I started my website cluster with just six small sections on September 16, 1995 at about 9pm on a nameless free webhosting provider: Southern California Radio, Dr. Demento, Optical Illusions, Today in History, Fun With Math, and a sixth section that I can't think of now. Over the years, I've expanded the sections to include Weird Al Yankovic, Comedy and demented albums linked to an Amazon.com affilliate program that helped me make well over $10,000 in eight years, a news section, a Whimsical Will section, and numerous other sections that came online and offline over the past ten years, most of which are found only on the davesfunstuff.com CD-R.
One section that put my website on the map was something I had a small urge to do but ended up becoming an unexpected hit with a mention in a couple of Internet magazines: Eight is Enough, now at eightisenough.com since 1999.
Instead of one site with six sections, I have five domains. I already mentioned one just now.
The second one is devoted to San Diego Radio News Dot Com, featuring the daily news that matters to me, What's My Beef, On San Diego radio program guide, and Radio/TV Data. SDN.
The third one is davesdatebook.com, featuring today in celebrity birthdays and events on that date. It expanded into several versions of celebrity birthday a2z sections as well as chronologies of events.
The fourth one is a online radio station I created in 2000 called dfsxradio.com, providign San Diego and the world great relief from Clear Channel payola monotony with comedy and demented music that deserves to get played on your computer. Playlists are computerized, and a redesign recently added sections on a few radio shows.
The last one is the one that started it all: davesfunstuff.com. Nowadays, it hosts Dr. Demento, funny music album catalog, Whimsical Will, Weird Al Yankovic, and eDave.
There's a few subdomains including Dave's 80's Album Rack at 80s.davesfunstuff.com, and the Funny Song Almanacs at songs.davesfunstuff.com, both computer generated.
In the past ten years, we saw the rise of the dot com boom, followed by a bust, then back to booming again. We saw Internet streaming audio take off, then with AFTRA and the RIAA asking for money, the streams retreated, but now they're coming back. We saw satellite radio get launched. MP3s being invented to take down corporate radio. We're seeing Jack-type formats being launched here and there every now and then to compete with people who listen to pop music oldies from the 70s-90s on their iPods. Many celebrities launched their own domains to gather fan feedback and participation. Many recording artists, long shunned by corporate radio, as well as even Dr. Demento, are becoming famous with the help of Internet websites and downloads. We've seen Napster rise to become the defacto distributor of illegal music sharing, taking many record stores into bankruptcy and causing the RIAA to bring the hammer down on such free giveaways of music, forcing Napster to change into a legitimate pay download service. Hard to belive that we've all been a part of the revolution in that time span.
In that time span, we also witnessed sad moments, such as the death of Princess Diana and John Kennedy Jr., the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the East Coast, the 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego county, the tsunami carnage of 2004, and the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina to name a few. With the help of many independent bloggers and webmasters, the Internet helped influence visitors to help the victims of natural disasters by having websites provide banners for the Red Cross and other chartitable organizations to help speed up the donation process. Many news websites provide streaming videos of their news stories online, something that wasn't possible with BBS dial-up services, and fast updates of the hot stories of the hour in almost an instant, providing the broadcast networks and newspapers unformiddable competetion for attention.
In that time span, there were some happy moments that helped make history thanks to the Internet, such as the distribution of a 1992 animated Christmas greeting card featuring a battle between Jesus and Santa Claus and four foul-mouthed third-grade kids. With so much word of mouth spreading, people were getting the word that a series based on the really crude animation was going to premiere in August of 1997. That, of couse, is South Park, with some episodes during the 1997-98 season having so many viewers that they beat the Wednesday 10pm airing of an ABC news magazine.
In that time span, we saw the birth and death of KUPR, Mix, KOOL Oldies, two 80s music formats on 94.9 and 95.7, KFSD 92.1 as a classical format, Eagle 94.1, KJOY 102.9-then-94.1, K-Love 102.9, Premium 92.1, and many others. During that time, we lost Star 100.7, Q106.5, The Flash 92.5, KFSD 94.1 as a classical format, 92.1 as a county format, KPOP 1360, KSDO 1130 as a talk format, K-Best 95, and the old KECR 93.3 as a religious format. We also saw the birth of new formats like Channel 933, My 94.1, FM 94.9, US 95.7, Magic 95.7 (now 92.5), Jack FM 100.7, Sets 105.3 (now KPRI 102.1), La Nueva 106.5, Viva 102.9, 1040 as a Gospel music format, ESPN 800, Mighty 1090, and Cash 1700. We also saw oldies shift from KBZT 94.9 until they went 80s, to KJOY 94.1 under Clear Channel, to KOOL 95.7, to KOOL 99.3, and now it disappearred.
