Update: December 1 2020

So its a couple days away from the 1st of December, but lets put this together today. So we kicked off the re launch with what was supposed to be the huge Indie Music Festival, which as you all know became a broadcasting nightmare. So the update on that, was I spent the next week and a bit, till I got sick and think I had it solved to do Facebook Watch parties, to share the entire show in stages. I never got the chance to offer that, as about 11 days ago I came down with a nasty flu bug, which they thought was covid to start. The last 11 or 12 days have been fun, as I managed with all of the deep coughing and hacking to tear some muscles in my abdomen, and between all of that nonsense was laid up for almost 2 weeks.

Festival wise, the entire show is on YouTube, and i will post and publish that so it is available for viewing. I still hope we can do some watch parties, moving forward, where we will feature one or two of the bands at a time. Watch for posts about those events. I have managed to get the new Indie Sundays going on KB Radio, with all of the new shows that go along with the great Indie Music. After only doing one live show before getting sick, I will do the next one, this Monday November 30th with a new 70’s show.

Also posted on both websites, is the opening of voting for both countdowns on each of the stations. This coming Wednesday will be our first new Top 25 on KB Radio during the Indie Show and Friday night will be the New Juke Box Top 25 on KB Country Radio. Voting is open, links at the bottom of this blog, the same rules apply as before for voting. I have made one small change, in hoping to help with an ongoing issue. Some artists have bigger fan bases and find it easier to get votes, so we are now asking that you vote for 3 artists when you cast your ballots. This will hopefully assist in the area of the voting.

A couple things to look forward to; the first is a new album review section that will be starting during the Wednesday night Indie Shows. I am in the process of setting it up with a guest host who will review a new album or EP every week. Ideally we are looking for artists that are being played on KB Radio or KB Country Radio, but that doesn’t have to always be the case. If you are being played and would like to be considered for the review, let me know, and I will be passing on the names etc to the new host for that segment. This part of the program should begin the first week of January 2021.

The next point I would like to share, and offer is I am looking at the idea of adding a co host/side kick for the Juke Box Top 25 countdown every week. There is not a set schedule to find this person, but I would be looking for someone who is able to commit to doing this every week. The show is a couple hours on Friday nights, and there is some advance work involved, but I would like to find someone who is able to make that kind of commitment and stick with it. I will do a separate post about that, what I am looking for, and more details in the coming weeks. Watch either the blog site, FB or Twitter for notice about that posting. I will add, that my last co host did not have any experience until starting doing the show with me, and it worked out well, so having experience will not be a pre requisite. I will be looking for someone that when we do the shows, there is an on air chemistry where we work together smoothly, and easily.

The last thought is about music submissions. The sick days let my inbox pile up, and I am working through them as quickly as possible. A friendly reminder that we only review music through email submissions, and the submission process is shown here in this blog. music submissions I want to thank all of the artists and the promoters who work so hard and make a great effort on behalf of those artists.

Links for voting

https://kbradio.ca/top25.html KB Radio Top 25

https://kbcountryradio.ca/Countrycharts KB Country Radio Juke Box Top 25

KB Radio KB Country Radio New schedules and lineup

We are less then a week from the official reboot of KB Radio and KB Country Radio. As many of you know it also will be our start without the return of KB Indie Radio and KB AOR. With the loss of these two stations it also reduces the amount of potential air time for Indie Artists. The two main stations that are returning have very tight programming, which many other internet stations like to poke fun at, but these stations are also incredibly successful. However when we started the other two it was to open more opportunities for airplay. I am going to try and open it up in some ways without changing the integrity of KB and KB Country.

Lets start with KB Radio:

The biggest announcement comes here as I am making Sunday into All Indie Sundays on KB. We had a lot of success with some of our partners who supplied shows to us on the Indie station and I am bringing all the shows back. Starting at midnight Saturday, for the next 24 hours each week will be nothing but Indie music. This will be made up with a mix of Indie Songs, some of which you will hear through the week on KB and a bunch that maybe wouldn’t fit in with the regular programming, but we want to share and give a spin to the artists. This music will play all day and around these other supplied shows. The schedule for the supplied shows is as follows, and will be available to hear every Sunday, starting November 22, 2020 on KB Radio. www.kbradio.ca

9 AM: Top 25 Replay – this is a replay of the Top 25 Countdown that is heard regularly during the Indie Show on Wednesday nights.

