Summer of Rockin – July 2017 UPDATE

Hey everyone! Just wanted to bring yall up to date on some shows and other site things that I feel you need to be brought up to speed about because since the last post, A LOT HAS HAPPENED!

Since our last post:

- Derek Stark has moved the Drive Home to Friday nights at 7 PM before DJ Abbey’s Radio Takeover. So be sure to tune in!
- We have added a new show called The 60s Superhighway which is a full 2-3 hours of just 60s music! It airs every Tuesday and Wednesday at 5 PM.
- DJ Parker has started doing a late night show from 1 AM to 4 AM, the nights that he does this will be changing from week to week so be sure to keep tuned in for all the details!
- Mike Ward has moved his show to Saturday at midday from 11 AM until 2 PM
- DJ Dave Thunda is BACK on Rockin WAVES every Saturday from 2 to 4 PM
- Cranked Up Live has ended and has been replaced with Cranked Up Country airing every Friday from 4 to 7 PM.
- Due to my new work schedule, Chris After Dark has been replaced with the Flagship and is now called: The Flagship After Dark. It will be airing every Thursday night at 10 PM.

I think that’s about all to update. Like I said, it’s been pretty busy around here as of late and I know I haven’t done well in keeping up things here on the website. Please forgive me. I try my best but it’s a little tough at times keeping up with work, doing maintenance on the audio only, scheduling Facebook posts, keeping up the website along with having a social life as well. It does get a little challenging, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I thank every single one of you who listen in on the audio only and leave feedback on our phone lines. It really makes me smile when I hear that we have helped you get through your day by providing music.

Well, that’s about all I can think of. Thanks again for listening and stopping by the website! If you have any suggestions for the website, or if you are an independent artist and want to get your music on Rockin WAVES, you can either contact us on Facebook or email me at chris@rockinwaves.com or call our phone line at 443-971-1294.

Keep on Rockin’!
Chris

SOR Kickoff 2017 – MOVED!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that as of this moment, the Summer of Rockin’ Kickoff is moved to May 21st instead of May 20th. Again, the show is moved to May 21st. We will also be running that week’s edition of The Indie Asylum on Tuesday afternoon (May 23rd) at 2 PM.

That’s all for now!

Chris

New DJ’s and SOR 2017

Whew! How’s everyone doing? Well, it’s been a few months since I updated everyone on what’s going on. So, I figured, best to update everyone on what’s happenin here.

Since the last post, we have celebrated 9 years on the air back about a month ago. It was a major success and we had a lot of people come by the show that haven’t tuned in in a long time and it was great seeing everyone again! Thanks to everyone who helped make the 9 year anniversary show a big success.

Also, The Lit Show went through some changes and it’s now been renamed as DJ Abbey’s Radio Takeover. Same time, same day just different name. Be sure to check it out every Friday at 9 PM.

Ever since we added the Audio Only feed to the website in 2014, we have had a few goals in mind, and one of them was to have shows happening every day of the week. Well, we can now check that goal off the list! We have just added 2 new DJ’s to the Rockin WAVES lineup and they will be starting this Wednesday (April 26th)! Their names are DJ Parker and Mike Ward. Two great guys who will be presenting you great shows every Wednesday! The DJ Parker Show airs from 11 AM to 1 PM and The Mike Radio Show airs from 7 pm to 9 pm. Be sure to check them both out!

Now, on to SOR 2017. This year, we have decided to push back the date a week due to the fact that the original weekend we were going to launch it, it’s also All Stereo Marathon weekend. So, we will be launching the Summer of Rockin on May 20th during the Flagship at 2 PM. Like I said in the previous blog post, there will be more than just the 3 standard shows per week. There will be other shows as well that will be happening the afternoon as well. So be sure to keep tuned to the site as well as checking out our Facebook page for special shows and whatnot.

Well, that’s about everything I can think of saying. Thanks for reading as always and keep on rockin!

