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Cruise With the Blues This Thursday, April 15 As We Join Roxy Perry | NY Bluesbird on KCOR April 14, 2010

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The best Blues, Swing and Indies with Roxy Perry on Kansas City Online Radio! Log on to the KCOR website and click the CHAT icon to join Roxy and friends live in the chat room!

Kansas City Online Radio: Blues-Rock and Cool Talk! Recognized by The National Heritage Foundation Blues Hall of Fame as a Great Blues Radio Station!

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Bipartisan House Opposition To Performance Royalty Reaches 260 March 29, 2010

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Reps. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) have become the latest House co-sponsors of a bipartisan Congressional resolution opposing a performance tax on local radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 49), which opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge,” is now backed by 260 House lawmakers. An identical Senate resolution is supported by a bipartisan group of 27 U.S. Senators.

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Slacker Radio Announces Android Station Caching For Listening To Your Favorite Music Everywhere February 24, 2010

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Slacker, Inc. announced the availability of Slacker Radio 2.0 for Android phones. For the first time ever, Android users can cache their favorite Slacker stations right to their phones to listen anywhere – whether they are connected to a wireless network or not. The application is available immediately by visiting http://www.Slacker.com from an Android phone or by searching for Slacker in the Android Market.

With Slacker Radio 2.0 and a Radio Plus subscription, music enthusiasts using their Android-powered smartphone can select stations to cache by simply selecting “Cache Station” from within the app. Listeners can choose to manually cache their favorite stations or use “Auto Refresh,” enabling their Android-powered smartphone to automatically wake during overnight charging and wirelessly refresh station content, providing new music daily with no additional effort.

Cached stations are stored on the smartphone and can be accessed on subways, planes and everywhere in between with no network drop-outs and minimal battery usage. Along with the ability to store stations, Slacker Radio Plus features ad-free listening, song lyrics, unlimited song skipping, unlimited song requests and more.

Android owners can now listen to Slacker personalized radio without a Wi-Fi or mobile network connection to take their favorite stations wherever they go without having to manage playlists or transfer music from their home computers. Listeners of the free Slacker Basic Radio service will be able to cache stations for up to 14 days, providing everyone the opportunity to try this new feature on their Android phone, risk-free.

“Android users can now enjoy their music anywhere they go with our personalized and feature-packed Slacker Radio for Android 2.0,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “The benefits of the new station caching feature enable listeners to travel far beyond Wi-Fi or mobile connections to enjoy a continuous and unrivaled music experience.”

The millions who listen to the free Slacker Basic Radio service will continue to enjoy the same unparalleled music experience that now includes a free trial of the complete station caching solution. With access to a song library that is nearly four times the size of the leading competitor, Android owners can use Slacker Basic Radio or Slacker Radio Plus to create their own Personal Radio stations or listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations.

Slacker Basic Radio and Slacker Radio Plus also enable access to artist biographies and album reviews, station fine-tuning, “peek ahead” song previews and custom artist stations. In addition to marking songs as favorites, listeners can also ban songs and artists to create perfect custom radio stations.

Media Institute Opposes RIAA Performance Tax February 9, 2010

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A proposed compulsory-license scheme that would force radio broadcasters to pay royalties to musical artists and record labels would impose an undue economic burden on broadcasters already racked by the recession. In addition, the plan would likely reduce broadcast radio diversity, especially among small and minority-owned stations. Those are the conclusions of a new Policy Views issue paper released by The Media Institute.

The paper notes that radio broadcasters and record labels have enjoyed a “mutually beneficial economic relationship” in which broadcasters play recordings available for free, thereby building audiences and ad revenue, while record labels get the benefit of that free airplay to boost record sales. One study puts the promotional value of broadcast radio airplay at $1.5 billion to $2.4 billion annually.

Imposing a royalty scheme on broadcasters would not only upset this equilibrium, but would likely force a significant number of stations into bankruptcy or off the air altogether. Black and Hispanic stations, many of which already struggle for ad revenue and financing, would bear the brunt of compulsory “performance fees” for sound recordings.

The loss of such stations would be particularly acute for Black and Hispanic communities where local radio stations are “a primary venue for the expression of minority and ethnic viewpoints,” the paper states.

“Performance Fees on Radio Stations: A Debacle Waiting To Happen” was written by Richard T. Kaplar, vice president of The Media Institute. The Policy Views paper is available on the Institute’s website at www.mediainstitute.org, and is also available in hard copy.

Revealing The Top 10 Online Radio Stations Of The Decade December 28, 2009

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RadioTower.com is happy to announce its list of the Top Online Radio Stations of the Decade.

Selecting from over 6,000 radio stations that stream online RadioTower has narrowed it down to 10. These stations were picked based on newsworthiness, playing ground-breaking music or offering major innovation to the market.

These stations were culled from RadioTower’s list of 5-star stations. This list of over 300 of the best online radio stations all offer excellent production, quality live feeds and useful, appealing websites.

As opposed to stations that are programmed automatically or by amateurs RadioTower directs listeners to professional radio stations. This helps ensure that the programming is of the highest quality and standards are met. Professional radio stations also offer the “voice”, someone to relate to and offers a sense of community.

