To me, the worst thing about this is that I did not get to say a proper goodbye to the station’s fans. I had everything planned and written out for production. Then, for reasons still unknown to me, Live365 pulled the plug on my stream even though it had promised to let KoHoSo Radio 66 remain online through the end of my billing term on August 18th.
While not quite the same, this post and the linked YouTube videos will serve as KoHoSo Radio 66’s official farewell.
This post has a Short Version and a Long Version!
For those that don’t want to do a lot of reading and clicking, the Short Version has just two relatively brief videos.
The Long Version is a full written recreation of what would have been the final edition of the "Cruisin’ with KoHoSo" program. You will not miss the two videos in the Short Version as they are linked again near the end. Clicking on the linked songs will take you to hear them on YouTube.
The last song that should have been played on KoHoSo Radio 66 was Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite by The Spaniels.
[Crawlter Wonkite] The following is a special presentation...the final edition of "Cruisin' with KoHoSo". We now take you to the KoHoSo Radio 66 studios in Crestline, California. Come in, Crestline!
["Cruisin' with KoHoSo" intro]
[KoHoSo] Well, well, well. Welcome, welcome, welcome to "Cruisin' with KoHoSo" as we prepare to to take our final drive out across the highways, byways, and Main Streets of the mid-20th century. Of course, Igor is with me...
[Igor] Yes, master.
[K] ...and, I know most of you that have been listening to KoHoSo Radio 66 for any amount of time will find this to be a sad occasion. I know I've had several radio stations I loved to listen to go away over my lifetime and I still miss all of them. However, I'm going to do my best to make this a celebration of what KoHoSo Radio 66 accomplished over the past seven years. I'm going leave the rest of what I have to say about this until near the end of the show so, while we still can, let's all hop into the KoHoSo Cruiser one last time. On this final drive, of course it's a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, fully loaded, all fully stock, turquoise blue with white going down the side, so let's hit the road. There's no real theme to this first set other than it's all enjoyable music because, well, after this show is over, we've go no particular place to go.
- Chuck Berry - No Particular Place to Go
- The Kinks - I Gotta Move
- Lonnie Mack - Wham!
- Sam Cooke - Good Times
- Johnny Rivers - Cast Your Fate to the Wind
[K] What a magnificent version of that song and a great example of the type of album tracks that I thought deserved to be heard on radio, Cast Your Fate to the Wind by Johnny Rivers, originally a jazz instrumental done by The Vince Guaraldi Trio of Peanuts TV special fame with lyrics added later by Carel Werber, and that came from Johnny's album titled Changes issued in November 1966...before that was Good Times by Sam Cooke, first released on his album Ain't That Good News that hit record store shelves on March 1st, 1964...one that all the Stevie Ray Vaughan fans know, the original version of Wham! by Lonnie Mack that came out in August 1963...we also heard I Gotta Move by the Kinks; that was the B-side of All Day and All of the Night put out in the United Kingdom on October 23rd, 1964...and we kicked things off with No Particular Place to Go by Chuck Berry that was released in May 1964.
You are listenng to the final edition of "Cruisin' with KoHoSo" here on KoHoSo Radio 66. I'll save the explanations and such for near the end of the program as I want to get in as much music for you as I can. While the next set of songs are actually about relationships, I'm sending them out from me...
[I] And me!
[K] Yes, you too, Igor...we are sending them out from us to you. For how much we appreciated you making the choice to spend some of your precious time with us...well, I'm just going to let the music speak for itself.
- Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
- The Dubs - Such Lovin'
- Bobby Blue Bland - Turn On Your Love Light
- The Ronettes - Do I Love You
- Buddy Holly - Words of Love
[K] Ah, the great Buddy Holly and Words of Love released June 20th, 1957...before that were The Ronettes and Do I Love You put out in June 1964...Bobby "Blue" Bland and his classic Turn On Your Love Light that came out in November 1961...The Dubs did Such Lovin' that was the B-side of their hit Could This Be Magic issued in August 1957...and the set began with Marvin Gaye's How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) released November 4th, 1964.
