For those that follow KoHoSo Radio 66 on Facebook, effective immediately, all new posts by the station will be made at the new KoHoSo Radio 66 Cruisin’ Crew group.
Most of you that followed the old page should already have an invitation to join the new group. If not, while logged into your Facebook account, click on the link above and then click the pink Join Group button.
Upon asking to join the new group, some of you might be asked to fill in answers to three questions. Please, do not feel like you have to answer in length. These are in place solely to help keep out spam bots.
Why is KoHoSo Radio 66 moving to a new group page on Facebook?
The short answer is, because Facebook made its "pages" intolerable to operate and a "group" is much easier.
The longer explanation is, Facebook recently made its "pages" completely oriented toward businesses. For me behind the scenes, the old page now comes with incessant nag screens for me to add information that simply does not apply to what is basically a hobby.
However, the straw that broke the camel’s back was how Facebook continues to try to force me into the new "business mode" by opening up options I don’t want or that don’t offer the control I once had. There is no way to stop this and I finally had enough.
Thankfully, other than a slightly different layout, the new group will work for you just as well as the old page did; maybe even better as new posts will now be a part of the group notifications you receive at the top of the screen (in a browser) making it less likely KoHoSo Radio 66 posts will be missed in your timeline.
I hope all of you that liked the old page will join the new group.
And, since I’m in here for the first time in ages…
I must admit that most of the things I would have posted here over recent months went only to those contributing the KoHoSo Radio 66 Patreon account. Even that posting was erratic as 2021 has been busier than ever with my real job.
On that financial front, KoHoSo Radio 66 is doing sort of OK. It had been doing better but the station recently lost a notable donor.
Despite that loss, I am going to keep the Google Assistant service I added when the monthly income was a bit higher. However, I am going to be sure the Patreon announcements run a bit more often again plus post a few more reminders on Twitter and Facebook to try to get some more people to pitch in.
By the way, Google Assistant is likely the final such service I will add. It is becoming ridiculous to try to keep up with (much less pay for) all the different companies and devices that can carry a radio stream. Almost all such devices and services have another app available through which the station can be heard.
On the good news side of things, for quite a while I have been working on something called The Atomic Hit Parade. This grew out of a fun challenge from my good friend Jordan of The House of Googie and ParAvion YouTube channel asking me to pick out my 20 favorite songs of the 1950’s. From there, Jordan asked to make it a list of 50 songs from the KoHoSo Radio 66 era of 1946 through 1966. I agreed to do it only on the condition we would make it into a series to be run on KoHoSo Radio 66 complete with Jordan making his own announcements. He agreed. I then got Miss KoKo to also join in so this has really become something big and fun.
Here is how The Atomic Hit Parade will work. Beginning on a Monday and ending on a Friday, at the top of the hour for six consecutive hours, one of us will play five songs out of our 50 favorites. They will then be repeated beginning 12 hours later to give the whole world the best opportunity to hear them.
Many of the sets will have a theme but some will be random. While the three of us picked the same song here and there, I will spread those out. Besides, I think listeners will be amazed how many are quite different from one another.
Just keep in mind, these will be our 50 favorite songs, not what we are saying are the best, the most influential, or of the highest importance. In some cases, these will be highly emotional attachments where you would have had to be at a certain place and time under a specific mental state in order to understand why a song means so much to one of us.
For myself, one of the main things I am looking forward to is finally getting Jordan involved with the station in a manner that listeners will hear. He was the main inspiration for me to begin KoHoSo Radio 66 back in 2015 and has remained a great source of ideas, music suggestions, and even some of the music beds under the promotional announcements. He doesn’t believe me yet but I’m sure you’ll agree with me that he has an excellent speaking voice that is only made better by his wonderful New Zealand accent. He has one heck of a sense of humor as well plus a boatload of education on the mid-20th century even though he’s relatively young. I’m quite looking forward to what he will bring to this series.
When will it run? Well, that decision was sort of made earlier today. While I don’t want to guarantee it as life has thrown so many curves at me through the first half of 2021, the latest plan is to run it during the week of one of KoHoSo Radio 66’s anniversaries in August — either around August 8th when the station first went public or August 26th when it officially returned in 2017.
Once a set of dates is decided for The Atomic Hit Parade, don’t worry. It will be posted here as well as everywhere else we hang out.
Well, time to get to work on all that. Until then, keep on cruisin’!