December 29th Top 10 voting irregularities

I am not going to sugar coat anything.  When individuals vote it records a lot of information.  this info for me is nothing more than a way to double-check voting and that it is being completed and a legitimate fashion.  This weeks voting included one artist that received 377 votes.  Of this number 305 came from 2 cities approximately 50 miles or 80 km apart in the USA.  It further breaks down to 3 devices only which means that each device votes 100 times in a 7 day period.

This has forced me to disqualify all votes from this individual.  I am confident it is not the artist involved in any way, so I have not disqualified their music because of what appears to be one overzealous fan.  Further to that I have strengthened the protocols for voting in such a way that hopefully this once again makes this tougher to do.   I would suggest to the individual(s) who do this, who probably will never read this anyway, don’t look for away around this security.  I would rather you vote legitimately than have me be forced to block you or worse yet, disqualify your favorite artist, because of these irregularities.

I strive week in and week out to provide a legitimate voting platform, that is totally transparent and accountable.  Lets work together to maintain that going forward.

For those who vote legitimately and frequently, thank you.

Al Yardy

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Top 40 Countdown Information

Approximately 6 weeks ago I post a voting list for a Top 40 songs for the year 2017 on KB Radio.  To say that I was blown away by the response would be an understatement.  The sad part was that it was impossible to notify everybody about this going on.  From my last blog you will see the list of Artists involved and played on KB Radio in the last year, so it would be impossible to notify everyone individually.  Towards the final couple weeks it seemed to be growing in momentum as the word spread further and I suspect if we had another couple of weeks it would have blown open even wider.  But I am excited as I said by the response and we recorded nearly 4000 votes.

Over the last couple days that information was combined with the other information, being the requests through the year.   At each level as we went we looked at the data and the results and how the music lined up.  When we got to the final data to be input as well we repeated this analysis in more ways than I thought was possible.

The result was that no matter how we crunched the numbers the main list always came up the same.  Sure a few songs were in a slightly different position, maybe 1 or 2 spots but as one would hope for, the vast majority never moved.  This tells me that the system was working perfectly and the final result is overall almost entirely based on what listeners and fans wanted.

Just so you know how it worked once again.  On a normal top 10 it is 40% on the votes, 40% on requests through that week , and the final 20% is a combination of samples I put in, that remain only to my knowledge.  This allows for the fans and listeners to really control the outcome for the most part, but not 100%.  This is only done because no matter how hard you try some will play with the system, and this does stop those individuals.  For the Top 40 I used the same 40% from the voting but only 20% on requests.  I dropped it this way because I only began the chart in late April, and before that time, there was no voting and not as many requests documented.  The final 40% comes from a combination of those extra unknown quantities and using a panel of judges going through as well.

When the data was all put together it quickly became obvious how things were going to fall into place.  We crunched numbers in different fashions, ie; changing the percentages back to the weekly system, and no matter how we did it, things ended up exactly the same at the top, and virtually identical all the way to number 40.  When we reviewed the final data, and comparisons, I was beyond pleased, because it worked so well, and truly identified a solid Top 40 that I stand behind, and if asked could provide every detail to show it is as upfront as any list you will find.

Thank you everyone for your participation.  The official list will be posted on the site after we air the Top 40 tonight.

 

Al

The year that was 2017

Well to say that the past year has been interesting, even by my standards would be an understatement.    I was trying to decide about what to include in this post, but decided I really didn’t need to say a lot.   The year kind of stands on its own in many ways for myself and KB Radio.  It was just over 1 year ago I went from just podcasting 5 nights a week to a full 24 hour station.  In the early incarnation I quickly learned something I knew but had kind of forgotten.  You can’t be something for everyone, so find your target and work on that demographic.  It of course meant the dropping of Country music from KB Radio, however as you know I launched KB Country Radio a couple of months ago, with help that I will get to shortly and we are watching it quickly grow as well.

Back in February of this year, I was introduced to an artist and a group, they called themselves the “army” in support of this actor turned musician.  This interaction was one of the first times I started to get a better handle on the arrogance of so many in the industry, and some signs to watch for moving forward.  You sometimes have to look but, you can usually find something positive in almost everything if you look.  Oh, btw, for those associated and pissed off at my arrogance statement, I now have 3 stations, and your artist is selling coffee.   But I digress.    the really positive thing to come out of this was a friendship with someone who has become one of my best friends and now a partner and help in the station workings.

Veronica was part of the army, but as it turned out very different from most of the other members.  We began by discussing music via twitter and discovered she had an impressive music knowledge.  Over time and many conversations, through the months, I discovered that for some of the music and situations with the station I was using her as a sounding board and opinions.

When I had the equipment issues and was ready to pack things in, she was the first to tell me I was nuts.  LOL   I will admit that she was right, because obviously the rest of the year has been a bit of a whirlwind, but in a good way from this side of the board.  With Veronica’s incredible assistance from across the country even, KB Country Radio was born and I can’t thank her enough.  Good friends are hard to find, and I feel fortunate to have her as a friend.  Maybe one day I will get my passport again and we can actually meet face to face.

Finally none of this would be possible without so many great musicians and artists sending music, interacting with me, and my listeners and so much more.   I wish I had the time to thank them all personally.  I thought I would instead give you a list of these artists and bands or groups that have been a part of KB Radio this past year.  They are all shown in alphabetical order, and I really hope I don’t miss anyone.  If I did, please send me a note so I can add you to this list.  Not included on this list are so many others, managers, promoters, producers, family members etc.  Let me just say, I try every day to make sure I respond to everyone who messages or emails me.  Some slip through the cracks, but I truly believe without everyone, I couldn’t do what I am doing.

Cheers to everyone,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year:

PS.  I would have loved to have put a link on every name here, but there’s about 700 on the list, and by the time I could get done, it would be Christmas 2018.

