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RantRadio: January 3, 1999 - January 3, 2019

At 9PM PT on January 3, 2019 the longest running Internet-only radio station, RantRadio, will go silent after 20 years of continuous broadcasting.

In late 1998 I ran across a then recently released piece of software called Shoutcast that allowed you to broadcast multiple mp3 audio streams across the Internet to the audio player Winamp. My mind immediately began racing with possibilities as I've always wanted to run a real world pirate radio station ever since watching the film Pump Up the Volume, but legalities and equipment costs always stood in the way. Now was my chance! I played around with the software over the 1998 holiday season during my time off and got it configured so I could speak into a microphone and also play music from a playlist when I wasn't talking.

On January 3, 1999 I threw the switch into the on position and never turned it off again. RantRadio was on the air! I convinced a couple of friends of mine to have shows on the station including Darcy (Drexoll) who started a show called WhatTheHell?!? I had my own show that followed his called State of the Station where I would sometimes play short audio clips of my friend Sean Kennedy ranting about various topics. After a couple of weeks Darcy and I discovered that doing a show together was much easier and more entertaining than doing them separately. The WhatTheHell?!? grew in popularity by a large amount after this point and we were regularly in the top ten stations on the Shoutcast listings, sometimes coming in the top spot.

The weekly Sunday night show WhatTheHell?!? evolved rapidly after that point as we brought in guests to tell stories, jokes, anecdotes and respond to the daily news. People came and went on the show until a panel of regular guests filled the room and we moved the show from my bedroom, to the livingroom and finally into its own dedicated studio in my apartment! People such as Sean Kennedy, Unkle Dak, Saryet, PVM, Enki, Medic and dozens of others became familiar to the listening audience as they tuned in every week to hear the insanity that would be broadcast from RantRadio.

Other shows were also applying to fill the free airtime throughout the week on RantRadio. Dozens of talented and entertaining DJs helped make RantRadio a go-to place for audio entertainment. Fans of the station and the shows would send in their own Rants for broadcast and submit amazing self made graphics celebrating the station and the people on it. RantRadio really felt like an gathering point and community of like minded people that could come together and have some laughs. The RantRadio discussion forums were filled with plans and ideas of radio shows and topics that they could explore.

After a couple of years the WhatTheHell?!? show aired its last episode and Sean Kennedy and myself moved on to a new show, The Sean Kennedy Radio Show. This new show had interviews, news and commentary on what was happening in the world and of course I can't forget the episode we aired the world premiere of the now legendary post-apocalyptic series Tales from the Afternow. Sean's radio show eventually morphed into a live TV show called the The Sean Kennedy TV Show, which was also broadcast using Shoutcast software. After 20 episodes of the TV show, Sean Kennedy returned to the audio realm of RantRadio to broadcast his long running show NewsReal where I was also a regular guest. NewsReal ran DAILY for a year and then for an additional FIVE years on a weekly basis until hitting the 500th episode where it ended.

It was around that time that a large number of audio and video platforms started emerging such as YouTube and music streaming services. The landscape of media was changing to an on demand style of consumption. You no longer had to tune in at a certain time on a certain day to listen or watch your favourite personalities, you could do it at your convenience. You no longer had to sit by hoping the next song would be your favourite band, you could pick any song from any album in their catalogue to listen to. Streaming tools were readily accessible, even on your phone you could now stream live out to the whole world with a click of a button. This was a good thing and a long time coming. Anybody could make their voice heard now and the era of linear broadcasting was over.

On the 20 year anniversary of RantRadio I thought it would be fitting to retire the audio station that started it all. It's bitter sweet day because it's always sad to say goodbye to something that's been with you for so long but I'm also honouring RantRadio at the same time for helping me on the path towards where I am today. I would rather it be my hand to turn off the switch, just as I turned it on 20 years ago, than have it decay and crash at some point and just never recover.

