I have had almost 5 weeks now to look at things, and step away from the craziness that was KB Radio and KB Country Radio. this isn’t the first time I stepped away, doing so last year as well but at the request of artists and listeners I attempted a comeback. My biggest problem, lol, loaded line there, is I am not great at the promotional side of things. I have a hard time reaching a hand out, and when I was convinced I was extremely grateful to the few who gave and did so much. But much like life itself, you can’t rely on one or two people to do everything.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect everyone to contribute and would never dream of charging for airplay. But it can be frustrating being on the end of so many requests for favours, and help and the only time you hear from artists is when they needed something. We obviously cant have a personal relationship with everyone there just aren’t enough hours in the day, but when you would get emails and messages from someone every other week looking for airplay, or how about an interview or how about this or that, yet at the same time you never see a like or retweet on Twitter. If something is happening, they never seem to know about it, wrapped up in their own circumstances.
It truthfully is part of the frustration that goes into this effort. Maybe I take it too seriously, lol But I do put my entire effort into something to try and make it successful. I don’t ask for social media likes or follows. I am very particular about that kind of thing. I would not follow everyone who follows my station(s), especially if they are not being played, and their genre of music is not what we played. I often write I am not a collector of followers. It took me 5 years to get up to 10,000 followers. I could add another 10,000 in 5 weeks, all I have to do is follow everyone back that follows me and that goes to two friends, who tell 2 friends, and so on. So I put little stock in number of followers for some people, stations, organizations etc. If you look at someone like Elton John, who has nearly a million followers, yet they only follow 21 themselves. If I follow 2000 back as an example, I find it impossible just to keep up with everything I am tagged in, let alone all the tweets from those 2000 people. Isn’t that what you want from a follower, someone to respond or comment on your posts? Its why I have always considered Social media a tool and not taken a lighthearted approach to it.
Let me ask you though. If you are a musician, using that as an example, and you are promoting your music, isn’t it important to keep up with some of your followers? What do I mean, if you have fans in say a fan club and they are always posting interesting items, and promoting you and your music wouldn’t it be important to check on them daily or every other day, based on their usage? I mean if you are looking to buy a new guitar and are on a tight budget, won’t you look around for the best deals. If you cant find one in your price range, do you give up or do you watch specific sites for sales or better deals? If you can do that why can’ t you watch for people or organizations that are working with you? If Radio Station X is playing your music, wouldn’t it be good to keep an eye on their posts, things that might be relevant or helpful to you? If they played your song once, and never again, don’t you want to know that kind of information? If they played it weekly as part of a show for 2 months, wouldn’t you want to know?
I mean its great that you are getting the play, don’t get me wrong, but paying attention to the details makes the difference in many things. I tried to pay attention to the details, because its the little things that can make a difference. I remember a disagreement with an artist, Electric Cowshit or some name like that, and in the end I was criticized for the number of times I played their song. They thought it was once or twice, but couldn’t be bothered to do the little things, and when I pulled their music from my stations, because if you are ignorant and shit on me, its going to happen. I let him know via email with a copy of the play count for his song, and over the previous 3 or 4 months it was something like 50 or 60 times or more. I don’t remember the specifics, though the info is filed away if I need it for future reference. You don’t have to kiss somebody’s ass, and if they want you to do that, I would tell them to F.O. but at least know about the people you are working with. Oh and since that exchange in the last 6 months prior to shutting the stations down, it got played 0 times. Good job artist, I salute you lack of character and lack of knowledge.
As I ponder possibilities about returning the stations to the air, I know you can never get rid of all of the frustrations. Its just life and shit happens. But I do wonder about people who continue to send me music through Twitter DM’s and through my new FB account. The twitter profiles say the former homes of the stations, and the image is of Headstones, and the pinned Tweet is about the end. So I do believe too often things in life are affected for the many because of the actions of a few. But overall it was the actions of a few who tried to help keep the stations afloat, and not the many. Now its the actions of a few who make me scratch my head and wonder how worthwhile it is. I have a very basic plan in its infancy set to tweak and finalize to attempt a restart again. I don’t do it for accolades or any one individual but just for the love of great music.
I am sure I will have an official announcement about what it will take to get the stations back on the air soon. I try not to let the little things and stupid shit bother me. I am emotional at time, lol as most of you know. But even on days that aren’t sunny, we don’t need it. Lots of great things happen even on the rainiest days, and when the sunshine does appear, it will find life has gone on just fine without it. I will not however come back with a half fast plan that will put me in a position in 12 months again to have to pull the plug. I mean I went back to work initially to pay for this little hobby, and am looking that as an option now, but the pieces have to fit together. So watch for a plan to be announced in the coming days. Please watch for posts etc about things that are happening. If you find me on FB and want to follow, feel free, but this is a personal account at this time. It isn’t for receiving music etc. but rather a way for me to keep an eye on what is happening with my musical friends.
I need to add one final comment, and if it pisses you off, that’s okay. There have been a lot of conversations around the world about freedom of speech or along those lines about the ability to speak about what we think and believe. I worked very hard to keep all politics off of my social media, not from me, from others, and to this point even though the stations aren’t active I refuse to take part in that kind of posting and sharing. I have no problem with someone doing as they see fit with their own social media, but remember I have the discretion to unfollow or block as I see fit. Case in point, someone recently posted on their FB page about the death of a political party member, who just passed away. The comments were unflattering and in my opinion just plain ignorant. This is not a statement about Death Penalty crimes, being right or wrong, but more on just being civilized human beings. When a serial killer is put to death, I don’t go out and applaud it. They may be despicable humans, but chances are they weren’t raised that way. They likely had parents or siblings, that despite everything they were still family. These people would be suffering from just being related, but it doesn’t do anybody any good to applaud the death and make light hearted comments about it. When a politician dies, or any other person and you feel the need to make frivolous comments about it, well I am sorry, but in my opinion that’s is a classless act and I will not follow or support you. I don’t want to be considered as agreeing with you or condoning your comments by maintaining that following or support.
When we look at society these days and how we want to erase history that is not favourable, how people who have worked hard their whole lives suddenly find themselves black listed for things they did as a kid, in a completely different time in our lives I wonder is it worth the risk. In a year when you get an offer or something wonderful is going to happen, and suddenly your past comment about someone whose politics you hated is brought to light, will you suddenly find yourself regretting it. Lets face it, we all talk with friends, and share how we feel with those closest to us, and who knows what will controversial in 5 years from now, but why risk it with something you know just is not a good look on anyone. I do applaud your fortitude to make such a bold statement though, and wish you luck going forward. I personally or professionally dont want my name attributed to those beliefs.