FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How are the songs selected that are played on KoHoSo Radio 66?
  2. Why does KoHoSo Radio 66 only play songs released from 1946 through 1966?
  3. Why doesn’t KoHoSo Radio 66 play all the big hit novelty songs?
  4. Why do you play songs from New Zealand and Australia that were not hits in the USA or UK?
  5. How can you name yourself after Route 66 when you play songs that were not made in America?
  6. Can I request a song or artist?
  7. How can I contact you?
  8. Why are some KoHoSo Radio 66 streams blocked in my country?
  9. Who else besides me is listening to KoHoSo Radio 66?
  10. How do you know somebody is listening in a certain state or country?
  11. How does KoHoSo pay for the station?
  12. If KoHoSo Radio 66 is commercial free, why do I sometimes hear advertisements?
  13. What happened to Survive-All Shelters?
  14. Where did you get the old jingles?
  15. What is that weird computer voice in some of the jingles?
  16. Is that extremely high female voice in some of the jingles real?
  17. Where do you get the cover art?
  18. Why do I not recognize the cover art?
  19. Why did KoHoSo Radio 66 go offline for so long?
  20. Do you know some sites and mobile apps are using your station’s name but playing another stream?
  21. Do you have t-shirts or stickers available?
  22. When will Cruisin’ with KoHoSo start?
  23. Where did KoHoSo work in radio?
  24. Who is…?
  25. Where are Crestline and the San Bernardino Mountains?
  26. Why are you not on TuneIn?
  27. What equipment, programs, and services do you use?
  28. What is the secret that makes KoHoSo Radio 66 so good compared to other oldies stations?
1. How are the songs selected that are played on KoHoSo Radio 66?

Mainly by ear. KoHoSo will go through an artist’s entire catalog and listen for any song that he feels has stood the test of time. If it sounds like something that truly fits in the post-World War II era, it goes into the station’s rotation (playlist) regardless of whether it was a big hit, a B-side, only regionally known, or an album cut. While KoHoSo gives more weight to a song that made Billboard‘s Top 40 list, he wants to bring you more of an overall sound and feeling instead of being like other "oldies" stations that do nothing but repeat the same hits over and over again.

2. Why does KoHoSo Radio 66 only play songs released from 1946 through 1966?

After much consideration before KoHoSo Radio 66 first went online, KoHoSo decided those were the best possible starting and ending points. KoHoSo felt he really needed to make absolute rules on this as, otherwise, the playlist would be too wide and ruin the sound and mood of the station. The final limits came inspired by KoHoSo’s decision to use old U.S. Route 66 as the station’s branding and overall identity. The end came first as, while musical styles are an ever-flowing river, there is no doubt there is a big change that came in 1967. It becomes difficult to start blending in the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and Cream with doo-wop and such while retaining a Route 66 older-style-rock identity. As for the beginning, that was a bit easier as 1946 was the first full year all the English-speaking nations were no longer on a war footing and when Nat King Cole released (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66. Of course, KoHoSo Radio 66 does not play nearly as much late 1940s music as it does from other years. However, those days leading into the 1950s had quite a few songs that were not only of high quality but did not sound like big band and, especially with the black artists, also foretold what was to come in both rock & roll and R&B.

3. Why doesn’t KoHoSo Radio 66 play all the big hit novelty songs?

While the post-World War II era was a golden age for novelty songs, they are something that create very strong feelings. People either love them or hate them. KoHoSo is actually a big lover of novelty songs as, in his younger days, he faithfully tape recorded The Dr. Demento Show every week. In addition to many people hating novelty songs, they also force a listener to pay close attention. One might think that’s a good thing but that is not always true with radio. The best stations simultaneously work well at high volume or as something in the background. If the people having a station on in the background find something annoying, they go somewhere else. We want people to be able to listen to KoHoSo Radio 66 for hours on end without those using it as background music finding something distracting. Of course, many things our station plays border on being a novelty as much early rock & roll had a good slice of humor to it so it’s not a solid line (a prime example of this is the Coasters). Let’s just say, while we will play Monster Mash in the few days leading up to Halloween, you will never hear KoHoSo Radio 66 play anything by fictional rodents.

