This radio station was started because the I feel that music has a powerful presence in everyone’s life and I wanted to share my love of the music that I grew up listening to with others that enjoy the same music. I can often remember key events in my life or my emotional state at a time in my past by simply remembering the songs I was listening to at the time.
The station is located in the beautiful Santa Barbara area of California. As a small upstart internet radio station that started in February 2014, things were pretty meager as we got up and running (i.e. no overnight success stories here) and we have experienced our fair share of bumps in the road. Our first year goal was to see what the obstacles were to get a 24 hour a day radio station up and running and then to keep it up. As a part of that 1st year learn & grow phase, we had to add a lot of music content, and as they say, content is KING. So we’ve been focused on adding more content almost every day. This process continues weekly and we now have a good solid base of popular tracks from all the decades and genres between the 60’s through the 90’s. We have also added selected tracks from 2000 through the most current music but we remain focused mostly on tracks from artists who were popular in the 60’s through the 80’s. 60’s & Beyond has 9,243 tracks (Updated 5 May 2017 – added 145 new tracks in April) in our music library and we continue to grow our library at every opportunity.
The loss of the Small Webcaster Agreement at the end of 2015 forced us off the air for a period of time but we decided to start back up at the beginning of May 2016 and play it by ear. The additional costs of Music Royalties will be tough to manage but we are trying to figure out how to be more of a business and less of a “hobby” when it comes to station operation.
The Facebook page, 60’s & Beyond, has been available since February 2014. Each week (on Sunday) we post the Billboard top 10 hits for the upcoming week from 50, 40, and 30 years ago. A video of the # 1 song of the week performed by the artist(s) is also included in the weekly post. To help promote this content, we need all of you to like our Facebook page so we can get some traction and attract listeners.
The bottom line: Check us out and let us know what we can do to make 60’s & Beyond a station that you’ll be able to call home. I look forward to serving a diverse audience and working with all of you to build a radio station that you’ll visit often.
60’s & Beyond