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Oh Fudge! Keeping Song Lyrics Safe to Play at Businesses

Posted by John on April 12th, 2017

We are often asked if the music we provide for businesses is screened for content. Are the lyrics safe? Have the curse words been taken out? Do you play explicit content? Screening songs for f***, s***, b**** and other highly offensive words is part of the daily music curation process here at Custom Channels. More

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Is Your Brand Missing Out as Consumers Move to Online Radio?

Posted by John on March 13th, 2017

Consumers continue to embrace listening to radio online. Listening continues steady growth now reaching 140 million people in the USA each week – that’s over half of all Americans over 12 years old. Monthly online listening soars to 170 million, almost two-thirds of Americans.               And lest you think

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Worst Songs to Play at a Dentist Office

Posted by John on February 28th, 2017

Custom Channels provides music for hundreds of dental and orthodontic offices. We avoid playing the typical “dentist office music.” You know — the boring, slow, sedate, relaxing vocals and tepid instrumentals. Today’s dentist office music is not the morgue-like soundtrack of years ago. It can be contemporary, upbeat, fun, pop, classic, rock and foreground. Sometimes

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8th Consecutive Year of Growth for Custom Channels

Posted by John on January 19th, 2017

Custom Channels music service experienced another impressive growth year in 2016. The number of in-store locations that hear Custom Channels music mixes is in the thousands increasing 43% in the past year. We love music and we love our clients that trust us with the sound in their business. Thanks! “There is a large business

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“Music is a Critical Part of that First Moment Experience with Customers”

Posted by John on December 19th, 2016

Great music and great pizza – killer combo! Earlier this year Custom Channels client MOD Pizza was ranked the #1 fastest growing chain restaurant in Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. Being such a fast growing company, MOD gets national media coverage; check out the print and TV attention. You can also read some background

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What’s Brewing? Custom Channels Music is Being Served at Craft Breweries

Posted by John on November 10th, 2016

Bald Man Brewing Company Bellevue Brewing Company Boulder Beer Brewery & Pub Hood Canal Brewery Lone Girl Brewing Company Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Osgood Brewing Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Company State 48 Brewery These are some of the establishments that brew their own beer and also enjoy music by Custom Channels. We love beer

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“Music is Essential to the Atmosphere at Our Hotels”

Posted by John on October 3rd, 2016

We like to profile retail stores, restaurants and businesses that use Custom Channels for music so others considering our music service can read real-life examples of how music is used in public business environments. Hotels/hospitality is a business category where music plays an important role. Sotherly Hotels works with Custom Channels using our Ethos service

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Do Themed Restaurants Need Themed Music?

Posted by John on September 21st, 2016

I went into a New Orleans themed Cajun restaurant and they were playing Classic Hits from the 70s and 80s. I visited an Asian food restaurant and they were playing mainstream pop music from the past few years. I’ve been at a Mexican food restaurant where mainstream contemporary pop music is playing. When you go

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Dayparting: The Right Music at the Right Time

Posted by John on August 19th, 2016

Most businesses play a single music mix through the entire day. That mix may have a lot of variety in it with loads of songs so it sounds good all day. It’s one channel, one playlist that’s heard at 10am or 10pm, from open til close. This works well because once you’ve got “your sound”

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Is Your Music Style Consistent or Inconsistent?

Posted by John on July 19th, 2016

There’s a restaurant I’ve been to quite a few times, mid-priced broad range of America fare, and recently I realized that the music style was very different each time I went. It really struck me when I heard all Country music playing one day at this restaurant. I asked the owner (who doesn’t know I

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