Notes from the PD No. 6 – The Show Must Go On

I am glad to make at least a small amount of people happy and announce that KoHoSo Radio 66 will go on after May 1st.

Now…despite that news, it is not going to be easy and it comes with some drawbacks. So…let me explain the how and why.

How?

When May 1st comes, KoHoSo Radio 66 under its current links will not have enough average listening hours to remain on Radionomy. The station needed to average 130 listening hours per day to make the cut. Radionomy’s "February Fail" and "March Meltdown" with three significant runs of downtime, two DDoS attacks, and loss of distribution on TuneIn cut my then-growing audience almost in half. Because Radionomy refused to give any of its station owners any significant slack in regaining an audience, even with KoHoSo Radio 66 gaining momentum again, it won’t be enough.

The saving grace is that I do not get thrown off Radionomy as a user. Not only can I create another station, but can basically copy KoHoSo Radio 66 as is and start again. But…there’s a catch.

For those who were with me in the first months KoHoSo Radio 66 was online, it might be remembered that I called it a "Basic Level" Radionomy station. Any new station must meet a smaller goal to prove itself. Unfortunately, during this time, a station can only have 1,000 songs.

Due to that, KoHoSo Radio 66 won’t be quite as diverse as it has been lately especially with me adding new tracks almost every weekend. However, I will do what I can during the three months from May through July to swap out minor hits and artists to keep things as fresh as possible until August comes and I can throw as many as 3,000 tracks into the mix.

The biggest job for me will be changing all the links everybody uses to listen to my station. Because I cannot completely copy KoHoSo Radio 66 or use its same address, it will end up being found as something with sixty-six spelled out instead of using the numerals.

The other difficulty to get over is time. Spring and early summer is the time to get things done around the house. In addition, as my followers on Twitter already know, Miss KoKo and I received the terrible news last week that our beloved dog Buster has irremovable and incurable osteosarcoma (bone cancer). With Buster not yet feeling the effects of this disease, we are obviously spending as much time possible making sure he gets the most out of the limited time he has remaining. All of this plus whatever else happens in my disaster-prone life will limit the time I can spend on the station during this transition period.

So…now we get to…

Why?

I was extremely close to calling it quits especially after learning we would soon lose Buster. Even before then, although I am not a religious person, Jesus’ parable about not building one’s house upon a foundation of sand had been very strong in my mind as I thought about having to continue to deal with what I see as a very ungrateful and terribly uncommunicative host in Radionomy. It is very likely I will go through rebuilding KoHoSo Radio 66’s audience to only get screwed again by them or the people that don’t like what they do…such as Sony who is suing Radionomy’s parent company to prevent little guys like me from having any place to make their own streaming radio station now that royalty rates for music have been put out of reach for anybody that isn’t independently wealthy (it was Sony that threatened TuneIn and got all Radionomy stations removed from that service).

On the other hand, I have not wanted to disappoint the many people that seem to love what I am doing. I talked in person to a nice gentleman this morning who told me he hoped my station was still online as he wanted to hear it but had forgotten my web address. With not wanting to disappoint anybody already in my mind on the pro side of the argument — especially those such as imperialgoogie and klappersacks who, without me asking, took their own free time to make wonderful promotions for the station — this little chat was the kicker. I decided right then and there I should give everybody at least another nine months as a thank you for thinking what I was doing was worthy of their time.

And…who knows? Maybe things will be stable at Radionomy and KoHoSo Radio 66 will make the cut on its second try. I’ll certainly again do all those things that are necessary to make the station noticeable. That will include the extra step of making the KoHoSo Radio 66 channel on Roku public.

All of that being said, for the sake of my sanity and knowing full well Radionomy is likley to not become a foundation of stone, I must make this clear. If KoHoSo Radio 66 does not make the 130-hour per day listening average by February 1, 2017, that will be it. I will need to move on to other projects as losing this station twice will be more than enough of a signal to me that Radionomy is not a reliable partner through which to entertain an audience.

While that might be some tough love, it is indeed love that is going to keep this going at least deep into next winter. So…for KoHoSo Radio 66 super-fans like Jordan, Daniel, Carl, Jim, Patrick, Larry, Chris, Pierre, Donna, Jimmy, Julio, Rocky, G.C., Heather, Mike (all three of them), Janet, Danny, David, Bobby, Scott, Josh, Brian, Clara, whoever you are in Sweden and Japan that seem to be listening 24 hours a day lately, and those folks I don’t know all over the world that have stayed with me through all the down time, I’m not ready to break up your party. At least for nine more months, living in the past is still part of your future.

The New Zealand version of the KoHoSo Radio 66 shield

The New Zealand version of the KoHoSo Radio 66 shield…because the spirit of Route 66 doesn’t end at the Santa Monica Pier!
Credit: imperialgoogie

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