07 February 2012
It is high time the record got straight. Radio Memphis does not and will not pay to play your music. Period.
It's a scam.
Not long after Radio Memphis was launched, I was approached by a certain organization (local scam artists) who felt it necessary to hip me to this group called Sound Exchange. Here's a little something from their website "SoundExchange is a non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio (such as SIRIUS XM), Internet radio (like Pandora), cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, which is appointed by The U.S. Library of Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties on behalf of featured and non-featured recording artists, master rights owners (usually record labels), and independent artists who record and own their masters."
Uh huh... Now dig this from p2pnet.net "The [un]SoundExchange was originally dreamed up by the RIAA and later spun off as a supposed, “independent, nonprofit performance rights organization” designated by the US Copyright Office to, “collect and distribute digital performance royalties for featured recording artists and sound recording copyright owners (usually a record label) when their sound recordings are performed on digital cable and satellite television music, internet and satellite radio (such as XM and Sirius),” as it says on its site, stating,
"SoundExchange currently represents over 3,500 record labels and over 31,000 featured artists."
The trouble is, as Nashville entertainment lawyer and p2pnet correspondent Fred Wilhelms consistently points out, the not-so-ex-RIAA outfit has an unfortunate, and on-going, tendency to ‘lose’ thousands of the artists it’s supposed to be paying.
John Simson is the organisation’s front man who, “apparently said that SX has failed to track down 40,000 other artists,” said Wilhelms in a post a little more than a week ago."
That said, keep in mind this... Sound Exchange will pay 1 penny for every 32,000 times 1 record is aired on Radio Memphis, granted I give them the minimum of $500 a year. Think about that for a second. Take one cent, divide that by 32,000 and that is what they will pay an artist for their performance on Radio Memphis. That is, should we sign up AND should the artist sign up AND assuming there is some straight up accounting going on which there doesn't appear to be. Do the math, 300 artists (and growing) with 1,500 songs (and growing) so, how much can they make?
ANY artist expecting a royalty check of any substantial amount needs to be aware of this bullshit. Radio Memphis exists to promote the artists. If the artists want money, sell records to those who hear it on Radio Memphis and sell tickets to shows and it might not be a bad idea to sell some merch. I've said it before and I will say it again, if any artist feels any differently, I will gladly stop playing your music. Then, who is going to play your songs?
In the meantime, those out there who feel for the artists, go and do the right thing, buy their music, buy their tickets and for God's sake, my a damn t-shirt. That is the support they need.
There, it's in print and THAT is the Radio Memphis stance on royalty payments. Any questions?
06 February 2012
Back in April, when the idea of this station came to be, there was only one fear I had. What happens if it works and we have us some listeners? That was it. A fear of success. It seems sort of stupid on the surface to have that kind of fear, but as I learned, that is not necessarily a rare thing.
As it turns out, Radio Memphis is a success. Listeners are joining the ranks in droves. With that comes advertisers who have been spending some time getting comfortable with the beast in the room that is internet radio. Although there are still many people who are unsure of how this medium will do in the long haul and there are those who coming to grips with just how it works, it seems to me that internet radio and Radio Memphis is here to stay.
Several factors point to this kind of happiness. First off, the listeners. These folks have quickly come to grips with the fact that terrestrial radio is as dead as a fried chicken. Everyday, corporate radio does something remarkably stupid that benefits internet broadcasters such as myself. Limited playlists, day parted music, reduced staff and the insane idea that so called "broadcast consultants" actually have a clue. They don't. Thank God. The corporate broadcasters have found new and unique ways of stepping all over the intellect of the people who listen (or used to listen, as the case may be) to radio in general. What's more, people have figured out the simple reality that there are more options.
Secondly, the technology. There is no way in hell we could have pulled off something like this 12 or 15 years ago. The timing of all of this is just perfect. Our staff like to think of the fact that we are about 6 to 10 months ahead of the curve. More and more people are discovering internet radio and indeed Radio Memphis.
Part of the problem has been (and to a certain extent still is) internet radio's perception by the audience. Change is often difficult and scary. But, now that we have made it rather simple, people seem to find it a remarkable breath of fresh air within all the polluted airwaves out there now. Sure, we are a commercial station and we are discovering that with the growing number of listeners we have on a day to day basis come those who have a new platform by which to deliver their messages. It works for us and it works for them and everyone seems pretty happy.
Years ago, long before the very thought of Radio Memphis came to be, I once told my wife that one day, after the corporate raping of the industry was done, it would take mom and pop operations to save what's left of a dead business. I just never thought I would ever be one of those mom and pop operations.
Surprisingly there have been few complaints. Although there was one naysayer I heard of that made a bet with someone that Radio Memphis would be off the air by Spring. Well, Spring starts March 20th and I am quite sure we are going to be on the air. What we'll be doing is beyond me at that point but I can tell you this, there are some BIG things coming that even I find hard to wrap my head around.
When we first went on the air, I learned very quickly the basic stance of this station, we can, quite literraly, do anything. Is it an easy job? Not in the least. But it sure is fun. Do I worry about much? Not really. Except for one little nagging thing, now what?
We'll figure that out as we go along. As I said, there are some great things coming soon and with the help of those who listen to Radio Memphis, all of us who are a part of this wonderful project will get to take part in this fantastic journey. Your patience as a listener has been gratefully understood and welcomed. It'll get rewarded with some truly remarkable things.