In the years since Sean's and my voice left the airwaves of RantRadio, we have turned to other media related pursuits. Sean has now penned a number of amazing books that you should definitely read. Seriously, they're amazing, go read them right now! I've moved into the world of filmmaking creating shorts, features, animation and documentaries. You can find a number of links for our projects to investigate at the end of this message.

I think I'll end this all with a quote from the movie that inspired it all but first I want to thank everyone who ever listened to us speak our minds on RantRadio or had the chance to speak their own minds on the station. Thank you so, so much. It meant the world to us. We will never forget you.

James / Cimmerian
RantRadio Station Manager

Pump Up The Volume (1990)

"But why did I bother coming out here tonight and why did you? I mean it's time, it begins with us not with politicians, the experts of the teachers, but with us, with you and with me, the ones who need it most. I believe with everything that's in me that the whole world is begging for healing, even the trees and the earth its self are crying out for it, you can hear it everywhere. It's the same kind of healing I desperately needed and finally feel has begun with you.

Everyone mix it up, it's not game over yet, it's just the beginning, but it's up to you. I'm calling for every kid to seize the air. Steal it, it belongs to you. Speak out, they can't stop you. Find your voice and use it. Keep this going. Pick a name, go on air. It's your life, take charge of it. Do it, try it, try anything. Spill your guts out and say shit and fuck a million times if you want to, but you decide. Fill the air, steal it. Keep the air alive"

Sean Kennedy:

Cyberpunk Is:

James O'Brien:

O'Brien Films:
ZeroPage Homebrew:
A Perfect 14:
Vegan Versus (soon):
Hey all, long time no talk! Maybe there are still some lurkers who might see this. I'm now wrapping up post production on my feature documentary film, which has been taking my life up for the past four years and will be released soon, so some other projects are ramping up that you may be interested in taking a look at.

One project I've started working on is ZeroPage Homebrew which looks at NEW videogames on classic systems. In particular I have been focusing on the Atari 2600 and all the new homebrew games that have been released in the past few years. If you're intro retro video gaming or just want to check out what I've been up to, come join me LIVE streaming twice a week (Wed @ 7PM PT/10PM ET & Fri @ 2PM PT/5PM ET) on Twitch or check out the archives of the old shows on YouTube!

ZeroPage Twitch:
ZeroPage YouTube:
Facebook/Twitch/Instagram/Twitter: @zeropagehomebrew

Also, Drexoll/Darcy joins me on the show every second week! So come take a look and subscribe to all of it to keep updated!

Here's a good show to start you off so you can see if you like what we're dishing out:
NEW VIDEO!! State of the Station Episode #004
Can You Hear Me?
NEW VIDEO!! State of the Station Episode #003
So You Want To Be A Radio DJ?
State of the Station Episode #2

Cimm piles up off all the WTH video tapes and contemplates what to do with them after digitizing them. What do you think he should do? Throw them away? Auction them off? Jump into the pile of magnetic tape?

If you missed episode #1 here it is:
Today is Rant's 18th Birthday! We switched on the servers 18 years ago on January 3, 1999!

To celebrate we've put out a video to catch you up on all the things happening at Rant. Thanks to everyone for supporting us all these many years. Happy Rantiversary!

18 Year Anniversary Video:
RantTV / The WhatTheHell?!? Show on Video!
December 28, 2016, 10:31:28 AM
You can now WATCH every single episode the WhatTheHell?!? Show in all it's glory with one new episode being posted every Sunday on the RantMedia YouTube channel!

WhatTheHell?!? PlayList

If you haven't seen any, it's time to catch up with all the madness that started this crazy thing we all love as Rant! Join Cimmerian, SKTFM, Drexoll, Unkle Dak every Sunday to hear tales of days past.
General Discussion / RantMedia Forums BACK ONLINE!
December 24, 2016, 01:56:10 PM
I'm happy to announce that the Rant Forums are back up!! Please go ahead and post away, everything has been restored including logins and posts from before.

Thank you so much Matt Moss for donating the server and the time that got it all going again!
RantRadio Talk / New Show! Tin Foil Rantcast
March 24, 2016, 08:06:16 PM
We are pleased to welcome Tin Foil Rantcast with your hosts MikeTheMugger, Hairless Ape, Circuit Zero, Magnus Deacon, Armchair Revolutionary on RantRadio Talk!