Chris

Some Updates and a couple of MAJOR announcements

Well, since I last posted, we inaugurated a new President, we lost a couple of legends and we added a show here on Rockin WAVES and we have another major announcement to follow as well! Let’s get started :)

I’m pleased to announce that we have added a new show to the Audio Only lineup. Every Friday now from 9 to 10 PM, 2 new DJ’s will be hosting a show called The Lit Show where they will basically be chatting along with playing music for yall to rock out to. It’s hosted by Abbey and Hunter, and they are now the 2 youngest DJ’s of the Rockin WAVES Team. Be sure to listen in and tell them Hello and be sure to visit their Facebook page and give it a like!

Now, some other news. Let me just say, ever since we signed on, on March 26, 2008, the main reason why we have stayed on the air since then, is because of YOU the listeners. Without YOU, this radio station would not be on the air today and it’s because of YOU that you have our forever thanks. When I first started this radio station, I could never have imagined having the amount of success that we have today and have DJ’s, live shows, our own website, an audio stream, our own request line (tune in to the live shows to hear about that), it’s just been a heck of a lot of fun. I don’t see the fun times ending anytime soon (I’m pretty sure I can hear the relief in your voices now). But, if you take a look at the date, you are probably saying, “Hey, dummy! You have a big anniversary coming up!” Yes, Yes, I know I see it. I’ve been planning this for only the past 2 years!

That’s right folks, we are coming up on our 9th anniversary, and about to enter our 10th year on the air! And we have some major plans in store.

FIRST The Summer of Rockin.
The 10th Annual Summer of Rockin’ Kickoff will take place Memorial Day Weekend (May 27th hopefully) at 2 PM where we will have a big kickoff celebration with lots of fun, excitement, and of course, music. That will be followed by a lot of shows this summer (more than just the traditional CAD, FNR, and Flagship) we will be having MORE SHOWS with yours truly and a summer you won’t forget! It’s the 10th Annual Summer of Rockin’!

SECOND The Holiday of Rockin.
The 10th Annual Holiday of Rockin’ Kickoff will take place November 18th at 2 PM. Now that date will not be the day we go Wall-To-Wall Christmas Music. But we will start bringing Holiday music into our systems and then either November 23rd or December 1st (or sometime in between) we will flip the switch and go all Christmas music until December 26th. Be sure to tune in for that!

THIRD (and something I’ve been hounded about for about 5 years now): Rockin WAVES T-Shirts.
I said on a couple of live streams on Facebook (which are sporadic and unpredictable) that I hope to have Rockin WAVES T-shirts available on the 10th anniversary. I am hoping that we will have t-shirts by the end of this year but I’m not making any promises. I’ve had offers from people saying that they can host a store and sell merchandise and while, yeah, that would make some people happy, it WOULD NOT make me happy. I want to bring you guys QUALITY t-shirts and merchandise that will last a while and not peel off after a couple of years. I’m actually looking right now at a couple of companies that are in town at prices to make t-shirts and will have more information as the time draws near on when t-shirts and if t-shirts will be available. I already got a design down, I just gotta get bids on it. These things take time and I would like to have these shirts last a while. If worse comes to it, I’ll do the shirts by sharpie if I have to.

But, if we do get t-shirts, please know that it will go as follows: DJ’s will get their t-shirts first (Free of course), and then, I’ll be keeping a few back for possible giveaways (finally prizes), and then, I will make them available for purchase. But know that it will be a limited edition t-shirt and it may take a bit for me to ship, because, if I buy the shirts and then ship them to you, it will be coming from my own pocket and I won’t be able to ship overseas (sorry UK and other overseas listeners).

AGAIN, I want to make this clear, THERE ARE NO T-SHIRTS YET, but hopefully, soon, there MIGHT BE. Just don’t start hounding me about, “did you get the t-shirts yet? did you get the t-shirts yet?” All that will do is, me, going to the block button, clicking it, and that be that.

