“I like helping people have a good time and sound good, sound good,” he said. “… It’s a real confidence booster… And, karaoke is a reason people get together. It’s something that a lot of people have in common, whether it’s singing or singing with someone or listening. It’s just a social (thing).

This social aspect is what the three karaoke hosts love about their jobs. All three have loyal and dedicated local karaoke enthusiasts, and thanks to hosts like these three, karaoke in the Panhandle is more than just a night out at the bar.

For Thompson, it’s about keeping a living legacy; for Hollywood, it’s bringing joy to people; for Koza, it’s helping them.

For all three, plus their many fans, it’s about the community.

“I have a lot of what I would call family,” said Thompson. “I mean, they’re friends, but most of them are closer. And … we’ve got quite a few subscribers, and they – it’s good to have them all at your concert and to support you.

Koza said, “It’s a camaraderie and we kind of – if we can’t continue the karaoke then he dies and I don’t want him to die.”

Hollywood said, “At the end of the day, it’s a group effort. It has to do with the community, with businesses, with karaoke entertainers. And, it has to do with the customers who come who want to enjoy these shows and want to be a part of these shows. “

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