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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Trying To Save Internet Radio

Rich Eiswerth, GM for classical WGUC-FM and WVXU-FM, and Brian Jay Miller from, 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 ( 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.

For more info go to

How many of you listen to music streaming regularly? What are your favorite sites?


at 6/27/2007 6:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like "Radio Paradise" which is listed under "eclectic" in iTunes. They play great stuff

at 6/27/2007 7:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listen to 'net radio constantly - because 'DJO and the new 'CIN have such weak AM signals (especially around RF factories like computers).

This legislation will prompt me to write Chabot.

at 6/27/2007 9:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am actually a newcomer to internet radio. I used to listen to my radio at work, when I just because so disgusted with the crap they play on local stations... I needed something new! I found! I have never purchased more CD's in my life in a short period of time. I love the "indy" music. So much smarter than the corporate stuff that's pushed down your throat over and over every day. Save Internet Radio!!! ~Amy

at 6/28/2007 8:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listen to WDJO - again because you can't get AM inside our building. Also WVXU and WGUC...
This rate hike is a classic example of corporate broadcasting trying to kill the new guy on the block.
It will effectively prevent the competition of net radio to broadcasters.Probably has tacit support from the FCC, after all, they don't regulate the net...

at 6/28/2007 10:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure the media mega corporations will have no trouble at all buying congress members so they can destroy another form of competition - just like they are with satellite radio. Unfortunately, more and more, congress works for corporate america and not americans.

at 6/28/2007 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listen to XM online and to .

at 6/28/2007 11:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listen to

at 6/28/2007 1:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you blaming corporate radio, this would also affect radio stations that stream. The artists want more and more money for their performances. Radio - and internet radio - sell more albums than anything, and now the performers want more money because they claim that radio stations are making money from their works. OK, but radio stations pay huge royalty fees already. Would anyone know these artists even exist without radio? No. Despite the "radio haters" on the board, radio is used by 95% of Americans.

at 6/28/2007 1:42 PM Anonymous Joe said...

Here is Chabby and Bryan of WOXY from this morning...

at 6/28/2007 6:00 PM Blogger Jackal said...

and don't forget ClassX! Our signal can be reached in pockets all over the city, but really only booms into the west side and into eastern Indiana. A lot of our listenership is through the web.

I believe we are linking to a petition at our website, and I hope all lovers of 'net radio will go there and sign it.

If you don't like our format, that's fine. I'm not begging for least, not right NOW ;-) ... but I DO hope you'll support our efforts to keep webcasting alive.

Jack Hill
Live Drive
3-6 pm Monday through Friday

at 6/28/2007 8:11 PM Blogger Scott Evans said...

I shut down's stream because with the Democrats in control of congress, I knew nothing was going to get done as most of their time was going to be spent on hearings and politics as usual, including passing a bill giving themselves a $4000 pay raise, yeah, they really deserved that. Republicans put a bandaid on the problem the last time the CRB raised the rates to this rediculous level, solved the problem short term, though only for the Small Webcaster Act of 2002 to expire. Chabot and others in Congress need to realize they have to fix this mess because they created the mess with the DMCA. Until the performance royalties are applied by law equally across all media then this will be a problem for net radio going forward.

at 6/28/2007 11:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check this Bizarro cartoon about the true definition, TODAY, of "shock jock."

Should be the one dated the 26...the one from today about computer tech help is good, too, but I digress.



at 6/29/2007 9:11 AM Blogger Sean aka Mr. Snakey said...

I was an immediate WOXY/97X fan when I moved here in '89. There was nothing else like it on the radio. WEBN was still sort of cool, but on the way to jumping the shark, and though I didn't like everything 97X played, I liked their attitude. I liked most of the music, too, and grew to like a lot more. They turned me on to a lot of new stuff.
When they went off the "terrestrial" air the first time in '04, it left a real hole, so when they came back later in the year on the web, I listened as much as I could, though I still wish I could listen in the car.
Things finally seemed to be looking up for them last fall when Lala bought them, and now this?
I guess the will of the people speaks WRT commercial radio, but should we really be trying to kill indie radio wherever it pops up?

at 6/29/2007 1:13 PM Anonymous Jeremy Moses said...

I'm speaking from the other side of the microphone. I am a net DJ, broadcasting weekdays 2-6pm Cincinnati time on a small station based out of a social networking site (not myspace). I also listen to other stations, such as WKRQ, online. Now - I have already written my congresspeople and received responses back. If we all band together, we will be able to save net radio for good!

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