Whats New With KB & KB Country

Well it is time for an update on what is happening with the KB Radio family.  Veronica and I continue to talk radio and music when possible, and looking at what to bring forward when it all comes back.  I am not going to worry about any of that for the time being but I did want to pass along the fact that we are completely done with Shoutcast.  Both stations are now working on the new service and working beautifully compared to the bullshit we endured before.  One of my concerns was whether or not we would be able to use our current apps for the stations, and everything has gone fine with them.

Both are on the new streams and you should immediately notice that there is little to no buffer time.  The sound is crisper as well and with my own personal usage it is much more reliable and I don’t have the same kind of drop-outs or re buffering over and over.

I have made the adjustment for the TuneIn connections as well, though they are slower it seems in getting them linked, but I grew tired and dumped Shoutcast.  So if you are a TuneIn user, I apologize and hope that it is back up soon for you for both stations.  I will continue to monitor that situation as well.

Regular Twitter users will have likely seen from time to time the posting of Advert: which was an advertising based system I was connected with on Shoutcast.  With the change that system is gone, so those stupid posts will no longer appear in the twitter feed.

I am hoping in the next week or so to get new players for the two websites that show the songs playing, so if you use the sites, keep your eyes open for that.

I also am looking to really dive into some of the new Indie music that has come in and add some of that into the line up.

So the bottom line, I am still trying to get some things done a little bit here and there and I think making progress that way.  I am still not sure about live shows, though it has only been a week or two, I have already lost track of time.  But I will do my best to keep everyone up to date and informed.

Cheers

al

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KB Shutdown Update

As many of you have already have read or heard, the plan is for KB Radio and its sister Country station to go dark and silent as of May 1st.  Let me begin by saying thank you to so many of you who offered well wishes, support and thanks for the work I have done.  There have been generous offers to help with easing my work load etc if it will mean the difference in shutting down or not.   I had suggestions on how to make changes some good, some interesting, and some, well, some just interesting.

I appreciate that each and every email sent has been sent with good intentions, but I am not looking for assistance in operating the stations.  My plans were to go forward and expand, but it turns out the timing was just wrong.  I have a habit of keeping myself busy when dealing with stress to keep my mind off of things, and while the expansion ideas were sincere, and realistic, it was just with so much else going on outside of the radio portion of my life that it truly was silly to have even stated it.

I know a few people know what is going on in my personal life, within my family, and that is the leading factor in my decision.  I cannot stay focused enough to put out a good product when i do the live shows.  When the microphone goes on, I am just fine usually, but the moment it goes off, the life drains out of me.  I have worked very hard, with help of course, to build this to the level it has gotten to.  I refuse to put out a poor quality product, so it is better in my mind to not do it at all.

With that said, and after a lot of discussion with Veronica Phillips who I have come to count on a great deal with not just the Country station operations, I have decided instead of going off the air, we will leave both stations broadcasting as is, but with no live shows for the foreseeable future.

Let me try and answer a few questions you likely have:

1.Are there any more live shows left?

Yes!  There is one live show and that is next Wednesday night May 2nd, 2018.  It will have the usual Interview, and everything you are used to, except it will be the last live show for quite a while, or maybe for good.

2.What about the Indie Music?

At this point the Indie music that is programmed in will stay in the rotation.  My hope in all honesty is that with some of the pressure off, I will be able to review new music casually, add it into the rotation, but without the typical Wednesday night show and introductions.  If I begin to do this I will post this, so I will say that I encourage submissions to continue for both stations.

3. Is the Top 10 done?

Yes, at this point the Top 10 is done until such time the station either goes off the air permanently or we return to doing live shows.

4. What about Twitter and Facebook etc?

The music will continue to be posted as always to Twitter.  My plan is still to get rid of Facebook, though to be honest I am watching what they are doing these days to see if they plan on making legitimate changes.(Don’t really expect any)  Otherwise, I will try and watch the account when I can as I have, though I am sure you have noticed I am no wheres near as efficient in keeping up as I was before.  Veronica handles all the tweets for KB Country Radio and am sure she will continue to do so as before.

5.Do you really think you will be back or is this just a ploy?

This is definitely not a ploy, and I can say one thing with 100% certainty.  When I am able to come back, if the passion returns at that time as well, that everything will come back, better than ever.  But if I can’t deliver the best broadcast I am capable of, than it will go silent at that time.   I did have numerous offers as well to host shows for others, which will never happen.  Very flattering, but, why would I want to bring my listeners to someone else?