No Chipmunks

Rodents found anywhere in the immediate vicinity of the KoHoSo Radio 66 studios will be dealt with in the harshest possible terms by our friendly neighborhood cat army or via unrestricted chemical warfare.


4. Why do you play songs from New Zealand and Australia that were not hits in the USA or UK?

Because they are great songs that fit right in with all the others and deserve to be heard.

5. How can you name yourself after Route 66 when you play songs that were not made in America?

Because the spirit of Route 66 does not end at the Santa Monica Pier. Because the legends and ideals of the Mother Road have spread all over the world, even into places like China. Because Route 66 and all the other old highways, byways, and Main Streets of America were still vital when the Beatles and other early British Invasion artists were blaring out of radio and jukebox speakers at the old mom-and-pop hamburger stands before fast food chains and interstate highways fully took over. And, even though it is an ideal that was not true in its time…because today’s Route 66 is for everybody.

6. Can I request a song or artist?

Yes and no. You can request a song or artist to be added to the rotation (playlist). If KoHoSo feels it fits in the station’s sound, he will add it to the mix that is generated randomly by the software that runs KoHoSo Radio 66 outside of the times when a live disk jockey is doing a show. However, even if the live Cruisin’ with KoHoSo show or any other we might have in the future is on, internet radio is not allowed to be like over-the-air radio in regard to requests. Due to the fact that internet radio can be so easily recorded digitally, such stations are not allowed to play "on demand" requests of copyrighted music. Internet stations are also not allowed to announce in advance what specific songs will be played even in a private message. KoHoSo welcomes and encourages requests to be sent in by any of the methods listed on the Contact page…just be aware we cannot tell you in advance when the request will be played.

7. How can I contact you?

All available methods are listed on our Contact page.

8. Why are some KoHoSo Radio 66 streams blocked in my country?

The reason is our host, Live365, is rebuilding itself from scratch after the original owners closed it down in January 2016. To start, the new Live365 has only acquired full music licensing for the United States. This is why the main pop-up player they provide with ways to purchase the songs and other features are blocked so they do not violate the copyrights held in other countries. Only some of the more basic streams and third-party apps and websites will work outside the USA. This is only temporary until Live365 has enough regular revenue to get all the necessary licenses. Unfortunately, we cannot say at this time when this will happen.

9. Who else besides me is listening to KoHoSo Radio 66?

KoHoSo Radio 66 has regular listeners all over the world. As you might expect, the station is most popular in countries where English is the primary language. However, we have regular listeners in every country in Europe, most countries in Central and South America, several countries in Asia, and even a few in Africa and the Middle East.

10. How do you know somebody is listening in a certain state or country?

Our host, Live365, has a feature in the control panel for this station that provides a general location for each IP address currently listening to KoHoSo Radio 66. There are other statistical pages that list overall listeners by country. It also shows all the different browsers, programs, and apps used to connect to the station.

If you are concerned about your information that is exposed to this station via Live365, please read their privacy policy here:

https://live365.com/privacy

In the future, KoHoSo Radio 66 will post its own privacy policy (likely not until early 2018 after we add an SSL certificate to this website — in non-geek terms, the thing that will make our website show up in your browser’s address bar with "https" and the lock icon). While we cannot control the Live365 portion of our service, as far as this website goes, your IP address will be noted to allow access to blog comments and as a security measure. However, unless your information is linked to an attack against this site or Live365, it will be kept secure and private. It would only be revealed if we were presented with a warrant under the laws of the United States of America or the State of California.

Please know that tracking the IP addresses that listen to KoHoSo Radio 66 is important for its ability to remain online. It is the tracking of all unique IP addresses and how long each one remains tuned in that assures music rights holders are paid their proper licensing fees.

Currently Listening screen in the KoHoSo Radio 66 Live365 Dashboard

This is the screen in the Live365 dashboard that shows us where current listeners are located. We have blacked out the IP addresses of these listeners to protect their privacy.


