[important]We will be going on vacation for the next couple weeks and will not have the time or access to continue carrying The Bobby D Show. This Thursday morning will be the last show until we return on the 24th.[/important]
When we return, I will be starting to add some classic Halloween songs to our mix! You’ll hear Ghostbusters, Thriller, Monster Mash and more! Then on Halloween night, at 8pm Mountain, we will play the original broadcast of The War of the Worlds with Orson Welles from 1938! This has been a yearly tradition for a long, long time! You be sure to join us, it’s not something to miss!
We hope you excuse us for a bit while we are away. Don’t worry, we’ll still have our hot country hits rockin’ the world!
As you might have heard or read on Facebook, starting January 1st at midnight, KXRT will begin playing a Hot Country music format and be called America’s Country! Due to the increasing popularity and success of Country music radio, TV and other media, we felt it was our best opportunity to make this change. We’ve been playing a lot of Country music as it was this past year and we feel this is a natural evolution. Research also shows that while the Internet allows for more flexibility and creativity, the same standards hold true: people that like Country music will typically not like Rock or R&B and likewise, people who like Rock or R&B will generally not like Country. We feel like with hot artists such as Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts, there’s a lot of fans out there that will be charged up about a commercial-free, upbeat, Hot Country Internet station.
We will design our playlists with the hot, new Country hits that are topping the charts as the main focus. We will also reach back to the last two decades of big Country hits ad mix them in for variety and fun. You’ll hear Jason Aldean along with Clint Black and Lady A along with Garth Brooks. It will be a lot of fun to listen to for hours while you’re at work or at home. We will keep the tempo hot and not bog you down with a lot of slow, sappy ballads! It will be energetic, upbeat and fun!
We are very excited and charged up about this new direction. 2011 will be a landmark year for KXRT. America’s Country also lends itself to being patriotic. You’ll hear specials on National Holidays like Veteran’s Day, Patriot Day and more. We will continue to broadcast our Country-related weekend programming. We love Stephen Keogh’s ACC Top 20 and I will resume producing the Weekly Top 10. The Timmy LIVE! Show, as previously posted about, will return in some fashion probably in late Q1 2011. I still need to recreate it to match our new format. We will also keep our Sunday LDS music programming.
All of our links and websites will remain the same. This main webpage, the Facebook Page, the Twitters and our email and phone number will all remain as they currently are. The name KXRT will still be referred to but in a more limited fashion. We love the call letters KXRT, but we want to give center stage to our new moniker, America’s Country.
Our plan for the last few days of 2010 will be to keep playing 100% Christmas Music while we tweak and adjust as well as load our server with all the hot, new Country to be ready for our launch on New Year’s! Please be patient as we will be doing a lot of work on things and the stream may go down or have other trouble during this time. We will also be adjusting the sound and you might hear some widely varying sound levels and quality. We’ll try to keep things sounding good, but we wanted to better inform you so you know what you can expect.
Your input and ideas are always welcome! Please contact us through our many ways, email: email@example.com, Phone: 801-788-4916, Facebook comment, Website comment, Tweet: twitter.com/KXRT, any number of ways to reach us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Enjoy the rest of 2010 and we hope to have you listening just after you celebrate the New Year to help us celebrate the launch of America’s Country!
We just launched our new Friday music theme! The Nuclear 90’s were a decade of two US presidents, a dot com explosion and fall-out, a Desert Storm, and some incredible music! The Nuclear 90’s were a lifestyle of 20-year old millionaires and some great prosperity through something called New Media, or the Internet. As the last decade of the 20th Century, the Nuclear 90’s ushered us into a postmodern society lush with opportunity and promise.
The Nuclear 90’s were also riddled with many wars and conflicts across the globe. Starting with the Gulf War, when Saddam Hussein’s Iraq attacked Kuwait. During the 90’s through 2003, Iraq was cut off from most of the world. Other wars happened in Chechnya, the Yugoslav regions, and Kosovo. 1994 brought the Rwandan Genocide.
Stateside, we had the LA Riots in 1992 and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. We also saw David Koresh’s Branch Davidian standoff and siege in Waco, TX in Spring of 1993.
Technology boomed in the Nuclear 90’s! Apple launched the iMac. Intel released the first Pentium processor. The first CD-RW drives are introduced. In 1991, the first public release of a plan to create a World Wide Web was announced. Pagers are popular at first and cell phones explode into the market. Microsoft acquires Hotmail and releases Windows 95 and later, Windows 98 to enormous response and success. Mac OS X is released soon before the Y2K scare puts the entire world on alert of a technological crash. In the UK, Dolly the sheep became the world’s first cloned animal. We saw the launch in 1990 of the Hubble space telescope which has enabled us to photograph far distant objects in space. The GPS system was also brought to the public for navigation and location use. The Nuclear 90’s were an incredible decade!
