A Long Strange Trip

It’s been just over two years since I’ve written. I sincerely apologize for our extended hiatus.

A perfect storm of many factors combined into near doom for our aspirations. This is entirely my fault. My over-ambition was fed by promises of large scale funding that never materialized. I invested too much of my monthly income into upkeep of infrastructure that was entirely unsupported. Individual contributions to the weekly bulletin dwindled, due to everyone’s lives transitioning into new stages. Finally, hosting for our stream was abruptly cut off, with no warning, and my backup plan was not in place.

I was simply unprepared to support the bulletin and the stream on my own. Let alone have the time and energy to continue filming YouTube content. So I had to make a tough decision. Keep chugging forward, and dig myself into deeper debt, while my domestic and financial responsibilities continued to suffer. Or, go on hiatus, and take a job opportunity that paid well, but would keep me traveling and away from any semblance of an anchored stable home life.

So I took this job that required me to travel. My income dramatically increased which allowed me to almost entirely alleviate my debt, and better position myself to dedicate more time and energy into all things /k/Radio. It worked. But not before falling and busting my foot in four places. Luckily three of the fractures healed. The last is a floating chunk of bone that really won’t improve my mobility by removing it, and only runs the risk of further disability with surgery. I spent almost a year recovering from my crumpled foot. I had all that time to formulate the comeback for Kommando Radio.

Currently, I have the capability to do YouTube and Soundcloud uploads. I am starting there. I hope that with time and support we can get our stream back and running. We have had quite a few requests to get things like the numbers stations, boots, and at least battle marches streaming again. I hope we can do this sooner than later.

I plan to do Vlog/Podcast style of show once a week on YouTube. This would include highlights from my week focusing on /k/ related activities, reflection of firearms news stories of the week, /k/ community based discussion, and even some philosophy and politics related topics. As well, I plan to do voice and video skits, dramatic readings of unusual content, gear reviews, /k/ related skills training and video tours of historical sites and museums. It’s not the /k/Radio it once was, but it’s something.

In addition, we are planning a line of merchandise to help support our efforts. We currently have stickers, patches and a t-shirt in the works. Also, several people have suggested that I set up a Patreon page. But I’m a bit averse to e-begging. Maybe once we have something to actually donate to, then it would make more sense. I would like to be able to do this full-time. Since I cannot expect YouTube and Google to keep us rolling in the advert bux, we’ll probably have to end up doing that.

So thank you for your patience, and the many kind words from longtime listeners at events like Nuggetfest.

We are working to deliver you the best weirdest in firearms news and entertainment.



Overdue Update

5/21/17 - By Dave


Well, what can I say. The software side of the server is progressing slower than we would like. Apparently getting everything to play nice together requires a bit more tinkering than we initially thought. Our legacy programming is up and running. It may yet be a few more weeks until we can launch our new programming. At least you don’t have to listen to Boots 24/7/365.


The slow progress is not just due to software issues. A lot can be attributed to the volunteer nature of what we’re doing. Keep in mind we all have 9 to 5 gigs, whether that be school or work. It’s hard for me to find a balance between knife handing, pressure cooker drill instructor, and laid back leadership, so I prefer to be pretty chill.


I don’t want to be the guy who stacks demands on someone who finally gets a day off of work, or only has a few weeks of vacation before having to go right back into the grind of a STEM degree. So we’re kind of like Project Mayhem, you decide your level of involvement, and the product will depend on the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved.


Don’t be dismayed by our lack of progress. What we’re doing here will eventually have a greater social and political impact than can be imagined at this early gestational phase. We’re creating a platform that any Kommando can participate in. We’re carefully vetting the content we air on our radio stream and YouTube channel. So anyone who can meet the very fair criteria we’ve come up with can produce their own original content and eventually get paid to do it.


We want to present the hobby and lifestyle side of firearms as responsibly and light heartedly as possible. At the same time we want to make it as educational and accessible to everyone. I’ve said a thousand times that any pro-Second Amendment voter is an ally, regardless of their other political or social dispositions. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is the cornerstone of a free and sound Democracy. Without it, the integrity of all our other rights dissolves. So we’re going after hearts and minds and cosmoline in inappropriate places, or something.


I’m also going to be shitposting live every Friday evening -when this software stuff gets unfucked.


I have been brainstorming programming ideas for the stream. I’ll eventually put up a poll, or make DJ Ivan do it -he’s the Program Director, so that everyone can chime in about what they want to hear. So if you don’t want to hear “Actual Drill Instructors Berate You for Half an Hour”, or “Pigs Squealing While Babies Cry with Bone Breaking Sound Effects to Tiny Tim’s Top Hits” then you’ll have to let us know. Because we will play the shit out of that stuff otherwise. We’re a tad mental, if you didn’t already know.


The Kraut will be taking over YouTube maintenance, and has the new title of News Director. His team in the midwest has been doing outstanding video reporting of events out there, and more content is in the works. Here innadesert, Rah and I are going to be starting production on some Medical Korps and Supply Korps content.


I intend to break down Tactical Combat Casualty Care for All Combatants (TCCC-AC) and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) into a series of educational videos. As well we are going to test and compare equipment and supplies, and I’ll give you my recommendations based on my years of experience. I will also be trying to get other medical professionals to chime in and give us their advice as well.

