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(IR) Congress Tries to Save Internet Radio Print E-mail

(Radio And Internet Newsletter, RAIN - April 26, 2007)
As the entire Internet Radio industry faces shutdown on May 15 Congress has entered the fray.  Yesterday, Rep. Jay Inslee (D - WA) and eight cosponsors introduced the The Internet Radio Equality Act.  The Act injects a strong dose of reality into the current situation by cancelling the Copyright Royalty Board's fee structure and setting new fees equal to what satellite radio currently pays.  Two other key areas set the minimum annual fee to be no higher than $500 and also establishes a percentage of revenue rate for smaller webcasters.

The Act is expected to draw several more cosponsors.  Those who listen to and value Internet Radio are encouraged to contact their representatives in Washington and urge them to support this bill.  Learn more about this new development and how you can support it by going to SaveNetRadio.org.

(Story Link: KurtHanson.com

 
(WiFi) Future of Internet Radio in Jeopardy Print E-mail

As many of you already know the fate of Internet Radio was dealt a serious blow on March 2.  A group called the Copyright Royalty Board announced a new royalty structure that would take the vast majority of webcasters off the air and force the largest stations to owe billions of dollars in fees. 

The rates, retro-active to 2006, add up to over 100% of many internet radio stations entire revenue.  The rates are supposed to go to the performers of the material and is handled by the group SoundExchange, a spinoff of the RIAA (the recording industry's lobbying group).  Both of these organizations have often worked against consumers and music lovers, not to mention the artists, to line their own pockets at the expense of future earnings.  This particular ruling weighs heavily in their favor.  At the very least they have substantial leveraging power in negotiating a 'better' rate with webcasters.  The involvement of lawmakers and the general public is crucial to letting the CRB and the RIAA know this proposed rate schedule is unacceptable and must be re-negotiated in good faith.

You can get involved by clicking on the link at the top of the home page, signing the petition and learning more about this story.  The site is SaveTheStreams.org.  For thorough coverage of this story we encourage you to visit the Radio and Internet Newsletter (RAIN) by Kurt Hanson.  This site has been a champion of Internet Radio from the beginning and an important gathering place for news on this revolutionary new media format.  If you have ever listened to Internet Radio and valued what you heard as something unique and important you owe it to yourself to lend your voice to this cause.

 
(LPFM) FCC Public Hearing on Media Ownership in Harrisburg, Feb. 23 Print E-mail

(Stop Big Media - February 13, 2007)
The FCC will hold an official public hearing on media ownership rules in Harrisburg, PA on Friday, February 23, 2007.  A public comment session will be held after a panel presentation.  Anyone in attendance can submit comments.  The FCC Chariman, Kevn Martin, has expressed a desire to further relax limits on local media ownership.  These public hearings (Harrisburg is third of six) may be the only opportunity for concerned citizens to voice concerns on this matter.  Visit www.stopbigmedia.com to learn more.  If you live in Philadelphia and would like to attend visit the Media Tank or Prometheus websites for news on carpooling and bus service.

G-town Radio encourages you to make your voice heard during these critical presentations.  Consolidation of media ownership hurts everyone by ignoring points of view contrary to the owner's best interests.  Learn more today about making your voice heard.
(StopBigMedia.org)
(MediaTank.org)
(PrometheusRadio.org)

 
On The Frontlines Tonight Print E-mail

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On The Frontlines with the Royal Majestic Sound returns to G-town Radio tonight.  Tune in from 7-9pm (EST, -5GMT).  Tonight's show is a re-broadcast of last week's program.  Selecta Sensistar will be back with a brand new show next Sunday.

On The Frontlines radio show is a weekly Word Sound meditation provided by the Royal Majestic Sound. Each program features conscious roots and culture reggae / dancehall / and hip-hop from the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad, Europe, U.S, Africa and beyond.

For more info and playlist for the show check www.myspace.com/rrroyalmajesticsound


Blessed Love

 
On The Frontlines is Here Print E-mail

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G-town Radio is proud to bring you On The Frontlines with the Royal Majestic Sound.  Tune in every Sunday from 7-9pm (EST, -5GMT).

On The Frontlines radio show is a weekly Word Sound meditation provided by the Royal Majestic Sound. On The Frontlines has been blazin every Sunday 7-9pm for the past 2 years on RadioVolta.org and is now blazin on GtownRadio.com. Hailing from Germantown, the Royal Majestic Sound plays conscious roots and culture reggae / dancehall / and hip-hop from the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad, Europe, U.S, Africa and beyond.

The week we will be playing a snippet from and giving away the newest mix from Royal Majestic Sound entitled Hotta Fiyah Vol.1.

The first 5 listeners to E-mail : This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it will receive the disc.

Please leave your comments about the show and your mailing address.

For more info and playlist for the show check www.myspace.com/rrroyalmajesticsound


Blessed Love

 
Here Comes the Funk Print E-mail

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Do you wanna get funky with this?

Time to get down in G-town. 

The Funkstables take over the studio at 2 pm (EDT, -5 GMT) every Friday for two hours of the funkiest sounds in Philly.  Sixties grooves, global funk and classic jawns you won't hear on the radio.  Put on your Gordon Gartrelle shirt for these funky, funky sounds.

Also, tune in Saturdays starting at 10 am for Afro-Centrifugal.  Two hours of the finest sounds in Afro-Beat, Bossa and Reggae.  Its a propulsive mix of jams to launch you into your Saturday.  Be sure to keep it locked on G-town Radio because the Funkstables return at noon for two more hours of Philly's finest funk.

 
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