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Old Time Radio Christmas

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

  Those of you who know me, likely know that I enjoy listening to radio shows from the 1930’s-1960’s. I primarily like the detective and police dramas, but there are also some westerns and comedies that I listen to regularly. Most of these shows were weeklies, and reflected the season in which they were broadcast. […]

More lights?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Yes, more lights… I think I have purchased all the lights I will need for replacements and upgrade for this year’s show. I stumbled into a large cache of unused mini incans (which really helped my budget), and also purchased all my blue lights in LED from Paul at Creative Displays, taking advantage of some […]

Traditions

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Almost every family has some holiday traditions. I remember as a youngster going out driving to see Christmas lights. We grew up in a rural area, so this was no small venture- we often drove into a nearby town, just so the houses would be more condensed and we had a better chance of actually […]

2013 Videos

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

For those of you who have asked about videos from the 2013 season- I have them recorded, but will need outside help to combine multiple angles into one video. I have found someone to do this, it is just a matter of getting together to get it done. Hopefully I will have them posted prior […]

It’s been a little quiet around here…

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

…but that doesn’t mean we haven’t made any progress! Our latest news of note is that the first pixel matrix proof of concept is functional: Stay tuned, should be a fun season! B  

Quiet, but productive

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

As usual for this time of year, we find ourselves deep in the throes of planning, collecting, and building, getting things ready for this season’s show.  I have added 10 new controllers for this year, giving me more flexibility in the layout of channels, as well as incorporation of more wireless controllers. Just last night […]

Now you can follow us on Twitter

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

We’re dipping our toes in the water, it looks like we will take the plunge.  You can now follow us on Twitter: @WilliamsCmas Happy Tweeting!

Time to get back at it…

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

…but that means I will need to take the lights down first, lol.  I have about 85% of the display down, including all of the controllers and cabling.  I have to pull the roof line lights down, disassemble both megatrees, and bring the giant candy cane in.  Not too bad. I have already begun working […]

And we’re through…

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

…for this season, anyhow.  Our last visitors left about 10:00, and I pulled the power cords, pulled the signs, and brought the donation box in. I also powered down the fm transmitter, the wireless transmitter and the show pc.  Now on to next season.  Stay tuned 🙂

Encore! Encore!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

As seems to be our tradition, we will be presenting an encore of the light show tonight, January 14.  Inevitably, there are folks who, for one reason or another, do not make it out during the normal run of the show.  With this season having been so short, and it being a busy season in […]

That wraps another show…

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Last night was the last time the display will run for this season.  The show ran well, with nothing more than a couple computer glitches, an accidentally unplugged cord, and a couple wireless bugs right off the bat.  The donations did just about as well as they did last year, and I will post the […]

Last Chance!

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Tonight is the last night for this year’s display.  There’s a nice layer of snow on the ground, which makes for great viewing.  We will run until about 10:45 or so, so if you want to see it, now is the time!  

Some More Sightseeing

Monday, December 30th, 2013

We took the family out tonight to see a few more lights before the season is wrapped up.  First stop, Christmas in the Park out at Longview.  I could include about 50 different pictures from there.  Mostly wireframes, nothing terribly technical, but still fun for the kids.  We then went to see Chris Simmons’ display […]

Donations

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

The last couple nights have been great on the donation side of things.  Many people have been to the drop box.  We have received a couple of nice notes, a card, and of course some cash 🙂  We appreciate all of you who have joined in to help us in supporting KCRM.  To the anonymous […]

Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

    I love this comic.  Even if I weren’t a Calvin and Hobbes fan, I would love it.  It captures so many of the sentiments of the season- anticipation, friendship, warmth, tradition- and manages to do this without being sappy or clumsy in doing so. We hope you are able to spend time today with friends […]

Visitor Feedback

Friday, December 20th, 2013

  When I emptied the donation box tonight, I found this handwritten note: If you see this, Adrieanna, thank you very much!  Merry Christmas!

A White Christmas?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Well, it looks like we are going to get some snow. If the weather folks are correct, it will likely still be here for the Big Day. If you want to get out and see the lights before it hits, it looks like tonight is the night 🙂 In the meantime, a clip from one […]

Christmas is drawing near

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

If you want to see the lights before Christmas, you’ll need to get on with it 🙂 Six more nights remain to view the lights prior to Christmas. Of course, if you’d rather see them later, that’s fine, too. Just don’t wait too long- the lights will go dark for the season after 1/6/14. Thank […]

A quick video

Friday, December 13th, 2013

I usually save all my videos until after the show season as a means of encouraging people to come out and see the show in person rather than watching videos online.  This year, though, I am going to make a small exception.  I took a quick, rough video from two angles to show the display […]

Slow start tonight…

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

I came home from work and the show computer had crashed.  That in itself was odd, but once I restarted it, I didn’t have access to one of the com ports that runs the show.  After a little checking, I found that my usb hub had died.  Good grief.  I had one open usb port […]

11000 Views

Monday, December 9th, 2013

In the last few minutes, our website zoomed past 11000 page views.  Seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had just crossed 9000.  Pretty cool.

If you are staying in tonight…

Monday, December 9th, 2013

ABC is doing a short series on some of the craziest Christmas lights in the nation.  The first of four episodes is tonight.  ABC’s full write-up is HERE I’ll be watching for some ideas for our display 🙂

45700 Lights

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Gosh, that is a lot of lights 🙂  I had counted in my head early on, and had come up a couple thousand higher than that, but I had a couple items that didn’t make it into the display this year, so the numbers were a little lower. Have you come by to see the […]

Visitor photos

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

If you came by and caught some nice photos or a video you would like to share, contact us via the Contact Us page, or link to it (them) on the Visitor Comments page.  It’s always fun to see what others liked about the show 🙂

Here comes the cold…

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

After tomorrow, it looks like we aren’t going get above freezing for a week or so.  As I see it, that gives everyone a couple options: -Come out and see the lights tonight while it is still warm.  Tune into 101.7, and watch the lights from the comfort of your car, windows up or windows […]

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