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September 2007 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

It's September! All too quick the summer has come to an end. Pools closed up, kids back to school and we are all once again faced with busy schedules and just not enough time in the day to get everything done. If that sounds like you then don't worry, you are not alone! Just drop by the Celtic Radio Community Forums (when you get a minute) and drop a note in our Introduction Forum, you will certainly get many a ear to listen!

This is definitely a month of change and transition from one season to the next. That is why we have updated our playlist for our Celtic Moon broadcast this month. Mysteriousness mixed with a bit of eeriness have descended about the great halls of our Celtic Moon Castle. Tracks from Loreena McKennitt, Celtic Legend, Scottish Moors will grace your stereo computer
speakers and set the mood right for those coming cold fall nights. Give a listen now!l

"Not everything that can be counted counts,
and not everything that counts can be counted."
- Albert Einstein

This month we have received a number of emails about what's going on in Congress with Internet Radio. While we have been closely monitoring this topic, we decided to press ahead with the important day to day issues of our website and broadcast. With Congress now back in session we understand that the Webcaster Coalition is pressing ahead with the number of cosponsors for the Internet Radio Equality Act. We suspect that action on this Act will start gathering support very soon and we will let you know when we might need you to pick up the phone again and call your congress person or senator.

Thanks to all that have been politically active on this issue. Whether that is an email, letter, phone call or a personal conversation with your representative. We and Internet Broadcasters everywhere appreciate everyone's help in bring this issue to the forefront of political discussions in Washington! Visit SaveNetRadio.org for the latest news and information about how you can help save net radio!

And finally we would like to remind everyone to start thinking about getting their nominations in for the 2007 Celtic Radio Music Awards! Nominations for a song can be made in 1 of 5 categories: Bagpipes, Roots, Celtic Rock, Jigs & Reels and Roots Traditional. Just contact us with the name of the song and the category for nomination. And be sure to check out this month's article on Deirdre Shannon and how she received her Celtic Radio Music Award. Voting will commence on January 1, 2008, so don't let your favorite musician miss out because you did not nominate him or her!

Until next month, Slŕinte!


Cape Breton Calling! Linking Leaders

Word comes to us from Mildred Lynn McDonald of Applied Ability of the first annual Cape Breton Calling: Linking Leaders conference is on for October 4th and 5th, 2007 in Baddeck, Nova Scotia!

If you are a passionate Cape Bretoner (… or a Cape Bretoner in spirit), this heart-centered event is an exciting “venue for motivated people to "answer the call" of the island by participating in a celebration of the leadership, values, roots and diversity that have been instrumental to the success of many people on and off the Island."

This looks to be an excellent annual conference and we would encourage anyone in the Cape Breton and surrounding area to attend.  Speaking from the experience of attending a similar motivational networking conference in Boston, we can certainly attest to the benefits of being part of such an event. Best of all, taking a glimpse at the conference schedule shows that The Barra MacNeils will be performing at the Ceilidh on the first day of the conference. So, no excuses not to attend!


Tribute to a Star

"Deirdre Shannon"

On August 4, 2007 at a special dinner reception after the Dublin Irish Festival - Deirdre Shannon was presented with a glass star award in tribute for her Celtic Radio Music Award for the song ‘The Prayer’ in our Roots Traditional award category.

This beautiful glass award was presented by Jenny and Brian Fedei on behalf of the Deirdre Shannon Fan Club. Deirdre was delighted to receive this award, as was Jenny and Brian honored to present it. A special message was read to Deirdre on behalf of all of the members of Celtic Radio that made this award possible...

“Deirdre Shannon was presented with a glass star award in tribute for her Celtic Radio Music Award for the song ‘The Prayer’ ....”

...Many thanks to Jenny and Brian for organizing this award ceremony and for purchasing and presenting this Celtic Radio Music Award to Deirdre. Please be sure to check out the Deirdre Shannon Fan Club website. Because of Jenny’s and Brian’s inspiration, we at Celtic Radio are seriously considering presenting these glass star awards to all future winners of the Celtic Radio Music Award.

For those not familiar, the Celtic Radio Music Award is a program sponsored by CelticRadio.net to acknowledge and promote exceptional Celtic music across 5 categories of music. Nominations for this award are made throughout the year by listeners and members of CelticRadio.net. After a careful screening process, which is based upon listener nominations, ratings, requests, and other radio statistics; we select 3 songs in 5 categories for community voting. Categories for an award are Celtic Rock, Traditional, Jigs & Reels, Roots Traditional and Bagpipes. We also select one album as the Celtic Radio Album of the year! We are writing to officially notify you that Deirdre Shannon has won a Celtic Radio Music Award for ‘The Prayer’ in our Roots Traditional award category….

