Why This Online Station Sounds Different, And One Fountain Valley Radio Station Helps Others – Daily News


Things have changed with the online recreation of the original KNX-FM at knxfm93.com. The volunteer-run tribute to the original KNX-FM (now KCBS-FM, 93.1) will now consist of two separate entities.

First, the online address has changed for the stream. As part of the changes, a new location was created at www.TheMellowSound.net and a new Facebook page was created at Facebook.com/TheMellowSound.Net. Additionally, this should alleviate any confusion with the new KNX-FM news simulcast I recently reported on.

There will also be a few other changes. The station will more clearly identify itself as a tribute to the original KNX-FM and no longer function exactly as an on-air entity – no identification at the top of the hour, for example (although I really liked that !). But the elements that made the original so special are still there or will return as soon as everything is transferred to the new server: The Odyssey File, interviews, concerts, jingles, artist promotional IDs… and of course, the music.

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Founding partner Patrick Veling tells me he hopes to take the “station” to an even higher level through the addition of station memberships, swag, and more. “We’re creating a robust interactive listening environment,” he explained, promising “a stronger bond with fans of the original Mellow Sound.”

Veling says he doesn’t want to ask for donations, although they would still be appreciated and accepted. He hopes the station’s operating expenses, from server costs to artist royalties and more, can be funded through the sale of memberships and merchandise – T-shirts, hats, stickers and the like. TheMellowSound.net is already available online and may be on the various apps and smart speakers by the time you read this.

Staying with The Mellow Sound is Veling, along with other founders and volunteers including Brad Goldman, Douglas Brown, Steve Marshall, Christopher Ames, Mary Price and Kevin Speaks, all of whom were part of or were fans of the original KNX-FM.

Another founder, Dale Berg, parted ways with the group and brought back his own format, 97 Lite FM, which is the feed you’ll be taken to if you go to the knxfm93.com website or log in using different smartphone apps. .

Lite-FM, says Berg, plays music that spans the present day – the website www.97litefmusa.com describes its playlist as spanning from the 70s to the year 2000 – creating this which he sees as what would be KNX-FM as it might exist today.

Changes at WION

WION/Ionia – my favorite AM station in the world – is undergoing technical changes which may cause interruptions to online listening.

Station manager Jim Carlyle told me that the company they used to handle music royalties for online listening had gone out of business, forcing WION (and other streams across the country) to find alternatives. In WION’s case, this also meant changes to how online streams were hosted. The bottom line: there may be times when WION won’t be available, but they’ll be back soon, still showcasing the incredible fidelity of AM stereo.

Radio Suerte helps others

Low-powered Fountain Valley station Radio Suerte (KLIE 90.3 FM; radiosuerte.net) showcased the power of local radio via a Christmas food and toy drive.

Station manager Maria Luisa Luna said the idea for the ride came after seeing so many friends, family and community members lose their battle against COVID-19. The station, along with the non-profit organization Crusade of the Penny, decided to organize a toy drive “and focus on distributing cans and dry goods to less fortunate families and donating face masks. facials to remind them that the virus or pandemic is still with us,” she explained.

“We asked for toys during our programs and had a good response not only with toys, but also with cash donations to apply to families and children,” Luna told me. “We distributed 300 toys, 400 food bags and boxes to families, and 500 face masks” primarily to families in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, she said.

“Our goal for the month of February is to return to La Palma Park and feed the homeless. In the past, we have also prepared full meals for the Fullerton Armory… 400 red or green chili burritos, a salad and for dessert: Arroz con Leche – like a Mexican rice pudding,” Luna said. “We help anyone in need, and have done so since 1987.”


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