This radio station was started because 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 10,400 tracks (Updated 5 November 2019) 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 were tough to manage as we became very popular and we partnered with a great Graphics business in Westlake Village, California. That was the birth of “60’s & Beyond – Radio Candu” (Candu Graphics) and the station became a part of their “brand” presence in the Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village area on the North Los Angeles. Now beyond just a hobby, 60’s & Beyond – Radio Candu tried to service the local area and become a part of the community. Once again the cost of running an internet radio station and the difficulty of getting local exposure to support the station through advertising forced Candu Graphics to look at alternatives when spending their advertising dollors. That resulted in 60’s and Beyond – Radio Candu to quietly go away at the end of 2018. But my passion to share my musical passion with folks on the internet has brought me back for another go at 60’s & Beyond. I enter this new phase with the realization that this is a “hobby” and so I’ll need to control costs. That means I can’t get that big (number of listeners per month) unless I can offset costs through advertising or listener donations. It’s just a fact of life and we’ll try to always be online as long as we have just enough funding from other sources (advertising @ 4 minutes per hour and/or donations) to keep costs manageable. We hope you will see our value and help us out by clicking on our Donation button from time to time and giving us some financial help.
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