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Thank you for all your support in May, you really came through for us! 1-Jun-2023

Thank you for all your support in April, we really appreciate the support. 2-May-2023

Tuesday night maintenance of our channel playout systems is concluded. Sonic Universe, Dark Zone, Heavyweight Reggae and Folk Forward are all back on the air, with fresh new SSD disks. This marks the conclusion of our SSD upgrade program. 18-Apr-2023

Tuesday night maintenance of our channel playout systems is concluded. Lush, Groove Salad Classic, Thistle Radio, Left Coast Seventies, Deep Space One and our Specials channel are all back on the air, with fresh new SSD disks. 11-Apr-2023

Tuesday night maintenance of our channel playout systems is concluded and 7" Soul, Boot Liquor, Deep Space One, DEF CON Radio, SF-1033 and Underground 80s are all back on the air, with fresh new SSD disks. 4-Apr-2023

Between 7-9pm Pacific time, we will be doing hard drive replacements to the playout systems that play/mix/encode/process some of our channels. Channels affected will be 7" Soul, Boot Liquor, Deep Space One, DEF CON Radio, SF-1033 and Underground 80s. Each channel will be of the air for 10-20 minutes while we swap things out. Thanks for your patience! 4-Apr-2023

This concludes our maintenance window this weekend. Suburbs of Goa, Dubstep Beyond, Poptron and earlier in the day, interruptions to Groove Salad, Secret Agent, Indie Pop Rocks, DEF CON and Beat Blender playout system hardware upgrades have been completed and this concludes our maintenance window this weekend. 2-Apr-2023

We will be doing some maintenance on various channels this weekend, they may be off the air (one at a time) for up to 30 minutes for upgrades. Use this as an opportunity to discover some of our other channels, and thanks for being there with us. 31-Mar-2023

We have fixed issue with the SF-1033 feed that was causing the scanner audio to mostly come out of the left channel, Loose connection on the scanner at our daracenter. 14-Mar-2023

All channels are back on the air after our power feed switchout. Thank you for your patience with us being off air 3 hours longer than anticipated. 7:50pm 7-Mar-2023

SomaFM will be entirely off the air this coming Tuesday, March 7th, for about 30 minutes sometime between 2:30pm and 4pm Pacific (5:30p-7p Eastern; 21:30-23:00 GMT). There will be a cutover to a new electrical feed to our server cage in our datacenter. 5-Mar-2023

SomaFM's Drone Zone will presenting the new Steve Roach release, "Rest of Life" on Friday, March 3rd at Noon pacific (3pm Eastern) in its entirety Mark your calendars! 28-Feb-2023

Space Station Soma was off the air for an hour of so for emergency hardware repairs, it's back now.. 11-Feb-2023

Experimental HLS streams are back up and running. 31-Jan-2023

The AppleTV issue has been resolved. 29-Jan-2023

We are debugging an intermittent issue on the channel feed for our AppleTV and other apps. There may be times when no channels are displayed, if that happens, try again in a few minutes. 28-Jan-2023

Experimental HLS stream update: Stereo streams are down, The 5.1 stream is still available; Stereo streams should be back by 30 Jan. 27-Jan-2023

We are doing some audio gear work on SF-1033 right now, so there may be some glitches and other strange things. We will be done soon. 4:30pm Pacific 30-Dec-2022

Happy New Year. Let's cross our fingers that this one will be better than 2022. 1-Jan-2023

Some site slowness Monday afternoon due to a failed web proxy node, but it is now fixed. 27-Dec-2022

We're taking a slight vacation until after the New Year: we'll still be playing the music you like of course, but we won't be shipping premiums, and we'll be much slower responding to email. 22-Dec-2022

Our Mac App has been updated for compatibility with MacOS Ventura, update in the App Store now. 22-Dec-2022

The Android bug that caused some channels and bandwidth options to disappear has been fixed and the update is available in the Play store. 14-Dec-2022

A bug in the latest Android app update is causing several channels not to appear, the problem has been identified and a fix should be done in a day or two after we test. (It's not loading our whole channel list). 11-Dec-2022

It's the end of the month fundraising drive. If you haven't donated to SomaFM in the last year, please donate and support us today! 28-Nov-2022

Department Store Christmas is back on our Specials channel. Holiday music in the "elevator" or "beautiful music" style. 15-Nov-2022

Drone Zone will be playing Steve Roach's 5-hour Bloodmoon Rising performance tonight at Midnight pacific for the Total Lunar Eclipse (which technically starts just after midnight on Tuesday morning). 7-Nov-2022

Hope you had a great Halloween. Doomed will continue until November 15th, when Department Store Christmas will return. 1-Nov-2022

Thank you to all our supporters for hitting our October budget goal, and helping catch us back up financially! We love you and are grateful for you! 30-Oct-2022

Premium store update: Apple Pay and Paypal express checkout on iOS/iPad and Safari has been resolved. 10-Oct-2022

Apple Pay and Paypal temporarily not available as express checkout on iOS/iPad and Safari, our shopping provider Shopify is aware of the issue and working on a resolution. 28-Sep-2022

All the sets from our DEF CON 30 live broadcasts from Las Vegas are now being replayed on SomaFM Live 25-Aug-2022

Once again, we will be broadcasting live from DEF CON 30 in Las Vegas, August 11-14. Say Hello if you're at the conference (we'll be in the main chill room at the Caesars Forum), or tune in here from 10am-6pm daily (Pacific time). 11-Aug-2022

Our end-of-the month fundraising drive is on. Please make a donation to help us meet July's fundraising budget goal! (Click that donate button!) 25-Jul-2022

IF you're missing out on fireworks, here's a replay of our live video from July 4, 2020. 4-Jul-2022

SF-1033 Live scanner feed back up. While SFPD has encrypted much of their traffic, initial dispatch as well as EMS and Fire are in the clear. 28-Jun-2022

Tiki Time, Bossa Beyond, The In Sound, Surf Report, and Dub X are all programs on our year-round Specials channel. This is where we test drive potential new channels, so let us know what you think. 9-Jun-2022

Thank you to all our supporters for helping us meet our goal for May! 1-Jun-2022

End of may Fund Drive on now. Please make a donation as we count on our listeners for making SomaFM possible. 23-May-2022

Hope you enjoyed our special Cinco de Mayo programming on our Specials channel, and now it returns to our regular mix of Tiki Time, Bossa Beyond, The In Sound, Surf Report, and Dub X. 7-May-2022

SomaFM would like to give a huge round of thanks to Lewis Frazee from Texas, who saw we were way short on our fundraising this month and donated $5000 to cover it! Thanks Lewis, you're awesome! 31-Mar-2022

Happy Vernal Equinox! Time to celebrate spring and the end of a long winter. (Well, at least in the Northern Hemisphere.) 20-Mar-2022

Check out Thistle Radio this week! Happy St Pats! 14-Mar-2022

There may be some short downtime this week for security upgrades. 13-Mar-2022

Holiday Channels will return next year. 1-Mar-2022

Tiki Time, Bossa Beyond, and the Surf Report are all back on our Specials channel. Department Store Christmas will return next November 15th. 3-Feb-2022

Thanks to everyone who stepped up and helped us meet our January fundraising goal, and even exceeding it by $650! Thank you for making SomaFM possible! We love you! 2-Feb-2022

A new Windows/Xbox version of the SomaFM app is now available in the Microsoft store. Bug fixes including an issue with the love/wtf buttons and navigation is working properly on the Xbox now. 21-Dec-2021

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