President George Herbert Walker Bush took office as the 41st US President in 1989 after serving as Ronald Reagan’s Vice President from 1981 to 1989. He was party to the fall of the Berlin Wall and of the Soviet Union. He had a record high approval rating of 89% until his promise of “no new taxes” had to be broken due to economic recession. He would never regain his high ratings and was defeated in 1992 by Bill Clinton.
President William Jefferson Clinton took office in 1992 as the 42nd US President. He saw the end of the Cold War during his first term and due to the US having the longest period of peacetime economic expansion, he was re-elected for a second term. His presidency wasn’t perfect. You may recall one Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. He was impeached for perjury and was later acquitted by the Senate.
Musically, the US saw a big shift from guitar-driven rock into a more rhythmic or dance-oriented style. We saw the Seattle music scene, or Grunge, start to wildly expand into contemporary music. We saw the continuation of teen-pop with boy and girl bands gain huge popularity. Hip Hop, Rap and R&B surged with huge hits and a lot of radio support. MTV had pretty much gone away from music by the Nuclear 90’s and music videos declined in importance. We also saw a massive uprising in the acceptance and availability of Country music.
We wanted to capture the feel of the decade with a musical portrait that envelopes all things that the Nuclear 90’s gave us. Each Friday you’ll hear the biggest radio hits of the 90’s! From Vanilla Ice and Backstreet Boys to Britney Spears to Natalie Imbruglia to Metallica to Boyz II Men to Warrant to Phil Collins to Candyman to Alice in Chains and on and on and on. We will also be able to guarantee a huge variety as we will not repeat any songs for the entire day.
The Nuclear 90’s were a decade of transition. Politically and musically, we were shaking off the dust of the 80’s and preparing for the new enterprise of mass technology of the next millennium. We hope we help you remember those great years by sending your minds backwards to the Nuclear 90’s!
What did we learn?? Not much! Hehe.. Well, I learned that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Many times throughout the week, I wanted to bail on the experiment as I wasn’t pleased with what results I saw. Since I was getting bored with all country and I love the stuff, it couldn’t be the right move.
Back to normal, then. I really think the current schedule/formula is working and given more time and minor tweaking, it will continue to grow. Ultimately, it would be best if I could have multiple streams featuring their own formats. One station is all 80’s, another for all country and so on. This may happen sometime down the road, but not immediately.
Thanks for your patience as we do our best to build your favorite internet radio station!
Today, we launched the third of three Themed Music Days! We started at the beginning of May with Manic Mondays where we played all 80’s. Then we launched Boot Scootin’ Wednesdays that features all Country. Today, we bring you FReaKY FrIDaY!!11!! playing all Alternative music!
I’ve updated the Schedule tab with this info as well to help you keep track of all our programming. We really hope this helps you enjoy our station in a more meaningful way. While we’d like you to listen every day, we understand that people’s musical tastes are pretty sensitive and it’s a bit of a risk as far as a station trying to gain a loyal, dedicated audience, to offer such variety. We do it for a few reasons. First, we’re not your typical FM music radio station! We have much more freedom to make KXRT into anything we’d (and hopefully you’d) like. We also are ok with fans of Country music that may only listen on Wednesdays, or Alternative fans to only listen on Fridays, etc… But we still have three days in the week that feature our regular music selections.
With the aforementioned freedom, we know that things can and probably will change. We hope to keep this schedule in place for at least a few months and get things solid and established for your enjoyment. The way we will change is if you tell us to. Please drop your feedback at any of our “locations”: This page, our Facebook Page, text or call us, or email us! We’re always listening!
Thanks so much for being our friends and listeners!
I’ve mentioned here and there about setting up special days for your listening enjoyment. Starting this coming Wednesday, we will start this new venture with Boot Scootin’ Wednesdays! We’ll start off slow and build up to having three musically themed days per week. We’ll have an all 80’s Day, an all Alternative day and an all Country day. In a few weeks, it should look like this:
Another Manic Monday – All 80’s
Boot Scootin’ Wednesdays – All Country
Freaky Fridays – All Alternative
I’m excited to launch Boot Scootin’ Wednesdays this week! Look for the rest in the coming weeks!