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This Friday, May 29th at Noon Pacific (3p ET, 1900 GMT): The World Premier of Nectar Meditation - a new collaboration by Steve Roach and Serena Gabriel will occur on Drone Zone. 26-May-2020

If you can't afford to donate, that doesn't change how we feel about you! One of the founding principles of SomaFM is access for all. We have never wanted to be an exclusive subscription service. 25-May-2020

The classic Nightclub Black Tshirts in all sizes are back in stock in our merch store. Get one with your $50 donation (plus postage). 15-May-2020

We continue to get merch orders shipped once a week (usually Thursday or Friday). Thanks for your patience during the lockdown. 5-May-2020

The SomaFM office is still closed but your DJs and music directors will continue to work from home and keep the music flowing! 4-May-2020

We've increased our bandwidth capacity and now can serve 2.5 gigs/second of streaming audio. 30-Apr-2020

Rusty has been going in (alone) to the studio, and shipping out merchandise/premium orders. We're not as backlogged as we were afraid we'd be and we'll continue to fulfil orders once a week when possible. 20-Apr-2020

Thank you everyone for all your support and being there with us. We're glad we can be there with you too! 9-Apr-2020

Many people have asked that we bring back the Holiday channels, as an escape right now. So we did. 24-Mar-2020

Apologies for our 10 hour web outage today (and 4 hour stream outage). Everything is working, and the equipment that was ultimately responsible for the problem was replaced. Sorry if we added to your stress. 25-Mar-2020

Due to COVID-19 health orders in San Francsico, all store orders will be delayed until at least April 7th. SomaFM office is closed (your DJs and music directors will continue to work from home and keep the music flowing) 16-Mar-2020

Heavyweight Reggae DJ Dion will be spinning rare vinyl live at Barebottle Brewing Company, (1525 Cortland) in San Francisco, this Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 2-6pm [Facebook Event Page] 20-Feb-2020

We had upgraded all our streaming servers to support and they should be working properly with the latest Chrome update now. 19-Feb-2020

The latest Chrome update breaks the type of streaming we use (Icecast/Shoutcast) and you only hear silence. The work-around is to use one of our player apps or another browser besides Chrome. 19-Feb-2020

We are excited to broadcast Steve Roach's Electro Bloom, a special event live from Solar Culture in Tucson, Arizona, this Wednesday, Feb 12 at 6:30pm Pacific, 9:30pm Eastern, and 7:30pm MT. Headlined by Steve Roach, the show will feature Serena Gabriel (electro-acoustic mantras and sacred space) and the leftfield-electronic chill of Basic Biology. The show will run about 2 hours. Tune in live on Deep Space One! 8-Feb-2020

The issue of our web player not working in Mozilla Firefox 72.0.2 (and possible a couple earlier versions) has been resolved. 2-Feb-2020

Android app beta update with Chromecast support now available on our Android App Beta page. 27-Jan-2020

Welcome to SomaFM's newest channel, Heavyweight Reggae. Reggae (Early through the 80s), Dub, Ska and Rocksteady hosted by DJ Dion "The Watts" Garcia, the genius behind 7" Soul. 17-Jan-2020

Happy 2020! Hope your new year is wonderful. 1-Jan-2020

Thank you to all our supporters who have keep SomaFM on solid financial ground again in 2019. We really appreciate your support! We couldn't do this without you! 28-Dec-2019

Android 8 and later compatible app now available! 23-Dec-19

Happy Hanukkah, Wonderful Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa Wishes and have a wonderful New Year! 20-Dec-2019

Holiday notice: Store orders placed after Dec 16th may not arrive in time for Christmas. 15-Dec-19

For December, our Specials channel is hosting a new holiday program: Department Store Christmas. Holiday music in the "elevator" or "beautiful music" style. 10-Dec-2019

We have resolved the issue with our AppleTV app, and it is working properly again. Sorry for the unavailability! 30-Nov-2019

We had an issue with the credit card donation box on our site in the last 24 hours, it should be fixed now. 25-Nov-2019

