The Morning Coffee Mix In Second Life

by Alphaville Herald on 15/11/09 at 5:15 pm

Stroke awakened the radio passion

by Alessandra Narayan

JamesLarken Supply Did you know there’s a live radio show going on SL every day? Me neither.

Jameslarken Supply, a former musician in real life, suffered a heart stroke which led him to discover the magnificent new world of Second Life. At first, he started DJ’ing, a live experience that made him take the next step: having his own live radio show, a way of keeping him in contact with music and the audience.

After one year doing streaming radio, Mr. Supply wants to reach more public, driven by the listener’s reactions, determined to help people having a nice time, every day of the week, from 8.00 to 10.00am Pacific Coast time/SLT. 

Alessandra Narayan (AN) – Is it true you run a famous SL radio show?
Jameslarken Supply (JS) – I don’t know about famous, but yes I have a radio show.

AN – When did you start it?
JS – I've been doing it for a year, around September 2008.

AN – And how's it going?
JS – Very good actually. My audience is half SL, RL on the web. A lot of the people that listen are SL folks, but they listen on the web site. They listen from work and in SL, we do the show at a venue.

AN – How can people access it?
JS – Through or in-world through the stream 

AN – What's your show about? When do you run it?
JS – It’s a music show, its Monday-Friday 8-10am Pacific/SLT, although I live in Texas. It’s a very organic music show and well, because one of my skills seems to be using the music for things going on, either in the audience, or in the world I don’t do the typical request kind of love song. Besides it’s 75/25 per cent music/talk, with comedy.

AN – How did it start? Did you have experience already in real life?
JS –I have been a musician for a lot of years as a side thing. I have an associate in music and unfortunately, I had a stroke in RL. I really had a void missing that, so I found Second Life and started doing the DJ thing. Really enjoyed it but I kept running into RL time conflicts for my kids. Then one day, I just realized that maybe I should try in the morning. You would think the SL morning would be tough but it just clicked and it was slow starting, but it gradually took off. Then I kept getting people that had to work and said “I miss hearing the show”, so I found out what was needed to properly do my show from the web. I’m a legal station on the www, pay royalties, etc.

AN – How big is your audience?
JS – I get between 20/60 people listening per day. Busiest is on Wednesdays/Thursdays for some reason and in RL I have only use of my right arm. I've met a lots of SL folks in person. The show is made to be very uplifting for that reason, happy. I had 4200 unique listeners last month.

AN – Would you like to expand the market of listeners?
JS – Yes, I'm continuously attempting to do so, but not at the expense of the show. I ultimately do it because I enjoy it and because of all the comments I get from the listeners. I went to the SL Convention and I’ve been trying to give it more visibility mainly word of mouth and a little SL advertising, but, to tell you the truth I am great at content, horrible at promoting, so most of my listeners is word of mouth. I've used Facebook some also.

AN – What was your best and your worst experience related with your radio show?
JS – The best has been people that I found out that were going through difficulties in life, they send me a note tell me what was going on, and how I helped get them through wit h the show. The worst, I guess, is a recent venue change thing within SL as the sim in which I've had the show since inception, was closing and I had to line up a new location.

AN – Are you the only guy running a live radio show in SL?
JS – Not sure. Probably not in the way I do I think.

7 Responses to “The Morning Coffee Mix In Second Life”

  1. Mia Kitchensink

    Nov 15th, 2009

    Listening to James is a great way to start the day. He is a very special person and a great radio personality.

  2. Judge Hocho

    Nov 16th, 2009

    If you are into the standards, Martini in the Morning also broadcasts into SL, 24/7. or for SL streaming; .

  3. JustMe

    Nov 16th, 2009

    EVERY DJ with stream in SL is broadcasting an “Internet Radio Show” and can be tuned into outside of SL. Most people don’t seem to realize that SL music streams are really Internet Radio stations .. each and every one of them, whether is is an existing station that is being listened to in SL, or an SL-based stream that can be listened to outside of SL. So, having an “Internet Radio Show” in SL is a meaningless distinction. A more accurate way to look at it is that SL can tune into Internet Radio stations, and some people broadcast on Internet Radio streams specifically so they can be listened to in SL (DJs, live performers, etc) .. they simply don’t give people outside of SL their URL to listen to.

  4. Alyx Stoklitsky

    Nov 17th, 2009


    Thank you, captain obvious.

  5. JustMe

    Nov 17th, 2009

    @Alex … a lot of people don’t realize this… that is why I pointed it out

  6. Witness X

    Nov 17th, 2009

    Even just regular, helpful information trolls Alyx.

    Wow. Just, wow.

  7. Crap Mariner

    Nov 26th, 2009

    JLS = very cool and good guy all-around.

    So, when’s Dale Marsh FINALLY gonna get down to Anderson Fair, eh?


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