THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT. .
(disclaimer: it's in enterprise development status right now and hasn't been formally approved by the Apple or Android stores... but it WORKS! Further disclaimer: Zeb's a lawyer. Use at your own risk, including foreseeable or unforeseeable likelihood of your mobile device's spontaneous and violent emission of sparks, metal shrapnel, ninja death stars, etc.)
New PZ! shirts are *on the way* and we're chuffed about getting them here! In the meantime, our primary swag partner, Cafe Press, has been accommodating of our need for a new, special LIMITED EDITION coffee mug. These are Zeb's favorites, and he still has some from 12 years ago in active rotation in his collection (and the logos still look crisp and clear after all that washing!). This one features our "You Can Dance" logo along with a cool BLACK handle and inside for the first time in PZ! Swag history. Close-up of logo on right. Enjoy!
iTunes update for those who've asked about getting to PLANET ZEB! since Apple seized control of all stations they streamed (and want you to pay for them):
To add Planet Zeb! to your Mac or PC via iTunes: open iTunes. In the upper-left corner, choose Music. Then, from the navigation bar at the top of iTunes, choose Radio. Then, choose "File" from the menu bar and then "open stream." It'll ask you for a URL; enter this-- http://streaming.live365.com/a11813
Voila! Planet Zeb!'s ...coming through iTunes again! You can use a similar method on your mobile device, though we recommend the dedicated Live365 app in your phone's store (free!) for that. Once you're streaming in iTunes, by the way, you can simply grab and hold with the left mouse button and drag the link to your vertical "recents" bar on the left side of the screen for easy starting up later.
Part of the reason we've been so active lately on your newsfeed (don't worry-- we'll shut up soon and get back to next week's programming!) is that we've been working on restarting/rebuilding our Cafe Press shop from the *old* PLANET ZEB! Weeeelll, come to find out this morning that we didn't need to rebuild it-- somehow it survived all these years with its original collection of swag, and NOW that we own "planetzeb.net" again, the stuff is all perfectly good again, too! 🤣
Keep an eye out for new and changing logos and new shirt designs in the near future. We're deleting old stuff and adding new stuff pretty regularly to get it in tip-top shape for the future!
For the first time since rising from the ashes of the old Live365 to the *new* one... SWAG!!! Here’s our new official station t-shirt and 3x5” mini-sticker!!!!
Test-run order of our supplier is now on its way to Zeb Central, and we need to reward a few of Zeb’s friends and confidantes for sticking with us and listening like crazy after we fired up the new station. But if you’re listening like crazy NOW and would be interested in turning your body or vehicle into a billboard for our FREE, NONPROFIT and AD-FREE exercise in musical joy for the masses, PLEASE SEND US A PRIVATE MESSAGE and say so! If there’s enough interest in on-air giveaways or something, we might just fire some o’those puppies up TOO!!! 😃
Every so often, we scour through the time-worn underbelly of the internet looking for evidence of our glory days, 2000-2008, when PLANET ZEB! was racking up a quarter-million listening hours *every month* from all over the world as (the old) Live365's top station. We share that here when we find 'em, such as our trade magazine feature when we won a record-setting THREE broadcaster awards in 2004, or a radio journalism class syllabus from 2002 that lists us as a "must listen" ...for good formatics, etc! And then sometimes, we come across something even better- a blog or discussion post we weren't aware of before... where someone says nice things about our AWESOME variety of tracks that goes way WAY beyond anything that any other station WE know would even dare try to play. And they compliment us to their friends. A happy listener somewhere who grooved on one of our tunes is a whole lot more meaningful than radio people recognizing us. And you'd have to know radio people, like Zeb does (and is), to understand the profundity of that remark.
Found this one tonight, from 2006. Wish we had some way of contacting these folks and laying a brand new PLANET ZEB! t-shirt on them 12 years after the fact as proof that karma rewards the kind (chuckle). But whomever you are, we hope the years have been good to you. AND WE'RE BACK, so we hope you find us again. And we'll let your words speak for themselves to our NEW GLOBAL AUDIENCE of rock-pop radio lovers who want a BETTER VARIETY of the music YOU remember....