I hope this explains things a bit clearer in some ways, and at the same time, I ask that you please respect mine and my families privacy.  I look forward to talking when I can with all my friends on-line and around the world.

 

End of the line

While it was just a week ago that I was writing about future plans and looking forward with great anticipation, as you know, the world moves quickly these days and life changes in a hurry as well.  As such the previous mentioned plans are not only shelved I am sorry to announce the end of KB Radio and KB Country Radio.  I was going to let the music play out till the end of the month but that doesnt even seem to make sense, though I will leave it running for the time being.  All live shows are hereby cancelled.  Effectively at the end of the day April 30th 2018 both stations will stop broadcasting.

It has been an incredible but short journey.  There are too many people to thank, so I won’t even try to name them all.  They know who they are anyways.  I appreciate the efforts of those who supported me for so long.  As people know me for saying what I think as well, to those people that piped up and made big promises during the times when I was struggling to stay on the air, and than you bailed or disappeared.   Thank you to you too.  Its those situations that show a persons true colors and character and I would never have known just what rotten people you were.

Good luck to all the wonderful talented artists.

Cheers

Al Yardy

Indie Station concept

As many of you know from listening, talking or working with me, KB Radio is anything but your normal Internet radio station.  I got my training in Radio College in the mid 80’s and I use my background in terrestrial radio (AM/FM) as a guideline for operation.  I have explained what that means before,  but for those that haven’t read that blog or heard it.  The two stations currently on air operate using a rotation based on a clock I developed.  This clock is based on categories of music and how you want songs to mix together and play through the hour and the day.  This is where I have done things different from many others, and almost everyone else initially I believe.  I mixed the indie music in with mainstream hits, in a set pattern, running them 24 hours a day and not just in their own special programs.  The stations also weren’t entirely dedicated to Indie Music, because as much as we all love the music, I am a realist and don’t think it is the draw.  I to be honest am not going to go into all the details, the reasoning etc or how exactly I program it, because I feel I have been fairly successful, and in this world of people being too lazy to do their own work, I have already seen others trying to duplicate what I do.  I can also claim, and have no problem putting it out publicly that the Jack Fm franchise, in some manner is a regular listener and rips off my programming.  They have the slogan playing what we want.  Since my station went on the air,  I have seen the expansion of their playlists with some rather obscure songs that I have been playing.  This isnt egotistical, because it’s not one or two songs.  They currently count over 50 tunes that they never played.  It of course could be just a giant co-incidence.

With all of that said, my approach while successful  is often short-term for some artists.  Since I approach the playlist and rotation in an old school fashion, songs stay in the playlist based on time, popularity etc, and after that, most go into the files. Some maybe get played on the odd show, and a very few get put into permanent rotation with the mainstream music if they were very popular and successful with the station.  There is also the issue with some music we get in that just doesn’t work for the station, but I will give it a play on the Indie show to give the artist some air time.  Everything that I want to do has to be complimentary to each other.  I do not want to create something that takes away from another station, or start another station but doesn’t have enough music to function properly.

Here is where my concept and ideas are sitting and I am looking for input.

  • KB Radio remains the same as it is, with no changes to programming.  It to me is where the music gets the most exposure, and I don’t want to mess with a proven formula.
  • KB Indie Radio would be 24 hours of Indie music.  When a song doesn’t quite fit on KB, it would still get that spin on the Indie show, but then would move to the Indie station.
  • When a song is done in the rotation on KB if not moving into permanent status it would move to the Indie Station.
  • There would still be limits to what can and would get played.  Without being rude we get a lot of bad music in.  If it doesn’t get at least one play on KB it won’t get played on the Indie station.  This will maintain a consistent quality of music on the station.
  • We play approximately 2500 songs a week on each station, give or take.  Using that number as a base,  I want to have a target number of songs that would be in the playlist for the indie station so that they are not just played once every 10 days or something silly like that.  I also don’t know how long songs should remain in the rotation.  Should I allow multiple titles from an artist.  Should there be different categories where some songs play more often than others.
  • The other factor that goes into that is the relaunch of KB AOR.  I did it too quickly before without enough time and preparation, which I admit, but I discovered the concept and idea was pretty widely accepted.  The more I have thought about it though the more I realize it is the perfect venue for some of the Indie Rock Bands as well.
  • Some artists therefore may move from KB to AOR.  But I am not planning on playing a song from an artist or band on multiple stations.  The key to me is focus on one target and work that direction with each song in this case.