We have restocked all sizes of our shirts in the premium store, including new Long Sleeve 100% organic cotton shirt. 23-Nov-2019

The final rebroadcast of the Steve Roach concert from Tucson's Night of the Living Fest (part of the All Souls Procession weekend) will air this Wednesday, Nov 13 at 11am PT (2pm ET, 1900 GMT) on Deep Space One. 12-Nov-2019

We will be broadcasting Steve Roach's LIVE CONCERT from Tucson's All Souls Procession this Saturday at 8p PT / 11p ET (Sun 0300 GMT) on Deep Space One 30-Oct-2019

Doomed has returned on our Specials channel, and will be broadcasting for the next 2 momths. 1-Oct-19

It's a (very rare) really hot day in San Francisco, so to inspire you to ditch work and go to the beach- tune into our Specials channel which is all Surf Music today! 12-Sep-19

Our OSX App has been updated with a few fixes and usability improvements. 27-Aug-19

New SF in SF podcast available: Loren Rhoads, Nancy Etchemendy and E. M. Markoff: Tales for the Camp Fire. Recorded June 9th in front of a live audience at the American Bookbinders Museum. Listen Online or search for "SF in SF" in your favorite Podcast app. 20-Jul-19

Once again, we will be broadcasting live from DEF CON 27 in Las Vegas, August 8-11. Say Hello if you're at the conference, or tune in on DEF CON Radio 10-7pm daily (Pacific time). 10-Jul-19

Roku users: want to test our upcoming major app update? Go to and you can install the beta preview version. Feedback is welcome! 19-Jun-2019

SomaFM Open studios this Thursday from 6-9pm in San Francisco, with special musical guest, Andrew St. James. Come by if you can! 14-Jun-2019

SomaFM DJ kampf (DEF CON radio, Fluid, Nerd Show) is heading to Beijing in two weeks for DEF CON China 1.0, representing SomaFM and DEF CON Radio again. We will have a limited number of special stickers at this year's event, so come say HI and grab one! 25-May-2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 8pm Eastern: Live Broadcast from "Tokyo Underground Night" at Ideal Glass in NYC: Featuring: Coppé "the legendary "godmother of Japanese electronica," with special guests: Uhnellys, Takuya Nakamura, Azumi O E, and Ideal Orkestra. Tune in online or come in person! 16-May-2018

The Open Studio for May 16th has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. We'll have an updated date published soon. 9-May-2019

Fluid was off-air briefly due to a hardware failure. It's now back on the air. 1-May-19

April SF in SF Podcast Taping with Peter S. Beagle & Jaymee Goh happens this Sunday, April 28 at the American Bookbinders Museum, at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. More details at 24-Apr-2019

We're having an open studio in San Francisco this Thursday, April 18, from 6-9pm. We'll have a recording station setup where you can record station IDs and get a behind-the-scenes peek in to SomaFM. 14-Apr-19

Drone Zone Album Premiere this Wednesday, April 17th, at Noon Pacific time, 3pm Eastern, 0700 GMT: Steve Brand's new album, "Graduated". 13-Apr-19

Thank you for helping us meet our March budget goal early! And thank you so much for all the love and support! You are what make SomaFM possible! - 30-March-2019

Enjoy the first day of Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the vernal equinox! 20-Mar-2019

Alexa Skill updated with Groove Salad Classic. Just say, "Alexa, Tell SomaFM play Groove Salad Classic" or even "Alexa Tell SomaFM play Classic". 9-Mar-2019

We have launched an official Instagram channel, @SomaFM_official, so be sure and follow us. 6-Mar-2019

A big thanks to everyone who donated in our end of the month fundraising drive. Your support keeps SomaFM on the air! We love you!!! 1-Mar-2019

SomaFM is a completely independent radio network, supported entirely by you, our listeners. If you enjoy what we do, please consider making a donation today as your support is the only way we have to keep broadcasting. Thanks! 24-Feb-2019

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