At least for now, KoHoSo Radio 66 is returning thanks to the new, resurrected Live365. They have brought back a way for me to do this for a reasonable amount of money and without me having to run any commercials.
While I am extremely glad to be one of the stations that I hope will bring the Live365 brand back to the forefront of online streaming destinations, I must report that the software they have provided is, so far, nowhere near as feature-rich as Radionomy’s. At least to start, KoHoSo Radio 66 is going to sound a little bit different from how my previous audience remembers it. The station might not be as tight in its transitions between songs as I cannot manipulate each individual track. In addition, there is no way to limit when songs will play which means, as one example, without completely building each day’s playlist by myself (which is a hugely time-consuming task), I cannot automatically prevent the two versions of Long Tall Sally by Little Richard and the Beatles from playing very close to one another.
You see, it is little things like that which made KoHoSo Radio 66 so popular. Unlike most oldies stations these days that sound like a bunch of old songs put onto an iPod and put in random play made, I like to take care to fully and properly blend what is heard so it is always moving, exciting, and surprising while avoiding the main sin of almost all of today’s stations both over-the-air and internet-based — being too repetitive. As the old disk jockeys used to say, I truly want people to tune in to KoHoSo Radio 66 and rip the knob off because there’s no reason to get bored and want to go elsewhere.
Of course, that is an impossible dream even for me. As much as I love the music that is played on KoHoSo Radio 66, even I need a break from it especially as I am always feeling the call of my more traditional "classic rock" roots. Still, I think the idea comes through clearly — the mix and pace is important to good radio even if most listeners don’t even realize it.
So…the station might go through a period where it is a bit more like a playlist than an old Top 40 station. I might also have to pick just one version of songs that have been made famous by more than one artist. Whatever I have to do, I’m still going to make KoHoSo Radio 66 as good as I can while I learn what Live365 can do. Then, down the road, I do have options to try to run the station via other software or even move to a completely different platform.
However, it has been a year. Enough time has passed and the time is now to get it going again. Besides, it took about three months for the first version of KoHoSo Radio 66 to make me fully happy with how the mix of music sounded and, even then, I fully revamped it a few months later after the first version became stale. That’s another thing most listeners might not realize — even with a "finite" format such as oldies, there is always something to add, change, and tweak to keep things fresh.
When does KoHoSo Radio 66 get back online? That’s still slightly up in the air. Getting my invitation from Live365 took longer than expected as there was a technical glitch somewhere along the line (and big thanks to Jon for getting it resolved!). Combined with my first night of having access to the Live365 server being taken up by having to deal with a zany work issue, it’s probably going to take me a couple more days to get my music library uploaded and test it out a bit before I share the streaming link as a public beta.
As for the official grand reopening — if I can get enough done and the "Auto Play" mode mix is tolerable, I certainly have a date in mind on which I want to debut what will become my regular show on the station, "Crusin’ with KoHoSo". For those that remember when KoHoSo Radio 66 went away, I think it will be easy to imagine how much personal satisfaction it would give me to come back on that same date one year later.
Well, as we say in the radio business, just stay tuned. It won’t be long before I post another video filling in more of the details. Until then, I want to thank everybody that loved KoHoSo Radio 66 and stuck around with me here or elsewhere on social media while all this played out. I will do everything I can to be certain your precious patience will be rewarded.