11. How does KoHoSo pay for the station?

KoHoSo pays for the station completely out of his own pocket from the money he makes at his regular job in the electronic components industry. The main expenses are the monthly fees paid to Live365 for streaming and music licensing plus Abovecast for the virtual Windows server from which our "signal" originates. Other items include purchases of new music and other sound files to be used on the station along with electricity for the Crestline studio and occasional maintenance of the computer KoHoSo uses for recording and live webcasting (KoHoSo builds and maintains his own computers). You do not need to donate to keep the station running although we might open a store in the future and spend any profits it makes on our monthly bills.

12. If KoHoSo Radio 66 is commercial free, why do I sometimes hear advertisements?

To add a little authentic flavor to KoHoSo Radio 66, we will occasionally play a classic, vintage radio commercial. Most of these will be local ads from various cities across the United States, and Canada. On the ones that are for nationally-known brands that still exist (including a few we have from New Zealand), we assure you we are receiving no reimbursement of any type for running them.

We will always announce beforehand that we are about to play "a KoHoSo Radio 66 Commercial Blast from the Past." If you don’t hear that first and/or the commercial sounds new, you might need to see FAQ Number 20.

13. What happened to Survive-All Shelters?

Those that listened to KoHoSo Radio 66 during its first time online fondly remember the old radio advertisements sometimes heard during our scheduled commercial breaks from Survive-All Shelters, a Columbus, Ohio company that sold nuclear fallout shelters. At the time this answer is being updated (2017.08.17), we have decided to hold off on bringing these back due to the current political situation involving North Korea and the fact that some folks are seriously looking at having a bomb shelter built on their property again. Without taking sides, we just feel these just don’t seem as funny as they did the first time we played them.

If you still wish to listen to them, they are still available for free online. Especially if you have never heard these before, we suggest reading the story about Survive-All on CONELRAD Adjacent which features four of the ads via YouTube and a link at the end to the original posting where the entire series of nine ads can be heard or downloaded.

Survive-All Shelters record label

Yes, the Survive-All Shelters commercials were genuine advertisements for a real company. This is the label from the record containing all nine of them.


14. Where did you get the old jingles?

KoHoSo has collected the old radio station jingles over a long period of time. Most of them came from compact disks he purchased many years ago. Another significant portion of the jingles have been donated to him by members of the radio industry and other collectors.

15. What is that weird computer voice in some of the jingles?

That effect was made using a device called a vocoder. While the Wikipedia article is quite detailed on its origins and many ways it has later been used in music, it completely ignores how popular it was in radio jingles from the mid 1960s into the early 1970s.

16. Is that extremely high female voice in some of the jingles real?

Yes it is. That is Glenni Tie Rutherford, a woman of Cherokee descent, with the signing voice that spans several octaves.

17. Where do you get the cover art?

Most of the cover art comes from various online sources, most notably 45cat for 45 r.p.m. singles and 45worlds for 78 r.p.m. singles and 33 1/3 r.p.m. long-playing albums. Others are from our own scans. Cover art seen with station IDs or other such items is made by KoHoSo often using various online sources.

NOTE 2017.08.17: At the present time, neither our Live365 pop-up player or web page are picking up the cover art provided by KoHoSo Radio 66. Currently, the images seen are from a third-party database used by Live365. This is due to our switch to the StationPlaylist software through which Live365 cannot yet read the file information. We will correct this in the future but cannot yet provide a date.

18. Why do I not recognize the cover art?

While there might be some rare cases that would have another answer, in most instances, this is for one of two main reasons. First, you must know that KoHoSo researches every song to which he attaches cover art to find the label or sleeve from the absolute original release of that song from the artist’s home country. For the first highlighted phrase, an example would be Chantilly Lace by the Big Bopper. As was the case with many hits of the 1950s and 1960s, that song was first issued on a small local record label; in this case, D Records in Texas. Of course, only people in the area saw that version before it was purchased and reissued by Mercury Records which is what most people would know and remember. As for the second highlighted phrase, a prime example would be the different labels used between the United States and United Kingdom. The easiest to point out here is how everybody in the States thinks of Capitol Records as being the Beatles’ main label until the Apple years while, in their home country, it was Parlophone.