Well, it's time for the final special feature here on "Cruisin' with KoHoSo" and it was probably the one that received the most reaction from listeners so I hope you'll enjoy this edition as well, as it's time for...KoHoSo Undercover.
[KoHoSo Undercover intro]
KoHoSo Undercover is where I play the absolute original version of a song that is better known by another artist. In this case, there are at least 300 other recordings of this song with some of the best known ones being by The Beatles, Little Richard, Fats Domino, and, of course, the 1959 version released by Wilbert Harrison. However, the history of this Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller song actually goes back to 1952 when it was given to pianist and singer Little Willie Littlefield. The thing is, Littlefield's label for this recording, Federal Records, thought the title was too plain and changed it to K. C. Loving. You'll also notice there are some differences in the lyrics Leiber and Stoller originally wrote, especially the main tag line that's a little more suggestive than what Wilbert Harrison and others sang later. Whatever the title and differences, this original is a great version of the song and, if I might paraphrase Lance Geiger, better known as The History Guy on YouTube, it is by an artist that deserves to be remembered. Specially dedicating this and all of the next set to our big fan and northwest Missouri-born girl Yvonne Kean now living close to old Route 66 down in San Bernardino, California, here we go with Little Willie Littlefield doing K. C. Loving that you all know better as Kansas City, on KoHoSo Undercover.
- Little Willie Littlefield - K. C. Loving
- Harold Dorman - Moved to Kansas City
- Chuck Willis - Kansas City Woman
- [Classic jingle] Kansas City WHB Seven One Oh
- The Shangri-Las - The Train from Kansas City
- Big Joe Turner - Midnight Special Train
[K] Yes, we couldn't have a set dedicated to Kansas City without the man that began there as The Singing Bartender, Big Joe Turner and a song with a longer title than most now know it, Midnight Special Train that was released in December 1956...that was preceded by The Shangri-Las with The Train from Kansas City which was the B-side of Right Now and Not Later that came out in August 1965...before I threw in the little jingle from Kansas City's WHB which, in 1954, was the very first radio station to play a Top 40 format 24 hours a day, we had Chuck Wilis and Kansas City Woman that was also a B-side, coming with It's Too Late issued in May 1956...Harold Dorman sang Moved to Kansas City that came out in September 1960...and the set began with the KoHoSo Undercover feature song, K. C. Loving by Little Willie Littlefield that was released in December 1952.
There's not much time left before I have to close both this episode of "Cruisin' with KoHoSo" as well as KoHoSo Radio 66, and I'd prefer to continue spending that time sharing music with you. As I did earlier in the program, I'll just let the songs speak for themselves.
- Little Bob and the Lollipops - Twisting Home
- The Cleftones - Heart and Soul
- Etta James - Come What May
- The Platters - You'll Never Never Know
- The Beatles - In My Life
[K] Well, that was the final big set of songs here on "Cruisin' with KoHoSo". It began with Little Bob and the Lollipops Twisting Home released in July 1962...that was followed by The Cleftones' classic Heart and Soul that came out in April 1961...then we had Etta James singing Come What May issued in June 1957...The Platters did You'll Never Never Know released on August 17th, 1956...and the set ended with The Beatles' In My Life from the Rubber Soul album that came out in the United Kingdom on December 3rd, 1965.
Well, folks, we're right down to it as we're close to ending the program and shutting down the station. In short, KoHoSo Radio 66 was a victim of its own success. I never dreamed that so many people would not only listen but do so for such long amounts of time. I knew there was some desire for a station like this that stuck to a wide variety of true oldies and didn't just play the same top ten hits over and over again, but I never imagined so many would come and stay that it would make the station un-affordable even with the very generous contributions to my Patreon account. To be very brief for those that haven't read it elsewhere, having so many people listen greatly raised what I have to pay in music licensing and streaming fees. It would have been over thirteen hundred dollars a month, or only about a thousand if I began running commercials. Either way, just like the rest of you, I don't run Fort Knox so the station must come to an end.
