Starting Line

Welcome to the first official blog post here on KoHoSoRadio66.com! I apologize for how long it has taken to get the blog active. I’m glad to report the station (and, my life) has finally hit a point where this part of the station’s website will be as informative as the rest of it.

Before I continue, for those new to KoHoSo Radio 66 and who did not notice the byline above, this blog post is being written by me, KoHoSo, the owner, program director, and host of the weekly Cruisin’ with KoHoSo program. In most cases, when you hear a human male voice on the station, it’s me.

As much of the history and raison d’être of KoHoSo Radio 66 is already covered elsewhere on this site, this post will be about where the station stands as far as features are concerned. There is also a long list of improvements to be made and I’ll touch on those a bit, too.

I do want to touch one one part of KoHoSo Radio 66 history for those that don’t know it. After having been unfairly taken offline by our previous web host, I had to start almost everything from scratch in regard to rebuilding the station. As some of you reading this might wonder why the station still doesn’t have some features that you take for granted elsewhere, please keep in mind that KoHoSo Radio 66 is a completely non-commercial venture. All of the work I do on it is done during my sometimes limited free time and it take me longer than either you or I would like to get some things accomplished.

That being said, I believe we can be forgiven for a while on certain things as I try my very best to make this the best oldies station available with an ever-increasing song selection, how the songs are blended together, and the other fun things are thrown in here and there to make KoHoSo Radio 66 sound like a real radio station instead of so many that seem to be nothing but somebody’s mp3 collection running in shuffle mode.

As for what has been accomplished up to this point, I won’t bore you with the technical details of what makes the station work. I’ll just say that, after many months of frustration, everything that puts together what you hear, sends it out to our host, Live365, and then churns it out to your ears with our fifty-thousand jigglybytes of pure internet power is working even better than I hoped.

There is one item on our "to do" list in that area. Every once in a while, it seems our stream will jump back a few bars of a song and start again from that point. Having heard this both at our studios in Crestline with a very fast cable internet connection without a ton of others on the same node as well as at my real job where we have an even faster fiber-optic connection, this seems to be an occasional glitch with Live365’s servers. I have been trying to catch this on a recording in both locations so I can assist Live365 in tracing the problem to see if it is with their equipment or connection or perhaps lies with their own bandwidth provider.

I want to say that, despite this one problem, I could not be happier with the assistance and service the resurrected Live365 has provided since I signed up with them in late March of this year. If you have ever considered starting your own online radio station and are not independently wealthy, their return has been a godsend to anybody that wants to get online and be sure everything is done right, especially including being sure rights holders are paid their proper licensing fees.

Equaling that level of helpfulness is something for which many of you reading this will benefit. This came from the many third-party mobile apps, streaming services, and directories that added KoHoSo Radio 66 to their lineups — all the services listed on this website’s Apps page. This was especially true of the ones where our old, defunct streaming links were listed and they had to be certain I was legitimate before making the change. Every single one that required any type of contact was very kind and helpful.

The next two "side projects" I have for KoHoSo Radio 66 come in two sizes: big and bigger. The big one is to provide a nicer looking interface on this website’s home page for our main streaming links. Thinking this through as been a bit difficult as the two most feature-rich web browser options are available only to listeners in the United States due to licensing issues and the behind-the-scenes options to allow the purchase of each song (something I have not plugged into yet and I’m not sure if I ever will). However, I believe I have come up with how to present everything so everybody can tell which version of the stream is best for them. It will just take some time to get everything designed.

As for the bigger project, that is the return of something extremely popular during the first time KoHoSo Radio 66 was online — pushing through our custom cover art. Unlike other oldies stations that use whatever greatest hits album to display during a song, I have carefully researched every song and tried to find its absolute original sleeve or label. I believe this greatly adds to the ambiance of the station to have all those great, colorful 45 and 78 labels on the screen instead of a boring CD reissue cover. Doing this was easy with our previous host as they had the ability to pick up jpegs embedded in the mp3 files. While I love our new setup, puling the embedded picture is something it cannot do. Fixing this will be a huge project as I will have to upload all my picture files to a server and then put a link to them in every song’s information file on our server that hosts our music. This will take a long time and is something that will not be completed overnight. My current goal is to have it finished by the end of the New Year’s holiday but I would not be surprised if it takes longer.

There’s lots of other smaller projects as well. Most of those are technical, behind-the-scenes things so I won’t bore you with those. Just know that not a day goes by when I’m not thinking about how to make this station better and taking notes so I don’t forget about them.

Of course, good ideas of how to improve KoHoSo Radio 66 don’t come from me alone. Whether it is in the comments section of this blog or via any of the ways listed on this site’s Contact page, I am glad to read and consider any suggestions regarding anything involving this station.

That reminds me of one more thing…I also don’t want to be the only person with a regular program on KoHoSo Radio 66. Fairly soon, I hope to put up a new page here on what will be required of anybody that wants to have a regular show or feature. It’s actually fairly easy for anybody that wants to put the time into it.

As you see, a lot has been done but there’s plenty more to do. I hope you will hop in the KoHoSo Radio 66 cruiser and enjoy the ride along with me.

2 thoughts on “Starting Line

  1. Hey kohoso! I suggest getting rid of the computer voices and putting real ones in. It kinda takes away from the time period before the internet. You can have voice actors do some for free or you can get a bunch for real cheap on this forum that I used when I had my internet radio. Some of them sound pretty good. http://www.radiodaddy.com/requests/ Otherwise the station sounds pretty good, I love the song selection so far, shows that a lot of work went in.

    1. Hello, Luke! While I take your suggestion very seriously (read on), it’s funny that you made it as I have already done that very thing once already. Let me tell part of the story.

      The first time I started KoHoSo Radio 66, I got in a bind. I had signed up with my previous host in early 2015 when I thought I had a ton of free time to get everything set up. Then, suddenly, I was overwhelmed with work. The host sent me a message in late July telling me I had a couple of weeks to get my station running or they would delete my account. Being in a rush and very uncertain this would work out with the host’s listening requirements and having had my old microphone break, I decided to use those computer voices during my “probation” period with the host. My plan was, if I passed the probation, I would buy a nice new mic. When I passed the first listening goal with double the required listening time which ended the probation, I did just that. After spending a couple of weekends recording IDs and such, I pulled all of those computer voice items thinking it would be a great turning point for KoHoSo Radio 66.

      Not long after I did that, I got a few e-mails from people that complained. There is even a Photoshopped protest picture from a tweet that was sent to me posted on this site’s FAQ page about the computer voices. These people said they had been listening to those voices so long and associated them with the station so strongly that, even though they liked what I was adding, they missed them and wanted them back. Needless to say, that blew my mind as I had always figured using those computer voices was indeed a distraction and probably costing me new listeners.

      While I have them in there again for that reason as well as in the name of variety — and, aside from the fact I state in humor on the FAQ that I signed them all to lifetime contracts — I agree with your assessment.

      My plans for at least pushing them into the background if not completely getting rid of them already include your suggestion of using some third-party services to record some plain IDs and even some jingles (and I’ll definitely take a look at RadioDaddy for that). I also need to go through more of the old music beds I have and record more of my own. If she would stop being so shy and hesitant, I’d like to get my Miss KoKo to do more as well. Then, if I keep any, I’ll make a very few with the computer voices that are humorous so maybe the’ll fit in a little better…either that or I’ll start taking them out slowly so maybe those listeners that like them won’t notice.

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and a suggestion! I truly appreciate it!

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