May 15, if Congress doesn’t ride in like the cavalry, will be the Day the Music (and News) Dies. Most of Internet radio will cease to be and a few fatcats will laugh themselves all the way to the bank.
Is that what you want? Please call your Congressperson. Please support Grateful Dread Radio. All details are available by clicking the above graphic. Please: Help save Internet radio so it can bring you the artists, news, issues and points of view that mainstream radio won’t.
Apparently, Internet broadcasters across the country will give listeners a taste of what the threatened radio silence will be like: On May 8, a week before D-Day, much of netradio will fall quiet in protest of the greedy, rapacious actions of the Copyright Royalty Board and the RIAA. So if you hear nothing on the air that day, that’s why.
New wrinkle in the situation: Many netcasters say they will shun RIAA music and artists after May 15. Not good enough, I hate to tell you. I got this straight from the head guy at evil royalties organization SoundExchange: The group says it has the right to collect fees for ALL artists, even non-RIAA artists (most of the artists don’t know this) and even if the artist would prefer that SoundExchange didn’t. That’s right, broadcasters: Even if you have signed agreements with individual artists to play their songs promotionally, you will still be responsible for paying royalties. Fair? Hell no. Please stand up and don’t allow this.
Do you really want ALL your radio choices to be dictated by Clearchannel and Infinity and a few really rich corporations? Because that is what those fatcats want — your undivided attention and your money and your obedience. Don’t give them what they want. Stand for fairness. Stand for freedom. Stand for the right to choose to hear indie artists and alternative news and POVs — while you have that chance.
P.S. Have not decided whether GDR will take part in the May 8 Day of Silence. Any opinions on the matter are much appreciated as management considers its plans — please tell us what you think via comments or email.