(Since 1994) Radio InfoWeb is a radio network based on an idea that dates back to the invention of FreeForm Radio by Steve Post and Bob Fass (of WBAI in NYC), Dave Herman (WPLT NYC/ABC “Love Network”), and Manny Others (of Various), back in the late ’60’s and early 70’s. Rex Latchford (our DJ then using a different air name at various NYC area stations, pirate and otherwise) saw early pre-computer automation systems, and immediately imagined a marriage. FreeForm radio music sets and programs created with loving care, and mixed with live segments allowing the DJ/Auteurs to focus on FreeForm goodness. That’s what we started doing as Radio InfoWeb in 1994, when music streaming on the Internet first became practical. Soon Gus Mason, then Tyrone and others joined and we’ve been broadcasting ever since.
As a historical footnote, there was the “WDFH-FM” era of 2004-~2006. In that time, WDFH-FM had reached an agreement with Mercy College, and set up beautiful studios loaded with vintage broadcast gear. Students were generally not allowed on the station. As seniors, Gus, Rex, and Tyrone all did regular shows on WDFH-FM. In the case of Rex, some of the Sunday Morning shows that we were lucky enough to have captured have been re-purposed onto Radio InfoWeb. These are generally referred to within the programs as “Radio Therapy”. Eventually that good thing came to an end, but no worries, Radio InfoWeb is still here.
FreeForm Radio – as we define it – crosses all genre boundaries. Music is chosen to tell a story, or create a groove or feel. Whatever the DJ feels. There’s not too much chatter, but it can crop up and either has a feel or meaning to it. FreeForm Radio is not on the clock. Music comes first, then the related content, and last of all, time and schedule. Thus, when Democracy Now! and other programs air, it’s at an approximate time as the music and programming permit. We have news, journalism, and even some radio drama in the mix too! (The Fourth Tower of Inverness)
A Radio InfoWeb innovation was to create a back-story for the station. It’s not up-front: that’s for the music and DJ’s. The avid listener will start to pick up on it, though. In the meantime, sometimes we visualize our listeners as being on sleek inter-stellar or inter-galactic spaceships: in need of some cosmic music to accompany them on their journey. Our Chief Engineer, Dr. Octopus channels our programming in and out of the wormhole he created with wormhole creatures from his home Galaxies away. Thus, Radio InfoWeb is a mix of programming we’ve produced live, recorded, in the past, the present, and (subject to guarding against pollution of the time-line) the future.
We’ve sure had our downs in the past decade, and now it’s time for some ups. We hope you’ll be along for the ride as we continue evolve and provide music for your head on our audio digital bitstream. While construction continues, dig deeper into the hot throbbing mass of Radio InfoWeb! Dr. Octopus lives! In Master Control!
- Creator – Dr. Elwin J. Fishbinder
- Vulcan Emissary – Princess Chumok
- Chief Engineer and Technical Director: ‘Dr. Octopus’
- Chief Cook and Bottle Washer: Rex Latchford
- Executive Producer: ‘Mel’
- Producer: Peter Patriot
- Producer: Minka Bito
On Air Personalities (in order of appearance)
- Rex Latchford (joined 1996)
- Crazy Jay (~1998 to ~2001)
- Gus Mason (joined ~1999)
- Tyrone (joined ~2000)
- Riff Raff (joined ~2000)
- Ashlar Knight (joined 1972/2014)
- Dave (joined in 2012)
- Princess Chumok (joined in 2013)
- Crazy Jay (joined ~1998)
Extras and Guest Appearances
- Toad Lunch (~2002-present)
- Chaiya Thai (Founding-1998 RIP)
- Chart Chai (1998-2002)
- Smokey (2003-2004 RIP)
- Liz (Founding-2002 RIP)
- Others (sorry if we forgot; remind us; we’ll add more as we remember)
- KXP1-FM, kxp1.org (since 2012)
- Radio InfoWeb World (network) (since 2013)
- Radio InfoWeb Deep Space Chill deepspacechill.com (since 6/2013)
- Liberty Radio Network (carries Radio InfoWeb DayPage)
Internally Produced Programs
Some of these were forgotten in the mists of time…
- DayPage (since ~2/2013)
Externally Produced Programs
- The Firesign Theatre (various, since before the beginning)
- The Sounds of Solid Soul (U.S. Marine Corps, since 1996)
- The Fourth Tower of Inverness by ZBS Media (officially since 2012)
- Democracy Now! (officially since 2012)
- We’ve forgotten some. It’s been a long time.
- America On the Road
We’ve begun to receive a farewell message from Rex Latchford transmitted back through the wormhole from the distant future. It is highly encrypted, redundant (to prevent data loss) and is coming through at an extremely low bit-rate. When the message has been received and decrypted, it will be posted here if Dr. Octopus deems it will not threaten the time-line.