11 AM: The Welsh Connection – The Welsch Connections aim is to support the music from Wales from the 1960s through today. welshconnectionsmusic.com

12 PM: Jet City Rockers – This is a show that aired on AOR and gives you a mix of great Rock and Roll with Captain Michele and Co Pilot Rob. jetcityrockers.com

1 PM: Changing Faces Radio Show – Gives you something different every week to showcase music from artists around the globe thisischangingfaces.com

2 PM: Foreversynth Radio – A show that highlights some of the best in Synthwave Music. foreversynth.com

There are not as many changes to KB Country Radio. The first change is the Jukebox Top 10 is expanding to a Top 25. The Countdown show will air on Friday Nights at 8 PM on KB Country Radio www.kbcountryradio.ca and the repeat will move to a later start time on Saturdays due to the addition of another new show to our lineup. The new start time will be noon Saturdays on KB Country Radio. You can vote for your favourites every week by going to the KB Country website, the link is above, and clicking on the link for the Jukebox Top 25 at the top of the page.

The mix of music programming stays exactly the same as it has been for well over a year. We had added a new countdown show to KB Country “The Canadian Indie country Countdown” which will be returning, but they have also expanded due to their popularity. We will be welcoming their new show, The Back 50 and it will air at 6 AM Saturday mornings and the Top 50 follows that at 9AM Saturday. You can find out more about these great shows at their webite.

Canadian Indie Country Countdown

As far as regular programming on KB Radio, the line up stays the same, we welcome callers, requests and comments.

Mondays 8PM – The 70s Show – A show that features the best of the 1970s

Thursdays 8PM – The 80s show – Like the previous, but this show features the great music from the 1980’s

Wednesday 8PM – Our most popular show with listeners in more than 165 Countries. We feature Indie music, new to the station, regular artist and music business related people interviews and our weekly fan voted Top 25 countdown. The Countdown will return for the first time November 25th. Go to the KB Radio webpage and click on Top 25 to vote for your favorite songs.

That covers everything I believe. Don’t forget artists, music submissions to the live@kbradio.ca email address only, and you can read about that process with this blog. Submissions

All other comments feel free to drop me a note alyardy@kbradio.ca

Thank you to everyone for the great welcome back notes and messages and making me feel so good about what I do every week.

al

Doing Business, The Way I See It Anyway

After spending the past two weeks in what I thought was preparation for a joint partnership with a company, which will not be named, I once again walk away wondering where people get there business sense.   I say two weeks preparing, but truthfully after our conference call they were prepared to go public, make a big announcement and show off a logo with both our names on it.  They said, ” let’s get on this by tomorrow.”   LOL   it was 10 days later I sent a dm to them saying, I haven’t heard a word, no announcement, no communication, thanks anyway but I am out.

     Now do you believe in coincidences?  Not me, less then 2 hours after sending this message I dont get an answer, but another member of the team that operates this company out of the blue tags me on Twitter in a post.  I followed up by copying my original message to him which led to a long exchange, in which every time I said I was done, he ignored me and said we are ready to go.   Three times I was ignored,  4 if you count the very first message. 

     A full 3 days after this the first person I messaged, sends me a message and an email.  First saying he had been dm’ing me all week but they wouldn’t go through.  Plus in his email he attaches the graphic 12 days in the making which looks like it was made by someone with no skills in this area at all.  

    Why am I explaining all of this?  Well it is two fold, one reason is to give a thorough accounting of how not to-do things.  The other is laying out that layer after layer of what can only be interpreted as lies or bad management.   I dont know which and since I have no plans of continuing to work with them which I have now explained for a 5th time today, it doesn’t matter.

