taking place in your location in the world.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Gator Radio Experience Podcast #2

We had a fantastic show last night, with several guests joining in the conversation to talk about the excitement of the historic election day that we all just experienced. Early in the show we experienced a few technical glitches, but we appreciated everyone sticking with us until we could get the broadcast started. Our next broadcast is on Wednesday, November 19th at 8:00 PM pacific time.

Thanks to everyone for listening and participating in the Gator Radio Experience's second broadcast!

Click here to listen!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Episode 1 Summary

Amanda and Natalie introduce the show, the support hosts Annie and Stephanie, and the chat room moderators Natalie M and Malaika, as well as Mr. Montagne, the technical wizard. This broadcast is focused on next Tuesday's presidential election.

There is a live chatroom on the site where listeners can ask questions and comment on the show as it is broadcast. There is a password to access the broadcast, and it may be periodically updated depending on our necessities. Also, just to clarify, broadcasts are only audio, although there is a picture slideshow playing simultaneously.

There will be 2 shows per month on Wednesdays, with each show lasting from about 45 minutes to an hour. A typical show will consist of a news roundup, an interview, school news, a music set with licensed music, an interactive poll, and a post show lasting for about 10 minutes after the regular show that is a bit less formal and light. You can subscribe to our broadcasts as a podcast through the iTunes link on the right hand side of this page.

If you have any particular ideas for the show, click on the link to the right labeled "Feedback and Story Ideas." Click this link to fill out a form if you have any creative ideas for upcoming episodes, news story suggestions, or suggesions for improving our show. We'd love to hear from you. You may also leave this information as a comment on one of the blog posts as well. If you would like to subscribe to blog posts, enter your email in the box on the top right hand corner of the blog.

We're broadcasting from our seperate houses by using Skype, a free computer-based client. The audio feed is then sent through the channel fory ou to listen too. From time to time, someone may be dropped from the Skype conversation or the show may go completely off the air. Please be patient as we try to perfect our use of the technology to create this live experience. All of this technology is relatively new to us, and we're still getting the hang of things.

Please keep irrelevent comments in the chat room to a minimum, as it makes it difficult for us to pull questions and comments productively. For a better broadcast, please be respectful, as inappropriate users will be booted from the chat.

Enter a design for the logo, due Wednesday, November 26 at midnight. No copyright images are allowed, and the design must be completely your own. Send us the logo as an attachment to The winning design will be selected through a live vote during the first broadcast after Thanksgiving.

Campaign 2008

Doug Symington, from Victoria, British Columbia, talked to us from Canada as a Canadian citizen. He spoke about his point of view on the upcoming presidential election.


Barack Obama gave his address today, the Phillies won the world series today in the fifth game against the Tampa Bay Rays, and an entire beach of 1,500 lbs of sand was stolen from an expensive resort in Jamaica.

Music Set: We Shoot the Moon

We played the songs "Water's Edgen," "Sway Your Head," "On Your Way," and "Into the Blue."

Closing Statements

Thank you for listening, and we'll see you next Wednesday, the 5th of November, at 6:30 Pacific to discuss the previous day's election.

Show #2-Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 PM Pacific Time

If you haven't received your fair share of media coverage surrounding Campaign 2008, then join the Gator Radio Experience this Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 at 6:30 pm as we recap the US election. We'll be joined by a really interesting mixture of guests who will share their perspective on the election. The guest list includes:

  • Ishan Sinha and Julia Rothacker, two politically engaged students from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Natalie Morin and Angela Moore, two Castilleja students who will be sharing about their experience volunteering at polling locations election day.
  • Eileen Donahoe, National Chair of Women for Obama.
  • NEW: Vinnie Vrotny, a resident of Illinois, who was actually at the rally in Grant Park on election day!!

In addition to our conversation regarding the election, we'll also feature a music set by Lido Beach of Los Angeles, CA and do a local, national and international news piece. We hope to see you this Wednesday (or perhaps Thursday in your corner of the world!) for our second Gator Radio Experience broadcast!

Pacific broadcast start: 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 5th
GMT broadcast start: Thursday, November 6th at 02:30

Click here to find out what time the show begins in your time zone.

Click the link that says, "Listen live and join the chat," in the links section along the right-hand side of the page to tune in.

The show is password protected, so talk to a GRE project team member or email/DM Matt Montagne for the password if you want to listen in and participate.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Gator Radio Experience Podcast #1

Audio from our first show on Wednesday, October 29th with special guest Doug Symington and music set by "We Shot the Moon." Thank you to all of our guests who listened live and contributed in the chat room. We hope to see you for our next live broadcast which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 at 6:30 pm Pacific.

You may either listen to the recorded audio from our show by clicking the play button in the player below or by subscribing in iTunes by clicking the iTunes icon to the right.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Listen in!

To listen to the broadcast on October 29th, follow this link:
Feel free to join in the chat room to ask questions and comment on the broadcast.
Join us at 8:00 Pacific time.

GRE Chat Room Expectations

We want the chat room feature to be a place where our listeners are able to engage in lively conversation about the radio show topics. We want it to be a welcoming and enjoyable space where everyone feels encouraged to participate in the conversation. As such, we do have a few expectations that we'd like all of our chat room participants to follow:

1. Please be a kind and respectful member of the Gator Radio Experience chat room community.
2. Flaming, attacking, or using disrespectful language will not be permitted.

Our chat room moderators reserve the right to ban any participants who are unable to adhere to our requests. We look forward to the positive and productive conversation that we know will take place in the Gator Radio chat room.

The GRE Team

First Show: Wednesday, October 29th at 8:00 Pacific Time/October 30th at 03:00 UTC

Join us in a series of live, interactive radio show style broadcasts this coming Wednesday, October 29th at 8:00 pm Pacific/October 30th at 03:00 GMT as a team of high school students from the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California kicks off a live series of webcasts known as the "Gator Radio Experience." Click here to convert the time to your time zone/area of the world. Wednesday's show will feature a special guest from Victoria, British Columbia, Doug Symington, who will talk with our lead hosts about the upcoming election here in the US. We'll also play a music set by the the San Diego, California band, We Shot the Moon. This set was picked out by GRE Team member, Sam Cecil.

These radio shows will be interactive in nature, meaning that they'll allow listeners to participate via a chat room, polls, and forums. The shows are moderated and facilitated by students and will feature music, interviews, news of the day, and commentary. We invite you to participate and listen live by visiting clicking the link along the right-hand side bar that says, "Listen live and join the chat." The show is password protected and we expect all chat room guests and participants to interact with one another in a kind and respectful manner.

Either check your email or ask one of the Gator Radio Project team leaders what the password is for the first show. We invite folks who are outside of the school community to participate, but you'll need to email/DM Matt Montagne or one of the project team members for the password. No worries if you can't join live as all shows will be archived and available as podcasts via the Gator Radio Experience iTunes channel. Subscribe to our shows as podcasts in iTunes by clicking the iTunes link along the left. We hope you're able to join us this Wednesday, October 29th for the first ever broadcast of the Gator Radio Experience!!