NOTE 2017.08.17: At the present time, neither our Live365 pop-up player or web page are picking up the cover art provided by KoHoSo Radio 66. Currently, the images seen are from a third-party database used by Live365. This is due to our switch to the StationPlaylist software through which Live365 cannot yet read the file information. We will correct this in the future but cannot yet provide a date.

19. Why did KoHoSo Radio 66 go offline for so long?

This is a long story that we will try to make brief by skipping the part about how KoHoSo Radio 66 was unfairly taken offline by its previous web host. When that happened on May 1, 2016, KoHoSo was extremely upset and depressed that all the station’s fans could no longer listen to his vision of what an oldies station should be. Aggravating that was KoHoSo could not find another place to start a station that was legal and affordable and offered software that would make the station sound as good as it did the first time. As the months passed, he began to develop the idea for Cruisin’ with KoHoSo as a stand-alone program that he would offer for free to non-commercial over-the-air radio stations. As that planning went on into late 2016, the first news came out that Live365 was being resurrected after it was closed by its previous owners in January 2016. With the initial reports being encouraging, KoHoSo decided to wait until Live365 began accepting new stations. Once signed up with Live365, it quickly became apparent that they were not going to provide software to allow KoHoSo Radio 66 to sound the way it should with a proper mix of music and no dead air between the tracks. Thus, it took even more time to do further research and go through several rounds of trial-and-error to find the best and least-expensive way to host and mix our station with other services but still use Live365 as our streaming access point and music licensing agent. While it ended up costing KoHoSo 23% more per month than originally planned plus a big one-time expense for the professional-level software that now generates what you hear, we feel it was well worth the money and, most of all, the wait to get everything sounding just right before telling the world we were back again.

20. Do you know there is a website using your station’s name but playing another stream?

Yes. We have asked that site many times to change to the correct stream or just delete our entry in its listings. It has failed to respond even after multiple e-mails sent to every possible contact address. KoHoSo Radio 66 does not have the budget to afford to take legal action. As is often the case online, there is not much one can do about theft or deceit other than to caution others to stay away from such sites and make one’s own place so good that people will seek it out directly instead of going to a shady directory.

21. Do you have t-shirts or stickers available?

Not yet. We have plans to open a store in the future but they are not solid enough at this time to even guess at an opening date.

Possible KoHoSo Radio 66 and 'Cruisin' with KoHoSo' t-shirt designs.

Possible KoHoSo Radio 66 and Cruisin’ with KoHoSo t-shirt designs?


22. When will Cruisin’ with KoHoSo start?

A special "Grand Reopening" webcast of Cruisin’ with KoHoSo will air at 5:00 p.m. PDT on Saturday, August 26th with replays on Sunday, August 27th at 11:00 a.m. PDT and Monday, August 28th at 9:00 a.m. PDT. The more normal and regular version of the show has a beginning target date of Saturday, September 16th (times and replays the same as just described). We strongly suggest following us on either KoHoSo Radio 66 on Twitter or Facebook for updates as this date could easily be pulled in or pushed back.

23. Where did KoHoSo work in radio?

First, KoHoSo wants it to be very clear he was never anybody important or famous in over-the-air radio. However, he does want it known he was never fired for having bad ratings or suggesting what a local politician should do if he might find himself approaching a rolling doughnut.

KoHoSo worked at several stations through most of the 1980s and 1990s in the Los Angeles area as well as in Sacramento, California. He announced for a diverse range of formats: "album oriented rock" (AOR), classic rock, free form, country, standards, big band, and even hosted a show for two years devoted exclusively to the Grateful Dead. KoHoSo prefers not to list the specific stations for privacy reasons and the fact that, while KoHoSo Radio 66 bears his nom de plume, he wants the music and overall presentation of our station to be the star of our show, not himself.

24. Who is…?

Miss KoKo is KoHoSo’s lovely and talented female companion, honey bun, and sweetie bee.

