KONA Radio

I don’t know how this commercial ever slipped passed by me.

It’s so great seeing the most popular, accomplished golfer have a bit of fun with the sport and a classic comedy. Way to go Tiger Woods!

On an unrelated note an FYI for you KONA Radio fans. iTunes has reshuffled its stations listings with the new 9.0 client. In the new client you can find KONA Radio in the Retro 70s section.


Sunday Listener Party at the KONA Radio Studios

Where? : KONA Radio Studios SLURL http://slurl.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/125/56/23

When? : Every Sunday night from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM SLT

We have a FULL PLATE tonight on KONA Radio’s Sunday Listener party. I’ll be playing a full weeks worth of programming from The Onion and Time Warp Radio. That, along with the 100 Word Stories, 3 episodes of Today in Music History, and several new tunes from artist like Van Halen, the Four Tops and Status Quo will mean the program will run for about 90 or so minutes tonight.  No worries about running late as we have a LOT of content!

Is this yours?

Come by and see the famous Italian leg lamp too!

Listening to KONA Radio on the iPhone

I’ve recently acquired an iPhone 3GS and all I can say is “WOW”. It is an awesome piece of technology that can handle multimedia just fine thank you! Naturally I got the unlimited data plan and began taking it through it’s paces with streaming music. There are several fine choices for the right price of “Free”.

FStream: Supports a wide range of formats such as MP3, Ogg, AAC, & WMA. It also can search a few directories for music such as Shoutcast and iTunes. You can find KONA Radio under the Golden Oldies section. FStream is especially good for mobile listening as you can increase the buffer size and number of attempted reconnects if the connection drops. Go here for more details APPSAFARI.com.


Shoutcast: An app from AOL/Shoutcast that allows you to search the shoutcast listings. Very basic. Download it from here: SHOUTCAST on iPhone


WWW.MOODIO.FM : A rather innovative solution to a common problem. Many stations broadcast in a format that your media player cannot receive or the bit rate is too high. This is a website that will receive the station for you and trans code it to a lower bit rate AAC formatted stream. The stream is then played over your Safari browser on the iPhone so you can collapse the browser and run other non audio based apps. If the station you want is not listed you can add it your self or request that it be added for you. To add KONA to your mobile page list just search for KONA Radio.

to quote their FAQ:

Almost every modern phone with internet and multimedia capabilities should be able to receive radio through Moodio. What you basically need is a phone that supports 3GPP/3GPP2-streaming and understands the AACPlus-codec. This includes popular phones from manufacturers like BlackBerry, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, etc. Apple’s (non-3GPP-compatible) iPhone is also supported.

Windows Mobile does not natively support 3GPP streaming. This means that Moodio won’t work on these phones, except for the few models where the manufacturer installed a 3GPP compatible player, like HTC does on their more recent phones. For more info about the HTC player and how to install it on your own Windows phone, look here.


If you’re on Windows Mobile or Palm OS you can listen in via a wide variety of  media players such as Pocket Tunes. The Palm Pre will stream MP3 shoutcast with it’s native media player.

For your parcel in SL use this URL:     http://gold.slserver.com:8030

JUNE Ratings for selected Second Life based* radio stations.

Report Date: Wed Jul  1 04:00:02 2009
** Top stations by TTSL
30 day rolling total, taken from 30 days of data
POS            TTSL              TUNE-INS    5-MIN-TUNE-INS    STATION
#2634      14,044            31,426            7,527            KONA Radio – Qlty Music 60s 70s & 80s
#3408      9,372.75          36,420       10,247           SLR2 – Second Life Radio
#6042      3,659.5           18,198            5,915             Live Radio SL
#8164      2,035.25          7,361             2,990             K-TOX Toxian City Radio Second Life – Industrial and More!
#11332     1,077.5           4,244             1,548             K-TOX Toxian City Radio Second Life  – Industrial And more!
#7214      2,587.5           6,330              2,569             BZoO WorldWide Radio
#7985      2,127.25          15,268           5,807            Reggae Romance….100% Vibes, Soca, Dancehall, Roots, Second Life
#10805     1,176.75          8,225             1,799             **T1 Radio **

* Stations that maintain a nominal presence and exhibit some degree of social interaction in the virtual world of Second Life.

Kicking ass and taking names! KONA is sitting on top with the nearest station being the German SLR2 station. A very distant 3rd is the Live Radio SL featuring SL artist exclusively. Closely following is K-TOX based in the Midian sims and favored by many post apocalypse RPers. Next is BzoO Radio described as “HOT RoCK DaNCe Radio ~ DOiN da House Blues Rock Funk Club Dance!!”  Filling out the bottom is Reggae Romance and **T1 Radio**.

There are many other radio stations in SL but they did not make this list because their listenership was less than 1,000 hours per month or they are Icecast based and thus listed elsewhere.

GoSpeed & Rav publicity - Subscribomatic pic

KONA Radio in the news!

A while back I was interviewd for VR Style Magazine June 2009 Issue. The issue is now out and can be found here http://issuu.com/slvibe/docs/vrstyle-june09 . The interview can be found on page 142-145. All in all a pretty nice article. Maybe a bit brief but I’ll take the publicity where I can.  In the interview I stressed on how I tried to stay in touch with the SL community through DJ gigs, SL based sponsorships, promoting our “hometown artist” and sharing the music where I can. I recall as a youth hearing community radio stations that interacted with the locals. That is increasingly becoming a rarity nowadays. DJs and sales staff are being whacked left and right in favor of canned and syndicated programming. Those old fashioned mom and pop radio stations do exist. The other day I was exploring the great plains in Google Map and stumbled across a wiki link for Rugby, North Dakota, the geographic center of the North American continent. Seems they have their own radio station. Visit this link  KZZJ and explore the site a bit and you’ll get the picture on how radio used to be.

New KONA gear

One of the cool mashups that plays on KONA Radio

This has been one of my favorite mashups ever from an artist called “CCC” . How many artist can you spot in this video?

SL musician Kori Travanti hits the papers

Kori Linae Carrothers, aka, Kori Travanti was recently interviewed by the Orange County Register about her upcoming CD, Trillium, and how she came to be a musician.

Kori is on hiatus from SL to work on her new CD and hopefully will come back someday.

Kori Travanti


Kori’s music can be heard on KONA Radio

KONA Radio Sunday Listener Party 430-530PM SLT – 5 April 2009

Today at 430pm SLT KONA Radio hosts its weekly listener party at the KONA Radio Studios in Nowhereville.

We feature the past week’s 100 Word Stories from Crap Mariner, Music Trivia, and selected tunes from the KONA Radio playlist.

KONA Radio : http://www.konastream.com

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