If you're submitting for radio airplay on http://krfkradio.com it helps YOU to record a professional liner/bumper: "This is _______ from _________ - find us online at http://________ and enjoy our new single "_________" right now on KRFK Radio." Edit that intro onto the front of your song (so we don't have to!). We're broadcasting in 192 kbps MP3 format, so make sure that's what you send us. Email the file to firstname.lastname@example.org. If it's broadcast quality, we'll play it if it fits our format (which is very diverse)- and thanks to your spoken liner, people who hear it will know what they're listening to.
The best of the best could find their way on my "Streets Of Rock N Roll" syndicated show on KRFK and other stations.
This is a very personal message from me to you, in response to the hundreds of submissions I’ve received – songs, video links, web sites, social media links, messages, emails…it’s all very humbling and overwhelming. So, thanks for sharing your talents and your work with me; it means a lot that you think I might be able to help somehow.
Honestly, there won’t be enough time in this lifetime to check out all the submissions and respond to each one individually. I can promise you that I will save them all and watch & listen to as many of them as possible in the days, months, and years to come. Just like you, I’m also grinding it out every day as an artist: writing songs, recording, playing shows, traveling, doing interviews. Running the business, hosting the radio show, helping to run the radio station, shooting a movie, writing a book, all kinds of crazy stuff. And just like you, I’m sending my stuff out to people in the business, the media, concert promoters, journalists, whatever connections I can, hoping for a positive response. No one understands the frustration of sending out your pitch and never hearing back more than I do. I get it.
So, just because I don’t respond to your submission doesn’t mean I don’t care. This is just like fishing – we’re all constantly putting hooks in the water, hoping to catch a big one. Your submission to my radio show or my record label is just that, a fishhook in a big-ass lake full of other fishhooks. A big part of fishing is patience, and I know that’s tough when the clock is ticking on your life, career, business and music. I want to share this story with you:
In 1995, I released my first country album ("Western Country") and went to Nashville to make the rounds – dropping off CDs, meeting with producers, managers, publishers, anyone that would talk to me. I had dinner with country music legend Buddy Killen, who was a very powerful man. I thought the meeting went real well, but after a week… then a month…. then six months…. nothing happened.
Three years later, I got a call from someone in Nashville. “I found your promo kit & CD in a filing cabinet at the Buddy Killen Music offices,” they said. “And I think you’d be perfect for this project we’re developing.” That got me the gig with the Rat’lers; a few months later I was touring Europe with them, snorkeling in Sardinia and playing to massive crowds on our military bases in all these exotic locations. Then our first gig when we got back to the US was at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Along the way, we recorded a great album, made a lot of memories, and made a few bucks in the process.
The lesson: keep putting your hooks in the water. Follow your dreams. If I can help, I will try to help. If you have star quality and the potential to sell, I hope that your submission doesn’t get lost in this big-ass lake we’re on. And again, thank you for reaching out to me, RFK Media, and KRFK Radio. I’m honored by your submissions and will continue to do my best to support and encourage talent & hard work. I wish you all the best.
Sincerely - RK
Own your domain - this your address online. One of the best moves I ever made was to register http://ronkeel.com early on in the .com computer age; I was not so lucky with http://theright.rock.com. I wish I had registered that one! Now I own hundreds of domains. They are good investment properties as well, and a domain costs less than $20 a year. There are a lot of places to get one - enter the keywords "domain provider" in any search engine. Here's a list of the current Top 10: https://www.top10.com/hosting/domainhosting-comparison.
This is a sure sign that you're serious and professional. Facebook is not a viable substitute. If you don't have a strong web site that looks good on all my devices/computers, I'm not interested. And if I go to your .com and it hasn't been updated in six months, I'm not interested. Keep it current, and give me something to get excited about.
This can be a page on your web site or hosted by one of the various platforms that do that. It should include your promo video, bio, press release, tour dates, a link to listen on Soundcloud or Spotify, one place online where I can see, hear and read everything you need to sell your act. There are a few services you can use to host your EPK - just make sure it's easily accessible to industry and media. (Note: I don't use any of these services. I'm a control freak, so I create all ours myself.)
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