[Linux-aus] Can you help JOY 94.9 FM on Sunday 1st December?

Kathy Reid kathy at kathyreid.id.au
Fri Nov 1 15:08:24 EST 2013

Hi everyone,

Hope this note finds you well, I'm posting this on behalf of Mr Avi Miller, a long time advocate of open source.
Avi spends much of his free time assisting JOY 94.9 in Melbourne, and we'd like to make you aware of an event they are running in early December and seek support from the open source community.
If you can assist, please respond back to Avi as below.

Thanks for your consideration,


JOY 94.9 is Australia's only gay and lesbian community radio station and one of only 5 such radio stations in the world. We are also entirely volunteer-run, which makes us unique. On World AIDS Day 2013 on December 1st, JOY 94.9 celebrates its 20th birthday. To celebrate this remarkable achievement, JOY is planning to broadcast 24 hours of interactive video content live to air and the Internet starting at 6am AEDT on Sunday 1st December and ending at 6am AEDT Monday 2nd December. Speakers will be sourced from around the world and will interact with presenters and moderators based in the JOY 94.9 studios.

In order to achieve this, we're looking for (more than) a few good volunteers who are tech-savvy and GLBTIQ-friendly to assist before and during the broadcast to ensure the success of the event. We need anyone with a few hours to spare who can monitor the camera, the Internet connection, the Google Hangout connection and generally troubleshoot what is likely to be loaned Windows or Mac laptops for the event.

Our requirements match those of the Google Hangouts on Air/YouTube combination: the ability to have two (or more) participants interacting via video and audio and then being broadcast to a 1-to-many video delivery system to viewers around the world. If you know of an alternative to the Google Hangout/YouTube combination, I'm all ears for that too! We need this to run for 24 hours, we'll have at least 24 (if not more) speakers, many from around the world, many from areas with limited Internet bandwidth. Our fall-back is to use normal telephone lines if the speaker is unable to connect to the Internet from their location.

If you are willing and able to participate in any way, either with pre-planning or on-the-day assistance, please contact Avi Miller, the JOY 94.9 Online Development Manager atavim at joy.org.au  with your skills and availability. If you are able to loan A/V equipment or working F/OSS-based laptops that can connect and broadcast video and audio to Google Hangouts, that would be appreciated too. We have no bias towards technology except that which can be begged, borrowed or bought (if absolutely necessary).

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