Notes from the PD No. 10 – A New Road

The past many weeks have been such a whirlwind with both work and getting KoHoSo Radio 66 up to full speed that it is only now I have had a moment to sit down and write about getting my oldies station back online. With the combination of a lull in the work-storm and having accomplished most of the early goals for the station, I can now get to what will likely be the final "Notes from the PD" post here on KoHoSo.us.

The reason I will not be making more of these posts here is KoHoSo Radio 66 has its own website — KoHoSoRadio66.com — including a blog section that is finally ready for its first true entry (coming later today or tomorrow). I believe it is only fitting to keep all the stuff about the station in one place.

For those that missed it, KoHoSo Radio 66 had its official grand reopening on August 26, 2017. This also marked the first time I have done a radio program in 21 years. Even with a lot of planning done months in advance, I was more than a bit rusty…and parts of that rust still need to be removed even after doing Cruisin’ with KoHoSo weekly since September 16th. Thankfully, at least for the core audience that has returned so far, either nobody has noticed or they are too nice to tell me I suck.

Part of the difficulty in trying to find my sea legs again as a disk jockey is, despite my experience and long-time love for this older music, I never worked at an oldies station or one of any format where the average song length was less than two-and-a-half minutes. Even when I was a DJ on a country station in the 1980s, the music had already developed enough to where many songs were four and five minutes long. Without taking my readers too deep into the theories of what makes a good disk jockey — and, aside from the obvious humorous thought of how much easier it is for classic rock jocks to be able to mail it in with a 20-minute live version of Space Truckin’ by Deep Purple — I am finding it to be quite a challenge to find my way of putting together and announcing this short-form music without being boring or trying to be a full-time mimic of the fast-talking, wise-cracking, almost-screaming Top 40 DJs of the past…something I enjoy and admire from those that did it but simply does not mesh with my personality.

Basically, I just have to be me. However, in a radio context, it is a properly edited and balanced version of me that needs to come though the microphone so the entertainment side is always there even when I’m also sending out some of my educational side. It will take some time to reach a better plateau. Just realize it is something that, as with the overall station itself, will always be under scrutiny for improvement. That is a big part of what will keep me interested and entertained with KoHoSo Radio 66 and I hope that reaches the listeners as well. In other words, the entire project is a never-ending drive for improvement that has no final stop.

Overall, the structural goals I have for KoHoSo Radio 66 are being reached fairly well considering how little personal time I have had lately. One of the biggest ones as far as set-up is concerned has been accomplished in giving listeners as many options as possible to listen to the station. This especially includes getting the station on apps for mobile devices. The highlights in this area are KoHoSo Radio 66 returning to TuneIn and being listed for the very first time on iTunes. All of the alternative ways one can listen are listed on the KoHoSo Radio 66 Apps page.

Yet, there is still much more work to be done. One of the most difficult areas will be trying to return the original cover art/label to our streaming players instead of what is being picked up now from third-party databases. Another is a revamp of the KoHoSo Radio 66 home page with a streamlined interface for the main ways to listen to its stream coming directly from our host, Live365 (this is pending a report on if those outside the United States are now able to hear all of the direct links from our good friend "imperialgoogie" who has apparently been experiencing a quite nasty strain of influenza). One more is putting all of the fan art I posted here on KoHoSo.us on the KoHoSo Radio 66 website, especially the items from our good friend klappersacks who did not live to hear the return of the station.

Of course, the most important work is always more music. I have six lists floating around on paper and in various electronic places of all sorts of songs and artists I need to research, acquire, and organize. It is my hope that, once I get past the next three weeks where I have some personal events scheduled that will take up some of my time, I will indeed be getting back to my promise of adding new music to KoHoSo Radio 66 almost every day.

Well, I think that’s a fairly comprehensive report on the progress of KoHoSo Radio 66, at least for the majority of my readers that will get too bleary-eyed if I start getting into some of the technical details of the story. So…from this point forward, anything on the station will be posted either at KoHoSoRadio66.com or on its Twitter or Facebook pages.

Other than that, all I can add is my eternal thanks to the many people that have been so supportive through all the trials and tribulations KoHoSo Radio 66 has experienced over the past many months. I will show my gratitude by continuing to do everything I can to make KoHoSo Radio 66 the best oldies station that has ever existed.

3 thoughts on “Notes from the PD No. 10 – A New Road

  1. Thanks for the update, but special thanks for putting your blood, sweat, tears, time, and money into this project. Truly a labor of love on your part. I’m enjoying the station, especially now that I can get the TuneIn stream on the Echo Dot in my office. And the music mix is very good.

    1. Carl, I did not know you were also one of those people waiting for us to get back on TuneIn. Now I’m extra-glad I finally got that done. I still have to get TuneIn to display the logo and banner and that might take an e-mail or two of fussing at them. It will probably take me a few more days on the issue of getting the artist and song title to come through on TuneIn. I have to investigate if that information gets through Live365 from the program actually churning out the music or if it is being stripped out and I need to sign up with autopo.st to have them do it for me.

      1. I have been listening on the computer (through Live 365) at work. However, it is much easier for me to listen at work and at home using Amazon Alexa – which works great with TuneIn. By’ the way, they don’t have a display, so it is not important at all to have the artist and song title coming through (at least for me).

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