We saw a second country music station disappear on 92.1 in 1996, and reappear on 99.3 in 1999, then move to 95.7 in 2004. We saw XTRA Sports shift from 690 in Tijuana to a duo with Los Angeles, to 570 in Los Angeles. We saw hard rock shift from Oceanside's 102.1 to San Diego's 105.3 in 1996. We saw Jeff and Jer shift from Q106 to Star in 1997, and now to My 94.1. We saw Jagger and Kristi meet and get married on Star, then move to My in 2002, and now on Magic 92.5. We saw Tony and Kris shift from KSON to US 95.7 in 2004. And recently, we saw Dave Mason shift from hosting KOOL oldies in the mornings until the station went Spanish, to KOGO as of this month.
We also saw Dr. Laura shift from KFMB and KCEO to KOGO. We saw Roger Hedgecock shift from KSDO to KOGO. We saw the Padres shift from KFMB to KOGO in 2000 to Mighty 1090 in 2004. We saw Mike Halloran go from 91X to KUPR to Y107.1 to Premium 92.1 to his current home on 94.9.
But the most remarkable of all was, with the help of Internet radio (as well as pirate downloads), people could still listen to Dr. Demento even though no station in the Southern California Outland carries his show (save for a station in Ventura). With Flash and KSCA dropping the show, people started getting computers upgraded and replaced so they could listen to his radio show on such stations (many of which came and went over the past nine years) such as WMVP 1000 and The Loop in Chicago, KY102 in Kansas City, KOZT Ft. Bragg, WKIT in Bangor, Oldies 1520, WPYX, WIPS, WKLU, KPEZ, and XM Radio.
Many Internet-only radio stations sprang up, taking advantage of the derelict radio program directors with innovations in the advancement of such genres as electronica, techno, folk, americana, stand-up comedy, dementia as a music genres, pop dance mixes, and many more.
Many great TV shows came and went over the past 10 years, such as Drew Carey, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, King of the Hill, Futurama, Family Guy, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Survivor, American Idol, Charmed, and many more. We saw the end of series such as Melrose Place, Seinfeld, Friends, and Married With Children.
We saw the rise of many Internet stars besides myself including Cindy Margolis, Matt Drudge, Sudden Death, and many others that would have never gotten into pop culture if not for the Internet.
I also want to thank the many thousands of people I have corresponded over the past ten years making friends (and ememies who insist that they're credible because they work in the real world but do a bad job there) who helped me shape the website clusters and decide how I would use them to educate the world with knowledge about celebrity birthdates, comedy music, radio, funny music celebrities, and more.
Thanks to some of the following people who helped me get what I never would have ever gotten in the cultureless world of the San Diego Outland: friendship. It's hard to meet people in San Diego if all you care about is mind-stimulating music, television culture, celebrity tabloids, radio, and the Internet. Anyway, here's some of the people who corresponded with me worth a mention here:
Tom Rockwell, Jeff Morris, Chris Carmichael, Larry Weaver, John Boy and Billy, Jeff and Jer, Tom Leykis, Dr. Demento, Alison Arngrim (yes, that Nellie of Little House on the Prarie), Whimsical Will, Tony and Kris, Jagger and Kristi, Ron Lane, Clark Novak, Bryan Jones, Scott Riggs, Cliff Albert, Jamie Luner (who visited a Yasmine Bleeth section I once had on the Internet), Aaron Barnhart, Tom Heald, SuLu, Veri Keri, Pete Chaston, Richard Cheese, Sarah Vox, The Bards, Carla Ulrbich, Deirdre Flint, Henry Phillips, The Four Postmen, Dave Lefkowitz, Alyssa Milano, John Mammoser, UFO Phil, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Yasmine Bleeth, Grant Baciocco, Heather Locklear, Melissa Joan Hart, and Bermuda Schwartz.
And that's just the tip of the iceburg, but thanks to everybody else I can't think of for helping share my influence on the world to help make the world a better place to live, even though I'm stuck in a place far from paradise called San Diego, America's Behindest City.