Two Hundred Thirty.
Thursday, 2020.06.18, 5:49 PM CST.
RADIO SRO!!! - radiosro.net! WEEKLY broadcasts!
Current Mood: Still grateful, and
more than a little amazed.
Current Scent: Bluer Skies (Whenever You're Around) by Chris Rusak.
going to start with the main thing I want you to know:
want to hear me playing classic alternative rock and club/dance tracks,
WEEKLY, then on Saturday nights at 7:00 PM central time, you need to
tune in here:
how a series of events have led me to being part of this wonderful project:
and SRO Remix
November 2010, November 2011:
as you may remember if you've followed my blog for a long time, ten
years ago, I attended (and thoroughly loved) a reunion event in Tulsa
called SRO25. It was the celebration of twenty-five years since
the opening of the long-defunct SRO club at 18th and Boston.
got to stand a few feet away from the stage to see see Nitzer Ebb
perform in a room of under 200 people, and then I got to meet them afterward...
a phenomenal experience. On top of that, I made some new friends
and had a great time.
year later, I had the privilege of being one of the performers at the
follow-up event, SRO Remix. I had hoped that we would do it again
the next year... but, the year passed, and then the next year
passed... and I figured that the SRO celebrations were no more.
May 30th - May 31st, 2020:
this year, Tim Barazza - the man responsible for starting not only SRO...
but also KTOW Progressive Radio (1988-1991), my favorite radio programming
of all time... as well as Beat Club, probably my favorite Tulsa dance
club ever - reached out to me.
wanted to discuss the possibility of doing an online party called SRO35
to celebrate the opening of SRO thirty-five years ago. With the
current COVID-19 pandemic, we obviously wouldn't want to gather a bunch
of people together for a physical event, but to do it online seemed
like something feasible. To be honest, I wasn't sure how well
it would go, but I was on-board and excited about it.
we did it. At 4:00 PM on May 31st, I started the programming with
a three-hour "Radio SRO" set focused on what people would
have heard on KTOW. At 7:00 PM, I switched it over to a one-hour
dance set to essentially "open" for the other four DJs that
night - Sean "DJ Sea" Kibble, Chris Martin, Monad "DJ
Turk" Turk, and Peter Doerr. We were using the just-almost-brand-new
Mixcloud Live platform
for broadcasting, and for the most part, things went swimmingly.
over on Facebook, Tim had set up a bunch of online group chat rooms
- newly-launched technology for Facebook as well! - in which people
could gather in groups and chat with each other via videoconferencing
on their phones. Around the world, people who loved SRO and the
Tulsa club culture of the late 1980s/early 1990s were able to see and
talk with people whom they hadn't seen in years, or perhaps decades.
were definitely a few technical snafus from the new technology, but
overall, it was spectacular. For all of this, Tim had thought
up a new branding: The SRO Interactive Network, aka SRO-i.
next day, I agreed to do another Radio SRO set starting at 3:00 PM.
I had lots of listeners, and before my scheduled "end time,"
6:00, I decided to go on for another half-hour. Then, one of my
fellow DJs - Chris Martin - kindly offered to send me a pizza if I would
keep going for longer. I wasn't sure if he was serious, but I
gave him my address and shortly after, a delightful cheese pizza (per
my request) showed up, with unexpected garlic knots. Absolutely
I was working on that extra time, Tim Barraza himself reached out to
me asking me to do another hour. I very gladly did it. Mentally,
I could have just kept going and going. I wasn't just playing
tunes and trudging through a night like I would have done at some events...
I was genuinely enjoying this set, and so were the people chatting with
me on Mixcloud about it!
ended up going about six and a half hours, playing tunes from CDs and
vinyl, sitting down very infrequently. My back and legs were plotting
to murder me, but I LOVED that set. I legitimately had tears in
my eyes as I ended it, because for once, I had been able to give people
an extended set of tracks from the KTOW era, bringing back the soundtrack
of my high school and early college years for one final night... and
I felt earnestly respected and appreciated for doing so.
it turned out that I was wrong about part of that.
wouldn't be the final night.
rise of Radio SRO
June 6th, 2020 - June 7th, 2020:
after that, Tim and I chatted a bit more; considering the success of
this online event, did we think that it might work on a regular basis?
I agreed with Tim to perform the next Saturday and Sunday, and I got
to work on more new graphics and brouht up the idea of a brand new program
that I called the Groovy Train - an homage to the old KTOW Party Train
dance program that I had cherished back in the day. (RIP, JT.)
7:00 PM CST on Saturday evening, I started Radio SRO back up, and a
little after 10:00 PM, I switched over to the Groovy Train - essentially
turning off the house lights at Fascination Street and kicking on the
coconut fog and club light effects until around 1:00 AM. The next
day at 4:00 PM, I started another Radio SRO set that was scheduled until
10:00 PM. Over twelve hours of programming in one weekend.
loved those sets that weekend so very much... but as I explained on
the mic, it was going to make things rough on me to be "on
the air" for twelve hours or so every subsequent weekend, not only
because it was physcially and mentally draining, but more importantly,
because I knew that time was getting carved out of potential time with
my family and it would put a strain on my marriage.
an additionally positive note, however, people were being VERY generous
with their tips going into the Radio SRO "Virtual Tip Jar,"
so I was at least making some extra money from this... and that was
helping a lot.
talked with Tim about it some more, and we both agreed to scale it back
to Saturdays only for now.
next weekend, fate had other plans. Heh.
June 13th, 2020 - June 14th, 2020:
I was scheduled to go "on the air" with Radio SRO at 7:00
PM on Saturday the 13th, then switch to the "Groovy Train"
programming at 10:00 PM, taking it until at least midnight (knowing
it would last until probably at least 1:00 AM), and that would be it
for that weekend.
was geeked. People online were geeked. I had been scrambling
through my horribly unorganized music collection, grabbing CDs and records
left and right over the course of the week, and by the time Saturday
evening came around, I was ready to just crush it.
then, around 6:15 or 6:20 or so... the power went out. A transmission
line failure caused transformers around a huge part of Tulsa to lock
up, ceasing electricity to over 28,000 customers. I made the necessary
posts online to let people know what was going on.
power came back around 9:30-9:45, at which point my family and I were
out for dinner at Sonic. So, I got home as quickly as I could,
and at 10:15 PM, I started up the Party Train, taking the set all the
way out about 2:20 AM. We still had people on chatting and having
a good time.
everyone had been so kind and patient about the situation, I also scheduled
another Sunday 4:00 PM-10:00 PM Radio SRO set. Again, lots of
memories, great chat, fun music, etc.
the tips were again very generous, and even though I am not "doing
this for the money," I was - and am - very grateful.
This Brings Us Currently:
we have another freak occurence like that power failure, I plan on getting
online every Saturday at 7:00 PM for at least FIVE HOURS of classic
PM - 10:00 PM - SRO Interactive Network presents Radio SRO (classic
alternative music up into the 90s).
'til I'm done - SRO Interactive Network presents The Groovy Train
(classic club/dance music - alternative, house, rave, etc.)
is looking into expanding the SRO-i streaming programming, but I don't
feel like I'm at liberty to give any more details. What I can
tell you is that I've been very pleased and optimistic about the future
of SRO-i and Radio SRO, and I am proud to be a part of it. I owe
an enormous amount of gratitude to Tim, not only for allowing me to
participate, but also allowing me so much creative control. And,
of course, I am incredibly thankful to everyone who has been listening
and spreading the word about the broadcasts. This is an incredible
experience, and one that I never would have imagined could be possible.
you all very much... more soon!
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