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Contact Name: Ken Main
Testimonial / Comment:
I spent 40+ years on-air and behind the scenes in programming, news and talk at stations, from a 1kw AM in Dover-Foxcroft Maine to a 50kw "Blowtorch of The South" in Atlanta. That's when radio built community. Heck, you couldn't tell where the community ended and the station began. I am proud to have worked side by side with hundreds of colleagues to help cement lasting bonds. That connection was the single biggest reason listeners embraced "their" station and the voices who made them feel like family. We felt the same way- and much more. Ironically, but far from surprisingly, radio's connection, its love affair with the city, town or region was the first thing discarded when station ownership became corporate, mammoth and impersonal. Today it's all about profits and keeping shareholders happy. Listeners only really matter four times a year: the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter when Arbitron diaries canvas the market. Ranking #1 with your demo in "The Book" is license to print higher advertising rate cards. Oh, one other benefit: our jobs were safe for another 13 weeks. Not that any of us were having much fun anymore. That changed when a good friend with a small, indie record label and I started building Radio 11-3X, The Heartbeat of North America. A web-only station where the listener comes first! Hard work? Yep. Fun? It was going to be a blast - before the Small Webcasters Act of 2009 expired December 31, 2015. Music licensing rates that had been affordable for us little guys, soared by hundreds to thousands of dollars monthly. We pulled the ripcord, as have thousands of others. Don't cry for us, weep for the tens of thousands of unsigned and indie label artists and the amazing music they create. Without Internet radio, those artists and their music will disappear, as will talk shows whose politics and social commentary are not welcome on AM and FM. Corporate radio, giant streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, and the mainstream music industry will control everything you listen to. And remember, YOU don't matter to them.
How do You think this should be resolved?
Simply reopen talks to reinstate, or create a new agreement to protect small, Internet-only stations. All we ask to pay a fair and equitable rate- based on audience size- for music licensing. Call your congressman and U.S. senators today and ask them to hold hearings and seek the truth. Implore them to Save Web Radio and preserve the constitutional right to free expession, guaranteed all Americans under the 1st Amendment.
Additional Broadcaster Info
Station Launched in November 2011
Location: Portland, Maine - USA (United States of America)
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