Photos of the Day: The Storefront Worldwide East Village Radio

Photos of the Day: The Storefront East Village Radio

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

East Village Radio (EVR) was first established in June 2003, and originally broadcast on the airwaves at 88.1 FM. But after an article in The New York Times described the station, the FCC sent a cease-and-desist letter (since the station was unlicensed). Due to the difficulty of obtaining new FM licenses, even LPFM licenses, in a large metropolis such as NYC, the decision was made to make East Village Radio a free internet radio station.

Some time after this, it was decided to move the studio from its original location above a restaurant to a storefront booth on First Avenue in the East Village. This was seen as a way of reconnecting EVR with the East Village community since the station was no longer literally on-the-air. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority study of pedestrian traffic in New York City, almost 1,800 (1,000 during off-peak travel times) pedestrians pass by the sound booth per hour.

Over the past four years, East Village Radio has emerged from a small, backroom collective of music lovers to become a growing fixture on a local and international level. EVR has been featured on ABC News, in The New York Times Magazine, Spin Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Time Out New York and many others. EVR has also been nominated by the influential PLUG Independent Music Awards for Best Internet Radio Station three years in a row.

Have a listen to the innovative music by the local DJs and personalities, who might otherwise have been drowned out by the deafening presence of the East Village’s rapid gentrification, on East Village Radio.

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“Wardrobe Malfunction” Fine Stripped: Timberlake Sings About It

“Wardrobe Malfunction” Fine Reversed: Timberlake Sings About It

Last night on ESPYs, Justin Timberlake performed a song about the legendary “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl. Coincidentally, this morning the Third Circuit Court overturned the $550,000 fine that CBS had paid to the FCC for the incident, ruling that the network could not be held accountable for the actions of “independent contractors” (Timberlake and Janet Jackson).

However, the court added, that if the FCC wanted to fine ESPN for Timberlake’s lame song, that would be okay!!

“Wardrobe Malfunction” Fine Reversed: Timberlake Sings About It

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Obama Arrives in Iraq after Talks with Afghan President

Barack Obama Meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai

On Sunday, the second day of Barack Obama’s high-profile foreign trip, Obama met with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at his palace in the Afghan capital. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged steadfast aid to Afghanistan in talks with its Western-backed leader Sunday and vowed to pursue the war on terror “with vigor” if he is elected, an Afghan official said.

Mr. Obama also received support from an unexpected corner. Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki told a German magazine that he endorsed the Obama plan to withdraw most American troops in a gradual timeline of 16 months. The following is a direct translation from the Arabic of Mr. Maliki’s comments by The International Tribune: “Obama’s remarks that, if he takes office, in 16 months he would withdraw the forces, we think that this period could increase or decrease a little, but that it could be suitable to end the presence of the forces in Iraq.”

In addition, Senator Obama gave his first overseas interview. Obama told CBS News’ reporter Lara Logan that the situation in Afghanistan is “precarious and urgent.” With violence rising from the resurgent Taliban, Obama stated that two or three more troop brigades need to be moved into the country. Obama also declared his belief that Afghanistan needs to be the “central focus, the central front on the battle against terrorism.”

Television Interview with Obama in Afghanistan

Obama Arrives in Iraq to meet with the Iraqi Prime Minister

A U.S. Embassy official has confirmed Barack Obama’s arrival in Iraq, where he has met with U.S. commanders and troops in a war he has long opposed. On Monday morning, the Democratic presidential contender met with Gen. David Petraeus, as well as with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Obama in Iraq: Meets with Iraqi Prime Minister

Obama Meets with Maliki in Iraq

You can read my earlier report on the first two days of Obama’s world trip here.

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