Back in July, my good friend Blue Hoyt of Out of the Blue Audio called and told me he wanted to set up a radio stream. Now I’ve been doing computer work for Blue since about 1996 and this isn’t the first time he’s called me out of the blue with a fantastically unpossible project.
Back in 2010 he had me create OutOfTheBlueAudio.com (using Flash) with a dozen animated characters and a catalog of 144 ringtones – 12 per animated character – knowing full well that I knew nothing about animating a website.
But he was completely cool with me “making it up as I went along.”
Anyway, this summer Blue calls me and tells me he essentially wants to “put radio on the internet.” Now, being a Silicon Valley fan, I know that’s already been done but hey! It sounds like it will be a fun project – a place where Blue can share his favorite Classic Hits without annoying ads, news or political bullshit.
Just good music with professional intro’s and an occasional one liner.
Now these guys are top notch. Based out of New Zealand they provide automation and streaming software for radio stations around the world and, using the Station Playlist Creator, Studio and Streamer, we were able to get ClassicHitsUSA’s music library “ON THE AIR!“
We used Marci.io to display the “Now Playing” info like the artist, title and thumbnail and got to work on the back end using WordPress.
And now? I’m happy to report that ClassicHitsUSA.com is now LIVE! So click on over, have a listen, explore the site and maybe buy a shirt.
Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your opinion…