2 Steel Girls Grainne Duffy Palakali
333 Grand Masquerade Pallab Sarker
7th Order Gravitation Parmalee
A Beautiful Tomorrow Gravity Blinks Parmy Dillon
A Blue Flame Griffin Tucker Pat Gasperini
a strAnger Guy Paul Thibault Patagonian Children
Aaron Morales H0nestman Pavey Ark
Aaron Watson Hands of Elohim Payton Taylor
Abbi Scott Hannah Clive Pearsall Brothers Band
Across the Board Hannah Faye Penny White
Adarna Hats off Gentleman Its Adequate Pet Project
Addie Heart Tide Pete Six
After Alice Hector Ward and the Big Time Peter Graigs
Alan & the big Hand Heincz Gabi Petrella
Alayna Helen Coleman Phantoms
Alchemy Music Hell’s Belles Phil Mitten Storyteller
Alex Cambridge Hicks Phillip Broussard
Alfred Gomez Jr Highwaywomen Pocket In Red
ALL7SAID Hilliat Fields Poetry Thieves
Alpha Six Romeo Hobbs Sisters Pom Poms
Alsion Rose HoldOn Portuguese
amanda campbell Honor Hall Pretty City
Amber Leigh White HOSS Pretty Wild
AMELIA COBURN House of Not Proper man
Amilia K Spicer I Am Warface Psycle
Anaiyah Sunshine IbeTifusa Pull
Angelle Immortel Punch Cabbie
ANNEMARIE-PICERNO imp Puss Puss Band
Antipole Indiana song company Pwned By Gravity
Aparte Project Indie Soull Rabbit Holes
April Kry Indigo blue Rae Wilson
Arc & Stones Indigo Project Ragweed
Ardi Farhan Infinity Process Rahn Anthoni
Arellspencer Inkfields Rallies
Ashes to Fall Innspire Ramona Rose
Ashley Only InRegalia Raspin Stuwart
Ashliegh Lisset Internal Frontier Raveis Kole
Audiodeluxe Irrational Machines Raven Reii
AURORA It Ray Wilson
Ausmark ITP Raymond Barton
Austin’s Rose Its Kshon Reagan Browne
Avanada Ivory Tower Project Red Morris
Avenue-Josephine J Jesus Ree Nay
Ayala Jaayns Reise
Baby Seals Jack Blake Replican Theory
Banana Blonde jack Rose Retrobutes
Bandini Jagged Reverant Cavaliers
Barley Station Jake Anderson Rhys Davis
Bas Antonan James Angel Ric Cabot Podmore
Bay Station James B Rich and Famous
Baznguitar James Darden Rich Stephenson
Bean Band Jamie  Slate Richard Lynch
Beatnik Neon Jamie Lynn Spears Ricky Gray
Bedrokk Jamie Martin Ridiculous Trixx
Belinda M JANA & The Rebels Risa Hall
Betapsi Jason Cudmore Rival Bones
Birds in the Boneyard Jayber C Riverlands
Birkett Hall Jayna Jennings RMD
Birthday Club Jean Cabbie Robert Bushinsky
Bisola jeanin Del Carlo Robert Machado
Black Diamonds Jeff Kossack & Syd  Straw Robert Segarra
Black Fun Surgery Jenna Robert Watson
BLACK HARNESS Jennifer Doll Rogert Green
Blue Helix Jennifer Mlott ROJOR
Bogart Jones Band Jerry hull Rosegarden Funeral Party
Bongos Jesse Thom Ross Seddon
Bourbon House Jessica Allossery Roxanne DeBastion
Braggarts Jessie Lee Cates Royzy
brambient Jessie Lynn Rubber Clown Car
Brandon Maddox Jigsaw Sequence Rudi Simon
Brandy Clark Jillian Sabina Runabay
Brave You Jimena Rusty Shipp
Brazen Jimmy Coburn Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors
Brian Bouchie JJ McGuigan Ryder
Brian Lee Robinson JJ’s Music Retaliation RyLee Nicholson
Brian Mackey Joe Pops Bredow Sabrina Fallah
Bristol Kids Joe Tavano Saint Luminus
Brother to the Birds John Dartnell Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs
Bryan Rice Jon C Butler Sam Hatmaker
Buddz Jon Magnusson Sam Rochford
Buttness Jonathan Vautour Samivel
By Myself Jonathon Cavier Sandi Kight
byron brown Joseph Sands
Calle Ameln Judy Rae Jae SaraBeth
Cam Julia Sarah Schonert
Careless Sons Julie McGeer SASKIA
Carlos Wilde Junk Antique Savings Bank
Carolina Stocco Juxta scaramanga six
Cassadee Pope K8 Scott Coner
Cassandra Joy kafkadiva Scott Dean
Cassidy Rae Kailee Morgan Scott Smith Band
CCH Pounder & Raspin Stuwart Kairos SebastianAzul
Celeste Kellogg Kamber Cain Second Hand Arms Dealer
Chad Houser Kanadia Seeing Hands
Chanell Karianne Jean Sennid
Change Under Death Karma Fire Sera
Charles Ellis Kath and the kicks Serenade The Stars
Charley Woods kathy bell shadow of everest
cherie rain Kathy Freeman Sharon Lia
Cherish Lee Katie Stump Sharon West
Cherose Katy Beal Shaun Walt Band
Cherry Heart Keith Burke Sheila Moore Piper
Chris Moreno Keith Fearri Sheri Lynn
Chris Prythm Kendall Connection Shippa-63
Chris Scharenbroch Kevin Costner Modern West ShirazHempstock
Chris Watkins Drunk Poets Kevin Walsh Signal Rose
Chuck Eaton KIAH Silent Stranger
Chuck Watson KIANA Silent Theory
Clark Band Kickstand Jenny Silverland
CLEAN MASTER kiki Skinner Silverstar
Cliff Wheeler Band Kim Kondroshoff Silvertung
Clint Slate Kim Larsen Simon Baum
Cloves Kind of Ride Skins
Coco O’Connor Kings Harem Skye Claire
