America’s Country goes 100% Christmas!


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: studio@kxrtonline.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 holiday@kxrtonline.com.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

America’s Country – Listen NOW!

-Timmy

I’m Alive!


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!

Happy New Year – 2011!


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.

Thanks!

-Timmy

KXRT Radio – Are YOU Listening?


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 advertise@kxrtonline.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!

-Timmy

Perhaps I should explain…


Hi, friends! I just wanted to take a quick moment to give you a little insight into what KXRT and the Timmy LIVE! Show are all about. If you’ve known me much at all, you’d know that I have a lot of interest and desire to work in radio. I got the bug way early in my childhood when listening to the DJs spin the hits in the 80’s up in Washington. It was something I wanted to do and as soon as my dad bought me my first dual-deck portable stereo (read: boombox), I was creating my own radio station in my bedroom! As I grew and my interests developed and my ability to drive around improved, I found a small AM radio station nearby. I started hanging out with the DJs there. I started to really see how radio worked. I hung around enough and actually got on the payroll. I started by recording commercials from reel-to-reel tape to their tape cartridges to play on-air. Then I was able to provide fill-in and some basic operating roles. I ran the board for local high school sports games. I was so excited. Then I ended up getting into some trouble as I got caught being on the air after-hours and was let go. Continue reading “Perhaps I should explain…”

In-N-Out and Christmas Music


Orem, UT In-N-Out
In-N-Out, Orem, UT

Hi, folks! I MUST report on  my visit to the opening night of In-N-Out Burger in Orem, Utah. Lines! That’s what I was dreading most but when I got there, last night around 6:30, it looked long but I moved through pretty quickly. I met up with some friends who had been in line and when I found out that Rachel wasn’t going to be able to make it in time for us to eat together, I had to get out of line and head to the end. That second move through the queue took about 25 minutes! Rachel arrived just in time for us to order and our friends were just getting finished so we sat at their table. I ordered a Double-Double with no onion or tomato. Rachel a hamburger with onion and no tomato. Wyatt a plain burger with just spread. We had two drinks and two orders of fries. Everything was great! “That is a TASTY cheeseburger!” Though not exactly a Big Kahuna, this is in the upper echelon of the burger kingdom! Both the Orem and the Draper locations opened yesterday and by 7pm, the guy at the door said they both had combined sales of over 8,000 burgers! The West Jordan location should open in a couple weeks and then the American Fork store should open just before Christmas. Yes, there is a lot of hype about what seems to be a silly burger joint, but let me just tell you: you gotta go there and give it a try, it’ll be well worth it! Continue reading “In-N-Out and Christmas Music”

Timmy LIVE! – 11/14 8pm (MST)


Yessiree! The next Timmy LIVE! show will air on KXRT this coming Saturday evening at 8pm Mountain. I’m working on preparations now and am excited to announce that our Featured Artist will be the late, great Elvis Presley! I will have lots of facts and information to share as well as some of his biggest hit songs. This will also be the beginning of his best songs being played in regular rotation on KXRT!

Here’s a general outline of the next Timmy LIVE! show on KXRT:

  • 8:00pm – 8:30pm: Timmy LIVE! Top 5 Countdown
  • 8:30pm – 10:00pm: Your Calls, Featured Artist Info and Songs, Your Calls, Hot Music & Your Calls
  • 9:00pm – 9:05pm: Timmy’s Hot Deals Check (Woot!, 1Sale, SlickDeals)

Here’s the information you need to take part:

See you all this coming Saturday night at 8pm!!

-Timmy