I won’t slam or pick on other station or show hosts, because to be honest I don’t listen to them.  I don’t have the time or the interest generally.  I say that for two reasons.  First is because I am not just going to throw a bunch of indie tunes in a file and just let them play one after another.  Sorry if you want to call that radio, go ahead, I put a beanie on my head, where i white frock and drive around with a glass bubble over my head and I’m the pope.  The second reason is because i am focused on building these into 4 solid, radio stations with huge listener numbers.  I would like to see live DJ’s on all stations in the near future and I am setting things up to allow this to happen from anywhere in the world.  What that means is if someone in Glasgow is going to host a show on KB Radio, it will be as simple as them logging in right from where they are.  As I make the transition with the two current stations this coming week, you will start to see more consistent streaming and things slowly beginning to get better.  By the end of the coming week, both KB Radio and KB Country Radio will have built-in redundant streams so that if there is an issue with the new service, which has 99.9% uptime history,  I will have a secondary service that will be already working that will transition.  The plans for the end of this week show that KB Radio will only go off the air if I lose total power or internet or a million to one type situation that knocks out both systems.

Do things move quickly with me.   Hell yes.  Well not everything, but when I set my mind to something I like to just push ahead on a project like this.  I really am looking for input from Indie artists.  You are the people who have dealt with other stations and podcast etc around the world.  If you have worked with me for a short time or a long time I would like to know your thoughts and ideas.  Plus, if you have any thoughts about hosting a show, please let me know as well.  That won’t be happening tomorrow, but it is definitely something to be looking at and discussing.

Cheers

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The Top 10, Creation, compilation, voting, etc.

I have been asked before and have been asked again and i think I need to go into some detail about the process of the Top 10 on KB Radio.  I will try to keep my thoughts in some semblance of order, but you know me.

Sp lets start with the basics.  The top 10 is released new every week, on Friday night, based on a combination of factors.  40% from the voting, 40% from the requests that come in through the week, and the final 20% is through my calculations.  This part I continue to not share for the same reason.  Fans can vote every day and request every day to show who they like, which is wonderful because I want the majority of the decision to be based on these things.  But there are other criteria that go into the final 20% that can make a big difference.

So before we even get to the voting I have to compile a list of songs to vote for.  Well you can really vote for any song you want.  There is an option for write-ins with  the other vote, and in fact a couple of times, songs have gotten in using this and their requests combined.  The question that comes up is how come some songs aren’t on the list or are taken off the list.  I try to operate the list like a typical Top 40 where as when a song leaves the chart it tends to die off in popularity.  Indie music is a very different animal though.  So lets start with the songs on the list.  I usually use songs that I get requests for or have interaction with listeners about online through Twitter as an example.   Would I like to list every Indie song I play through the week, of course, but I rotate about 200 plus Indie tracks through the week.   That list would just be unmanageable, useless to voters, and time-consuming for me to create every single week.  Now your typical music chart is of new music releases.  Some of the Indie tracks on the Top 10 fit that criteria but others are older but new to KB Radio.

So we have our list of songs and fans vote and request and songs go up and come down, new songs come on and go off and the music flows and rotates.  It is a very hard balancing act trying to keep it totally up front, keep it fresh, because truthfully, if fan groups for 10 artists all got together and flooded the voting and requests, the top 10 would never change.  There in lies the problem and the difficulty.  How do you find the balance with fans who are so loyal to do that, but if enough did it, that it never changed.

This is where the other 20% comes in.  I use legitimate stats and information every week from a number of sources, and i look through every single vote and request that comes in.  Is it possible to present on a weekly basis 10 songs in a countdown that for the most part satisfies everybody, is reasonable as far as representing what KB Radio is all about musically, and is fair to artists and bands.   I also hope it doesn’t look like I took a dart board and there was no consistency from week to week, or that somebody was paying me to get favors and positions on the chart.

Let me ask you a question . If 2 songs get as an example 50 votes each for the week, however when you look at the voting, one has 10 voters who voted 5 times where the other song had 25 voters who voted twice each.  Does one hold more value over the other?

I guess what it truly comes down to is the fact that I present Indie music on KB Radio in a format the same as a mainstream radio station would.  When I get a new song it get puts into the rotation, in one of various rotation patterns to allow for listeners to become familiar with the songs.  With this same idea in mind I want the Top 10 to function in much the same way.  It is the way radio used to be.  A new song gets released.  People develop new favorites.  their new favorites climb the charts and knock off their old favorites.  The now old favorites disappear sometimes depending on the type of station but, like the way radio used to be, the favorites on KB Radio are moved into a permanent rotation.  Always to be played with the other classics that are in our lineup.  Could an artist have their fan base use the voting and requests to keep themselves in the Top 10, and could 9 others do the same thing at the same time. Well why couldn’t that same fan base vote for 10 songs by their favorite artist.  They absolutely could and the day that happens will be the last day of the Top 10.  That’s not a threat,  it’s just not what my values and ideas are or I want to present to the public.

