Lets make some dates official

It is no secret how much I love music in general, how much I have grown to not only love the Indie Music scene but also so many of the talented artists out there just looking for that one opportunity or big break.  Most are great people and for the few assholes, well they are in all walks of life so why worry about them anyway.  LOL

The other thing that is no secret is that if I can keep doing this thing called Radio I will, and by what people have seen and heard I am going to come back, and do it in the way that I like to do things.  Bigger and better than before.  I have already started talking about some of the details but lets talk about the official launch dates for everything.

Some of the personal family issues are ongoing, and hopefully will be for a  very long time.  Trust me, it’s better than the alternative.  With all of that said it becomes difficult sometimes to find a balance between personal life and everything else.  At least it did for me, but I consider myself close with my family.

I have decided to officially come back January 1st 2019, or to be honest, New Years Eve 2018.  I will do a New Years Show on KB Radio up to Midnight here in the Eastern time zone.  Not only will we bring in the new year we will also officially launch at midnight KB Indie and KB AOR.  Live programming on all stations will begin as of January 1st and a full schedule is yet to be decided and announced.    I will post that here and on the websites as they are decided and official as well.

Thank you for everyone’s patience while I am off on this kind of hiatus or break and I look forward to being back on the air soon.

Al

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Whats to come:

Lets start with a little idea of what is being worked on and developed behind the scenes.  One of the biggest faults I find with Indie music is the fact that is here and gone.  Unlike the music from your favorite artists old or new, whose music is still getting played on hundreds of stations around the world, many of your favorite indie artists find that a station or stations will play one of their tunes, sometimes once, sometimes multiple times, but then it is just gone.  

It is a damn shame that there isn’t more of an opportunity to listen to that music.  Sure you can listen to their music if you have purchased it, which I strongly encourage everyone to support Independent Artists.  You can also listen on the many streaming services, many of which are ripping these same artists off, and I can’t say for certain but I hope there are stations out there that continue to play their music in some fashion, more than just their most recent tracks.

With KB Radio one of the things I tried to do with Indie music was that if it was very popular with my listeners it went into the permanent rotation, mixed with the mainstream music.  That has worked out very well for some songs and artists but is only a small fraction of the music we play, let alone what is available.  I decided to put together a Radio station that helps to take care of that problem in some manner.  KB Radio will continue to play Indie Music the way it has for the past couple years, and promote this as much as possible.  At the same time I am proud to introduce KB Indie Radio.  This station will work in conjunction with KB Radio to promote artists but also to maintain the music and the history from the Independent musicians at least on our playlist. 

Here is how it will work;

KB Radio has Indie music in rotation in a couple of categories.  KB Indie Radio will have a set of matching categories, which promote the new music from Indie Artists.  As before we had a Top 10 that was extremely popular, which will be coming back, and expanded to a weekly Top 25 Indie songs.  I will get into the Top 25, voting and more in a later blog, but I wanted you to know it is not gone, and definitely not forgotten.  Songs that do extremely well on KB Radio will still have the same opportunity to move into the permanent rotation on that station.  All other Indie music will be played on KB Indie Radio.  There will be two more groupings or categories of music, but the bottom line is that any song that appears on the playlist on KB Radio if not staying permanently, will move to the Indie Station permanently.   All music there will be live Tweeted on its own Twitter account as well. 

We have developed a logo and slogan that we hope will make the station more interactive with artists.  The music industry is truly World Wide, so we will be knows as  KB Indie Radio    Global Indie    Are You On The Map?

 

The map in question will be available on the new website which is still being built, and will feature every artist played, their home location, an image and Twitter handle.  So the idea of course would be to not only get played on the station, but get on the map.  This will give listeners somewhere to go and look around for other artists or bands.  At some point it would be nice to add things like websites etc to each post on the map, but we will have to see as that is a great deal of work.

There will be other things as well including the simulcast of the Indie Music Show that will be returning to Wednesday Evenings.  Replays on the Indie show will be available here as well, plus I am looking at the possibility of airing past shows, interviews etc.

The station is coming together, the music is mostly in place and testing is well underway during this off time for me.  I look forward to sharing more in the days ahead as we move forward.

Al

What I can tell you?

As we move forward with what has been an interesting year to say the least, I would like to explain the abrupt disappearance of KB Radio and myself.  However I really shouldn’t go into all the details, but I will say this, it was shut down on the advisement of law enforcement with regards to some harassment and threats against me and the station.

While it has been frustrating dealing with all of this, it also has given me time to spend with my family who are still dealing with issues and also to reflect on what had become of KB Radio in a very short period of time.  I will say this I have no regrets in any way, but I have decided I will do some things differently as I start to go forward again.

One of the things I did when I switched from podcasts to 24 hour streaming was tried to be more professional and I think I lost some of the edge that made what I was doing work.  There will be some subtle changes in the way I handle things on air, that hopefully listeners will find entertaining. 

I also tried to be too many things for too many people, and in doing so I think lost a certain focus.  As I make some more announcements you will see how things are becoming more streamlined, and much more focused.  Indie artists I hope will be enthusiastic about the announcements as I have spent many hours working over the last couple months to figure out the best way to make this work.

The other problem is the people who are users.  This isn’t just with me or KB Radio, its society as a whole, but on too many occasions I turned the other cheek for artists who intentionally screwed me and continued to air their music.  I have decided I don’t need that stress.  I am not talking about anyone kissing my ass, I am talking about everyone being themselves, and the assholes will weed themselves out and find they aren’t welcome on the KB Family of Stations.

To give you a small hint, it will likely be January 1, 2019 before I start doing live shows again, though I have been tempted to do one from time to time before than.  At that time, there will also be 4 stations streaming in the family.  The KB Family will be giving the best airplay and representation for indie artists across all genres.  There will be new live shows, some returning favorites, and hopefully in time the addition of other DJ’s onto the scene as well.

So watch this blog for more information about the 4 stations coming your way.  They will be going live before January 1st to do some testing, so stay tuned.

Al Yardy