Just a programming note for all the listeners to “KONA Stream”. As mentioned in previous posts I had switched to an Icecast stream to replace the old Shoutcast stream. Sadly the performance of the Icecast server has been pretty bad. I had requested simple edits to the Icecast configuration file to alleviate the problems but the host provider refused to do it. So I am coming back to the old shoutcast stream courtesy of Jamie Otis, the same one I started with back in 2007.  That URL is:

the secondary stream is : :8321/live.ogg


Just a note about the streams. The shoutcast has only 50 slots so if you are running a venue with huge crowds I may run out of capacity real quick. The Icecast stream has 25 slots and functions as a backup or secondary. It’s using the OGG format and has a higher degree of fidelity. It is prone to more dropouts but if you make the right tweaks to your  listening client it should work fine. I personally listen to the Icecast stream on my iPhone and it hardly ever drops on me. I have available a tuner at my studio that features these two streams. Look up  KONA Stream in Aracar. The tuner is on the desk, just take a copy.

Below is a press release from a long time friend, talented musician and all around nice guy, Heath Vercher (known in SL as Heath Elvehjem):


September 2, 2010

Just for clarity, this is for immediate release. I guess.

It’s another afternoon spent writing e-mails, posting videos, and eating Lucky Charms. And somewhere in all this, dear reader, I realize the need to write a press release or some sort of official document chronicling the impending release of a brand new recording project.

I could write that in the third person and tell you that “Heath’s latest release is sure to be a winner, complete with happy-go-lucky piano tunes that will melt your heart” or that “this upcoming solo piano album will be more fun than a day at the beach.” But you don’t really want to hear that, do you? I thought not.

And you know what, you’re exactly right. How do I make ‘solo piano’ fun? That’s a tough call.

Well, how about I start by telling you the release date? OK, here goes. It’s October 5, 2010. See, that wasn’t so bad. “Well, Heath, what sort of songs are going to be on the album?”

A very valid question! And in case didn’t figure it out, this album is solo piano. Mostly.

Let me start with the title piece, “Whimsy.” One day, while I was driving to work, I got this picture in my head of an album cover. And on the album cover, you see a pianist, or rather, the pianist’s feet, while he or she is sitting at the piano. From the attire of the individual, you would think they are playing a formal event, and the tone of the evening would be one of hushed silence and little talking. From the vantage point of the photograph, one can make out both feet of the performer, and on one foot, a shiny black formal dress shoe, but on the other, a fuzzy rainbow-colored sock like the stockings you might find on a birthday clown. And that’s it. Amusing. Funny. Quirky. And reflective. For the kiddos, there is “The Dreamers,” a solo piano piece with some added cello. There’s always room for cello, right? Children are a very big part of my life. From teaching piano to children, to spending time with my nieces, nephews and the children of my friends, there is something innocent, pure and magical about childhood. And for some reason, waltzes always remind me of lazy days as a kid, letting my imagination run wild and seeing what new adventure waited over the horizon. This song is for children everywhere, and for the child within each one of us.

“Edgewater” is another piece from “Whimsy,” highlighting recent and not-so-recent travels along the Gulf Coast. I have always loved the water. And I have always loved the South. It’s something in the air, and something about the way of life down here that is inescapable. And so that is where “Edgewater” tells its story, in drives up and down the coast, in sunsets watching the waves crash along the shore, and in adventures to have every single day.

“Te Deseo,” also Spanish for ‘I desire you’ is a piece written for my wonderful wife. I wanted to capture the sound of what it feels like every time I look in her eyes, run my hands through her hair, or hold her in my arms. I wanted to capture in this piece all the sensuality that is loving a woman in the most romantic way possible. This song is written for kisses in the rain, candlelight, whispers, and dreams on the lips of two people who are deeply in love. And it is for something much deeper. This piece is written for a woman whose beauty goes so deep that mere words can fail to describe it.

And that’s just a small sampling of the 11 pieces that appear on the release. So come on in, rest your weary head, and laugh a little. Love life. That’s what this album is all about.


There is more to come. More music videos. Performances. But it all begins with you.


I have all 11 tracks now in rotation on the stream. You can also sample  some of his music here:

Heath’s indicated to me there will be some giveaways to KONA Radio listeners so be sure to listen and visit the KONA Radio website in the upcoming weeks!

to play KONA Radio on your parcel use this URL :

If you think your connection is bad imagine if your country/ISP implements overly broad measures to discourage pirating digital content. The below email is from a KONA Radio fan who can no longer listen because a constant 64Kbps stream is detected as a peer to peer bit torrent stream and throttled down to zero.

Also important is that Thai gamers are affected and you can imagine that video content and possibly VOIP is getting killed too.

Are any Thai Second Lifers feeling this pinch too?


KONA is throttled to a STOP, and its not your fault!

