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Music Submissions for all KB Stations

One of the things I try and tried to do when I began KB Radio and even as I expanded was to make music submissions as simple as possible for artists.  I also attempted to make my guidelines as slim as possible to get Indie artists music on the air, because I understand what it means to get some exposure in any way for your/their music.  As I moved forward, I helped a couple of artists in attempting to share their music with other internet based radio stations, and to be totally blunt because that’s how I am, was staggered by the arrogance of so many people.

Let me explain that statement;  Some stations demanded you complete a form filling in a whole list of questions, than attach your music, in one format only, attach an image, in one picture format only and don’t forget a further bio, in a specific format.  Another station answered every submission with a generic, thanks, we may play it or not, just listen and you will find out.  Than there are those that demand payment for air play.  This isn’t just radio, this is also some of the so-called promoters.  I will not expand into that further, only to say, be very careful before you spend any money with promoters.  Do some research, and ask other users questions.  I used to be vocal about this kind of thing, calling out some of the thieves in the industry and that led to death threats, so sorry, you are on your own.  LOL  They are out there, so be careful before you spend a dime.

Now on to how you submit to my stations.  I have 4 radio stations as of January 1st, 2019, they are:

KB Radio- The main station playing a mix of 70’s through the 90’s primarily with some newer and older splashed in and Indie tracks mixed in 24 hours a day.

KB Country Radio – The second station I started, as it says, Country music, Playing todays best country based on North American charts, and Indie country mixed in 24 hours a day as well.

KB Indie Radio – Officially launching January 1st 2019, but already streaming, is a 24 Indie music channel geared to compliment the Main channel KB Radio.

KB AOR – Also launching January 1st 2019, KB AOR actually launched once before when the country station came on the air.  It was very popular but the workload was too much plus the streaming options were not something I liked at that time, so I pulled the plug about 6 months in until I could relaunch in a much better way.  Now is the time.  AOR is Album Oriented Rock based on an early 70’s Rock Radio format, that will include a mix of great rock tracks from albums, not the Top 40 hits, but the other tracks that album lovers enjoy, and we are mixing in great Indie Rock as well.  Rock that just is too heavy for KB or KB Indie, will spin here.

Here’s a couple of things to please avoid for me.  When you email, don’t just send an email with no content or message in the email,  and just a music attachment or link to your music.  Some of these emails have no message, no names, generic email address that it comes from, and not even information on the song that’s attached.  If I don’t know who it’s from, how can I promote you.

The other problem relates to how I promote music on the stations.  I work old school, taking one song from an artist, and putting it into the rotation.  This gives exposure in a maximum manner, listeners begin to recognize the song, and your name, which is much better than spinning 2 or 3 or more songs where you lose the recognition factor.  With this in mind, I would like to know which song you would like to promote.  This also makes my life somewhat easier.  Two days ago in my music inbox for submissions, I had 535 emails, in the first 25 emails I opened, I received 11 Album’s, 3 EP’s and in the other 11 emails there were 17 songs.  In total it was 153 songs, and I greatly appreciate when an artist says they respect my opinion so pick one that works, but it just creates too much work.  If it was one band, lol, no problem,  but how many more albums in the remaining 510 emails, oh and that was days ago, and that number has grown significantly.  So I will explain how to help below.  The third issue is sending links to YouTube or something similar.  Again, it duplicates workload, I need to go listen, reply than wait for you to send another email with the music attached.  I will expand on this below as well.

  • All 4 stations music submissions should be submitted to live@kbradio.ca
  • When you email either attach your music, I don’t care if its Wav or Mp3 or as a link via Dropbox, google etc.
  • If you have an album or ep or just a couple of songs, no problem, state your preference or first choice and then if for some reason it doesn’t work on one of the stations, I have a second option.  Trust me, if that doesn’t work also,  I will reach out.  I answer virtually every email
  • We DON’T PLAY RAP, HIP HOP, and rarely Dance tracks.  If you want to argue that its Rap but it’s not offensive, or its good rap so I should play it, which has happened more than once, please don’t.  I won’t reply to you.  Your future emails will go in spam and I will never know if you have something I could play.
  • Please include your name, who is sending the email, the band’s name, the song title, and the twitter handle for the band or artist.
  • Twitter has made the live Tweeting on the Indie station very difficult.  So difficult in fact that I have removed virtually every twitter handle from the metadata.  Twitter has told me I need expressed permission from artists before I include their Twitter handle in live Tweets.  Ideally than when you email include a note with your Twitter handle stating you authorize the KB Family of stations to live tweet your handle.
  • If you have bio or an image you want to or can include that would be great but not necessary.
  • When sending a link to YouTube, sure I can hear your music, but I do music one day a week, and that is what goes in for that week.  So on top of having to send extra emails, trying to keep track of who sent something previously like that, which I don’t have the time to do, you also lose at least a weeks worth or airplay, by the time you send a new email and I can go through it again.

It may sound in some ways like there are a lot of rules, lol, but really there aren’t.  Basically everything I ask is either common sense or time-saving for both of us.  Remember that yes you are just one band so how long does it take me to do this or that.  True, but multiply that by 100 plus emails a week.

I try to work with everyone who wants to work with me.  In the past not everyone seemed to think it was their responsibility to do their own leg work.   Some thought, I recorded the music, its your responsibility to figure out the rest.  In the past I did what I could, but moving forward, I realized just how much time that took away from those people who wanted to work together.  So if you have read this far, think I am some kind of asshole, than do both of us a favor, and don’t send in your music.

I look forward to bring you new live shows Starting in 2019, including a reworked indie show on Wednesday nights.

Cheers

Al

Owner/DJ/ All around nice guy

 

 

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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

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