You can hear the show every Tuesday at 3PM PT and Friday at 10PM PT on RantRadio Talk! Check out the schedule link for more information on this and other RantRadio Talk shows!
Happy 17th Birthday to Rant, broadcasting online since 1999!!!! It was January 3rd 1999, seventeen years ago, that the switch was flipped to turn on the radio station and it hasn't stopped broadcasting since!

We have some great things coming up for you in 2016 such as the last two mini-episodes of Patrolling Season 2.5 and a whole bunch of new Afternow goodies. Things will start ramping up again in late spring so you'll hear a lot more news around that time.

In the meantime, The WhatTheHell?!? Show video releases will continue on Sunday January 17th as the dates have now pretty much synchronized with 16 years ago and they will now be released once a week on Sundays.


Also, if you haven't had a chance to order Sean Kennedy's new book Immersion: 2086 it's currently sold out but you can still order it and it will be delivered when they get more stock in! If you love Afternow or enjoyed Sean's other two books definitely check it out!

Immersion 2086:
Cleanse yourself and step into the BurnBooth...

A Short Excerpt from Afternow Mini Season 3 was just posted to YouTube... enjoy!
It's a little known fact that The WhatTheHell?!? Show was not only archived in audio but it all the episodes were FILMED as well!!

It's COMING....

There is about 300+ hours of video sitting in a closet behind me waiting to be archived and it will begin soon! I will releasing an episode or two every week coming soon in the order they were recorded. I hope you enjoy the little trip back in time with me and revisit the beginnings of RantRadio and RantMedia!
Jan 3 1999-2014! Happy 15th Rantiversary! It was 15 years ago today (yesterday) that the first Rant audio stream was switched on and hasn't been switched off since. Thank you to all the fans over the years that have made this an enjoyable journey!

We've still got a lot more in the archives and also a bunch of Afternow projects in the works. :-) Keep your eyes open!

Segment 2: Waterfall (Originally filmed Unknown)

Ingredients: Turn off the Machines, Sacred Water, Cave Exploring, RastaReborn Sean

The long lost missing episodes of footage filmed after Patrolling Season 2! This segment takes us into the ancient woods with waterfalls, caves and Sean Kennedy!

Note: This episode was filmed in 4x3 480i and has been upscaled to 720p for your watching enjoyment. Also, the episode is subtitled due to the very noisy waterfall.
AFTERNOW, the award winning dark sci-fi series, is looking for a CONCEPT ARTIST for the upcoming live action short film RACHAEL'S MUTT. The proper candidate should have great aesthetic and be able to design highly stylized characters to be later modeled / sculpted, and animated for the live action film. A portfolio showcasing designs of machinery and gadgets a plus and we will give priority to those who know or are fans of the series.

We are looking for individuals who are excited to work together with us on this project so please contact the producers of the film James Earl O'Brien or Rob Bannister for more details. We look forward to hearing from you.

CONTACT EMAIL: mutt (*at*)
On Friday March 15, 2013 the connection to Rant's streaming radio server was unexpectedly terminated. The colocation company that had generously donated the bandwidth for the last couple of years is no longer able to host the tower that streams the three Rant stations.

This is where YOU come in Rant fan!!

The RantRadio streams are looking for a new home. Rant has been hosting the stations on a Windows box for the past 14+ years and would like to continue using the same software so the transition would be smooth.

Do you have a colocated Windows box or work for an ISP or company with a lot of bandwith? You can help rescue Rant!

Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows
Storage: 200GB+
Upstream Bandwidth: 1Mbps (minimum) / 10Mbps (ideal)
Also: Ability to install streaming/FTP/etc software

Can anybody donate a new home for the RantRadio streams? Please contact James/Cimm here:

Q: Can it be a linux box?
A: Unfortunately Cimm/James is not a linux guy and this would result in having to start from scratch with all new software along with having to bug an admin to make constant changes to software configurations.