I have had individuals stop talking to me in the past because their music dropped off the Top 10.  So as a person who is really trying hard to be as fair as possible, give as much exposure to as many artists as possible, have the Top 10 that offers even more exposure, how do I react.  The answer to that is in a blog like this.  I try to explain things, so everyone will understand, there’s no favoritism, and while there is no perfect system, I try to make it as transparent and friendly for everyone.  Beyond that, there’s not much I can do short of pulling the plug.   That will take a lot of frustration to do that. ha-ha   We are safe for now.

I don’t know if this answers all of or even any of the questions about the way I do things and compile this list every week.  I honestly probably put too much effort into it, but like so many other things in the radio and music industry, I think most of the charts are bogus and rigged.  I can give you names of listed charts that many of you reference weekly that are made up of artist that have bought those positions.  In many ways it’s probably even better if you crack those lists without having to pay to have your name there.  That’s not my plan here, and I likely wont even if you ask.  It would depend on my mood each day.

In closing I encourage any questions you have and any suggestions you may have as well towards a system that maybe is more fair or equitable than what I use.

Cheers

al

 

KB’s Music and how to respond to ignorance!

I often find that writing is a form of letting off steam in a sense.  I have been told by a friend that they write things down, and then never mail them, etc.  I decided to try doing that and it actually does work.  But than again, I have been asked to explain something, and if I can kill two birds with one stone than maybe this is the perfect opportunity.

Lets start with an earlier blog of mine where I talked about music being submitted to KB Radio.  I commented that I do not play Rap music.  I went on to talk about the disgust I felt with some of the lyrics in music.  I have read it again and again, and the two sentences are not connected.  They are two separate thoughts that in some cases both the style of music and the language overlap.

When I decided to program the music for KB Radio, as a podcast and then expand into the 24 hour station, I went with a mix that I thought was missing on terrestrial radio.  I present shows the way you would hear dj’s in the past, thus; “The Way Radio Used To Be.”

The mix of music focused on the 70’s though the 90’s, a sprinkling of the 60’s in there and some from the 2000’s.  There are a couple newer songs, from the past couple years but not very many.  I didn’t want the rock too hard and pounding, trashy or thrash and I had no interest in pounding house music or Rap.  Not even a fan of any of them really.  Yep, I said it.  Why do I not want to play Rap or House music, dance music if you will.  There are two obvious reasons, first of all it doesn’t blend with whats playing the rest of the time, and most of all, you can hear it on a million other stations.

I wanted to, and have created a station that doesn’t sound like every other radio station.  If it sounds just like every other one, than why would anyone bother listening to mine.  Now at this point someone is saying, but you play Indie Music and its new.  That is true and if you listen to the station you will find that it fits with the music I play.  One of the differences in programming an internet station is my listeners truly are world-wide.  With this in mind, I am playing a mix of music for the most part from he past that is based on North American music charts.   As such there are people in other countries that have never heard some of the songs I play that are classics over here.  Even songs from Canada are not always available or known in the USA.  When you combine these types of songs and the indie songs, there is a mix of unknown music being played but because I all of the music is in a rotation I developed it helps the older lesser known songs and the new indie music become recognized.  This is done like any other song.  Listeners hear the same song repeatedly, they get to know it, and because of this I think I have developed a good reputation with many Indie Artists.

Than I get this in an email….

Hi at KBRadio,

I am a British artist living in Barbados ( I guess you could say enjoying the sunshine ). I express myself through music and explore all genres because I feel an artist should be allowed to expand on his/her creativity….basically feeling the vibes.

I have read your blog page on submission and understand what you said on not playing rap. Some of my songs are raps and there are nothing offensive in any of the lyrics. You only need to take a listen…I guess like you I am old school. My songs, rap or otherwise have humour…..I am just saying they are many types of rap forms.