Coco Scott Kivah Slim Chance & The Gamblers
codie prevost Kolade Olamide Ayodeji Smisch
Coma Row Kris Bradley SmithRadio
Comfortable Cats Krissy Nicks smoke season
Conne mara Stone Company Kristen Kuiper So Far Gone
Coreign KristenParisi Social Networks
Corey Koehler Kurt Fortmeyer SombreMoon
Corinne Cook LADY SONGBIRD SOME x 6 Band
CORRIDORS Laini Colman Somerdale
Corrington Wheeler Lance Glass Something Like Kites
Country Boy Landsear Sonar Lights
Country George Larre U-A Songs 4 Valery
Crags Late Greats Sons of Morning
CRASH MIDNIGHT laughing with the raindrops Sophia Radisch
Crazy Does Laura marie Sophie hanson
Crescent Moon Lauren Marsh Sophie Noelle
CT Swan LEE BRANDEN and the BLACK HARNESS Sour Bruthers
Curtis Grimes Lee Christian Sourfish
Dallas Cosmas Lee Ellis South of Sorrow
Dan Olsen Lindsay Ell Spilt Milk Society
Dancing Tramps Lisa Kowalski Spoon 21
dandelioncharm Littermouth Springs
Dangerhounds Lock It Down Stage 11
Daniel Pearson Lola Demo Star Crystal
Daniel Shockley Loocties Starkett Levee
Danielle Haskell Loosehounds Starling Radicals
Danny McMahon Lost Generation Starshine Black
Danny Wright Love and Theft State of Mine
Darker Still Love Peace and Gun Status Unknown
Darlins Lunar Rogue Steel Blossoms
Darren Parry Lux Lisbon STEREO LOVE
Davi Lyrics of Two Steve hartsoe
David Martinez mack meadows Steven Ybarra
David Nail Madelyn Victoria Stevens Band
Dazzlerz Madison Mueller Stone Blind State
Dean Rhymes Magazine Smile Strands
Dear Wendy Maggie Baugh Strange Waves
Del Zorros Maggie Thompson Stuart Alan Thomas
Derek Austin Magic Es Suburban Myth
Dez Rocket Mahogany Dannie Sugar Ponies
Dianne Meinke Maks SurRod
DiDi Malaika SWAMPBOX
Dinachi March Divide Swirl
Dirty Mind Detroit Marco Siino Sydney Bergevin
Dj Dirty Freud Mari System Slave
Doctor Keith Medicine Woman Maria Masucci Tamanie Dove
Dongle Marianas Trench Tearaways
Don’t Know Marie Danielle Tempered Soul
Don’t Worry About Me Marina Avetisian Tepoe Nash
Dovile Lee Mark Parisi Terry lee Bolton
DreadPirate Marmadukes Third Time Luckie
Dream Marshall Stackz Thomas Brothers
Dream Aria Martin Almgren Three Left
Drew Erwin Mary Janes Affair Thumper Samuels
Ducky Medlock Matt Boydston Thy Other Side
dustland express matt mercer Tiffany Ashton
Dwight Williams Matt Springfield Tiffany Desrosiers
DX Death Matthew Huff Tiki Tom Toms
Dying Habit MattoRules Tilia
Dynamite Girl Maureen & the Mercury Five Time Luckie
Dynamos McKnight Tina Fisher & Lightyear
Ed Roman Meg Mac TJ Doyle
Eddie T Band Melia Todd Carey
Eddy Joe Clark Band Melisandre’s Beaver toggo Ultra rock
Eddy Kenzo Melissa Ramski TolbertToz
Eddy Mann MeloRene Tom Ryder
Eighty Two Mersi Stone Toni Sodgwick
Elaine Harris Mia Pearl Tooth & Nail
Elaine Palmer Miccoli Tower Project
Electric Mud Michael Bush Tra Cee
Elephant Trees Michael Logen TracyColletto
Eleven dollar Bills Michael Trew Treeside
Elinborg Mick Sharp Tribulance
Eliza Sayers Mickey Guyton Trinity Rose
Elizabeth Chute Midev Tronge
Elizmi Haze Mighty Sideshow Trying Hard
Elsie Mikael Vasara Two Fishes Band
Elsinore Mikalyn Hay Tyler Dial
Elvira Kalnik Mike Sands Up Your Alley
Emiko Milk & Honey Uprisers
Emily Higgins Miranda Glory Upside Down
Emma Ballantine Miss Prizz UR S Man(Sam Reeves)
EOSChute Moan Urban Folk
Erica Mohawk Radio Useless Cities
Erin At Eleven Moses Mo Vanilla Base
Erin Stoll Mothers Green Verity smith
Excorde Mowbeck Verity White
Eyemouth Mudsand Vile Assembly
Facing West Mullen Villa Avenue
Fainites MYA Project Village
Falling Into Red Nada Surf Vix Sambi
Farewell to Fear Naika Oko VOLUNTEARS
Felch McLean & Tovi Soul Naryan Vpreme
FINAL MIX Neil & Adam W3Detour
Fiona Ross Network Wall Of Orange
FIREFLY New Element Walter Hansen
FirewoodIsland Nick Hickman Wayne Rintoul
Fisher & Lightyear Nicumo We Three Kings
Flatland Cavalry Nigel Brown Wendy Kirkland
Flemt Nikki Lane While you Were Out
Fliptop Box Nikolitsa White Noise Owl
Flowered Gnomes Nina Soderquist white of the waves
Follow No One No Good Sons Why I
Forte No One Will Ludford
Franklin Gotham No Service Willow Grove
Free Ride Non Duo With Glasses
Free To Grow Northern Roads World 5
Garrett Nothin Left You Know
Gather Nth Cave YOU MIX
Gentleman of Rock and Roll Omar Alhindi Young Presidents
George Hillman One Bloody Reason You’re The One
Get Outta My Head o’neill hudson Zack Clyburn
Ghost Station Oohz Zally
Ghostly Beard Open Feel Zamtrip
Gia operation neptune spear Zel Florizel
Gills Band Ortario Zoe Wren
Golden Curtain Owen Denvir Mirenda
Good Water OYA