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September CD Contests



CD Giveaways
Our August 2007 CD contest features music from Maggie's Music, Maggie Sansone, Thistledown Tinkers, The Stone Soup Band, Steve and Ruth Smith, Mark Davies and Kennedy's Kitchen.  Our special ongoing Founder contest could win you the Celtic Music Festival Collection containing 6 popular Celtic Music CDS:

Winner of all of these great CDs to be announced on or after October 1, 2007! To be eligible for this contest you must enroll in the Celtic Radio Founder's Club.

To be eligible for the monthly Celtic Radio contests you must post at least one message in the Celtic Radio community forums. Or sign-up for a Celtic Radio Founder's account to be automatically entered each month!

Good Luck Members!

What's New?
For the week of September 10th we turned Highlander Radio into an all request channel. All special features and programs were canceled during this time to allow our listeners to make unlimited requests!
Now our broadcast has returned to its regular schedule, and we have made a number improvements to our broadcast schedule based on our listeners feedback. The good news is there is now more time during the day to make requests. (Remember that requests during peak listening hours is only available to Celtic Radio Founders). We also added a morning story time for our wee ones at 7:00 AM EST in addition to our bedtime stories at 10:00 PM. The bagpipe hour has returned and we have scheduled less specialty programs.
In other Celtic Radio news, our alternative listening channels "Celtic Moon" and "Celt-Rock-Radio" have brand new playlists for the season, so please give a listen. A new channel called "Mountain Legacy" is in the initial setup stages and will play Celtic inspired songs from Appalachia. More information on this new channel will be released next month!


Maggie Sansone

"A Celtic Fair"

America's premier hammered dulcimer player and recording artist, Maggie Sansone music and pioneering artistry has brought the ringing beauty of her music to hundreds of thousands of music lovers around the world. Maggie has been featured on CBS-TV Sunday Morning, and NPR's All ThingsConsidered, Performance Today, and The Thistle & Shamrock.

As producer and performer, Maggie has performed at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, National Geographic Grossover Hall and many other venues; from the large stage to small town fairs, Renaissance and folk festivals; special events and weddings. Maggie brings her unique vision and virtuosity to music of the ancient Celtic lands and her hammered dulcimer has been praised as the perfect music for Renaissance weddings and special events.

"Maggie brings her unique vision and virtuosity to music of the ancient Celtic lands and her hammered dulcimer has been praised as the perfect music for Renaissance weddings..."

Recent awards: WAMMIE award for best Irish  / Celtic instrumentalist from the Washington Area Music Association (DC's answer to the Grammies); ANNIE Award for Performing Arts from the Anne Arundel Country Cultural Arts Foundation.

Maggie is the author of hammered dulcimer music books published by Mel Bay Publications. Mel Bay included Maggie in their Hammered dulcimer Anthology Series featuring America’s finest performers and teachers. Maggie is founder and CEO of MAGGIE'S MUSIC record label. The label, which features over 50 albums distributed worldwide, is an eight time WAMMIE winner for "Record Label of the Year."


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The Top Ten
Most requested songs for the past 30 days
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our broadcast schedule for play times.

1. Air an Traigh - Runrig
2. The Chemical Worker`s Song (P - Great Big Sea
3. The Trial of Lancelot - Heather Dale
4. When The Clans Unite - Clann An Drumma
5. The Ramblin Rover - Silly Wizard
6. Traveling Home - Allison Barber
7. All for me Grog - Barleyjuice
8. Men of Erin - Elders
9. The Green Fields of France - John McDermott
10. Amazing Grace - Charlie Zahm


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1. Download Winamp.

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3. Configure the Plug-In.
4. Set Preferences for default MP3 Player.

Now when Live365 loads the music player it will load Winamp and enable the MP3Pro Plug-in for CD quality listening! More instructions can be found in our detailed help guide. Enjoy!



September Featured Music

Ani Williams
"Faces of the Harp"

Blessed Blend
"Journeys through
the Mist"

Brian Thomas
"Prairie Rain"

Nine Mile Burn
"Nine Mile Burn"

Celtic Twilight 7
"Sacred Spirit"


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