FINALLY, the 10 Year Anniversary.
Yes, I’ve already started planning it. Our 10th Year on the air. Unbelievable! Just a couple of weeks ago, I was talking about it with some people, my mom overheard and said, “You’ve been doing this for 10 years?” I said, “I know! Unbelievable!” It is unbelievable because I never dreamed we would be where we are today! Now, while we are planning a celebration show for March 26th to celebrate 9 years, the very next day (March 27th), we are planning to kickoff our 10th year on the air with the big 10 Years of Rockin’ Kickoff (with the time TBA). It will be a wild day of remembering, fun, music that we’ve played in the past, and so much more. The Skype Party Line will be brought back for the day, and a few other surprises as well. Hope you will tune in and keep watching for the time of the celebration. It’s sure to be a fun time.

Well, whew. That about does it for the update, I can’t wait to see what this year holds, remember, the Lit Show every Friday from 9-10 PM Eastern, and the 10 Years of Rockin’ Kickoff happening March 27th (TIME TBA).

Thanks for listening! And as always,

Keep on Rockin’!
Chris

Heading Toward New Years….

And we are busy here at Rockin WAVES! We are getting ready to host once again the All Stereo Marathon New Years Eve Bash! It’s a fun time for all members of Stereo Dust Particles to get together and broadcast all day long and provide great entertainment! I highly encourage everyone to check it out on December 31st beginning at 9 AM!

The Christmas Music Marathon was a huge success! We had a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the Yule Log!

During the Christmas Music Marathon, I made some adjustments and improvements to our automation to make it run smoother and more effective. Hopefully, it will prove to be good in the long run but only time will tell.

Anyway, time to get back to it. Thanks as always for listening and as always,

KEEP ON ROCKIN!

Chris

Schedule for the rest of 2016

Thursday, November 17, 11:45 PM – Chris After Dark

Friday, November 18, 10 PM – The Friday Night Renegade Show

Saturday, November 19, 2 PM – The Flagship: The Holiday of Rockin Kickoff

Saturday, November 26, 2 PM – The Flagship – POSSIBLE FILL-IN APPEARANCE FROM A SPECIAL GUEST.

Thursday, December 1, 11:45 PM – Chris After Dark: Special Movie Night (Mickey’s Christmas Carol & Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer)

Friday, December 2, 10 PM – The Friday Night Renegade Show

Saturday, December 3, 2 PM – The Flagship

Thursday, December 8, 11:45 PM – Chris After Dark: Special Movie Night (Garfield’s Christmas)

Friday, December 9, 10 PM – The Friday Night Renegade Show

Saturday, December 10, 2 PM – The Flagship

Sunday, December 11, 6 PM – The Rockin WAVES 11294 Christmas Special (Airing Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Garfield’s Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s Christmastime Again Charlie Brown, and other Christmas specials)

Thursday, December 15, 11:45 PM – Chris After Dark

Friday, December 16, 10 PM – The Friday Night Renegade Show Christmas Special

Saturday, December 17, 2 PM – The Flagship Christmas Special

Saturday, December 24, 12 PM – Monday, December 26th Midnight – The 24 Hour and Some Change Christmas Music Marathon

Saturday, December 31, ALL DAY – The All Stereo Marathon New Years Special

**Times are subject to change when necessary.

Holiday of Rockin’ 2016 Update and Launch!

Hey everyone! We are in the month of November as of this post and we are getting close to the launch of the Holiday of Rockin’. Originally, we were going to be bringing the launch of the Holiday of Rockin’ on the day after Thanksgiving but I already have a previous engagement that will prevent me from doing that. Being as that since I always do a launch show for these, I decided that TENTATIVELY the Holiday of Rockin’ Launch will be Monday, November 21, 2016, at 8 PM. We will be having a special show on iVlog and the Audio Only as well and be playing your favorite holiday tunes.

Be sure to be there!

Anyways, just thought I would post on this and say that we have added lots more Christmas songs into rotation and the automation is looking good so get ready, this is going to be one AWESOME Holiday of Rockin’!