 

Chart idea, lets work together.

This is my second version of this blog because to be honest my first version, while it felt good to write took issue with a few people and how they conduct business.  It showed the inequities, lies and misrepresentation that some people use and portray and share on the internet as truths.

But not only am I better than that, I think my idea can stand on its own merits without having to expose the losers.   lol

I have been wondering what could be done to better help promote Indie Artists while also giving a truly accurate and transparent method of showing multiple stations charts.    I came up with the idea of an independent website, through one of the free providers like Wix or Weebly.  On this site any station that wants to participate can submit their weekly  or monthly chart.  That chart will be posted directly to the site as is, in a JPEG format, with a link to whatever page you which to link to.  We can either set up an image above the chart for station logo’s or incorporate into the Charts, personally I think just a separate image that is posted once and never has to change is easiest.  There would be NO MASTER TOP 40!  This would only be a site that offers information for artists and other stations about other stations charts.  Each week when a new chart is presented it would replace the previous,  and I would like to leave the past weeks accessible as well.  the history could be obtained either as every chart as a whole, the way it was presented or each stations history on its own.

What are the pluses to such an idea.  As a station operator I like to know about other music that I am not aware of that may fit into my programming.  As an artist it offers one location they can go every week, to see how their music is doing on multiple stations very simply.  I truly believe this could be a method for opening doors for even better interaction between all.  I do realize that as stations we are all really competing for the same listeners and fans, but we also are presenting independent artists music to as many people as possible.

I am prepared to offer to maintain and handle the site and all incoming chart lists.  I would suggest they be sent to an independent email address that I would create just for this, submit by Saturday each week, and they would be posted Sundays every week.  Also on the site will be a forum that is open and not moderated for artists, stations and listeners to comment or promote as they see fit.  Any question about accuracy in the postings can be easily pointed out if anyone is suspicious.  We all use Twitter daily and frequently which makes the transparency all the more important because it will be very easy to call me out for the postings.

There is of course the possibility down the road we could expand beyond this simple posting idea, but for the time being lets focus on doing one thing, doing it openly and accurately and doing it right.

I would encourage anyone who thinks this is a good idea and who may be interested in taking part in this to email me AL Yardy at:   kbradio@rogers.com

Top 10 Voting and year end Voting

I have had a couple of discussions recently with a number of people, listeners and artists, about the top 10.  This week was a perfect example where one artist had a good lead over the next highest in voting at the end of the week.  Each week I use a combination of factors to determine the top 10 songs.  Lets start with that voting represents 40% of the contributors.  Song requests are another very important factor and they represent 40% as well.  The remaining 20% is based on a combination of information that I collect each week.  This information is the one element that I don’t make public.  Voting and requests can be manipulated, and I am not saying they are.  We ask fans to vote and make requests which gives the fans 80% control over who is the top 10 each week.  That final 20% is entirely based on the music, the artist or band and KB Radio.  This is a Top 10 for KB Radio, so non station related information is not relevant or counted in any way.

By doing things in this manner, it allows not only the fans to have a big voice in the decision, but it also leaves an element of surprise.  It is great to see the voting and the requests each week, so please don’t stop helping your favorites.

For the Year Ending Top 40 a similar system is in play.  The voting for this list will have 40% of the total towards the Top 40.  The requests are going to play a smaller part at only 20%, and while I have a record for all the requests, they go back to before we began our Top 10 lists.  This should offer some balance since some of the groups listed or others that could be written in may have been played and more popular on KB before we began the chart system.   This leaves 40% which again is based on the same criteria I didn’t tell you about before plus using a panel of judges to review as well.

I try to keep things as open as possible and welcome any questions and comments.  You can comment here on the blog or send an email to kbradio@rogers.com.

Thanks

Al

Announcements A Plenty!!!

Lets start with the KB Radio announcements.  First and foremost is that KB Radio will survive beyond the new year and for many years to come hopefully.  Although we are yet to reach our target in the fundraising, a very generous donor has come forward anonymously and purchased outright a crucial piece of equipment needed to keep operating.  There are no words to express the thanks I have for this, and everyone’s contributions so far to this cause.

Sticking with KB Radio, there will be a new option for voting for the Top 40 Indie songs for the past year on KB.  Voting will begin as soon as I can update the web-page.  There are approximately 60 names and songs on the voting list and of course there will be the option for write in votes also.  The top 40 will be based on a combination of votes, past requests and the usual tabulations.  Voting will be held from now until December 24th 2017 and the Top 40 Indie Songs of the Year will be brought to you on December 27th.  Hopefully a nice listening option between the hustle of Christmas and New Years.

Also coming to KB Radio is a new Indie show feature from Patrick, of Ghostly Beard fame.  He is going to be giving us the Ghostly Beard pick of the week, featuring a great indie artist that will in some cases may be a familiar name to KB listeners, and sharing some new names as well.  This will be starting Wednesday November 15th on our Indie Show, and we are excited to be including this feature on KB.

KB Country Radio

Starting Sunday November 19th there are two new shows coming to KB Country.  Every Sunday at 9pm we are pleased to be welcoming “The Real Texas Radio Show” to our airwaves.  This show is recorded live outside of a studio on stage at LSA Burger.  Hear great interview and live versions of great Indie Country artists.   Boxed around Real Texas Radio is a new Indie Show as well, hosted by myself Al Yardy and welcoming Veronica Phillips to the microphone as well.  We will do one hour before and after Real Texas Radio, showcasing great Indie Country artists as well and spotlighting one artist and their music each hour.  Everything begins at 8PM EST on November 19th.

KB AOR Album Oriented Rock

I am pleased to off a third listening option for music fans.  KB AOR goes back to the early days of FM radio for its styling.  It featured tracks off of great albums that you weren’t hearing on Top 40 or contemporary radio.  The stations were entirely music based, not focusing on the entertainment of the dj, but rather just great music back to back.  Let me correct that, great Rock and Roll.  The idea of Classic Rock evolved out of this Radio format, but if you recall the lyrics for the band “Bowling for Soup” and their tune “1985”, : “When did Motley Crue become Classic Rock?”   Will you hear tracks that may have been popular or hits?  From time to time you will, mixed in, but the focus is on the other tracks.  The bulk of the music will be from the late 60’s to the 90’s.  However, great albums from the 2000s will be added to the mix and looking at the option of including some great Indie Rock as well.  There are no intentions at this time to offer live shows, but anything is possible as time goes on.  

The Website is still in development, but you can listen to the stream here.  www.kbaor.weebly.com

Twitter: @KB_AOR_CAN

I am very excited about all of the new developments that are happening within the KB Radio family.  We encourage continued interaction and always welcome suggestions.

All music submissions for KB and KB country continue to come to live@kbradio.ca.

A huge thank you to everyone for the continued support and encouragement. 

Cheers

Al Yardy

 

 

How to get played on Radio: Part ?

 

I want to start by saying this is how I do business, this is how Radio in general does business. I don’t know how others who aren’t trained in station operations etc. or have no first hand experience in working in radio other than starting their own online station operate, but that’s not the group I fit into.

