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Jul 08 2015

Summer 2015 Updates



Hwassupappy Summer!! I want to quickly run down a few things I feel are important to mention. First, we had a change in service providers. This shouldn’t mean anything major to you guys and you may not have even noticed. That’s a good thing! However, there are some benefits we’ll see in the near future. One is that a feature offered is listing our station on ShoutCast. ShoutCast is a big hub for internet radio and it used to be limited to those streaming through their own systems. However, lately there’s been some changes that allow others to be listed as well. This is a good thing because more exposure means more of you guys listening to our fantastic music and programming, but also listening to our ads. Because we’re a business, we need to make money to keep things going. We don’t intend to make a lot of money, but at least enough to keep going and maybe upgrade things from time to time. This is why we’re cool with playing two minutes of commercials per break and only four minutes per hour. There are some other neat things about our new provider, like fallback audio files. This protects the streams in case a connection fails somewhere along the line. Audio keeps playing so you don’t lose your connection to us. We’re very happy to be with this new company.

To further our goal of providing the best listening experience, we’ve made some significant upgrades to our audio. You may have noticed over the past couple of months that the sound of America’s Country has changed a bit. We installed a newer audio processing system that has newer and more robust features to make every note ring out loud and clear. Again, the goal is to make it sound great so your ears don’t get tired and you can listen in many different environments and not have to keep reaching for the volume knob. Another very cool feature of this new tool is something that may be boring to some, but if you’ve ever spent time listening to music, whether on a protable device or from a CD or on the FM radio, you know things may not be as clear or dynamic as they have been in the past. To sum it up, basically FM radio has been in a “loudness war” for about 25-30 years. Each station wants to out-do the next and they figure if it’s louder, you’ll stop scanning and listen. Record companies have seen this and wanted in on the action. To do this, they’ve started employing a trick that FM radio folks have been doing called clipping. Basically, this is a way to pump up the volume as high as possible while digitally limiting, or clipping, the sound off at the highest level possible, 0 dB. This accomplishes one thing, ugly, loud and distorted audio. FM radio can get away with it to a degree because of a lot of other things going on between their transmitters and our radios. It hides a lot of the distortion. CDs don’t have that luxury. Back to my point… This new audio processing tool has a miraculous feature called a de-clipper. It mathematically looks at the clipped audio (which is no longer in a normal wavy form, but a flat-line appearance) and predicts what it really should look like. It actually restores the wavy form! Again, this is a lot of techy mumbo-jumbo to many of you. But it’s all in an effort to give you the best sounding audio possible and even better sounding than listening from a CD! if you want to learn more, please comment below and I’ll reach out to you personally.

As always, we’re continually trying to make our station sound better than all the rest of the Country stations out there. It’s not an easy task. But I want to thank each of you for listening! It means the world to me that you are taking part of something I’m creating. And even more so if you actually enjoy it!

Have a fantastic summer!!

-Timmy

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Apr 27 2015

Summer’s Coming!!



Summer LoadingHey friends! We’re quickly coming up on May and then June brings us into Summer 2015! I’m very excited for what we have in store for you! Nothing is in stone at this moment, but we’re looking to get ahold of some great prizes to give away. Because it’s not finalized, I can’t say exactly what we’re talking about here, but we’re talking about some serious prizes! Not just CDs or gift cards here. I’ll have more details as we get closer to finalizing our plans and getting some partners online with us to provide these incredible prizes.

I know this is a major tease and I’m not telling you hardly anything. But I want you to get excited too! More details to come…

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Mar 30 2015

Maintenance Planned – 4/5 – and other news



voice_over_gary-owensFriends,

We have some really great upgrades and fixes we need to apply to our main station server. It will require some downtime, but we plan to have a backup server running. Hopefully the transition between will be seamless and we won’t have any actual downtime.

We have a new SSD drive to install, plenty of updates and other tweaks we’ve been holding off on. Ultimately, the main purpose is to make our station more reliable, robust and available.

We’re also making adjustments to our music selection. We’re trying to play even more big hits, more often so you can enjoy listening all day. We are excited to have excellent programming to compliment our already fantastic music selection.

Each weekday, we have The 90s @ Noon and The 90s Drive @ 5. Two full hours of commercial 90s Country hits. On the weekends, we have several shows that bring diversity and excitement to you. On Saturdays, we have two shows that feature and celebrate Texas Country. Also known as Red Dirt, this fun and gritty music plays for two hours at Noon with the CD-Tex Radio show and for another two hours at 7pm on the Texas Country Music Countdown. On Sundays, we have Big Country USA at Noon with two hours of the best country and artist interviews, contests and a lot of fun. At 7pm, The Hot Country Countdown presents the 20 biggest songs in the industry.

We thank you for choosing us. Out of the thousands of Country stations online and on the radio, we’re extremely humbled and honored that you continue to choose us! We welcome and encourage your feedback and ideas. Please comment here or any of our social media pages with anything you’d like to share. Thank you again for being the best fans and friends!

-Timmy

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Jan 29 2015

Our Listen Page – Updated



playHey friends! I wanted to let you all know that we’re in the process of updating our Listen page. The goals we have in mind are 1)Mobile/Touch friendly, 2)Fast and efficient, and 3)More awesome!

Feel free to visit the Listen page any time to have easy access to our different streams as well as clicking on things that help support us. We have a couple banner ads as well as our new Album Art Slider that shows you the current song and a few of the most recent ones played. Clicking on the Buy At Amazon button in the Slider will let you buy music at the same great price but they kick a little bit to us for each purchase.

As always, we want your honest feedback. If there’s anything off or strange about it, or you have an idea to make it better, please let us know through the regular channels.

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