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Spread the word!

Like so many things that happen in life, when you hear about it from a trusted friend or relative, you can trust that the message is true and meaningful. The same is true when you tell someone about something you’ve found to be valuable or useful. You tell your friends and family about a great deal or contest you saw online, a sale happening at your favorite store, a great coupon for a free meal at your favorite restaurant. This kind of communication is called word of mouth. For business owners, it’s the best form of advertising. One reason it’s the best is that unlike most other methods, word of mouth is entirely free! Another is that element of trust that is built-in to this powerful means of spreading the word.

As the owner and operator of America’s Country, one of my struggles is building a strong and loyal family of listeners who will always be there. As a natural entertainer, I get a lot of joy and get energized when I can see that something I create brings people their own joy and fun. America’s Country is my creative outlet. I love doing it! When I look at the stats and see that there are hundreds of you listening all day long and day after day, it kindles the fire inside me and makes me want to do more and to do it better.

I am inviting you all to spread the word. Talk to your family, friends and co-workers about America’s Country. Tell them your honest opinions about us. Express how you really enjoy listening to our Hot Country Hits all the time. Tell them we don’t play commercials. Tell them they can request songs and I’ll play them. If you follow us on Facebook, you see that I always ask for them to share the page on their own timelines and that is wonderful. I think you’ll agree that if you take a moment and tell someone face-to-face or on the phone (not a text), the communication and the effect will be more meaningful and lasting.

How to do you tell them to listen? I know that it’s not as easy as telling them to tune in to 101.3 on their car radio, but point them to either this site: kxrtonline.com or have them go to facebook.com/americascountry. If they are Tweeters, have them go to twitter.com/americascountry. There are many ways to find and listen to us.

Friends, I thank you in advance for your help with this. It means worlds to me that you would make such an effort. I wish you good luck. If you want to share your experiences, please comment below. If you have questions or concerns, email me: timmy@kxrtonline.com.

Thank you!

-Timmy

Donations Vs. Commercials

I’ll just open by stating the problem: It is costly to run this station. There are 2 major costs involved in operating an internet radio station. One is the bandwidth to serve the station to you. The other is royalties and licensing fees that allow us to legally play the music so the artists and their labels get paid for their work. At the current setup with how many listeners I am allowed My fees total about $70 a month.

Here’s the problem: If I want to make this thing both legal and huge, it costs more and more! I have to pay more for both streaming and for royalties. It’s a really crummy setup. I understand that artists need to be paid. But I also understand they want more exposure so it’s a backwards spiral for us web broadcasters. I’d LOVE to be able to have 1000’s of listeners jammin’ to Hot Country Hits and not have to wade through tons of commercials to hear the music.

I’ve done some research and there are ways to make money by playing commercials. It’s not difficult. I just play them. However, I feel like in order to differentiate myself from all the other country stations on FM and online, I need to not have commercials. I feel like more of you will listen and tell your friends about us if you can tell them there’s no commercials.

Here’s the solution: I need your help. To keep us commercial-free, please donate to us. I have options on our website, our stream launch page and our Facebook page to either make a one-time donation or create a subscription where you pay a set amount monthly. Both options are through PayPal and are flexible. There’s no contracts for the subscription and you can change it any time. Currently, under the Subscription option, you can pick $5, $10 or $20 a month. All the money donated goes directly into the PayPal account where my fees come out of. The money will not go toward any station equipment or upgrades. I will not use the money for anything personal.

Plan B: I start playing commercials. I REALLY don’t want to! I think that would be reason enough to just end the whole project. Why would people listen if I had commercials and was like anything else out there?

I am very happy with the incredible growth we’ve seen in 2011! A lot of you are very loyal listeners who also interact on social media! I was happy to have 2011 be our free year. Now that I know that this concept is viable and successful and that I want to continue, it’s time to get serious.

Thank you for all your help and support!

-Timmy

Our new site!

Welcome to our new website! This one was a long in the works and it’s finally here! We moved from the super-reliable and excellent wordpress.com servers to our own self-hosted wp.org site. We love WordPress and it’s flexibility, security and speed. With the launch of our new format back on New Year’s we’ve been able to look at more opportunities with advertising and contests. WordPress.com does allow a lot of flexibility, however, they do not allow any advertising. It quickly became necessary to look at other solutions.

As mentioned, WordPress is excellent and a lot of major companies, including some of the largest radio corporations run all their station’s sites from WordPress. It’s a great platform. Here are some of the features this new platform allows:

  • advertising (we will not advertise on the air but we feel like we could make things better for you if we were able to bring in some money somehow)
  • featured article slider
  • mobile site compatibility
  • faster load-times
  • more themes and layouts
  • polls
  • so much more we’re just learning about

We hope you will explore the site and let us know what you like or don’t. We’ll be happy to make any adjustments for you!

-Timmy