With all of that said, I want to focus on music from artists that have already been played on stations like KB Radio and KB Country. We have already looked at the differences between mainstream music releases and indie releases. When an artist releases an album or EP, the mainstream focuses on one song, and pushes it for success. Then will move on to a second and third etc, following the same pattern. With Indie music, when an album or EP is released, the indie artists for the most part don’t promote one song in particular. If my station will play one track and another plays a different track then that is fine with them. This, in many ways, is a great method of promotion in basically getting the band or artists name out. However, it can also lead to confusion or negative effects in the case of stations like mine.

There are only so many spots for songs to be played in a given day or week on KB Radio. I have often been told that the mix of songs and entire playlist is really good, and this is something that I take great pride in. This doesn’t happen by accident. I have a rotation that is based on songs fitting in different groups or categories, and rotating songs from each of these groups in a specific pattern. In two separate examples KB Radio and KB Country Radio have two very different lineups or categories of music and each station’s rotation is nothing like the other. Why is that, you ask? It is because it is based on target audience. I approach this completely as a business, although I make nothing from the effort, I will not put out some half cocked bullshit lineup that tries to appeal to everyone. I don’t lead my life that way either, because the bottom line is, you will never please everyone, so I never try to. If you don’t like the music we play, that is totally fine with me and with all due respect, I don’t care. That’s not arrogance, it’s just knowing my audience. You don’t put the NFL Channel on TV to get the latest hockey scores do you? So, if you tune in and don’t like the music, look somewhere else. It’s very simple really.

Okay, I have gotten a little off course, but I think it’s important to understand the operation of stations like mine. Knowing all of those things, let’s get back to the music being released. The bottom line is, Indie Artists, in many ways, are not releasing songs individually. This is where my problem starts to show itself, and I think artists start to slip off the radar when they are missing opportunities for further promotion. So, understanding that my music rotation is set in a specific way for it to function properly, also tells you that each category has a set or approximate number of songs for it to function properly. So, if as an example, Category A has 100 Indie songs in it, if I add 5 new tracks one week, that means 5 songs have to come out. Now again, understanding the system, not all songs come out completely from the rotation. There are options based on a number of reasons and circumstances that these songs will move into a different category instead of being moved out completely. Of course, with a move into a different category, it’s still 1 in equals 1 out. I often tell people how much time is spent each week on putting music into the rotation, and with the second station and the help from Veronica, who came on board a few weeks ago, we are putting in about 20 man hours a weeks just on that one task. On a typical Wednesday night after the Indie Show concludes, I then add the music and make all the lineup changes. That takes about 4 hours to complete.

So, if you are an artist and you sent me an album in July, as an example, and the song we played has done fairly well, but has run its course and ends up coming out of the rotation this week, what do I do with your album now? I know simple right? Just play another tune. So of the 50 new artists I added in the past week, and I ask this with the most sincere of intentions; do you really expect me to go through the list of each artist I have removed and look to see if I have more of their music? Then look to make sure it is something they are still promoting, and they haven’t possibly released something new that I haven’t heard about? Then from there, go through all of that music to find another song to help promote them? Let me ask you this; considering that I do work so hard to help promote Indie Artists, do you really think it’s my job to do all of that stuff? I will give you a hint, if you do, then please respond to this blog and tell me so I can remove all of your music from my system. I don’t have time for your arrogance! I work really well when we work together.

If you are tracking your music being played, which we make it very easy for you to do by live tweeting each song that’s played, then when you stop seeing those tweets, send me an email again saying “hey, can we look at getting another tune into the rotation”. If you sent me an album, you can remind me of that also, which honestly is a very simple thing, or just ask, did I send you the album?

Please, Please do not send me the message, “I guess I am no longer one of the popular kids”. I am not and have not been a teenager for a long time. Comments like these will get ignored or if I am in a bad mood, maybe a file showing just how often your music was played, dates, times” etc. and asking if you always act like a kid.

My current catalogue of Indie Music has more than 1000 artists, all of which have been played at one time or another. I apologize if I don’t remember every single one of them, but most days I don’t know what day of the week it is. If you don’t believe that, listen to one of my shows when I call it by the wrong name because I don’t even remember what I am playing at that moment.   LOL

One of the funny things about writing Blogs like this is that in the end, I usually feel like a real shit. I know that isn’t even reasonable, but somehow I feel guilty that I have to explain some things. I guess the easiest way for artists and bands to look at things is like this. Each station or podcast, reviewer or writer is different. We are no different from people you know in your personal life. You won’t talk politics or sex or religion or other topics exactly the same with everyone you know, so why look at this group of people like we are all the same. Get to know the people in the stations or podcasts etc. and work with them individually. Do some research about them and find out what they are doing for you. If you have a podcaster who is doing a segment once a week and you have an opportunity to get your music profiled each week, then use a calendar or anything to remind you. Touch base with that person to find out how often they will play your songs. Maybe you can get a weekly spin. Maybe they can’t because of how much music they get in. Who knows, but the only way you can help yourself is to learn. The old saying Knowledge is Power still holds true today.

I always look forward to comments about my writing, good or bad. Being honest and open doesn’t get you banned from my radio station. We won’t all get along or agree on everything, but being an outright asshole will. Just a thought to keep in mind before you write your response.

 

Cheers

 

Al

Never discuss politics, except:

There are only a few topics in my world that I don’t mention publicly. Politics is the biggest subject to avoid when I broadcast or write because it can be so decisive. A perfect example happened this morning with a friend who generally I can discuss anything with. Politics, not a chance. It is of course entirely caused by two different view points, but I like to think of myself in many ways as a neutral third-party.

When I get up in the morning I read through various news services about what is going on in the world. The service I use, will have the headline for a story and then offer multi other news sources for the same story. It is fascinating to read a story and see how many different variations there can be to the exact same subject. The thing I find most comical is that many of the people writing or giving these stories are too you to have enough experience to understand a lot of what they are talking about.

My debate this morning came down to the point about what is reported and what is not said. I maintain both sides are guilty. Everybody has an agenda and news no longer is an unbiased reporting of facts. If you want the whole youth, you won’t get it from any news service.

