Author: Tony Zeoli

Tony Zeoli is a digital media strategist, innovator, and entrepreneur. He founded Netmix.com in 1995, which was considered by Billboard Magazine to be the "innovation and advancement of dance music on the Internet." Tony has innovated at the intersection of music and the Internet for the past thirty years as a project manager, product manager, information architect. He is also the founder of Digital Strategy Works, a WordPress web design and digital marketing agency in Asheville, NC.

Radio Station v. 2.2.7

2.2.7

  • Dutch translation added (Thank you to André Dortmont for the file!)
  • Added Tabbed Display for Master Schedule Shortcode (via Tutorial)
  • Add Show list columns with active, shift, DJs and show image displays
  • Add Schedule Override list columns with date sorting and filtering
  • Add playlist track information labels to Now Playing Widget
  • Added meridiem (am/pm) translations via WP Locale class
  • Added star rating link to plugin announcement box
  • Added update subscription form to plugin Help page
  • Fix to checkbox value saving for On Air/Upcoming Widgets
  • Fix 12 hour show time display in Upcoming Widget
  • Fix PM 12 hour shot time display in On Air Widget
  • Fix to schedule override date picker value visibility
  • Fix to weekday and month translations to use WP Locale
  • Fix to checkbox value saving in Upcoming Widget
  • Split Plugin Admin Functions into separate file
  • Split Post Type Admin Functions into separate include
  • Revert anonymous function use in widget registrations

Radio Station is a free, open-source plugin licensed under the GPL. Submit pull requests on Github.

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Introducing Radio Station by Netmix

In December of 1996, Netmix.com first appeared online as the world’s first DJ mix-show website hosting streaming mixes by the world’s most sought after DJs. In the March 20, 1996 issue of Billboard Magazine, Netmix was cited by former Dance Trax columnist, Larry Flick, as the “innovation and advancement of dance music on the Internet.”

Born out of my bedroom in a four-story walk up at 726 Washington Street, just outside of Washington Square in Brookline, MA, I would move Netmix from Boston to New York City in September of 1996 to partner with a dance music promotion company, with the goal of converging promotion and marketing with online streaming and distribution. While the partnership didn’t work out in the long run, Netmix survived in the dotcom 1.0 economy until it entered a purchase and sale agreement on June 1, 2000 with Polyverse, a youth-culture startup funded by investors in the gold rush of the early Internet era, which saw companies like CDNOW, MP3.com, and Psuedo Networks valued in the many hundreds of millions of dollars.

While I was negotiating with Polyverse, the Internet bubble started to burst. Fast forward to October of 2000 and Polyverse was out of cash. No one could raise money. The doors closed on new capital and thousands of startups on both coasts and around the world failed. It was, in no uncertain terms, one of the most difficult periods for founders and employees of these companies who saw their hopes and dreams fall apart when the Internet economy collapsed.

Over the next 19-years, I would hold onto the Netmix.com domain and keep the website active. In the late 2000s I launched the Netmix Global House Sessions Podcast, which is still ingrained into this site today (and for the foreseeable future). The podcast features my alter ego, DJ Tony Z, in the mix. But Netmix became a side hobby while I focused on working for various corporations and startups in New York City until 2010, when I asked my wife to move to Chapel Hill, NC for a job at the University of North Carolina.

In North Carolina for 9-years now, we skipped across the state; from Chapel Hill to Winston-Salem and now Asheville, NC. My wife and I adopted a baby boy at birth who was born in the Asheville area. My family became the priority while I also ran my WordPress consulting company, Digital Strategy Works. I had ideas for Netmix, but life’s priorities simply got in the way.

A few years ago, I got it in mind to host a radio mix-show on a Low Power FM here in Asheville, AshevilleFM. My friend, Phillip and I created the Asheville House Music Society and hosted the show on the station for about a year, but we had to put the show on hiatus. In September of 2018, we brought the show back on the air on another LPFM in Asheville, WPVMFM.org, where I volunteer as the station’s webmaster. While working on the station’s website, I noticed they were using a WordPress plugin, Radio Station, which was originally created by a developer in Colorado, Nikki Blight. The plugin hadn’t been updated on the site in a while, so I checked in on the WordPress codex to review the plugin and its status. When I learned Nikki was no longer actively developing the plugin and saw that there was an installed user base, I contacted her to inquire about it and let her know that I’d consider taking it over.

