Trying To Save Internet Radio
Rich Eiswerth, GM for classical WGUC-FM and WVXU-FM, and Brian Jay Miller from WOXY.com, head to Capitol Hill Thursday morning to join the fight to save Internet radio. They're supporting legislation which would prevent the Copyright Royalty Board from imposing steep new fees for music streaming on the web on July 15, which the radio industry has dubbed The Day The Music Dies.
Eiswerth says WGUC-FM's fees would increase 250%. And the new royalty rates would be retroactive to January 2006! Ken Stern, NPR CEO who met with Eiswerth while in town Tuesday, told me: "If we don't get this overturned, it could be potentially devestating to public radio stations." Stern also will attend the House Small Business Committee member (of which Steve Chabot is a member).
The website for Miami University's WMUB-FM (www.wmub.org) in Oxford says that the station's two streams -- the on-air signal and a 24-hour jazz channel -- "will be at risk" if the new fees are not reduced or eliminated.
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How many of you listen to music streaming regularly? What are your favorite sites?