If you are an avid fan of online radio, you might notice that your favorite station could be going silent on Tuesday, June 26. This will be part of a protest against the potential royalty rate increase that would be the nail in the coffin for most webcasters.
Jake Ward, a spokesperson for the SaveNetRadio Coaltion, said: "The arbitrary and drastic rate increases set by the Copyright Royalty Board on March 2nd threaten the very livelihood of thousands of webcasters and their millions of listeners throughout the country. The campaign to save Internet radio - a genuine grassroots movement comprised of hundreds of thousands of webcasters, artists and independent labels, and Net radio listeners - has quickly brought this issue to the national forefront and the halls of Congress, but there is still more to be done before the approaching deadline of July 15th. On Tuesday, thousands of webcasters will call on their millions of listeners to join the fight to save Internet radio and contact their Congressional representatives to ask for their support of the Internet Radio Equality Act."
Many of our favorites will be going silent, including KCRW, Pandora, BAGeL Radio, along with thousands of others. Good luck fellas! Keep on fighting the good fight to keep online radio alive!