After a brief conversation, Nikki passed along the car keys to the plugin in early June (2019) and wished me luck. After 16-years of working with WordPress, I am now an official manager and committer of a plugin listed in the WordPress repository. But, I’m not a developer myself. I’m a product manager and entrepreneur with deep experience managing WordPress projects, so I needed help bringing the plugin up to speed. I put the word out in the WordPress universe and the universe returned Tony Hayes, an experienced WordPress developer living about two-hours south of Brisbane, Australia. Tony’s work includes https://wpmedic.tech and other plugins that check on the health of WordPress websites.

For the past three months, Tony and I have been working together on the open-source, free version of the plugin. We’ve also had a contribution from another developer working at a radio station in Virginia, who helped bring the plugin up to WordPress coding standards. We’ve made some improvements to the plugin and are actively working on building a PRO version with an audio player, time zone switcher, and a few other neat features. But for now, we’re tightening up the plugin and its core feature set.

We’re also looking at integrating the plugin with a few popular radio station automation software packages, like AirTime and LibreTime.

After 19-years of controlling the Netmix domain name and website, I decided on merging Radio Station with Netmix, which is why the plugin is now hosted here on this site and it will carry the Netmix brand going forward, along with all the bells and whistles we hope to add to it.

We’re always looking for contributions from the community. If you’d like to join in the fun, please do visit the Radio Station project on Github and take a stab at fixing something or adding something, then issuing a pull request. We’d love to get contributions from the radio station community supporting open-source projects.

I’m so excited I finally found and merged a worthy WordPress project with the Netmix brand. Over the next couple of months, you’ll see some changes to this website. It’s a work in progress and slow going, but we’re committed to advancing the plugin, building out a PRO version with additional awesome features, and figuring it all out as we go along. We’d love to know what you think of the plugin, so leave a comment on this post below. And, please do share this plugin in your networks, so we can grow participation and installs – that’s how this is going to succeed.

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Netmix Global House Sessions Podcast Episode 19

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Netmix Global House Sessions Podcast Episode 19 mixed by DJ Tony Z featuring music by Alexander Sky and Facewell, Whilk & Misky, Hot Since 82, Dajae & Riva Starr, Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, Caribou, as well as Eric Kupper, Kenny Summit, and Proper.

Track Listing:

  1. Alexander Sky, Facewell – A Love Like This feat. Alexander Sky (Marc & Spencer Remix)
  2. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith – Omen (Jonas Rathsman Remix)
  3. Whilk & Misky – Clap Your Hands (Solomun Remix)
  4. Guy J – Nirvana (Original Mix)
  5. Jennifer Hudson, Gorgon City – Go All Night (Booka Shade Remix)
  6. Hot Since 82 – Veins (Original Mix)
  7. Dario D’Attis – Do It Right (Original Mix)
  8. Dajae, Riva Starr – The Loft (Original Mix)
  9. Ted Nilsson, Stuart Ojelay – In The Beginning (Original Mix)
  10. ANOTR – Strobe (Original Mix)
  11. Eric Kupper, Kenny Summit, Proper – Over Here (Deeper Mix)
  12. Robert Clivilles f K.Davis – Set Me Free (Robert Clivilles + Eric Kupper Anthem Vocal remix)
  13. Bob Sinclair ft Dawn Tallman – Feel The Vibe (BS and EH Remix)
  14. MK, Milly Pye – Bring Me To Life feat. Milly Pye (Illyus & Barrientos Remix)
  15. Demarkus Lewis – It Never Gets Old (Tribute To Pepe Mix)
  16. Doorly – Break-a-Dawn (Original Mix)
  17. Shenoda – Streak (Original Mix)
  18. Solomon Grey – Miradors (Lane 8 Remix)
  19. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You (Extended Mix)
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Netmix Global House Sessions Podcast Episode 18

Expertly curated and mixed by DJ Tony Z, the Netmix Global House Sessions Podcast Episode 18 features music from Calvin Harris, Disclosure ft. Gregory Porter, Roger Sanchez, and Miguel Migs and hot remixes from Armand Van Helden, Erick Morillo, StoneBridge, and Harry Romero.

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Disclosure – Holding On ft. Gregory Porter

The number one Billboard Dance Club Song in the country this week is Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter – Holding On. In an era full of anthemic, festival style EDM tracks, this smooth, soul flavored house track has reached the top of the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. This goes to show that DJs and dance music fans alike truly appreciate music that’s a little out of the mainstream.

We love this song and we’re banging it on the Asheville House Music Society radio show on 103.3-LP FM and AshevilleFM.org in Asheville, NC, mixed live by @djtonyz every Saturday night/Sunday morning from 12 midnight to 2 am.