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Cybergrass Celebrates 24 Years of Bluegrass on the Net

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CybergrassOn Friday, September 9th, Cybergrass - The Internet's Bluegrass Music News Magazine will celebrate 24 years of promoting bluegrass music on the world wide web. What started out as a learning and research project has evolved into one of the most popular bluegrass web sites in the world. Cybergrass, the world's oldest and highly respected bluegrass music web site, changed over to a new format a few years ago. The site continues to grow even with all the thousands of other bluegrass sites on the web. What a wonderful way to celebrate almost a quarter century of bluegrass information on the web!

Bob Cherry, owner of Cybergrass, credits the site's popularity and growth because of the vision of the site. The site has a history of "firsts" on the web and certainly in bluegrass. As Cherry says, "we're the site that others try to copy. That means we're obviously doing something right." He's actively promoting bluegrass music for 24 years and that is a great achievement to Cybergrass and a wonderful service to the bluegrass community.

The site was one of the first 10 sites on the World Wide Web and has been in operation for 24 years. Started on September 9, 1992 as a text only site, Cybergrass has matured over the years to an international award winning site. The site has had five major facelifts and many web addresses since it was created.

The site was first hosted on a Xerox research server that ran on a DEC Vax running BSD Unix. Today, it is hosted on a service that provides connections to all major backbone internet providers and 24x7 support.

Just a few of the accomplishments and achievements of the site are:

  1. The first bluegrass web site (September 9, 1992)
  2. The first web site to carry a music awards show (Grammys)
  3. The first web site to carry the IBMA awards show
  4. The first web site licensed (BMI) to carry music on the net
  5. The first web site to have a free, event calendar online
  6. The first web site to carry artist profiles
  7. The first web site to carry bluegrass music news
  8. The first web site to syndicate bluegrass content
  9. The first web site to carry syndicated bluegrass news from others
  10. The first web site to carry daily bluegrass news
  11. The first bluegrass blog
  12. The first bluegrass News Network online - BMNN

Cherry also created the original IBMA and IBMM Web sites. As the web's growth was unfolding, He also helped many others get started on the web and many of those sites are still operating today.

Over the past years, his Cybergrass site has received awards including the New York Times best bluegrass site, SoftQuad's International Metalworker's finalist three years in a row, Main Street Earth Award, Sound Bits and Bytes site, Select site for Omega, Whole Internet Catalog, Magellan Review and Excite. Cybergrass is also a member of the HTML Authors Guild.

As Cybergrass creates or introduces new features, they are sure to pop up on other bluegrass sites -- sometimes the same day. The same is true for the articles that Cybergrass researches and publishes. For example, their article on the first Bluegrass Music in the Middle East was carried on a competing site the next day. Cybergrass has published over 25,000 articles on line, including reviews, artist profiles, events and other content since it was created.

Cherry says, "it really doesn't matter about the copying. If what we're doing wasn't the best for bluegrass, others wouldn't be doing it too. The bluegrass community knows who brings this technology to bluegrass." It certainly seems so. Cybergrass has been a leading source for bluegrass music news for 24 years and the amount of information on their site shows his dedication and love of the music.

Cherry said the 24 years on the web has been exciting and rewarding. He's not sure what will be around the next bend but he's sure that once again, the future will be fun and exciting. Cherry has over 30 years of information technology experience in research and engineering and holds patents on the Optical Mouse, Satellite Broadcasting System, and Low-Noise Active VLSI Testing. He has been published by the International Symposium on Test & Failure Analysis, Library Journal, EDGE and others.

Cybergrass has grown and evolved based largely on reader input. It has exceeded all of the initial expectations for the site. Cherry would like to see more forum activity and comments on the articles but when its a hot article or subject, people do respond and almost always favorably. The future should be just as exciting as the world of the Internet is still unfolding.

So today, Cybergrass celebrates its 24th Anniversary and begins its journey towards 25 years on the Internet.

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