Miss KoKo's announcement cover art

Miss KoKo’s announcement cover art

Hot Lips Heather, Rockin’ Ryan, Dirty Daisy, Happy Harry, and Two-Minute Phil are our professional staff of computerized-voice announcers. They began as what was planned to be a temporary feature the first time KoHoSo Radio 66 was online. They were to be phased out once KoHoSo bought a new microphone and could replace all announcements with himself or other humans. Upon firing them all, we quickly learned many listeners had come to love these voices and strongly associated them with the station. After a quick wave of protest, we realized the error of our ways and signed them all back to generous lifetime contracts.

Photo from one of the massive 2016 protests against the firing of the original KoHoSo Radio 66 air staff.  Rockin' Ryan is still depressed the ditz in front didn't get his name right. - Credit: imperialgoogie

Photo from one of the massive 2016 protests against the firing of the original KoHoSo Radio 66 air staff. Rockin’ Ryan is still depressed the ditz in front
didn’t get his name right.
Credit: imperialgoogie


25. Where are Crestline and the San Bernardino Mountains?

Crestline, California is about 8 miles north of San Bernardino as the crow flies but it’s about 17 miles to drive there. It is an unincorporated town of about 10,770 full-time residents nestled in the western portion of the San Bernardino Mountains. It sits at an average elevation of 4,613 feet (1,406 meters). The San Bernardino Mountains are all of the peaks east of the Cajon Pass which is well-marked on the map below as where Interstate 15 passes through the bordering green areas marking the Angeles National Forest to the left in the San Gabriel Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest to the right.

Crestline circled in red and its relation to the greater Los Angeles area.

Crestline circled in red and its relation to the greater Los Angeles area.


26. Why are you not on TuneIn?

KoHoSo Radio 66 is not on TuneIn…yet…because our host, Live365, has so far only acquired full music licensing for the United States of America. As Live365 grows, it will acquire the other licenses it needs for other countries and regions. As soon as that happens, TuneIn will gladly allow us back on its service.

27. What equipment, programs, and services do you use?

This is what KoHoSo uses that is most related to running this station. KoHoSo Radio 66 is not reimbursed by any company listed below.

  • computer: self-built desktop always running the latest version of Linux Mint MATE 64-bit
  • microphone: Blue Yeti USB with shock-mount and pop screen
  • audio software: Audacity (also available for Windows and Mac)
  • mp3 tagging and cover art: EasyTAG (for Windows users, we recommend Mp3tag)
  • speakers: Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1
  • headphones: Nady Audio QH-200 (cheap but get the job done)
  • streaming service and music licensing: Live365
  • Windows virtual server host: Abovecast ("Small" level)
  • station management software: StationPlaylist Creator Pro and Studio Pro
  • RDP client for Linux: Remmina
28. What is the secret that makes KoHoSo Radio 66 so good compared to other oldies stations?

Before we answer…yes, we have actually been asked this question many times. We believe there are three main factors that make KoHoSo Radio 66 stand out among the crowded field of oldies stations.

First, KoHoSo Radio 66 has a very deep but carefully selected playlist that grows larger almost every day. Unlike other oldies stations that play a limited number of hits, this keeps things fresh even though these songs are so old and mostly well known.

Second, we don’t bombard you with a jingle, ID, or promo between every song. We consider these items like a strong spice that should be used sparingly so they do not overwhelm the overall musical dish.

Third…well, here is where we put the old joke of, "We could tell you, but then we’d have to kill you." We will give you a hint and say it has to do with how the songs are arranged in the daily playlist. The funny thing is it’s actually so simple we are amazed no oldies station we have ever heard has done things the way KoHoSo does. In fact, we’ve heard a few stations that have a very similar overall playlist to ours and they still don’t mix the songs together in a way that gives people the kind of feelings they tell us they get from KoHoSo Radio 66.

If you think you’ve figured out this secret, send us a message and we’ll answer honestly if you got it right. We’ll send you a free t-shirt and sticker if we have them by then.