Lucky 7

As mentioned in last month’s blog post, The Joy (and Cost) of Success, the amount of people listening to KoHoSo Radio 66 continues to increase. This is a wonderful thing and I am still glad to be paying the extra money it costs for more people to join the party.

On the other hand, there are still limits to what is allowed under my current plan with the station’s streaming host and music licensing agent, Live365. More people listening means more licensing fees have to be paid for each song. Even though I just moved to the next tier of service, the amount of listeners is already about to exceed the new limit on how many overall listening hours I can have before I would be forced to move up again. While the level I am at now was not too harsh on my bank account, the next one would be.

Because I will not go back to running commercials in order to lower my monthly payment to Live365 nor do I want to begin using something such as Patreon, I need an alternative to what would more than double the current costs to run the station before I am ready for that much expense. This will be a slight inconvenience for some listeners but, overall, should be effective in making sure my allotted listening hours are not wasted.

Effective immediately, the length of time anybody can listen to KoHoSo Radio 66 without being cut off will be lowered from eight to seven hours. In case you are not familiar with other stations that do this, rest assured "cut off" does not mean anything harsh. If you truly listen that long and want to keep going, all you have to do is start the stream again.

While we would all like to think that somebody is paying attention to every minute of programming, that is not the case. For various reasons, people wander off while listening and forget to turn off the stream. Lowering the cut off time by an hour just might eliminate those that unintentionally run up my listening hours for no good reason.

Whether or not this is the final cut in this setting will remain to be seen. I will have to watch and see if it truly makes a dent. If not, I might have to cut this setting again. I just need to be absolutely certain doubling my costs is necessary before Live365 hits me up with the bill.

I apologize if this will be a bother. I know some people do indeed listen to KoHoSo Radio 66 for eight hours and longer. I hope nobody will be put off by this inconvenience and will find the trade of getting commercial-free oldies in a mix that nobody else plays remains well worth any hassle.


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