Thursday, July 05, 2007

Save Internet Radio, It's the Patriotic Thing To Do

Peter Rothberg wrote a great patriotic piece for the Fourth of July in the blog he writes for "The Nation" Magazine. The article is titled "Five for the Fouth" Here is a short, but important, excerpt:

"As my boss and Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel wrote,... The Nation's 'definition of patriotism is fighting to make sure your country lives up to its highest ideals.' In that spirit, here are five measures worth supporting on this Fourth of July. All would help us form a more perfect union.
    1. Health Care for All
    2. End Torture, not Habeas Corpus
    3. Voting Representation for DC
    4. The Right to Organize
    5. Save Internet Radio

"Internet radio has become a tremendously popular source of news and views plus music. In just the last year the online radio audience increased from 45 million to 72 million listeners each month.

The founding fathers couldn't have anticipated the wonders of the electronic world. But I think it's safe to say that the democratic free-for-all of Internet radio would have met with their approval as a crucial part of the fourth estate that Jefferson held was critical to a functioning democracy.

"Unfortunately, the future of Internet radio is in doubt as royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board. The only hope is that sufficient grassroots pressure can be applied in support of the Internet Radio Equality Act...

"Please implore your senators and reps to co-sponsor and vote in favor of the Internet Radio Equality Act (HR 2060) and ask your friends to join the coalition to save Internet radio."


Read the entire blog post at The Nation.

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4 comments:

Vigilante said...

I'm curious, Wizard: just how much public affairs (news & Opinion) can one find on Internet Radio? Where can you find it? How much bandwidth does it suck up?

Vigilante said...

And, is it free?

the WIZARD, fkap said...

vigilante, There is a lot and that arena of Internet Broadcasting is the fastest growing segment.

Here's the good news: In theory talk radio is unaffected by the recent Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) rulings PROVIDED they carefully avoid the use of any music what-so-ever (not even the bumper music leading in and out of segments!!!!)

Just one note of music, one time, and they fall into the nightmare of the RIAA royalty battle we now face.

But even talk radio will be dealt a severe blow next Saturday. Although carefully programmed talk and religious radio (remember they couldn't use any music) can be broadcast for only the cost of bandwidth and computer server support, the network that hosts several hundred of the political, religious and talk stations will go into bankruptcy under the weight of a ten million dollar retroactive bill from SOUND EXCHANGE.

A huge chunk of the real independent talk radio will die, leaving mainly the big network talk you already hear on AM/FM.

In other words Rush Limbaugh will survive but the dozens of independent "vigilante's" will go silent because the infrastructure that allowed them to broadcast for a few hundred dollars a year will be gone.

Be sure to go to http://www.savenetradio.org/

Here is a listing of 320 talk stations you can listen to for free (today and for another 6 sixs). Some are wierd (UFO's etc) some are regious and some a excellent liberal/progressive outlets. http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/directory.cgi?genre=talk

You can start your own station on LIVE365. The first week is free (HA!!) and then the whole thing will likely be dead...

It's not really that funny, but the irony is thick......

Vigilante said...

Thanks for the links, Wizard. I'm checking them out.