TICKET REG.: Feb 6-10, 2013
TICKET SALE: Feb 13, 2013
STEP TICKETS: Feb 28-Jul 31, 2013
BM RANTMEET: Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ TIME & LOCATION TBA

Rant was there in 2001 and 2003 and now it's time to return to the desert! Meet up with other Ranters on the Playa at Burning Man 2013!

More information coming soon!

Vancouver, BC: Cimmerian + Sicksweet + 2 more
Los Angeles, California: Cryptomancer +  IntegerZero

Langley, BC: Anatomy (Needs Transportation)

Sign up below!
Greetings Ranters,

The animated short 'Tales from the Afternow: Little Rocks' won ANOTHER award! This time it was at the very fitting setting of the Wasteland Film Festival in the California desert for 'Best Atmospheric/Weird Film'! All these awards have motivated us to start pre-production on a LIVE ACTION AFTERNOW FILM! Yes, we're taking it to the next level and giving the fans more of what they demand!

We still have some room in the cabin for late comers to massive event of Y2K12 in December! This is the followup to the epic Y2K as shown in SKTFMTV series. We're having an online meeting on October 28th so come join us and learn more about it!

James O'Brien (Cimmerian) just completed editing a new horror film for the 48 hour Bloodshots film festival! The judge for the festival is George A. Romero so check it out online and click VOTE so Cimm can win!!

Check below for more details on the above news stories and links.

Until next time!

* Afternow Live Action Short in Pre-Production *

Afternow is currently in pre-production for a LIVE ACTION Afternow film! We're basing it on the server monk origin story 'Open Your Eyes'. We are getting close to finishing the initial screenplay and more information about the production will be released as it happens.

* GetAway from Y2K12! *

There will be a GetAway from Y2K12 online meeting Sunday October 28th @ 7PM PT on Google Hangout. We will be posting the link in the Rant forums, the IRC and the Facebook event page on the day of the meeting. We've still got room in the cabin so come join us at the meeting! Come join us and help us survive the upcoming 2012 apocalypse just as we survived the Y2K one before!

* New short film by Cimmerian/James! *

Check out James'/Cimmerian's newest short film, CHISHIO, done in 48 hours for Bloodshots 2012 and click VOTE! No information needed from you, just a click! As of this writing it's neck and neck for 2nd place and quickly catching up to 1st place! Help us get to 1st place and win Bloodshots 2012!! If it wins in the online voting then it will be seen and judged by no other than GEORGE A. ROMERO! CLICK VOTE and pass the link on to your friends online and on Facebook!

* New Shows on RantRadio Talk *

We are pleased to welcome FOUR new shows to RantRadio Talk! Ho-Hum Radio Strike Force (Monday 3:30PM PT), The Tom and Suzie Show (Tuesday 10:00PM PT), Toggle the Switch (Wednesday 5:30PM PT) and Double Talk Radio (Friday 7:00PM PT). Check out the schedule for more information!

* Join the Rant Community! *

Please click *VOTE* for Cimm's entry, CHISHIO, for Bloodshots 2012 and enjoy the short horror film I made over the weekend!! NO LOGIN REQUIRED, JUST CLICK VOTE on the following page. This beautiful movie was shot on the amazing Red Epic camera in 5k and was edited and colour graded by Cimmerian!

We're very close to 1st place in voting and if we get there, George A. Romero will be judging the film for the grand prize!! Remember, it's one vote PER IP ADDRESS so if there are multiple people in your house that want to vote you should also use your cell phones or other computers you have access to. :-)

Tales from the Afternow Episode IX: Open Your Eyes
Live-Action Short Film

The origin story of the Server Monks is being brought to life on the big screen! The tragic love story of Sheba and Morris from  Tales from the Afternow Episode IX: Open Your Eyes is being developed into a live action short film. The process is currently in pre-production with filming expected to take place in 2013.

Stay tuned to hear how YOU can being involved in bringing this award winning post-apocalyptic world to the next step!