Case in point. The recent incident with US President and the soldier killed in action. Did he say what is reported, only three people know for sure. One side of the press is slamming the Democrat who was in the vehicle with the family. They report she was eavesdropping and doesn’t really know what was said. It was reported that the call was on speaker phone by one side. One side contends that the family member has not spoken out or agreed with what was claimed to have been said. The other side interviewed that family member who stated publicly it was exactly what was reported. Now John Kelly is slamming the Democrat as well, with the use of a racially insensitive comment. The bottom line in this, who cares what the President said. This an emotionally elevated time, and a climate where words are misunderstood or misspoke. Everyone should just shut the hell up and let this poor family grieve. What a freaking circus this has become.

It is not just in the US that this type of reporting and actions are taking place. Here in Canada it happens constantly and has for years. I read news from around the world, from local sources not from our perspective here in North America.  It happens and is happening everywhere, and there is no good that is coming or will come from all of this.

It was funny that one of the hot points and has been in discussions with other people is the perspective of basically cause and effect.  A government in many ways function like a business but are also extremely different.  What happens when a government in any country changes who is the governing party is often not immediately felt.  Every government will offer programs and platforms many of which are a long term in nature and implementation.  This leads us to the fact that changes are not always felt within the time one government is in power.  Some of these changes take years for the effects to be felt, and sometimes even are never felt because the changing government cancels the program as soon as they take power.  It is a tit for tat situation that is in no way effective for anybody.  Every political party has their own platforms and viewpoints, and the bottom line is that none is perfect.  Ideally a government that functioned properly would take the best of both parties and implement programs that are beneficial to the country and the population.   HAHAHAHA!  That will never happen anywhere, of that I am sure.  But here is what happens, with my thought that it takes time for some effects to be felt from changes.  But in a new government after 6 months or a year or even longer some times, if there are problems with the economy the party that is in power will say, this is from the previous government because it takes time for things to take effect.  If it’s a positive situation in the country the government will say it is their actions that have made the difference.

Its called spin and it is bullshit.  They are both right.  Some effect will be felt immediately, businesses react to different governments, stock markets, dollar values and many others will fluctuate with a change.  Once again if governments on all sides, and I wont just say both because in countries like here in Canada there are multiple political parties involved in government.

So is this blog about my discussion this morning.  Nope, though I am sure it will be disputed.  This blog is about some of the reasons I stay away from politics in my posts, and my broadcasts.  Despite the fact that in many countries it is stated that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, as we see all over the world, it has become normal to clash when one group opposes an others viewpoint.  It really is a sad state for society when you think about it, but at the same time, not surprising.  Everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame even if it is at the expense of others.

 

Submitting Music, updated!!

I have written about this to some degree in the past but with last weeks blog I wanted to do a brief update on some items in regards to submitting music.  I hate to say this but it is going to focus more on what not to do and suggestions to make all of our jobs and communications easier.  But I do have a list of suggestions, you just need to get through the rest first.  It really is relevant.

KB Radio will accept music of all kinds but it doesn’t mean it will all get played.  We don’t play rap, thrash metal, music that is out there.  I find it personally offensive when I put a song on and the first 10 words include fuck and n**ger.  I won’t even write that one,  I was raised in a time that everyone was told how ignorant that word was and what it meant and represented.  Now apparently it is some sort of fashion statement to call each other that, though if I used the term I am sure I would be deemed a racist.  LOL  Double standards.

I get a couple shows a week that we air, and if you have listened or looked on Twitter to see what it is, you would have no idea.  Now these shows are a bit different than getting music but it is the same problem I get with music.  The shows come in without labels on the actual files.  Now in the case of the shows, I download them, as they come in right into the file folder they need to be to go to air.  But let me ask you a question, and it is something i actually debated with another person recently.  A show, such as the Indie Music show which I air on Wednesday night and than replay that show at 2am the next morning.  To do so I record the show and than run that recorded file.  Now this show I make sure is labelled properly not only for my files, but so it displays correctly on twitter and that if for some reason that show were to go to another station, I could send it, and without any effort know what it is.   I get show files labelled like this  06181293; which I am sure makes perfect sense in their file system, but doesn’t mean shit to me.  Should I fix the name, simple enough or not.  LOL  I don’t really want an answer, because I don’t plan on fixing the file names, just how I am.

Now that scenario, imagine that times 10 or 50 or 100.  Let me back up a little bit though before we go to far.  When we sit down to listen to the new music for the week, we open the emails one at a time, read what is sent and than do two things, listen to the song(s) included and download the files.  We go through each email one at a time, making a list, gathering information and than on to the next one.  Now as i mentioned when discussing shows in the previous paragraph,  when I go back to prep the music for airplay I am finding frequently that many songs have little or no information on them.  I find it hilarious that I get music, that when I click on the file, their is no song name, no artist name, no information to make it recognizable as coming from any specific person, artist, or band.  These I have corrected and continue to correct, but to do so, it becomes a process of elimination, going back through the emails to find where the song was attached.

Even worse some times is the email that comes in, the subject says something like “Greetings” or “Hello”.  There is no message, no body, no names just the email address and a file.  I have discussed this with other stations and promoters, and many of them tell me, that if they get an email like that, they just delete the email, never listening to the music.  In the world of Independent music you have to be your own biggest promoter.  How do you plan on getting your name out there, if you don’t even introduce yourself, or sign your emails.

I find it personally frustrating when I see emails like this, and music without proper labels etc.   Let me give you an analogy that I learned personally as a teen.  I used to work in gas stations, full serve and self serve, and when it was my shift I was responsible for what was pumped.  In the self serve, someone would pump $10.02 or $20.01 and come in and drop a $10 or $20 bill.  But what about the pennies?  The answer I always got was, “it’s only a penny or two.”  That is exactly right for them, but for me, watching some days a couple thousand cars go through the pumps on a shift, it added up to 2, 3, 5 and as much as $10 in total.  That amount came out of my pocket at the end of the shift to cover the shortage.  They were right, it was just a penny.  LOL  That equates to the music as well.  Yes, it only takes a minute or two to fix the label on a file.  It actually would take the sender a lot less because they know what the file is.

The process of going through music, listening, sorting, prepping, responding to emails, and everything else that goes into it takes even with help now, usually 15 to 20 hrs to complete.  A typical Tuesday amd Wednesday are both required to prep for the Indie Show.  The day starts very early, and usually doesn’t end till 3 or 4 the next morning.  Now that we have introduced KB Country Radio the amount of music coming in is going up even faster.