President of RadioTower Communications (which operates RadioTower.com) Paul Valkama states: “With thousands of online radio stations available, listeners want to cut to the chase and find that great radio – That’s why RadioTower offers rankings. Our Top 10 Online Radio list offers a quick introduction to the best of the best that internet radio has to offer.”

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Nielsen BDSradio Unveils Decade Top 500 Airplay Reports December 28, 2009

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Nielsen BDSradio’s exclusive Decade Top 500 Reports are now available, featuring the Top 500 releases spun in every format. These reports are accessible to BDSradio subscribers and reflect radio detections from January 1, 2000 – December 17, 2009.

Nielsen BDS charts are managed by the Billboard chart department and appear in Billboard magazine, Billboard.com, and Billboard.biz. Last month, leading urban radio and music industry Web site Urban Insite added Nielsen’s BDSradio’s Gospel, Urban, Urban AC, Rhythmic and Smooth Jazz airplay chart data to its site. In September, BDSradio’s airplay chart data encompassing every Nielsen BDS-monitored radio format were added to Radio-Info.com’s Programming & Music section.

The following is a sampling of BDSradio Decade Top 500 Airplay Reports, reflecting the songs with the most spins at some of the formats monitored by BDSradio:

Country: “Something Like That” / Tim McGraw / 487,343 spins
CHR/Top 40: “Yeah” / Usher featuring Ludacris & Lil Jon / 416,267 spins
Hot AC: “Drops Of Jupiter” (Tell Me) / Train / 338,749 spins
Alternative: “Last Resort” / Papa Roach / 221,767 spins
Rhythmic: “Low” / Flo Rida featuring T-Pain / 206,864 spins
Album Rock: “It’s Been Awhile” / Staind / 189,195 spins
Urban: “Drop It Like It’s Hot” / Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell / 169,511 spins
Urban AC: “Think About You” / Luther Vandross / 147,818 spins
Gospel: “Never Would Have Made It” / Marvin Sapp / 92,603 spins
Smooth Jazz: “Pacific Coast Highway” / Nils / 29,328 spins

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, a business of The Nielsen Company, is the world’s leading provider of airplay tracking for the entertainment industry. Employing a patented digital pattern recognition technology, Nielsen BDS captures in excess of 100 millionmusic performances and advertisements annually on more than2,000 radio stations, satellite radio and cable music channels in over 140 markets in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and 30 Canadian markets.

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SoundExchange And Sonicbids Team Up In ‘Reverse Telethon’ December 28, 2009

Posted by David W. King in Airplay Charts, Internet Radio, Radio, Radio Stations, RIAA, SonicBids, SoundExchange, Streaming Radio, Uncategorized.
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In this economy, it’s hard to imagine anyone making thousands of phone calls trying to give money away. But that’s exactly what happened when SoundExchange, the nonprofit performance rights organization, and Sonicbids, a Web site that helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands, teamed up this week to register and pay more than 10,000 musicians who have earned, but not yet claimed, digital performance royalties.

When sound recordings are streamed on the Internet, played on digital satellite radio or used on cable music channels, the performers on that recording accrue a small royalty. Those digital performance royalties are collected by SoundExchange, who processes logs from services and distributes the payments to artists. Unlike other royalty societies, who collect and distribute only to their members, SoundExchange collects royalties for all performers, then has to locate and register artists so they can be paid.

Enter Sonicbids and its international network of independent bands and promoters. SoundExchange asked Sonicbids to crosscheck its list of members against SoundExchange’s list of artists with unclaimed royalties to find matches. Since the two groups share a commitment to advancing the interests of independent artists, both were excited when the match turned up 10,000 Sonicbids artists with unclaimed royalties totaling more than $4 million. Sonicbids Founder and CEO Panos Panay immediately emailed those artists, encouraging them to register with SoundExchange and claim their royalties. Additionally, Sonicbids volunteered it staff to be trained by SoundExchange, and is making nearly 800 phone calls to artists owed $1,000 or more, asking them to register to claim that money.

“Our mission at Sonicbids is to empower the Artistic Middle Class and to help these artists develop sustainable careers. What better way to demonstrate this than partnering with SoundExchange to help our members access nearly $4 million in unclaimed royalties,” said Panay.

“Supporting and empowering artists by making sure they get paid for their work is our core mission. Many artists don’t know they are entitled to these royalties, and partnerships like this one help us spread the word through services like Sonicbids that artists already know and trust,” said Bryan Calhoun, SoundExchange’s Vice President of External Affairs.

Editorial Note: Curious as to whether SoundExchange is holding money for you and how much? Before you register with them to find out, read their terms very carefully. In signing anything on SoundExchange, you are giving them tacit endorsement to continue to collect money for you, whether you want them to or not. This agreement with Sonicbids (Reverbnation, and other sites) is just a mass attempt for them to continue to do what they have been doing, and your signature condones their practices. (Certainly you remember how the RIAA was suing everyone for downloading P2P files., how they effectively crushed internet radio, etc. Well, SoundExchange is part of the RIAA. Regardless of how they present their position, they don’t have your best interest as a musician in mind. They are simply trying to bolster revenues from the recording industry’s sagging record sales.)