At this moment the headline on the WREK page is about their online playlist. This is a thing I’m highly proud of. When I was doing the automation system there, one of the things necessary to make it run was maintaining a database table keeping track of what things have been played. It was pretty trivial given that the table existed to create a web page that shows that information. A year or so later I hooked up a web interface to allow the live DJs to record their plays into the same table, which means that nowadays most of the spins are there, minus the evening specialty shows. I don’t know how much it is getting used but now listeners have this cool tool to go to when they hear a cool song (a likely occurrence on WREK). I know from being a DJ there, a large number of calls that you take are “Hey, I heard this monk chanting thing yesterday at 3 AM – what was that?” Giving folks the ability to do this for themselves not only frees up the DJ phone time a little, but with the lower barrier that means listeners can do it all the time and get better informed about the music they are enjoying. Infotopia! Don’t forget, you can also listen via streaming and subscribe to the RSS feed of newly programmed music. Whoo doggies!