A belated gift from CNYRadio.com following our 10th anniversary earlier this month. It's also good news for those wishing to explore the history of local radio: almost all of the articles from the "original" CNYRadio.com are back online. In the past, republishing our archives was a slow process, because each article had to be manually imported, one by one. But someone finally created a program to automate the process -- so the job is now nearly complete.
There are a few different ways to find old articles:
Why did it take so long for the old articles to reappear here? The original CNYRadio.com (2001-2005) was built with ColdFusion software, while the new CNYRadio.com (2008-present) is based on WordPress. The two platforms aren't compatible -- at least not without some gruntwork.
Shortly after current CNYRadio.com editor Peter Naughton revived the site in 2008, founder Scott Jameson provided most of his original CNYRadio.com news articles in an Excel spreadsheet. But WordPress, as nice as it is, can't import spreadsheets like that. So at first, I would import a few "archive" articles here and there, as time permitted. I'd have to re-post every single one of the original articles manually -- copying the text from Excel, pasting it to WordPress, repeat, repeat and repeat.
Considering Scott's spreadsheet included nearly 1,000 articles, I knew it would take a very long time. At one point, I put out the call for volunteers to help, and two CNYRadio.com readers graciously stepped forward. But the work is tedious and not-that-exciting, so I wasn't surprised to see their interest wane after awhile. Altogether, we had reposted almost 400 of the original articles by hand. That left just over 600 which hadn't seen the light of day since 2005 -- until now.
The nice thing about WordPress is -- it's open-source and there are tons of people out there who love finding ways to enhance the platform. Anytime I wish for some extra feature which doesn't exist, it seems I just need to wait a few months, and someone, somewhere, eventually creates a plugin to make it happen. And that holds true here as well -- someone finally created a plugin that allows one to upload a spreadsheet, which is then magically converted into WordPress articles. Win!
There are some exceptions. They are few, but they are notable.