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The Day the Music Died - web radio in peril

From: Eric Klein
Length: 29:08

on July 15th radio over the internet is going to undergo a BIG change Read the full description.

Fink_small New rates for streaming copy written music online will take effect July 15th. Community and College radio stations that play music, even during news and public affairs programming, will be impacted. The record-keeping requirement and minimum $500 fee is enough for some stations to shut down their web streams to avoid these new costs. Stations that stay online are faced with many new dilemmas. Web-only broadcasters are feeling the pinch as well. There is a bill in Congress, the Internet Radio Equality Act, picking up steam, but no one is certain what internet radio will be like after the July 15th deadline. In this sound rich documentary, we hear from radio station managers and techies around the country, executives at SoundExchange (the music industry group that collects royalties), workers at web-radio giant Pandora.com, professional musicians, and members of the U.S. House and Senate.

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Piece Description

New rates for streaming copy written music online will take effect July 15th. Community and College radio stations that play music, even during news and public affairs programming, will be impacted. The record-keeping requirement and minimum $500 fee is enough for some stations to shut down their web streams to avoid these new costs. Stations that stay online are faced with many new dilemmas. Web-only broadcasters are feeling the pinch as well. There is a bill in Congress, the Internet Radio Equality Act, picking up steam, but no one is certain what internet radio will be like after the July 15th deadline. In this sound rich documentary, we hear from radio station managers and techies around the country, executives at SoundExchange (the music industry group that collects royalties), workers at web-radio giant Pandora.com, professional musicians, and members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Transcript

Radio over the internet is about to undergo a big change on July 15th. That's when new rates for streaming music online will take effect, meaning bigger bills for radio stations like the one you are listening to now - if it wants to stay online.

I recently spoke with my friend and colleague Michael Manoocherri - he's the web guy at KPFA.

(00:12)(00:32)
"Eric :How worried are you about July 15th - what are you working on?

MM: I'm very worried, I'm already overworked as it is but I have a lot to work on before July 15th. I have to count up how many listeners we've had since 2007 and 2006...." BED UNDER

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Michael and I work at Pacifica station, KPFA in Berkeley California. KPFA was the first listener sponsored non-commercial radio station in the country. It's known for News and Public Affairs, but it also plays a lot of music everyday, and the task of figuring ou...
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