Eventually, when we get our webstore up. We will have all of the supplies, equipment and gadgets we recommend available for purchase. As well, we will have Kommando Radio branded merchandise, and some original designs as well available for you. You don’t want to spend a single dime on garbage, and we will be able to guarantee the quality and longevity of the items we sell. Also in the nebula of ideas is having custom nylon gear and clothing sets made. I don’t want to reveal too much, and get everyone’s hopes up, but some of the ideas we’ve come up with are freakin’ bitchin’.

So right now it seems like we’re wishing in one hand, and shitting in the other. But stay tuned, you will see and hear our progress for yourselves!

So stay tuned!

It's Pong you fucking idiots!

The Grind

From a fighting hole innadesert:

Finally. Our website is up and running. Almost all of the bugs have been worked out. So far we have received positive feedback on it, although I was looking forward to negative feedback. It’s criticism that gives a group the most valuable evaluations. We’ll see what happens when more people start to view the site -especially the half-chan and full-chan people that unwittingly spawned us. This is all your fault Anons.

The server is taking a bit longer than all of us had hoped. Our initial launch date for the new stream was April 1st. I was hoping to sneak in a long playlist of obnoxious and meme songs for April Fool’s Day. But maybe the delay has spared us from this bad idea. We’re excited to get as far as we have. DJ Ivan, and Server Ivan have been grinding away, trying to work out the bugs in the software, and get everything running smoothly. Once this is done, then we’ll have to add RadioDJ to administer it all, and pipe this through streamlicensing.com to Tunein.com.

On my end of things, it seems like every time I make some progress, three or four things get added to the pile. I try not to complain. DJ Ivan for example, is at University full-time, studying a highly technical profession. His workload between classes, labs and homework is extremely high. He’s managing to make progress, so I keep truckin’.

I’ve operated, or have been part of the operation, of several small businesses now. But a radio station is an entirely new beast. I am having to take crash courses on Copyright licensing, advertising sales, and internet marketing. All territories I have never ventured into. Sometimes the work seems daunting, but there is a sense of exhilaration I get from flexing my grey matter.

I have dozens of phone calls to make today and tomorrow. I’m trying to reach the Publisher of an obscure history book written decades ago. The author of the book compiled after action reports from the U.S. military spanning the latter half of the twentieth century, from WWII to Vietnam. Big Dick, who is a friend and sometime co-host of Mid-West Nugget Fest, has offered to do a weekly show where he reads one of the more interesting examples from the book. “The After Action Report, with Big Dick”, it has a nice ring to it.

And we need all of the original content we can get. I have decided to place the weekly news show, “Kommando News” on hiatus until we can find someone to take up the mantle. It is post-production heavy, and sometimes if the quality of the submissions require a lot of editing it can take hours to produce a single 10 minute show. I would like to see the run-time expanded to an hour, and have a broader range of Correspondents contributing.

At the moment though, we have little to offer for compensation. And as I’ve discovered, fun and novelty wear off rapidly when a higher degree of consistency and dedication are required. Something enjoyable can quickly become a burden when it begins to feel like a job.

So I am on the hunt for someone with a good voice, and some free time. It would take me maybe an hour to teach them how to use simple audio recording and editing software, and it wouldn’t cost much to set them up with a basic USB microphone. In fact, we need to offer that as one of the perks of Corresponding for Kommando Radio.

In lieu of my involvement with the Kommando News, I am instead going ahead with a show I’ve been planning for months, “All Rounds Expended”. It’s a parody of NPR’s “All Things Considered”. I plan to do an evening show, Monday through Friday, and aim for a runtime of around 120 minutes. At first glance, and hour and a half show might seem like a lot of work. But with commentary, asides, dirty jokes, and flatulence it will be easy to fill an hour. Obviously, there will be station ID and ad breaks too.

All-in all, once I get a workflow down and wedge pre-production into the small amount of time I have at my 9 to 5, I should be able to prepare enough for an interesting show each day. The nice thing is, the format and topics will be unlimited. I may discuss firearms one day, policy, philosophy or something else entirely the next. I’m looking forward to it.

We’re also currently looking for advertisers, we have to keep the lights on, buy merch to sell, and offer perks to our content contributors. The radio stream would start to suck if we did the half hour blocks of mind-numbing ads that traditional broadcast radio runs. So that’s the last thing we’ll ever do. Luckily the costs of operating the actual stream are low, save for one thing, the licensing of the music we intend to play.

We thought long and hard about it, and the vast majority of Kommandos are rock and metal listeners, so that’s our focus. There will still be evening, late night and early morning blocks of classic /k/radio music. But we want to be a consistent source of entertainment and really engage with the listener, not just be the occasional novelty.

In order to play contemporary music however, we have to pay, and pay dearly. As listening hours increase the number of listeners, and gross revenue of the stream increases, then so does the licensing fee increase in correlation. It gets expensive, so in order to keep good music on the air, we have to sell shit. We’d like to not only be self sustaining, but turn a profit. At some point, we have to buy new music, new equipment, obtain higher bandwidth, and do awesome giveaways for our listeners. All of this costs money.

Anyway, that's the SITREP for now. We'll keep everyone posted as things develop.