A brief history of RADIO KURTODROME

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Radio Kurtodrome 1

The Kurtodrome site never disliked music and in the early years the site already had a Video of the Week (with alumni getting a spot in the Video Archive). But when, in the early noughties, a chance appeared to have your own online station, the Kurtodrome site didn't have to think long and hard. The first version of Radio Kurtodrome was via a site we can't even remember and a direct link meant you could listen to the station for a couple of songs before the server crashed. Because yeah, the early noughties, right. Another downside was that you could only select bands that were available in the owners' database. Although, to be fair, as that database did contain some of our favourite bands, we didn't complain that much. Sadly, due to lack of sponsors, the site quickly called it a day and Radio Kurtodrome was no more... or was it?

Radio Kurtodrome 2

As the MP3 became the most common music format online and music companies noticed that illegal MP3s were there to say, something quite nice happened to the internet: bands and record companies put a couple of tracks online, for free, to sample a new or upcoming album. In other words: legal MP3s were also on the web. That is why the Kurtodrome site decided to relaunch "Radio Kurtodrome", this time as a format where we would offer you links to a selection of legal MP3s and all you had to do was download the tracks and listen to some good music.
This format lasted for 99 editions (including some editions where the music could only be streamed). Geocities may no longer be available, but thanks to the Reocities Archive project, you can still have a look at those 99 editions here.

Radio Kurtodrome 3

When asked to write for music and movie blog Delirium Vault, we didn't say no. At one point, there was an attempt to have a DV Radio Station. Due to lack of interest combined with the costs to keep the project up and running, the experiment was cancelled after a couple of months. In total, 14 radio shows by Radio Kurtodrome was broadcast (and repeated) during this period of just over two months. No more DV Radio meant no more Radio Kurtodrome for four more years.

Radio Kurtodrome 4

July 2010 was almost over when Radio Kurtodrome found a new home: Live 365. This meant 24/7 music: weekly radio programmes (with two repeats per show spread over various timezones to accommodate global listeners) and a playlist that aired in random loops. This version of Radio Kurtodrome was by far the most successful - and longest - format. Shows included a weekly Top 30 of the most popular songs of the previous week, I.L.L. (short for I Like Loud, which meant it played rock and experimental tracks), The Newbies (airing the latest additions to the playlist), Select and The Weekender (1.5 and 4 hour long shows where the music aired in a hand-picked selection), Bounce (playing dance tracks) and The Soft Spot (which aired the softer and more atmospherical tracks from the playlist).
Radio Kurtodrome ended together with Live 365, when the latter had to pull the plug in January 2015. Was the fourth embodiment the final version of Radio Kurtodrome? Time will tell...