FROM THE STATION THAT NEVER FORGOT!
More evidence that new swag is on the way? Zebby sure has been busy this weekend with freshly-updated versions of our classic Live365 logos.... (I'd say "classic, friendly logos," but one of them has, in fact, shot a man in Reno just to watch him die). ;-/
Hey folks... sorry for the delay in updating; it's been quite the time here at ole Zeb Central lately. But enough of that... here are two EXCITING bits of news!!!!
1. January 2018 was the new ad-free PLANET ZEB!'s BEST MONTH EVER! Listeners from all over the world, on platforms like iTunes, TuneIn and others, BLEW us through our listening hours cap for the month in about three weeks' time and COST US MORE MONEY IN PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES.... but we've NEVER BEEN HAPPIER to do i...t for yoU! We're working with Live365 now to ensure even MORE listener capacity 24/7/365, so take advantage of it and LISTEN! And TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
2. Just last week, we FINALLY got revenge on the cybersquatter who stole the original "planetzeb.net" from us and then put up a sign somewhere offering to sell it back to us for something dumb. We don't deal with terrorists. So when HE didn't renew it, we STOLE IT BACK and PLANET ZEB! now controls the planetzeb.rocks AND our cozy original planetzeb.net domains! Both of them point right here to our Facebook page, where you can get the latest news, see random pictures, and start the stream to hear a BETTER VARIETY of AD-FREE hits and rock classics AROUND THE CLOCK. There is NO down side for you here, people.
Thanks again for listening, and sharing the fun!
PLANET ZEB! continues to climb the Live365 "Top Stations" ratings, thanks to YOU! Oh, for the days of our old glories (2000-2012) as one of the ol' Live365's top 3 stations week after week... but given that we never thought we'd be back in the game against the pushers of corporatized formulaic crap-radio, we're pretty happy where we are and where we're going! COME JOIN OUR FAMILY OF REGULARS... and please remember to tell your friends and family about PLANET ZEB!
From the I-Had-A-Feeling Department: Since going COMPLETELY AD-FREE in December, Planet Zeb! has now re-entered the Live365 TOP STATIONS listing thanks to YOU and your listening! Please oh please oh please... keep spreading the word of mouth, because that's always been the best way to bring new friends into our loop of around-the-clock hits & rock classics of the 80s and beyond!
Live's listening hours computer doesn't count non-US listening because they're not responsible fo...r royalty payments for non-US streams, and that's what's kept us from being even higher in the count with about 50% of our current audience being from Europe, Canada and South America. Now, c'mon USA... become an even BIGGER part of the fun! I guess we're one of those swanky fashion trends that has to be popular in Europe before we make it to the States... even though we're jus' here enjoying the no-talk songsets from good ole North Carolina.
My God- it still exists. This is a newswire release for the debut of AudioFeast, which was a great li'l service with some really good folks that tried to take internet radio streaming one step beyond (cue saxophones) wired computers back in the days before widespread WiFi. They came to me and a select other group of stations to be permanent, featured debut content partners. I worked my ass off doing two shows a week, one for Live and one for AudioFeast! Got my first MP3 playe...r out of it though; they were kind with the freebies!!!
Ahhh, them was the days. But now... ONE stream... ONE awesome station... ONE goal: to entertain your socks off. Around the clock. Free. No, really. I pay the listening royalties. You're welcome. Just please tell your friends so more like-minded listeners can join our little fraternity here.
Busy busy working on new hand-crafted playlists for the new year! And every time I do, I always stop in wonder at stuff I find on the internet when I preview clips of PZ!’s classic rock and pop tracks that sound as great now as they did back then.
Sometimes, as with this studio track from 2005, I’m reminded of some artists that’re simply freaks of nature- unlike Sinatra, they never lost their voice. Paul Rodgers of BadCo (et al) is always gonna be my #1 example of this! My #2 usually surprises people though- until they see this. Ladies and gents, our runner-up... Phil Mogg of UFO. Incredible. 🙂