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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fighting against the demise of internet radio

UPDATE 1/21: Future of Music Coalition, a national nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians and composers, has started a website - - to organize "in support of a fair solution for small webcasters." So far it has information about the crisis and a sign-up form. The site says: "Soon we’ll have opportunities for you to take action. For now, please sign up to be notified of the latest developments."

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Webcaster John Michaels of BullsEye Radio, an oldies station that's been streaming for eight years, is one of the many small internet broadcaster who's shutting down due to new royalty rates imposed in the United States by the Copyright Royalty Board.

He's also started a website - - explaining the plight of independent webcasters in the wake of the CRB ruling and seeking petition signatures.

The CRB ruling also is also forcing the shutdown of as of Jan. 31. Live365 was Birch Street Radio's host for the past three years.

We're pressing on by joining Radionomy, an international streaming service that pays royalties and sells advertising that's inserted into our program. But there's a catch: We have nine months to build up a large enough audience to justify the sponsorship. Otherwise, we'll be faced with either shutting down or finding a way to pay our own fees - a difficult path since we're an indy outfit with no revenue! We're just in it for the love of music.

We're not going to ask for money or ask you to write nasty letter to the CRB. All we ask from you is: LISTEN! Listen a lot! Tell your friends and get them to listen! Help build an audience for the Marvelous Mixture of Music on Birch Street Radio - so we can keep on playing!

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