Now it should be mentioned that I got a couple emails along the same lines, lol, but this one is special.  This artist included 2 Rap songs and another one he calls Hippidy Hop. (Ugh)  Yesterday while going through the music after reading this email and then getting another doing and saying the same thing,  I decided to post a tweet, in which I said someone had said I read your blog, blah blah blah than sent 3 rap songs.   The writer of the above email assumed (and you know what happens when you assume) I was talking about him, and first gave me shit because he only sent 2 rap songs.  That’s correct, the 3rd was Hippidy hop.  This began a back and forth in which he was upset because not all rap music has offensive lyrics, which is true, I never said it did, and I gave no reasonable explanation in my blog why I wouldn’t play rap music.  The same reason I don’t play Broadway musicals,  Opera, Gospel, carry News programming etc, it doesn’t fit what I play.

I tried to think of the perfect analogy to this situation and I think I finally came up with one.  This person with their music is like one of those religious people who knocks at your door, and when you say no thanks, they throw a bible and a bunch of literature in on the floor because you didn’t explain why you said no and obviously need to be enlightened.

The best part of all is that in the end he deleted all his comments and then blocked me.  I still haven’t blocked him, had no reason too really, other than being a pain in the ass, he hadn’t done anything wrong.  He capped it off with a pinned Tweet on his account today that says the following:

Any licensed radio station can choose to play music in any genre it like and say anything it likes.  However when what is said publicly (through their blog or otherwise) is deemed incorrect (an opinion) ANY citizen has the right to challenge it.

https://wordpress.com/post/kbradioblog.wordpress.com/601

There is the original blog, unedited, for you to read if you want to waste more of your time.  So now a day later I complete this fixing a couple of spots and telling you why I bother to even do this.  I do it mainly because I have worked very hard to make things as easy as possible for Indie Artists to submit music and get played on KB Radio.  I work completely up front, and if someone asks a question I answer when I can.  I also try very hard to treat people the way they treat me, and really truthfully, I don’t give a rats ass about this jackass’s arguments or criticisms.  If they were legitimate than I would be concerned that I was being biased, but I slept very well last night.  I have been told many times by people who read these that they appreciate the insight into what goes into the operation of KB Radio and KB Country Radio.  I don’t look for anything from listeners, artists, fans etc, I just would like to offer the ability for those who care to see what I put into these operations and stations.

So that’s it in a nut shell.  I think I will post this, just because it is informative in a number of ways. As always, any questions please ask.

 

Al

 

 

Looking forward? Is it even possible.

As 2018 continues to speed by, there have been certain goals that have been set and will hopefully be reached.  Last year saw tremendous growth, well beyond my expectations or even hopes.  Will that continue through 2018?  It is hard to imagine being able to duplicate that kind of growth again, but who knows.  My ultimate goal is to reach one more person.  I know that probably sounds lame, but the big picture is that it’s not about my goals.  The benefit of the growing listener base is of course the exposure for so many Indie Artists.  For that reason alone I would love to see it more than double, but I am not setting targets.  I want to keep doing what is working, reaching out, and sharing the music, and it will take care of itself.

My main goal is for KB Country Radio.  With it still being new in many ways, I am targeting growth like I saw on KB Radio last year.  I believe we have the best country mix and as the word spreads that we are spinning country music again, I expect to see some natural growth.  Country music fans are among the most loyal of music fans anywhere.

We have already put the new Sunday night Indie music show on hiatus for a short time.  Scheduling conflicts etc have made it impossible to complete in a quality fashion.  I would rather not have a show, than have one that sucks.  This won’t stop the playing of Indie Music either, and you will continue to hear it and see it live tweeted from both stations.

One big announcement is the shutting down of KB AOR.   I still believe in that music format and that type of station and project.  But the bottom line, is I just don’t have the time to dedicate to it right now, to bring a quality product to the air.  The station isn’t gone forever, and at some time down the road you will see it return, but it will return in a big way when the time is right.  The website never really grew beyond the basics and it will be removed as well for now.

At the risk of sounding ignorant, I have stopped responding to some emails.  I will give you a perfect example of the kind I mean.  I have had a large number looking for KB Radio to play show tunes, you know like from Broadway Musicals, but all original and Independent.  I politely explained we don’t play that style or format of music, but they continue to send them.  I won’t waste my time.  I had a slew of emails recently from some disgruntled people as well.  Don’t expect any response from me, I would rather focus my time on responding to good people.

We go into 2018 with a lot of stresses in personal lives, that unfortunately have led to some show cancellations etc.  To those who have reached out in concern, thank you, I/we will get through everything and as always try to come out the other side stronger and better for it.  Feel free to comment and as always feel free to email   kbradio@rogers.com

 

Cheers

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

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