Fall Update – Minor Improvements

Well, the past couple of months have been busy to say the least. Needed to do some housekeeping and a few other maintenance things so, here’s some of the changes that have been made:

The Schedule: A couple of shows have been removed (for reasons I would not like to discuss on the blog) and a couple of shows have been added! One of those shows include the return of the Friday Night Renegade Show which now airs every Friday night from 10 PM until Midnight.

This past week, we have been reairing some of the old episodes of FNR and have gotten pretty positive feedback from it. Hopefully soon, we’ll be able to do it again more often but it still remains to be seen.

We are currently in the process of getting the Christmas music library ready to roll. That’s right. The Holiday of Rockin’ is upon us (we know it’s only October). We are looking at a possible date of November 25th maybe November 27th as the launch of Christmas music. We are adding more variety to the playlist as well as removing some of the songs that we have determined are not suitable for air (ex. bad quality, bad language etc.)

We have also gone CD CRAZY and imported basically all of the Christmas CD’s we could find and those are ready to go for the audio only.

Things are coming together!

In the meantime, thanks as always for listening and remember, no matter what happens, Rockin WAVES 11294 will ALWAYS be here to bring you the greatest hits of yesterday and today. Because we are as the branding has said since March 26, 2008:

We are Rockin WAVES 11294, Playing the Hits Old and New.

Keep on Rockin folks!
Chris

Post Summer of Rockin 2016 Report

Well, it’s been a couple of days since the Summer of Rockin’ 2016 Signoff and I’ve finally had time to process everything and bring my thoughts together.

First off, this past summer has been an awesome and FAST summer. It really flew by. It doesn’t seem like the Summer of Rockin’ has been going on for about 3 months. Really flew by.

We also had some great moments this summer. We had the 40th Anniversary of Carolina Circle Mall, we did a live remote from Monk’s Cheesesteaks, but I think the biggest highlight (at least for me) was when we did a few live shows with Mary. For me, that is what I will remember most.

Right now, we are in the fall season and that means starting preparations for the Holiday season. We just finished importing some Christmas CD’s into the library and currently sorting through those, next step after sorting will be to upload them to the automation and getting all those songs labeled in time for the holiday season, which may sound like a one day thing, trust me, it ain’t.

If you remember, when we first launched the Audio Only server, it took us about 3 months to get all the music labeled and when we redid our library, it took a couple of months as well.

Granted, we don’t have as many Christmas songs but still, it’s a lot. Especially when you have to relabel song files from the CD.

Currently, our music library is GROWING new songs are being added to it weekly and therefore also being added to our automation. We currently have 4600 (right on the nose) tracks in our automation system and more to be added weekly.

Basically, that means you can turn the automation on at work and have us on all day, and you will not hear the same song twice. Pretty big amount if you ask me. And that amount will keep growing over time.

Now, some show announcements. Normally, Nights on the Beach is only a summer thing BUT I figured, if I get coaxed into doing a late night show, might be good to have a name for it so whenever I get coaxed into doing a late night show, Nights on the Beach is what will be used! We originally used this name last summer in place of Chris After Dark but after some people complained about the name change, we decided to just use Nights on the Beach for the occasional late night shows.

Finally, people have asked us if there is a way to listen to the shows if they happen to miss it. Well, now there is. Due to popular request, we have decided to upload SOME of the shows to Google Drive for 2 weeks at a time. So say you missed the flagship, well, if we decided to upload that week’s flagship, then for 2 weeks, it will be available to watch on Google Drive provided you have the link to the archive.

Not ALL shows will be available on the archive, but whenever we do upload a show to the archive, the archive link will be made available to people by request so, if you missed the show and want to see it, all you have to do is contact me and I’ll get the link for that show to you. But remember, the link will only be available for 2 weeks from the show date. After that, it’s deleted from Google Drive.

Well, that’s about all I can think of saying this time around. Thanks for bearing with us and supporting us. MORE TO COME as we get closer to the holidays. Keep on Rockin as always!

Chris