This feels like a bitch message with nothing but complaints, but trust me its not a complaint.  LOL  I put the extra effort in because i love the music.  Would I like to see people do a better job with their own efforts getting music and information to us, absolutely.  I fear that one day we will get to the point where we have to be more selective with these emails.  It is very difficult as I described in the last blog to make room for new music, and move around other tunes.  It actually concerns me that with the continuous growth in popularity and number of emails, it may come to the point where one of the simplest methods to sort music will be to do as others do, and delete messages with no info, with songs that aren’t labelled.  That would be a shitty way to conduct business, however, time is a huge commodity.

If there is one thing that I think is incredibly important but rarely if ever done, and it is the number one factor when it comes to sales.  Know who your client is that you are trying to sell to.  What are their needs.  Take the time to listen to a station before sending music.  Look it up online, many have show schedules etc.  You will save yourself time and frustration if you stop sending music to people that will never play it.  A station that plays Indie music in specific shows only will for example not mind getting lots of fresh music for their shows.  A station like mine that promotes through repetition doesn’t want to be introducing a new song every couple of weeks.

So lets make a list of what I would suggest you include in an email when submitting music:

  1. Start with your name, who you are and your relation to the song or artist.  Are you part of the band, are you a promoter, a fan.  I want to know who I am dealing with.
  2. How about the song(s) titles, are they new and off an album
  3. Any bio on yourself or if its a band.  Ideally in an attached word or pdf.
  4. The next is the most important stuff, your links:  Facebook, Twitter, Website, Instagram, make it easy for me.  I can promote something if I have the information
  5. Where you are from.  Its worldwide now, and i get music from every corner of the world, so please where are you from.

Are these things mandatory, of course not.  Does it make mine or anyone else you are submitting music to easier?  Yes to some degree.  I have seen some radio submission requirements that are longer than university exams.  Thats their business, but you want to get your music played.  Work with the people that want to work with you, and everyone is happier.

I hope I made sense through all of this and if you have any suggestions, feel free to pass them along.

I had held off posting this post for reasons I don’t even remember, and than today as i am going through the new music for today, I have two emails, one has nothing written at all, just the email address and the song attached.  The other email is one that has been forwarded twice, each time to a different group of stations or shows to play.  Am I wrong, or is that just lazy? I also find it in some ways insulting.  I think today to save time, when I reply to every artist that submitted music, I will send a message to everyone in the same email.

It will go something like this;  “To all 50 artists, some of you will get played, some of you won’t, some of you need to send more information or music, and others well I am sorry, I just cant play that.  I am doing it this way, because I am too f’ing lazy to take the time to communicate on a personal level.”

Maybe its just me?

 

Music, Rotation, Additions, etc.. running a Radio Station Playlist and Rotation

In this age of internet radio and corporate radio for AM FM and Satellite, the idea of music rotation is to me a lost art.  To run a radio station you don’t just throw 100 songs on and play whatever whenever.  This actually may be the case with some of the internet stations, but that’s okay for them.  Your typical FM station now has their music all programmed by a service.  Many stations use a preset format, like Virgin Radio, Jack FM, Froggy etc.  These stations for the most part are all playing the same music.  By that I mean if you turn on a Virgin Radio station in one city and then another city you will find they are playing the exact same music.  In some cases, with corporate giants like IHeart Radio, you can hear the same DJ’s or shows on multiple stations.  There was a report at one time that one announcer was being used on over 600 different stations.  That in itself isn’t a factor in the music programming, but, if a station doesn’t use their own people on air, they aren’t going to program their own music.

These formats are very tightly controlled and there is indeed a lot of payoffs going on to get music played and heard.  Most will deny this kind of thing, but the bottom line is that it is the truth.  For an unknown artist to get on some of these stations it is virtually impossible.  The ability for new and independent artists to get their music played and discovered has always been difficult, but on Terrestrial Radio or Mainstream Radio, whichever you wish to call it, the odds are against them even more so no.   Satellite radio really is not a factor in this discussion because to be blunt, Satellite radio has become an IPod or MP3 player in the sky.  Most channels you listen to repeat every 6 hours, so if you listen all day you will hear the same stuff 4 times.  Boring!

We get to internet radio, and most people think they can just start a station and play what they want.  It isn’t quite that easy, and the politicians and music industry in general worldwide has made it incredibly difficult for online stations to operate.  There are rules and guidelines that don’t exit in Mainstream radio, not to mention the usual licensing fees that go along with broadcasting music.  You didn’t know it cost money to broadcast?  I won’t even begin to get into the actual dollars involved, but if you are going to operate legally, because every country has different licensing companies and rules, for each country you broadcast into you have to pay for the right to do so.  In some countries there are even multiple companies that represent different artists so you are paying all of them.  Now the independent artists don’t fall into this class because as they are called, they are independent.  This explains why so many online stations play nothing but independent music.  There are no royalty fees to be paid so you can operate a considerable amount cheaper than those, like myself that play mainstream music.

When I decided to do a mix of mainstream and Indie music it was done with careful consideration and a great deal of time was spent developing the clock or rotation order that I use on KB Radio.  This is also going to be used, with some variation on KB Country Radio as it continues to grow.  In the beginning when it was just 3 hour podcasts it wasn’t a factor at all, but when I went to 24 hrs live streaming, the number of songs played every day grew 10 fold.  So let me throw some numbers at you, and show the development of my rotation.

The station plays approximately 350 songs per day, give or take, which works out to over 2500 a week.  It would be simple to just take 2500 songs and let each one play once than start it all over again next week.  But as a listener, you want to hear specific songs sometimes, and others not so often.  I also had to factor in that with the streaming service I use, that there needs to be some allotment for commercial time, and while you may not hear any, at specific times during the hour, other countries are actually hearing commercials.  The mainstream music i have selected and you hear daily is not divided in any way.  I have options to separate songs based on years, speed, type etc but I was fortunate to discover that most of the songs I program in that category work well with each other.  Will you hear some odd mixes from time to time, Ozzy Osbourne into a Simon & Garfunkel tune.  Sure, it happens, not very often and when I program the list I check it often daily when possible to look for mismatches.  That may not be as efficient as setting up the parameters before I establish the playing order, but I believe music is fluid.  Timing can change things and you just never know what will happen, so as hard as you try to avoid certain circumstances, it’s not always possible.  These mainstream tunes are also changed up to some degree from time to time.  A recommendation from a listener for another song and things like that will add to the list, and at some point you can have too many songs in that group so some have to come out.

