Looking around the web, fans of Internet Radio are quite pleased with the dramatic last minute reprieve. Pandora boss Tim Westergren posted the news Friday that Pandora will stay on the air, sounding hopeful and calling it “grassroots democracy in action.” Already 100+ fans posted comments!
WFMU updated their blog Monday with news developments and the statement, “WFMU will continue streaming.” KCRW has posted steady updates, showing they care about the issue and the listenership. KEXP hasn’t even bothered to post an update, probably because the staff are too busy cashing pay checks and the interns are slaving away to create the small amount of credibility Seattle’s so-called “student” radio station still has.
KAOS will continue streaming until further notice. So far the only station I have heard of going offline is KFCF in Fresno. Debbie Speer informed the Grassroots Radio Coalition via email today, “As we are neither a CPB nor NPR station, our station leadership has decided to take *no* chances that SX wouldn’t enforce rules against stations that aren’t covered in the negotiations.” [update 7-20-07: A Florida station went down offline for the weekend, but came back Monday.]
Sorry to hear that. I hope to cover any other stations going offline. If you know of one, please leave a comment.
First I heard of any change to the Copyright Royalty Board decision to vastly increase royalty rates paid by webcasters to Sound Exchange and the RIAA was in fact when a listener called in at the very end of the July 13th show. Andrew then sent me a link to the breaking news from the Wired Blog.
KAOS is not an affiliate of National Public Radio, but remember that funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is crucial to many radio independent stations as well at the big NPR ones.