For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Nick Giannak, the former co-owner and co-founder of HKC Radio. What am I doing here? Welcoming you not only to the new TBRN website, but also to the new TBRN itself. Yes, this is an exciting time for us, as we are, in essence, relaunching the station, and with it, the website. Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or my personal vice, ginger ale, and let me introduce myself, the station, and the new website.
As a broadcaster, it is always a great thing to broadcast on a project with an illustrious history of quality content, as well as good conduct amongst its broadcasters. In truth, I was once a part of that here, where I learned a lot until Andre set me free in 2006 after I performed a rather stupid stunt. In my defense, I was only 16. However, I took the lessons I learned from not only TBRN, but other radio projects, from internet to satellite, and applied them to the content you heard at HKC Radio. At its height, we created a culture we could all be proud of, and I hope I can help do the same again here.
Why would I do this? Well, that brings us to the new TBRN. Some might say that the new TBRN is, in essence, a merger of the former HKC Radio with the existing TBRN team. They’d be right, only in that the merger started the transformation. The rest of the team finished it, and did a lot more besides. In many ways, it once again feels like 2004 here. Then as now, a team rapidly assembled, preparing itself to broadcast more than the station has in many years. You will hear many old favorites, plus new shows you may have never heard before. It’s been fast and it’s been fun, and I’m very excited for you all to hear what we have cooked up. Check the sidebar for all the contact details…and keep checking it, as some of these details might have to change, as some things are still in flux.
Sidebar? Well, that leads us to our new website. What you see in front of you is, in my opinion, the best website I have ever built. Frankly, it speaks for itself in so many ways, it’d be über-tacky of me to describe it. Nevertheless, it’s here, its mobile first, and it will continue to grow. Some things don’t yet exist, or have temporary equivalents. The 21st Century Schedule Page, imported from HKC Radio, comes to mind. Barring the unforeseen, it will make its debut over the weekend. Nonetheless, we promise to provide you with all the features you’ve come to expect from a top class internet radio website. However, I need to discuss one of the most important website features.
Archives have become a large part of the upheaval that has surrounded the station recently. One of the things I was tasked with when I joined was to make archives make sense to the broadcasters, thus making them easier to provide to you, the listeners. It’s taken longer than I’d like, but we are working tirelessly to make them work beautifully for all concerned. IN fact, we are rebuilding the entire archival backend, which is no mean feat. Sit tight, because they will be back very soon, I promise you.
I’d like to close this post by thanking a few people, without whom I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this to you. First of all, I have to thank the owner of TBRN, Andre Louis. This man was receptive when this idea came up for the first time in June, and kept an open-mind as it morphed into a TBRN resurgence. He could’ve left the business so many years ago, but he is still here, for which you listeners should be thanking him as I am. I’d like to thank Derek Lane, who helped me brainstorm some of the nuts and bolts of how this project will work. He is a large reason for the fact that I’m even sitting here typing this, and he too has been working tirelessly to insure the smooth, ongoing transition from old TBRN to new TBRN. I’d like to thank Quinn Ebert, TBRN’s long-time IT man, who I have worked with for years. He has provided some awesome advice to the staff, and is taking time out of his busy schedule to make sure everything will run smoothly going forward. It’s not been easy for him, but he’s managing it well. I’d like to thank the rest of the TBRN staff, some of whom you know, and some of whom you will get to know as we continue to make announcements going forward. They have provided some great insight that will insure the sustainability of the TBRN product and ethos. Some of them were amazing confidantes for a guy who desperately needed them…I’d mention their names, but that’d spoil some future surprises. And, if I may take a little personal time, I’d like to thank my cohost Bob Sarnowski and my good friend Liz Hammell for also being two of the greatest confidantes a guy could ask for. They were there during the good times and they were there for the really bad times too. Without them, I might’ve gone to pieces before I ever even made it to TBRN. Thank you all, for everything.
In conclusion, I ask you all to raise a glass to the history of this fine station, and to the people who have come before us who shaped our proud culture. They are the reason TBRN still exists. Once you’ve done that, raise a glass to the future, to the new TBRN. We will use the great ideas from the years gone by and add new, fresh ideas. We will not stand still, we will not wallow in nostalgia. We will innovate and be proud of it. And most of all, we will have a great time doing it. Here’s to the new TBRN. There truly are no borders…there truly are no barriers.