When it comes to the Indie music it has been an issue that is always changing and in many ways becoming more difficult.  Here is the problem, KB Radio has gotten too popular,.   LOL  I know that sounds like a stupid thing to say, but let me expand on that radical comment.  When we signed on to 24 hrs we did not have the same number of Indie artists on our playlist.  As such at that time the rotation was very different and many of the artists were getting their music played 4 to 5 times a week.  Some would have 2 tracks playing as well, so they were getting a lot of airplay.  As the station grew and more artists learned about what we were doing musically more and more music was sent to be considered for airplay on KB Radio.  My goal all along was to be as consistent as possible with the sound of the station.  With this in mind, and my lack of interest in all ways in Rap music it was immediately dismissed as being played at all on KB.  Thrash metal or over the top stuff is also on the general no play list.  As such with the number of artists and amount of new music being sent, I had to develop the system I am now using.

There are basically 4 kinds of Indie Music for me at KB Radio.  I say me, even though I have recently taken on help with programming etc,it was entirely me who developed this system, so if people get pissed off about any part of it, blame me alone.  LOL,    So there are 4 kinds of music, the first is the music that is perfect for KB and the sound we are going after.  These songs get a higher rotation, not nearly the same as what Indie artists used to get, but a lot more are getting heard at the same time.  The music in the group will get played 3 to 4 times a week, or about 7 times every two weeks.  This could be any time of day or night.  This group also you should know has to be limited.  To achieve this kind of rotation it has to be capped at a maximum number of songs, within 4 or 5 usually.   The second group is larger but this group will only play once per week in comparison.  These songs could be here for any number of reasons.  They may have been in the higher rotation and are working their way out of the playlist.  They could be on the fringe of the KB Radio sound but we still want to give air time.  Lets be real here and remind everybody that a lot of Indie Music is self-produced, and some of that quality can be a bit lower, and as such a good song may lack the quality to get on the air more often.  This group again is capped at a maximum number of songs in the lineup.

We get to the third group of songs and that is music, we give a play or spin to on our Indie music show, but from there is not in the rotation, and may get played again in a future Indie Show.  At one point this group was also drawn from by another Indie Music show that is no longer in production, so unfortunately they will get played very seldom.  The final group is of course the music that is just not going to get played.  It may not fit the format, or in a moment of total brutal honesty may be so bad I just can’t subject my listeners to it.  That however is a subjective statement and just my and now Veronica’s opinion.  But we strive to pick songs that will appeal to our listeners.  Yoko Ono has a ton of fans and continues to make music, for reasons I will never understand.  But someone likes it so that’s good for her.  That is why I will never tell someone that I don’t like their music.   I know another Indie Music station that the wannabe Music Director actually emails artists to tell them they have no talent and should stop trying.  Somewhere there is a lightning bolt with their name on it for being so F’ing arrogant.

So each week  we go through the music that has been sent and figure out where to place it.  Now if it’s placed in high rotation, than one has to come out of that category.  If we add 10 into that group 10 come out.  As I stated some go into the lower rotation and others right out, but again if they go into the light rotation, and I am adding to that with new music as well, basically one for one, each song added another comes out.  Deciding which song comes out can be extremely difficult for me because i talk with so many of these artists.  I worry about feelings being hurt, or people getting the wrong impression about why or how these things happen.  Thankfully it doesn’t happen often, and honestly has only happened once and that was just this last week.  I was both insulted and pissed off about this artists reaction and questioning of my actions.  The person inside of me said, “really, what the hell is this shit?”  The diplomat in me explained politely the entire process and provided some documented information as well.

So that was part of the reason for writing his blog, but also because as we continue to grow these same decision-making processes are going to get tougher.  The last terrestrial radio station I worked in, I was also music director there, and every week we had similar meetings.  At the end of those, there was no communication to tell an artist we weren’t playing their music.  We usually added 1 or 2 tunes a week, and the rest sometimes more than 100 were set aside and basically forgotten.  No bonus spins to give airplay, no lighter rotation, to keep music in the mix.  The music business has always been an incredibly tough industry to make a living in, be it an artist, radio or broadcast related or producers and others.  It will only get tougher, so if you don’t have the strength to deal with rejection you are in the wrong business.

I will finish with a couple of stats that I am proud of and am very happy to share.

  1. Since going 24 hrs I have played more than 800 different Indie artists introducing their music to listeners in a professional manner.
  2. With the rotation I use I believe it contributes to the familiarity of Independent music with listeners to KB Radio.  As such apart from specialty shows like the 70’s and 80’s, Indie music is the most requested music at a rate of 9 to 1.  For every 10 requests I get 9 are for Indie tunes and 1 for mainstream.
  3. We don’t charge for airplay.  We don’t even lay out rules for how to send your music to KB.  Some stations have long forms to fill out, and you have to meet certain criteria of which if you don’t cross your T’s and dotted your I’s, they will simply delete your email.
  4. We try to respond to every single email we get in some fashion.  I would say we are 99% successful and I am proud of this as well.
  5. We treat everyone the same whenever possible.  Have we dealt with jerks or assholes?  Absolutely.  Some prima donna’s whose head’s are so full of shit whenever they open their mouth it pours out.  Yes Army people, some of you are on that list.   Always remember, I don’t need you.  I don’t say that with any arrogance.  I work my ass off to promote Indie Music and artists, but you come at us with crap, that 4 minute spot your song would have been in can easily be filled with someone else’s music.  They don’t need to do anything to get that, other than to treat me with the same level of respect they would like.

I digressed a bit there in the end, but now that you understand the process etc, you also learned that I am basically a no-nonsense person.  I have fun, as much as I absolutely can and give 100% to do what I do.  FYI and not that it matters, but I don’t make a dime doing this, work probably 80 or more hours a week, and wouldn’t have it any other way.  Comments are always welcome, and if you are an artist that is interested in your play times etc, I have everything logged from the first time we fired this station up.  I can tell you every song and when it was played, so if you need some information or would like some information, please just ask.  I will help if I can.

Cheers

Al Yardy