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Elrik Merlin – "Rik" to his friends – is the co-host of Designing Worlds, the weekly live TV show about design and designers in virtual worlds on Treet.tv. He's also a regular daily presenter on internet public radio station Radio Riel (radioriel.org). He's been a Second Life resident since early 2007 and also has a presence in several other virtual environments. Elrik's real life persona has been a journalist, broadcaster and audio producer since 1970.

Fantasy Faire Radio begins year-round service

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Fantasy Faire and Radio Riel are pleased to announce that their collaborative project Fantasy Faire Radio has become a year-round, full-time Internet radio service from Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Fantasy Faire and Radio Riel have worked together since 2014 to bring Fantasy Faire Radio to life every Spring as part of the annual celebration in the virtual world of Second Life that raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

This year, Fantasy Faire Radio by Radio Riel will continue broadcasting after the end of the Faire, becoming a full-time Internet radio service that will serve as a connection to the Faire community all year round. The service will be maintained via sponsorship: read more about becoming an FFR Sponsor.

Fantasy Faire Radio features a mix of Renaissance, New Age, Classical and Fantasy Soundtrack music. Listeners can tune in by opening http://fantasyfaire.radioriel.org in an Internet media player: the service will also be listed in the TuneIn.com curated internet radio directory.

Radio Riel was founded in Second Life on June 1, 2007 with the goal of providing a soundtrack of Classical and English Folk music to the Neo-Victorian and Steampunk communities. The station has since grown to six separate audio streams, each with its own style and genre of music and has thousands of listeners worldwide.

Celebrating its ninth year, Fantasy Faire is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. With DJ parties, auctions, hunts, a Literary Festival, dance and theater performances, fantasy art, roleplaying events, and the most diverse display of fantasy paraphernalia on the grid, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

From Thursday, April 20 to Sunday April 30 thousands of visitors will come to experience the magic of the Fairelands, joining a dynamic fantasy community to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer. Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $3.6 million USD over the past decade, with Fantasy Faire contributing almost $200,000 USD to that amount.

For more information about Radio Riel: http://radioriel.org

Contact: Gabrielle Riel (gabrielle.riel@gmail.com)

Fantasy Faire Radio is licensed via StreamLicensing.com

Thanks from Fantasy Faire Radio

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Fantasy Faire Radio will be going off the air for another year, after the end of the Hunt at midnight Pacific Time on May 18/19th.

Before we close down for 2014, the Coordinator of Fantasy Faire Radio, David Abbott, and myself, Technical Director Elrik Merlin, would like to thank everyone who helped to make Fantasy Faire Radio possible this year.

We’d like to thank the roleplay groups who, with the assistance of Saffia Widdershins,  provided us with news stories on how their tales were developing over the course of the Faire; the many live artists, DJs and event commentators who brought the station to life; Samantha Ohrberg for her organisational skills; Gabrielle Riel of Radio Riel for her musical support; our anonymous donor who very kindly donated the server system; and of course the region sponsors, whose messages we have been proud to carry throughout the Faire, thanks to Aisling Sinclair’s inimitable presentation. And thanks to the many others who worked behind the scenes.

But most of all we would like to thank you, the listeners to Fantasy Faire Radio, whether you tuned in from the Fairelands as many of you did, or listened across the internet. This year we were heard by over 9,100 unique listeners in 116 countries, and we hope we enhanced your experience of the Faire and the Fairelands over the past weeks.*

We hope to be back next year at the same time. Meanwhile, if you would like to keep up to date with the latest events surrounding Relay for Life of Second Life as we head towards the big weekend itself, July 19th and 20th, visit the Relay For Life of Second Life web site.

But for now, it just remains for us to say goodbye from Fantasy Faire Radio 2014 – and thank you for listening.

*As a radio enthusiast, it’s quite difficult to write a piece like this without, consciously or otherwise, echoing UK “pirate” station Radio London’s Managing Director Philip Birch on the day the station closed down on August 13, 1967. Hear what I mean, from around 8:36…