     I have done very well over the years with small businesses and companies I have created and operated.  My first at 15 years of age, and yes I had business cards and did very well for myself with a dj compnay.  I worked school dances and corporate events, yes at 15 year’s old.  I decided to write a book a few years ago, one of 3 I have published, and it was about do’s and don’t in particular in a small business.

     It is incredible to me just how many people take things for granted and make mistakes that are easy to avoid.  Now the first one is something I still struggle with and that is the impression we give.  Sometimes I do or say things I later regret, but I do learn a bit more every time.  But this is more or less what happens with first impressions.

     I have often given examples to others of two situations I was in that made a difference in someone else’s work.  The first was a day driving into my office.  Apparently I was too slow, a guy whipped around me honking the horn and flipping me off.  I got to the office and settled in, and when I was ready, asked for my first interview of the day.  I was doing some hiring.  I bet you can guess who walked in?  The look on his face was of someone who knew he had seen me, but couldn’t quite figure it out.   I said to him, “Do I look familiar to you?”  He said yes, but couldnt figure out from where.  “I was the guy you flipped off this morning.” 

     I told him I wouldn’t put him in one of my company vehicles because if he pulled that same shit driving my vehicle it would be a mark on my business name not him.Thank you for coming in, dont let the door hit your ass on the way out.   The other instance was just that kind of image. 

     A vehicle pulls up to do a paint job at a house.  Not hired by me, it was a neighbors.  He is driving a beat  up old mini van that had seen a lot of abuse and miles.  Yes vehicles can be expensive, but sometimes its just better to present a good image.  When him and his partner arrived, garbage fell out of the vehicle, like old coffee cups and a beer can.  Ouch, strike two.

     Over the next few hrs as they worked they screamed and swore like there was no tomorrow.  I have no idea why they felt they had to yell all the time.   Now I ask you, when it comes time to do some painting and you are thinking of hiring someone, will you remember them?  Will you remember them for good reasons?  Maybe they do a good job, but lots of people do good work.  I would probably not even ask my neighbor about them.  First impressions are a bitch.

     So are last impressions.  When you finish a job, leave things as good as or better then when you started.   Now you might think if it isn’t a job that involves work like a paint job, or a repair how can you do that.  Make sure that the person you are working with or for is satisfied.  If there is billing make sure everything is clear and no issues.  There is nothing worse then getting a bill from somebody with extra charges, that were forgotten to be mentioned.

     I will never eat in a restaurant that charges a gratuity instead of tipping.  I am sorry that the younger generation  are too damn cheap and ignorant and often don’t leave any tip.  That goes back to the parents who raised them without good values.  Yes I Said That!   When I dine out I do so for convenience among other reasons.  When I get good service I tip appropriately.  When I get bad service I still tip but not as much.  I also will remember the next time I am there if I get the same server and bad service again.  I will tip a small amount and never sit in their section again.  If I get really good service which happens a lot, I tip very well.  I think nothing of 25 to 30% or more in those cases.

     People who work hard and do a good job deserve to be compensated and noticed.  If I get really good service,  I make sure the manager knows just how good a job that person does.   It is all business and while some may look down at someone is just a waiter or waitress, its more then that. Most take the job seriously and work hard.  Imagine a restaurant where they serve larger parties and those tend to generate better tips.  Your compliment may be the difference in that person getting that assignment, and thus a chance to earn more money.

     It is not about just ourselves in the world.  We all fit together in some fashion in what makes this world go round.  Treat people how you want to be treated in business and in life.  Remember we get what we pay for.  If you want a beautiful cabinet with a custom finish, you dont go to Wal Mart.  You pay for quality.   Everything ties together, including in the music industry.

     My favorite example was of the guy who sent me his album to listen for potential songs to play.  When I explained the submission process and why I dont have enough time to go through his entire album, he sent me an email ripping me a new asshole about how his whole life was in this album and I couldn’t take 40 minutes of my precious time to listen.   First impressions can be killer.  He said exactly what he thought.  Good for him also with his devotion to his product.  Shifty way to handle it though.  After I explained why I couldn’t take 40 minutes of my precious time, he did apologize and made some excuse about a bad week.

