It’s been just a hair over four years since I’ve posted anything to this blog.
It’s been just a hair over four years since I’ve posted anything to this blog.
I know I’ve not written anything here in a long while. I wish I could write more. All my extra (non living/family/work) energy has gone to my internet station. I invite you to listen. If you like today’s hot country music and hate commercials, you’ll simply LOVE America’s Country! I promise.
We play the biggest hits from today and the hits of the 90’s when Country Music exploded!
Tune in: http://americascountry.us
Like our page: http://facebook.com/AmericasCountry
Thank you for checking us out!
Yes! Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, November 25th, America’s Country will go 100% Christmas Music! Commercial-free and only 2 interruptions per hour to ID the station. We’ll present an enormous variety of music from the great classics from Bing and Burl to oddities from all sorts of genres. The music will span from Nov. 25th through Dec. 31st. With all this great music and no commercials, why you want to listen to those FM stations?
If you need any help setting up our stream to play in your home or at your office/store, please email me: email@example.com and I can give you some tips.
If you are a musical person and have some Christmas music recorded, I will consider any submissions! Please send a link or an attachment with a high quality (192 kb/s or better) MP3 or a WAV file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Yep! I’m here! I’ve really spent a lot of my creative energy and juices on America’s Country. I have a goal to blog at least once a
week month starting in March…. Stay tuned!
I’d like to officially welcome you to 2011. Yes, I know it’s already four days into the new year. I’ve finally found a moment to do some writing. I’ve really slacked on writing in this blog lately, I’m sorry. My only reason is that, at least in December, I’ve really been focusing on the new direction my internet radio station is going. I could reach back to October, that’s when I signed up for royalties coverage for my piece of mind. This allowed me to really drive the station in a bigger way. Otherwise, the Holidays and some other family issues have taken my energy and I’ve not been looking for good writing material. This will change!
First, let me give an update on what I mention has taken over my life in a lot of ways, some regrettably, my radio station. I’ll go into the regret part later here. As in my previous post, KXRT was a music station that played a variety of music genres; Country, Rock, Pop, R&B, Alternative and others. I always focused more on Country as it’s my favorite kind of music and it’s what I have most of in my personal library. I also like a lot of music from the 80’s and 90’s too so I played them along with the Country. Doing this was great for folks like me, who like a mixture of music. Research and experience shows that I’m in a vast minority and radio stations can only really do well when they stay with one flavor of music. Yes, there are variety stations that mix different versions of Rock or Pop and maybe throw in some crossover Country that still matches that station’s general flavor of music. But they are still Pop stations or Rock stations, really. To that end, I decided to make to full switch to Country. I also changed the name of the station from KXRT to America’s Country. I still refer to KXRT in some ways but it will be minimal. The main thrust of the music will be all of today’s biggest hits from acts like Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith and Reba McEntire. We will also mix in a few big hits from the 90’s like Wade Hayes, Clint Black and Garth Brooks. It should be a great mix and our biggest difference from most traditional FM music stations is we don’t have commercials. The best thing I’ve seen from making this change is that the major record labels from Nashville, New York and Hollywood have all been very supportive of my little operation! I’m getting music now just like radio stations either on CDs in the mail or through online digital downloads. It’s been incredible for the most part.
Unfortunately, this has a flip-side. Along with all the excitement and progress and support I’ve gotten from the industry and friends, I let something more important fall to the wayside. I was spending so much energy and effort on getting America’s Country prepared and launched that I had nothing left for the ones I hold most dear, my sweet family. It all started coming to light when my sweet wife said in a quiet moment one recent night, “Honey, I’ve really felt disconnected from you lately.” At first, I was concerned but didn’t really put too much thought into it. It wasn’t until a day or two later that it dawned on me, I’ve created a major imbalance in my life. After some more thought and self-bashing, I spoke to Rachel about my discovery. Of course, she was understanding and things really started turning around. Coincidentally, this all happened on New Year’s Eve and I launched America’s Country that midnight. I promised that since things were now in motion and moving along with that, I would start reconnecting. I guess I lucked out, kinda. I would have probably fought back and been more reluctant to get back in line if she’d approached me with it a week or two earlier. I know that Rachel doesn’t always fully grasp the reasons I do what I do, especially with the station, but she is very flexible and willing to make things work. I love her for that!
Sunday, after church, we sat down as a family and made our yearly goals. It was a very productive discussion and they were recorded and had all the details to make the goals realistic and measurable. I’ll make a new post in a few days about our goals that are fit to publish. We also had a really good follow-up discussion with Wyatt about his upcoming baptism. He’s getting baptized this coming Saturday at 10am. Details are at our Facebook Event. Wyatt’s Grandma is coming from Washington to be part of it and spend the week. We are very excited to have her. It should be a wonderful experience!
We have just about 360 days to look forward to! I’m really excited about all the opportunities we have before us. New Year’s is a great time to “reboot” and give life a fresh start again. I look forward to posting more here. I also invite you to join the America’s Country party HERE and HERE.
Folks, I know this is just self-serving, shameless promotion. I know. So, what?
You may know that I am an owner and operator of a full-service 24 hour internet radio station. KXRT is one of my passions and if you ask my wife or son, they might use stronger language. I love all things radio and am always looking for the next opportunity to get involved. In the mid-90’s I got a teenager’s dream of working part-time at a real radio station. Sure, the station was a joke and had no direction and died shortly. But I LOVED every minute of it! Being behind that microphone and not knowing how many people might hear my voice was completely intoxicating. Soon, I was faced with reality when I had to actually make some money. Since then, it’s been a dream. I can now realize this dream from my house and have complete control over how it’s done.
KXRT means nothing as far as an acronym or abbreviation. I just put the letters together in my mind and they sounded exciting and dynamic. At the time, I did an internet search to find out if there already was a KXRT, I couldn’t find any. That was that, KXRT was born. Previously, I’ve used other names but they were temporary and pretty weak, really. I set about getting things started. I created a website, a Facebook Page, getting a radio buddy of mine to make some station IDs and promos, and tons of other stuff. The first computer that ran KXRT was a Pentium 3, 1ghz with 256mb ram and a 30gb drive. Through time, we went to a Pentium 4 1.8ghz with 512mb ram, a P4 2.6ghz with 512mb ram, a P4 2.8ghz (with hyperthreading!) with 768mb ram, and is now on a Pentium D 2.8ghz server with 4gb Ram and 500gb drive!
For most of its life, KXRT was running along with the risk of getting fined for playing music that isn’t covered by royalties and other fees. Last month, we finally licensed it and now is totally covered! The fact that it wasn’t totally covered kept me from really promoting it. Now I’m beginning to work on setting up promotional partnerships with small businesses. I’m not really focused on making money at this point. What I’d like to accomplish is having these partnerships benefit both parties. I can gain listeners by offering incentives and the business gets people in their doors and name exposure. If you would be interested in being a promotional partner, email me at email@example.com.
Recently, we’ve added a new themed music day, Nuclear 90’s. It features all the pop, rock, hip-hop and grunge from the decade that brought us dot coms and Lewinsky’s! As always, commercial-free and NO REPEATS! We hope you enjoy!