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I want everyone who views this web forum & WCSB website do everyone a favor !!

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I want everyone who views this web forum & WCSB website do everyone a favor !!
February 07, 2007 10:44AM
I want everyone who views this web forum & WCSB website do everyone a favor !!

Please, please, please -- tell your neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers, and all people who listen to the radio either on the radio or the Internet -- to go to www.WCSB.org and read the information pertaining to the problem of radio stations losing their live web-streaming on the Internet -- to read the important info on how to contact their U.S. government officials by writing letters and/or calling them and protest the actions going on to take-away live streaming for radio stations, especially college radio station like here in Cleveland, Ohio.

Station here that include : WCSB 89.3 FM; WRUW 91.1 FM; WBWC 88.3 FM; WJCU 88.7 FM; and other possible affected station that include too -- WZIP in Akron, WKHR 91.5 FM the "Big Band" station out in Bainbridge, Ohio.

Any ANY further questions, please feel free to contact WCSB 89.3 FM at either the studio line at (216)-687-3515 or the WCSB business office at (216)-687-3523 for further details.

Thank you everyone, and let's hope to fight this tremendous battle with corporate radio trying to "hook-line-and-sinker" our freedom with good quality college radio stations like WCSB !!!!!!
Re: I want everyone who views this web forum & WCSB website do everyone a favor !!
February 16, 2007 03:29PM
Here's the message I sent out. Feel free to repost it wherever you want.

This is a repost of a bulletin I posted on myspace.com. If you already read it you can stop now or forward this to someone you think might care. Anyhow...

WCSB 89.3 FM in Cleveland and other college radio stations across the country may have to give up webcasting their signals due to new rules set up by Sound Exchange and the US Copyright Office. The rules were created to ensure that artists would be paid for their work that was webcast online. It sounds like a noble cause. Paying musicians for the music they make sounds wonderful to me and Iím all for it. WCSB pays royalties to BMI every year for broadcast materials which I donít have any problem with. Unfortunately the rules from Sound Exchange will guarantee that all but a few bands never receive a dime from getting played and fewer people will know they exist.

The fees for reporting are expensive and more importantly the reporting requirements are prohibitive. The costs are .02 per listener per song and there are 11 data fields that must be tracked for each song played. Bands receive .0007 cents per song played and Sound Exchange will not send out checks until a band accrues at least $10.00 in songs played. A band would have to be played more then 14,285 times before they would receive their first check! And to rub a little more salt in that wound it costs $45 to register a sound recording with the US Copyright office.

Almost all of the money paid in to the system by college radio stations will never reach the artists that these rules are supposed to benefit. It is much more beneficial for college radio to be able to introduce new music to audiences all over the world via webcasts. Most bands played on WCSB would make more money by selling one cd then they will ever see from sound exchange fees.

The new rules will force college stations to either adopt a mainstream radio format (it's a lot easier to report songs when you play the same thing every hour) or in many cases cease webcasting. A few stations might try to comply with the new reporting rules but when you look at the reality of what goes on at college stations it would be difficult. A college radio DJ has to pull their music and cue it up. They need to choose their Station IDs and PSAs and cue up more music. They need to monitor what they play for decency standards or else face the prospect of being fined $325,000.00 by the FCC and cue up even more music. They need to answer phones and pull requests and did my Dead Kennedyís CD just end?? Oh my god dead air!!! Throw anything on! When is a DJ that does a rock show supposed to enter the 11 data fields required by Sound Exchange? Most rock songs only last 2-3 minutes. It canít be done during commercial breaks because there arenít any. College DJís would need to get secretaries just to handle the paperwork.

The new rules are not about paying artists. They are about controlling content and limiting competition. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has been hemorrhaging money for years and is trying to make it all back by controlling the information you can access over the web. As bad as this is for college radio it is far worse for the bands that will never be heard by an audience that wants to hear them.

So enough bitching... I do appreciate if any of you are still reading this. Here's what you can do about it.

1. Go to www.wcsb.org and read the SAVE OUR WEBSTREAM message. If you already feel you've read enough you can skip reading it and go to step 2.

2. Click on the text of the SAVE OUR WEBSTREAM message. This will take you to a page with a form letter that you can send to your elected representatives. If you don't know who your representatives are we have links to help you out. Keep in mind that you donít need to be 18 years old to write your representatives!

3. Pat yourself on the back for helping to support college radio and making the Internet a better place.

For more information on this issue you can read Michael Gill's "A threat to Your Stream" article from the Cleveland Free Times. [www.freetimes.com]. Some of the details listed here came directly from his article. Others came out of my own research in to the matter including information from [www.soundexchange.com]

Feel free to post or send this to anyone you think might be interested in radio, fair competition and free speech.

Thanks for your time and your activism,

Keith Newman
Scruggscorp Syndicated Radio & Crap!
Mondays Midnight-2:00 AM EST
WCSB 89.3 FM, Cleveland
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