The ISPs in Thailand are throttling torrent bit streams and KONA comes on-and-off every minute or so.  Man, it is so irritating.    Here’s an answer I got on a forum:
What throttling does is constantly drop peer to seed or seed to peer connections. It can also disrupt any longer term outside connection originating outside Thailand that it suspects is engaging in file transferring.

This is why even online gaming is being effected.

I am forced to listen to my own music.   Argggh!    Just wanted to let you know why you’re not seeing me signed on lately.   Not sure what the policy is going to be moving forward, but right now I am throttled to a stop on listening to KONA, and I don’t do any torrents at all……

Take Care,


Ravishal Bentham at the Studio

KONA Radio is proud to announce that it will be the official radio station for the The All-Stars Relay for Life  Fashion Fest 2010. I will make a few live appearances during the week. I hope to see you there!

*** The All-Stars Relay for Life  Fashion Fest *** opens July 2 at 4pm SLT through July 11 at 10pm SLT!

Mark your calendars for this amazing extravaganza of Top SL Designers and everything you could possibly want or need to make you into the avatar you always wanted to be!! We have 9 sims running 24 hours a day showcasing Clothes, Hair, Tattoos, Shoes, Jewelry, Skins, Shapes, Accessories, you name it – if its for your avatar – it will be there!!

We will also have One of a Kind designs and limited editions by some wonderful SL designers – and we will be showcasing them in 3 fashion shows! And beginning July 5th, there will be Designer’s Choice Showcase Fashion Shows, featuring creations from our fabulous Fashion Fest Exhibitors, one show per sim! You dont want to miss this stunning display of what SL can really offer!!

Plus we have some of SL’s finest Live Music talent playing for you to help make this a festive and enjoyable event, and Live DeeJays cranking out the music and keeping you updated, and some wonderful fireworks to help us celebrate, and we will have auctions, a hunt and raffles.

Let’s help raise some money to Fight for a CURE and have a spectacular time doing it!!

RFL - Space Station #156 - Sponsored by Exodi & WoE

RFL - 44BC Rome - sponsored by Kunglers

KONA Radio will have a place here in the  Press Booth

RFL - 1957 Philadelphia - sponsored by DeLa

RFL - California Gold Rush - sponsored by A Touch of Ireland

RFL - Egypt - sponsored by G Sloane Couture

RFL - Early Paris - sponsored by CALLIE CLINE

RFL - Main Street - sponsored by Rebel Hope & RH Engel

RFL - Prehistoria - sponsored by VoGue Style

RFL - Renaissance - sponsored by Bliss Couture

KONA Radio will be participating at the Second Life 7th Birthday festivities this summer. The theme this year is “Unexpected Collaborations” and our exhibit will highlight some of the people who we’ve collaborated with the past 3 years. We will have a few live events planned to include a Motown night hosted by GoSpeed Racer and other themes. Real Life will keep us busy for most of the upcoming week but expect us be around early evenings and on the weekends.

Our location at SL7B

The doors open Monday the 21st at 10AM SLT. If you’re exploring on foot just look for a tall radio tower with a flashing red light on top.

Ready or Not

New Programming For KONA Radio

I’ve added more programming to the line up to include an old favorite of mine; Cheeze Pleeze. It’s sort of a Dr Demento show with moose antlers. It airs Sunday nights at 7pm Eastern. I’ve been a bit hesitant to run this as it is pretty out there with it’s music selections. But watching the numbers I see people stick with it and don’t tune off in droves.

Takin’ You Back with Kurt David is a nostalgic look back at the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. TYB is aired Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8AM and 8PM Eastern respectively. And of course our old favorite Saving The 70s with Mike Walker is aired Wednesdays at 8AM and 8PM Eastern. And of course the longest running event is our very own Sunday Listener Party where I hand pick a few tunes and play some music history podcasts at 730pm Eastern right after Cheeze Pleeze.

KONA Radio poster 6

Sweet Smell of Success

Yesterday (Apr 14 2010) marked the best day ever for KONA Radio. When Midnight UTC ticked over on the clock we had these stats:

Average number of listeners at any one time :  34

Peak listener count: 67

Total number of listener hours in the last 24 hours: 844

Total number of listener hours between 14 March & 14 April: 19,180

After reviewing the shoutcast server blogs for the past few months I am gratified to see so many listeners tuning in via their SL clients. For a while I saw a preponderance of listeners tune in via iTunes but now my fan base in SL has caught up to near parity with my non SL audience.

So to all you people who criticized me or thought they knew better than I did (funny how they never ran a station themselves before), Get Lost. (Hear that Barb?) A person can only succeed when they take control and do what they feel is right. If I want to play a Johnathan Coulton song and keep stuff like Mariah Carey off my station, that’s MY call.  Not yours.

Now I’ll just sit back, relax and tune in to some awesome tunes from the 60s,70s,80s and some other stuff I like. Care to join me?

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