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Podcast #29 – Will 2016 Be the End of Indie Internet Radio?


Small and medium sized internet-only radio broadcasters are facing a very immediate danger in 2016, due to changes in the performance rates that they are obligated to pay. Some estimates indicate that these fees may increase by as much as ten-fold, threatening to put hundreds, or even thousands of stations out of business. Paul digs in to explain what we know, and what we don’t know about the situation.

Jennifer Waits looks back at college radio in 2015, taking a moment to reflect on the contagious enthusiasm she encountered at stations around the country. Matthew Lasar discusses the change in format at struggling community radio station KUSP in Santa Cruz, CA, and the new music he’s discovered listening to it.

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2 Responses to Podcast #29 – Will 2016 Be the End of Indie Internet Radio?

  1. RK Henderson January 13, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    Great job on the small webcaster crisis, Paul.

    It’s worth pointing out that Net radio is marching on overseas; many countries already have a well-developed and -developing Net radio movement, thanks to practical copyright policies there. The real issue here is whether Americans will be able to benefit from the new medium. American Net radio producers were already up against a legal structure that made development and expansion difficult if not impossible; now they face a regime that prevents start-ups, period.

    The ramifications of such a move are deeply disturbing.

    Interested listeners may find the Net Radio Blog crisis update page useful; we add links to relevent information as we become aware of it. (This podcast, for example!) That URL:

    http://netradioblog.blogspot.com/2015/12/updates-on-american-licence-crisis.html

    Thanks for the great article and podcast! It’s a big help.

    Robin Henderson

    Webmaster,
    Net Radio Blog

  2. john stier January 18, 2016 at 6:31 am #

    reminds me in 1984 when the irs wanted truck drivers to keep a log on every mile they drove then duplicate it for their employers records it worked for 3 weeks then went away almost lost my job over bitching about it.

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