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KoHoSo Radio 66 satisfies one of my many long-time radio programming itches — to create an "oldies" station that is mostly up-tempo but with a large playlist and a wide variety of artists. While the main focus is on the early glory days of rock & roll and rhythm & blues (music that has now almost completely disappeared from over-the-air stations), the playlist will also be flavored with some big pop and country hits. All of the songs will be no older than 1946 and no newer than 1966. In short, KoHoSo Radio 66 is an idealized version of the days when there were "crossover" hits in a time when the roots of our major music styles where much closer and easier to see.
My station is hosted by Radionomy. In order for them to pay all of the song royalties, there are two 2-minute commercial breaks every hour. Where you live will depend on whether you hear actual paid-for advertisements or some of the filler I have created with either current public service announcements or classic radio commercials.
Most important for my readers to know is that KoHoSo Radio 66 is not guaranteed to remain online. As per Radionomy’s rules, the station must hit a certain amount of listeners over time. If my station reaches the goal, everybody will be rewarded as I will be allowed to increase my playlist from the current 1,000 songs to 3,000. In addition, I would also be allowed to do live shows.
If KoHoSo Radio 66 makes the cut, I will buy a proper radio microphone and do all of the recorded announcements myself. Until then, quick announcements and station IDs will come thanks to my computerized on-air staff of Rockin’ Ryan and Hot Lips Heather.
For those of you that enjoy oldies at least on occasion, I hope you will enjoy my take on the format…and, if you like it, please spread it around so KoHoSo Radio 66 will be a source for this great music for many years to come.