Activate Radio is off the air temporarily.
Here’s Why and Here’s What we’re doing.
A couple days ago the streaming host that we have been using for almost the entirety of Occupy Boston Radio, as well as Activate Radio, turned off our service for nonpayment. We have approximately 7 years of business history with them and were always pretty good about paying.
Over the years we haven’t been super demanding of any kind of service end of this relationship. We sent in tickets when there was something we couldn’t handle, or there was a billing discrepancy. One of the instances we had was that their billing system started double billing us each month. Earlier this year we reported this to them through their ticketing system, they replied and resolved the issue. Over the summer months, this has been happening again. Again, we tried to contact them through their ticket system and have not gotten any response to now several tickets, as well as phone calls and SMS.
My guess is that somehow this has turned into someone’s passive income source and they are being less than attentive to it all. I think that we have been rather understanding of the situation.
After having our account disabled, it’s easy to think of this as a crippling event for us. While this is an unexpected hurdle put in front of us, I believe that this is a huge opportunity to expand upon what we have been doing. We currently broadcast a schedule of sixteen shows each week. If we can add nine local shows to our schedule, we could then begin to re-introduce live programming. This is an opportunity for us to work more closely with other organizations in the Boston area and the arts community as well. It’s an opportunity to take the time to do it right.
I don’t plan on doing any fundraising until late in the year for Activate Media, the focus will be on expanding content that is more valuable to more people. Content is more important than marketing.
I’m going to begin posting about the various needs of Activate Media where you could lend a physical hand. We don’t have a lot of money, but we have the ability to distribute and create useful content. Let’s Rebuild, Reboot and Redeploy Activate Radio together!