KoHoSo Radio 66 has been taken offline. Please see our blog for continuing updates.
WHO is behind KoHoSo Radio 66?
KoHoSo, of course! KoHoSo is the shortened nom de plume of not only a long-time music lover but an actual former disk jockey.
WHAT is KoHoSo Radio 66?
In short, KoHoSo Radio 66 is what the radio business would call an "oldies" station. However, we like to think it is a little more than that. Whether it was the many oldies stations that formerly populated the North American airwaves or the tons more that have popped up on the internet, KoHoSo Radio 66 doesn’t just play the top hits or concentrate on one or two musical styles. We select music that has stood the test of time and provides a good feeling of what it would have been like to listen to the many radio stations that existed during the post-World War II lifetime of U.S. Route 66. While our main focus is on rock & roll and R&B of the 1950’s and early 1960’s, this is why we also include pop, instrumental, blues, and even some country songs from the time when all of those styles began to bring the beat to the foreground without completely forsaking the melody.
WHERE is KoHoSo Radio 66?
The KoHoSo Radio 66 studios are in Crestline, California nestled in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains and located within the San Bernardino National Forest. Old Route 66 does not run through Crestline but it can be seen from the edge of town as one looks down into San Bernardino.
WHEN did KoHoSo Radio 66 begin?
The original version of KoHoSo Radio 66 began on August 8, 2015 but was then unfairly pulled from the internet by its original host on May 1, 2016. The first beta version of our return to the web was released to the public exactly one year later to the minute on May 1, 2017. The station held its official grand reopening on the afternoon of August 26, 2017.
WHY does KoHoSo Radio 66 exist?
Because 50’s and 60’s oldies have almost completely disappeared from North American airwaves and no station we have ever found online does the format correctly. They either play nothing but the top hits which becomes very repetitive after only a few hours of listening, rely too much upon one slice of the oldies pie, or they bite off too much of that pie and try to make slick 1970’s hits fit in with doo-wop. Most irritating of all are the stations that play re-recorded versions of original hits (a popular practice at one time to get old songs put out in stereo or to avoid legal disputes).
On one hand, we don’t want to put down other stations. For example, if a station wants to be all Motown or all British Invasion or all rockabilly, that’s great. Those are all deserving of their own outlets.
However, especially once we decided to tie our station name to Route 66 with its vast expanse of history, cultures, and mythology, we felt a full and proper oldies experience should contain not only the hits of both white and Black artists but where things came from and where they were headed before the explosion of experimentation started hitting airwaves and turntables in 1967. This also includes what people were listening to at home which also puts into play regional hits, B-sides, and album tracks.
Just like a musician figures out what notes to play and — often more importantly — what notes not to play, we program this station by ear. We go through each artist’s catalog song by song and select what we believe will still sound good to the modern listener. Yes, we give more weight to big hits or songs that have been used in recent movies and video games. Still, KoHoSo Radio 66 is about achieving both a sound and a feeling. Whether by talent or luck, judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction we continue to receive, we have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
HOW does KoHoSo Radio 66 work?
Through the miracle of the World Wide Web, of course! :^D
The human work of determining the rotation (playlist) and making the station ID’s and such is all done in Crestline on KoHoSo’s computer. The files and information are then sent to a virtual server in "the cloud" which also has the station management software on which KoHoSo Radio 66 runs. The software then sends our "signal" to our streaming host, Live365, that not only provides access to our stream but also notes what songs we play so the rights owners can be paid their music licensing fees.
For further details on the equipment, programs, and services used by KoHoSo Radio 66, please read FAQ No. 31.