FAQ

FAQ 2017-11-08T00:06:55+00:00

A: Click on the “Past Episodes” tab on the left side (it’s all there!). We list the songs on past episodes on those pages. Starting with the 98th episode, the list of songs will be in the description of the episode as well, as requested on our first listener survey to ease convenience of our listeners to find the songs featured on our episodes.

A: As requested by our listeners on our first survey, we have reversed our initial decision to not put the list of the songs on the episodes. Starting with the 98th episode, we will now list of the songs in the description of the episode. The past episodes page on this site will continue to be updated, however we know that it is easier and convenient for our listeners to get the list of songs directly from the episode they heard.

A: Yes we are. KTop 10 is a division of MTI Countdowns, which is officially a registered non-profit organization based out of Canada. We are registered federally in Canada and incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. To learn more about our organization, including our mission, values and vision, please see our main website at https://mymti.org/

A: Yes. Advertisers help us improve funding to our podcast and as a result, gives our listeners a better experience with our podcast. Find more information on how you can advertise on this page or email our sales manager at recca@jtop10.jp to inquire more information. There is information on the web page on our packages and our current advertising rates for our podcast.

A: We appreciate all music submissions that are submitted to our podcast, but for us to play it, we have a strict policy of ONLY ACCEPTING K-POP MUSIC (or other elements of Korean music). If you are creating this genre of music and need support at promoting your music/band, we ask that you contact our music director, Elizabeth at elizabeth@ktop10.org for consideration for your music to be aired on our podcast. If you are submitting music outside this genre, we ask that you contact our sales manager, Recca at recca@jtop10.jp for information on how we can advertise your music/band onto our podcast (regardless of the genre of music your focused on).

A: Our official name is KTop 10. We were previously (and still occasionally) known as Korea Top 10 (but often mentioned on-air or on the website as KTop 10), but as of November 2014, our official branding has changed to KTop 10. But feel free to call us what you want. Even if you want to refer to us as the top 10 K-Pop show ?

A: MTI Countdowns is our parent organization’s name. MTI Countdowns was previous known and branded as an English music based podcasting show we did. Primarily now, it represents our parent organization’s name and includes this show and our sister podcast, Japan Top 10. MTI previously stood for Maytable Inc. Currently, the acronym “MTI” does not mean anything. For more information, please see this page: http://mymti.org/our-history/

A: One of the most unique features about our podcast is our hosts. The talking they do allows them to connect with our listeners, in comparison to all the other English based K-Pop music radio stations out there. Our show fundamentally prides on allowing listeners to be knowledgeable about the music they hear on our show along with being up to date with their Korean music knowledge. This allows us build a show that is uniquely different from all the others. And quite frankly, our hosts would love it if all of our listeners interacted with them! So join in on the conversation and share the mutual love for Korean music and culture together!

A: ABSOLUTELY. No matter what the mistake is, whether it is about the content or about the actual technical audio editing, we always strike 100% to have a perfectly made podcast. Please contact us immediately if you hear something off on our show. We will strive to fix the episode, but if it is not possible, we will take measures to ensure the mistake will be corrected in the best way possible. This also goes with our website. If you see something off on our site (such as grammar, song title spelling, wrong info), do also alert us. Just like our episodes, we strive to have a perfectly made website for all our listeners to enjoy browsing. Email us at elizabeth@ktop10.org to address the error(s).

A: Our main focus is to showcase the top 10 K-Pop songs currently on the South Korean music charts. The reason why we do a top 10 countdown is because we feel that it is an adequate length of songs to get a good variety of popular music in South Korea. In addition, having more songs on our countdown list would involve greater repetition, meaning songs between regular episodes would repeat more often, therefore, to keep things new and fresh, we limit our list to a top 10. We do top 50 episodes twice a year, once in July and the other around the New Year, to showcase a special theme or showcase the biggest songs of that year, respectively. We also have special episodes (with special themes) that run throughout the year and these lists can often involve more than a top 10 list, though rarely would it exceed 20 songs.

A: This helps to keep some of our episodes shorter and our audience engaged with the talking while hearing what will be playing next once the talking finishes. It is a standard in radio industry to conduct this practice and not atypical for many radio stations to integrate talking over parts of the music. We do not, however, talk over a singing portion of the song, thus meaning we only keep the talking to instrumental parts of the songs in the beginning or the end of a song (if applicable). We would recommend listeners to purchase the songs we feature on the podcast, as our goal is to support these musicians through featuring their music to the public.

A: We offer basic equipment to hosts to use for the podcast and most of them have a microphone they use for the episodes they host. However, in certain times, these microphones do not work or are not within reach (ex. if an episode is produced during a hosts’ vacation), thus the quality can be a little inferior to what the usual standard is, depending on what equipment the host uses in substitution. We also do not have a huge budget to fund professional microphones to each host, thus if this is an area that you are concerned about, we would really appreciate if you can support us through donations.

A: We source all of our regular episode charts from iChart, a real-time Korean music chart. And we source our top 50 charts of the year from Gaon Music Chart. Both of these websites compile their data from multiple web-based music providers, such as Melon, Mnet, Olleh Music, Soribada, and many more. Other special episodes are based on the hosts’ knowledge, opinion, and research depending on the theme. Please note that we are not supported, sponsored, or affiliated with iChart and/or Gaon Music Chart.

A: That’s ok, just email us at elizabeth@ktop10.org and we’ll get back to you with the answer ASAP.