About oarsa.org was founded by Ed Paff in the early months of 2000 after he found it hard to get O.A.R. setlists and live recording track lists. The site was originally run from free hosting services with addresses like oarsa.homestead.com. Naturally, the site was continuously growing and eventually it got too big for free hosting services, so for quite some time it would be hosted from Ed's personal computer. The oarsa.org domain name was launched on June 27, 2001 as an easier way to access the site.
Beginning in late 2003, work began on the first major update of oarsa.org. The site was taking too much time to manually update, so Jay Klauminzer was added to the team to provide database development. Jay, the owner of showsaflame.com (an O.A.R. live music download site) and mrazmerized.com (a Jason Mraz fan site), decided that many of the features of mrazmerized.com could be used and improved upon. In addition, Jay was kind enough to donate space on a server for the site to be hosted. It was decided at this time that showsaflame.com would be merged into oarsa.org.
Work on the layout began, and soon Carrie Elisabeth and Tom Pacyk were contacted to help with the design. Carrie was responsible for the layout of oarfans.com (the Official O.A.R. Message Board) along with numerous other sites. Tom was responsible for thesunisblue.com (an O.A.R. lyric site) and numerous other sites as well. The two of them worked with a few original ideas Ed had come up with to design the layout of the site. It was decided at this time that thesunisblue.com would be merged into oarsa.org as well, adding even more functionality.
This entire process did take some time, but in the end it was well worth it. oarsa.org v2.0 was released to the public on July 9, 2004. Welcome to oarsa.org as it exists today!
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