History of KenzoDB

The KenzoDB Radio Station CMS was conceived, designed, developed and continually expanded over the last 20 years by Ken Garson (a.k.a. “Kenzo”), whose 25 years of community radio involvement and 37 years of software engineering expertise have combined to bring this inspired work to life, out of a burning need to solve real problems, remove obstacles to sharing creativity, and connect people around their mutual passions.

Previously, Kenzo had designed and developed sophisticated systems of automation for financial management companies, investment banks, media organizations, music industry startups, retail stores, and educational institutions, while serving on the boards and staffs of radio stations and community organizations.

While managing a station in the 1990’s (where he’d co-launched their online presence in 1994), Kenzo started planning an approach for automating the manual HTML work that so many stations around the world were undertaking. After departing in 2000, he toured the tech operations at famed underground station WFMU, and was dismayed to discover that they, too, were just editing masses of HTML files by hand, churning endless staff hours updating files every 3 hours all week.

Although their manager was skeptical that software could be written to manage and improve this process, Kenzo went off and created the system he’d been dreaming about for years. Once WFMU saw it, they embraced it wholeheartedly, and have been an enthusiastic licensee ever since.

In the ensuing years, Kenzo has been feverishly expanding the system, conceiving of most of its features, while constantly soliciting input from the client’s management, hosts and listeners around the world, and building it all into a system he architected particularly for the unique needs of broadcasters. He keeps abreast of radio and technology developments, has continued to work with stations in an organizational capacity, and remains an active user of the software he’s created.

Now, Ken Garson Systems is very excited to finally make the KenzoDB Radio Station CMS available to other broadcasters as a hosted platform. Please get in touch if you think your station is ready to benefit, and we’ll explore the possibilities!

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