In 2000 we became aware of the growing internet radio trend and that it was free (at the time) to broadcast to the world. So we did two things, we recorded a pilot episode - just to see if logistically we could do it. Then we set about setting up Boundary Waters Radio. We didn't really, at the time, want to make the station "Gag Reflex Radio" because most of us involved had old projects and other shows we wanted to air. This is actually how Boundary Waters Media got started. As a way to produce Gag stuff as well as non-Gag related material.
The first episode, "News on the Ones" was recorded direct to cassette with all the music and sound effects done live. These were then transferred to mini-disc and the episode was edited together there. It was fairly clumsy but the sketches came off great. It seemed like we could do it. So we initially set up an account with Radio Destiny which would allow us to broadcast live, with the episodes running from the mini-disc. Eventually we moved the station over to Live365.com where we could upload all our content and have it run continuously (with new episodes going up on Sunday nights). Over the next 3 years thousands of people tuned in and we were given the honor of being an Editor's Pick.
So we set about learning how to edit episodes on the computer. The first episode was re-edited and we set about working on the next batch of episodes. For the sake of quality all the masters were recorded on digital mini-disc and then dumped into the hard drive for editing. Over the next year we produced 13 episodes (including a blooper special). Some of it is the finest work Gag has done.
Generally the stage sketches translated well, but the best things in the show were always those that were created specifically for the radio. Things like Funny Eat, Lee's Surrender to Grant, Sunshine Military and the L'amour De Toilette sketches stand out. As 2001 rolled on we had more and more stage shows approaching and eventually we had to give it up. Then in 2003, because of the RIAA and their crack down on internet radio, Live365 began charging more for their services. Even though most everything we were air was either original or we had gotten permission from the artist, the fifteen bucks a month was too much for something that we were no longer creating new material for. It was sad but we pulled the plug on Boundary Waters Radio for the moment.
But fear not! Because of the Podcasting boom, we are able to now make all the original episodes available. All thirteen episodes can be subscribed to or downloaded. We do hope to do more episodes in the future, now that there is a viable way to get them out to people. Until then, enjoy these glimmering little moments from our past. You can get episodes by going here.