Regarding my patrons, KoHoSo Radio 66 actually should have gone offline almost two years ago but was able to extend its life thanks to the donations made by Cecil Redway, Jon and Theresa Roe, Carl Cucuzza -- my cucuzza, cucuzza bella -- Paul Palinkas, Mick Piper, my long-time personal friend Arwin Keawgumnurdpong, Roy Lazonby, Wayne McKinnis, Nick Faciane, Les Griffin, and Stuart Davis.
This station also would have not been possible without the help, encouragement, and support of many others, especially including Jordan of The House of Googie down in New Zealand who was the main person that encouraged me to start KoHoSo Radio 66 and has been a constant sounding board for me ever since as well as a great friend. I also have to include my long-time friends Susan Brooks and Dave Ramsay along with Fred and Belinda Smith, Mike Laponis who was my personal guiding light in the world of radio when I was just a confused little college boy, also Dennis Partzman who brought a ton of music to my attention, Michael Svardh who asked KoHoSo Radio 66 to be a part of the Cool Cars at Coulee City event in eastern Washington every year, and, of course, my honey bunny sweetie bee Miss KoKo.
As for me, you will still be able to find me on my retro/vintage/Americana blog at KoHoSo.us which will become more active again in the near future now that my radio station duties are done. If I decide to do anything else, I will certainly announce it on KoHoSo.us.
[K] I didn't forget you, Igor. I may like to pick on you but that's only because you're not just my evil disc jockey's assistant, you're my friend. I could not have run KoHoSo Radio 66 and especially "Cruisin' with KoHoSo" without you.
[I] Thank you, master.
[K] You haven't said much today. Are you gonna be OK?
[I] I'll be fine. I just didn't want to start blubbering and ruin any of the equipment in the studio. We can still get a refund, right?
[K] Um, I doubt it. We were pretty hard on this stuff. It's all covered with coffee stains and cookie crumbs. I'm sure we'll find a use for it, though.
[I] Maybe we can put some of it in the trunk of the car and put the monitor speakers on the roof!
[K] Oh, yeah, I'm sure the neighbors would love that...not to mention the sheriff as we're driving down the road blasting The Cootie Snap.
[I] He, he, he, he, he.
[K] Well, anyway, with all of that out of the way, it's time for The Last Dance here on "Cruisin' with KoHoSo" and it is indeed the last Last Dance as we drive our beautiful turquoise and white '57 Bel Air home to park it in the garage for the final time. Of course, I thought a lot about what should be the last song I play for you and, after thinking about all sorts of things from a happy rocker to something with deep, meaningful lyrics, I decided it was best to close with this fitting doo-wop classic that continues to be discovered by new generations thanks to the eternal greatness of the soundtrack George Lucas chose for American Graffiti. It's The Last Dance here on "Cruisin' with KoHoSo" and the last song ever on KoHoSo Radio 66. Released in March 1954, here are The Spaniels.
[modified "Cruisin' with KoHoSo" outro]
"Cruisin' with KoHoSo" is a production and trademark of the KoHoSo Corporation of America, and presented exclusively here on KoHoSo Radio 66. All music licensing fees are paid through Live365 Broadcaster LLC. For further information, from now on, please follow my retro/vintage/Americana blog at KoHoSo.us. That's K o, H o, S o, dot, U.S. For email, the address to use is kohoso at kohoso dot U.S. Once again, you can follow me at KoHoSo.us, and email should go to kohoso at kohoso dot U.S. Thank you for joining me on this seven-year drive through the mid-20th century. KoHoSo Radio 66 now concludes its broadcasting stream. Thank you, goodbye, good luck, and farewell.
["Crestline" theme song plays through to end]
[KoHoSo and Igor shut down the jigglybytes machine and discuss the future...audio of this conversation begins at 0:51 in the video below]
[KoHoSo Radio 66 goes silent]