     Don’t cover up your mistakes with lies and bullshit.  If he had come back with, something like I hadn’t considered it from that angle, and I really fucked up and was rude, he might have gotten a second chance.  We all make mistakes in life, its called being human.  So if you do, own up to it.

     I didn’t go too deep into my ideas about a good business, but what I did mention and give examples for are the most important.  We all are marketing ourselves in some way.  So the next time you share a link with friends for a hot number with pictures of her doing things with sheep, think twice.  Unless of course you are doing so well you don’t give a damn who you upset, alienate or just plain piss off.

Accepting New music submissions effective October 08, 2020 and New On Air Lineup (partial)

Greetings to everyone who is interested in submitting their music to be played on air with KB Radio or KB Country Radio. The stations will both be returning to the airwaves on November 14th of this year, and because at that point it will be 4 months since I added new music, I need to basically overhaul all of the Indie Music in Rotations. As a reminder for everyone and for those who have not submitted in the past, I give you this link for another of my blogs about the submission process for us. We have very few “rules” and we are truly one of the easiest stations to submit to. Here is that link: Music Submission Process

As we move forward with getting the 2 stations on line, you may note that I have said 2 and not 4 stations. KB Indie Radio and KB AOR will NOT be returning to the airwaves. As was discussed when I shut things down the work load and costs for 4 stations had become too much. With the loss of these two stations, I am facing a situation where my ability to play as many different Indie Artists as I did becomes limited. My stations were built on the a specific format for playing Indie Music mixed with mainstream and I will not be leaving that format. I will however by changing the lineup on KB Radio to make Sundays all Indie Music. This hopefully will open up for some other Indie tracks that may have played on the two stations that no longer exist. With that I am also hoping to bring back the shows that had aired on those stations, like “Jet City Rockers”, The Welsh Connection” and others as well.

One thing I will point out and please take note of this. Any music submitted before the start date, listed above, will not be reviewed. Even though I have signed off and every email gets an auto reply saying we are no longer on the air, I have continued to get submissions. From my blunt side, my favourite are the promoters who send 5 or 10 a week, and obviously don’t read anything in their inbox. I have more than 3000 songs in my inbox at this moment, and there is no way I could go through all of them. Again please read my blogs, about how to submit and how I program the music, and hopefully it will make sense to everyone.

I will continue to attempt to reply to almost every submission. Be fore warned, those who don’t have the time or energy to include anything in their emails except the music. No greetings of a simple hello, one word only, or to really put an effort in and say, “Hello, how are you, here is my music submission.” Well I put as much effort into replying to those people. If you don’t give a damn, why the hell should I?

If you are unsure of what I mean, I will attach an example of an email, that I often get. Email address and song title blocked out to protect the name of the lazy individual who thinks this is all they have to do.

Thanks to the 99% who work so hard to promote your music and work with those of us who want to work with you.

Al Yardy

How Politics, Political Humour and Politicians don’t fit on KB Radio

I have talked a lot over the years of why I started KB Radio and my goals and ideas with it, but one thing I don’t think I have spent any time talking about is my political agenda. So lets take a deep dive into that right here, and tell you how come you don’t hear it on my stations.

I have always said to anyone I talk to how fortunate I am to live in a country like Canada. Now there is no perfect place to live, no perfect governing system or government body, and as we all know from watching news from around the world politics have become a very divisive conversation. If you put on most TV stations, either they will have news that features political stories or maybe even opinions, talk shows or debates. Even TV sitcoms in North America over the past couple of years have taken to picking sides in the political debate, and I for one am really sick of it. In the big scheme of things do you really think it mattered in the sitcom Will & Grace which side they voted on. I watched it for comedy, not their opinions.

