Hi all, Fat Mike here with the bad news. Apparently the listenership of Fat Free Radio (Fat Wreck Chords' internet radio station) is getting bigger every month. That sounds like a good thing, but it's not. Bandwidth charges keep going up too. The station used to cost us a couple thousand dollars a month, but now it's more like 6 or 7 thousand. The more people that listen to the station, the more expensive it gets, and the site was getting a tremendous amount of traffic. With every new listener the bandwidth charges increase. The sad fact is, is that we just can't afford it anymore. Our advertisers only cover about 15% of our costs and we don't want to go corporate. We may have to in the future, but for now we have decided regrettably, to go off the air for a while, if not indefinitely. Hopefully, technology will help bandwidth prices eventually go down and allow us to do what we set out to do. So for the next couple months, we will be limiting access to FFR. I wish this wasn't the case, but we have little choice. We spent a lot of time creating and building what we think is the first real punk radio station, and we feel terrible about shutting it down. So it goes. Thanx for your support over the last couple years, and hopefully for your support in the future.
Source: Fat Mike (Fat Wreck Chords)