Lets be completely serious, when we talk about issues with our own countries, with politicians, political parties and supporters very seldom do we find a grey area anymore. I use the US only as an example for my purposes but it is a country so clearly divided politically with 2 parties that depending on which side of the political line you sit can make a difference in friends and how you carry on simple every day conversations. We all in countries like Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia etc have the right to our opinions. We have the ability to share those opinions, and sadly as society has gotten less tolerant of each other, if you share an opinion with someone who disagrees with you, it is now okay to be abusive apparently in some cases to people with differing views.

This new society with no respect for each others opinions, is disturbing in so many ways, but also something I have no interest in taking part in. Let me explain those words very carefully. I will share my thoughts with people who are very close and in my inner circle. People I know who can have a rationale conversation and aren’t complete morons. Now that doesn’t mean if I don’t share with you I think everyone is a moron. I just don’t talk politics, religion etc with many. They are truly hot button topics and my goal as i share music and try to introduce new Indie Music to listeners is just to entertain and offer one place where they won’t get a political comment or joke.

I take this very seriously and it goes into some of the music that is sent to me with requests for air time. I won’t play a song that tells people they think the British PM is a giant toad. Yes, I have had songs like that, for and against, and name your politician in different countries a lot of people put their views into music. I won’t play them. I never have and never will. As I also play some classic mainstream music, people have said to me you play protest songs from the 70s etc. That is very true, but those songs were hits, and are from 40 or 50 years ago. If you release your British PM is a toad song, and it becomes a raging hit in the UK, I Still Won’t Play It. Maybe in 20 years I will give it a spin.

For every potential listener using my USA example again, if I came out pro one politician or party I risk offending or alienating 50% of the population in that country. Now obviously all 350 million don’t listen to KB Radio, though we are close, lol, but there are 350 million potential listeners. Do I really want to piss off 175 million people just by saying one thing or another. It really is that simple. In this country of Canada or any other, maybe the divide isn’t 50/50. But its very easy to offend people these days, and I manage to do that from time to time without getting into politics.

I want people who turn on my stations to hear music and entertainment, and know while everybody else is banging a drum and complaining about this or that, they won’t get it here. I often reference going to a U2 concert to hear him talk about the rain forest, or whatever he is saving this week. But, and this a big but, you know buying that ticket he is going to do that. He always does and always will. It is a part of their shows. Now if you go to another show, and that person is not known for these kinds of antics, the last thing you want to hear is them carrying on about politics. I won’t even get into the fact, that some of these entertainers really shouldn’t be talking about things that they truly have no clue about. Its quite different if you go to a political event and an entertainer appears and performs.

I will also add, that I believe very strongly in cross promoting with artists across Twitter and yes back on Facebook. But I want to support their music. If I find an artist that follows me or I follow them, and their page is filled with political messages, for either side, I will unfollow and sometimes even block. Again, I want to support an artist and their music. I don’t care what your political views are. You need to separate the two of them. Believe me people who know you will follow a private non music account as well, and you can spout off all the political crap you want. But if I am interested in entertainer x and i am looking up information about them, their music etc, and all I can find is politics, why the hell should I care to promote them. They aren’t doing it themselves.

I know some people have a hard time separating life and work, and things like that but when they start bleeding into each other they affect everything. I recently posted a short version of this blog, about no politics on Twitter, and immediately someone with the name Antifa in their profile name followed me. I am guessing they were just testing. But you are damn right i blocked them. I also won’t weigh in on BLM, defunding police, and anything that is controversial. I will suggest to people to wear masks and take care, if not for themselves but for other more vulnerable people. That type of statement isn’t political, its just good common sense and common courtesy.

So there you have it in a nutshell. Life is too short to spend all our time worrying about some things. Everybody needs a break, and a place to get away from some of the silliness. If KB Radio or KB Country Radio manage to provide you that break with the music we are playing, thank you for giving us a chance. If you think I am out to lunch with my views and how I operate, that’s okay too. You won’t be the first person who told me I’m nuts, but I am still here, and I don’t know what happened to them.

Take care everyone, and take care of each other.

al