Garry Meier’s move to Internet radio won’t revolutionize it

If one thought positively about Garry Meier’s move from WGN-AM to WGN’s Internet feed, one could think he would do for Internet Radio what Howard Stern has done for satellite radio. It could be “revolutionary”. Um, no. WGN’s decision to move Meier from its AM terristial station to WGN.FM could rank as one of the biggest blunders in Chicago radio […]

New Internet radio royalty rate reached

The long standing battle between the RIAA and SoundExchange, and Internet radio webcasters is finally over after a long two-year battle. The parties reached an agreement today on a royalty rate to 2015 (2014 for small webcasters) and retroactive back to 2006 – which includes a discount of rates for large webcasters and percentage-based payment options for small webcasters set […]

Senate passes Webcaster Settlement Act

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for Internet radio fans. The Senate passed the Webcaster Settlement Act on Tuesday, which enables Internet streamers to negotiate lower rates with SoundExchange and the RIAA. The bill sailed though the House on Saturday, and is now headed to President Bush’s desk for signature. It allows SoundExchange to negotiate with […]

T Dog’s Think Tank: Oh, stop your crying

XM and AOL have ended their partnership as advertised, effective today. AOL signed a deal with CBS Radio a few months ago, and is scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, but you likely won’t see any CBS Radio content on AOL Radio for another month or so. But in AOL Radio’s blog, they claim the reason they broke up with […]

Internet radio at death’s door again?

This comes after Yahoo! and AOL are considering shutting down their Internet radio operations after a 38 percent increase in royalties to air their music. Both are reportedly losing money, as well as other operations, and with still no firm agreement on a model that will work for Sound Exchange and web carriers, Internet radio once again may be on […]

Small webcasters sign deal with SoundExchange

Twenty-four small webcasters have signed deals with SoundExchange to continue to stream. The agreements to pay royalty fees are in effect until the end of 2010. The rates they will pay basically are the same ones they have been previously been paying, and lower than the rates Copyright Royalty Board set last spring. Ah, the art of negotiation. It works!

Webcasters, SoundExchange, record labels come to an agreement

The major record labels and SoundExchange have come to an agreement with large webcasting companies over terms concerning the rates those webcasters have to pay for streaming. According to the agreement, large webcasters like AOL, Pandora, Yahoo!, MTV and Live 365 will not have to pay more than $50,000 per service as a per-station or per-channel minimum royalty to webacast […]

Online radio saved – for now

Internet radio has nine lives it seems – In a startling turn of events, Sound Exchange said yesterday in front of Congress that it will not enforce the new royalty rates and the webcasters can stay online, as the new rates are hammered out. Don’t know what’s going on here, but it looks like the people have spoken. But Internet […]

Game over?

The U.S. Court of Appeals has rejected a stay requested by webcasters to delay a rate increase instituted by Sound Exchange on July 15 that would put a lot of them out of business. The webcasters are now urging supporters to contact their senators and representatives to bring the Internet Equity Radio Act to a direct vote. Meanwhile, Rep. Ed […]

The craziness ends here

Robert Feder in today’s Sun-Times is reporting that “Crazy” Howard McGee will be dropped as morning host at Clear Channel urban contemporary station WGCI-FM and being replaced by Steve Harvey’s syndicated morning show. The move is expected to take place sometime around August 1. Harvey’s program had been airing on Crawford’s Urban AC outlet WSRB-FM, but Premiere Radio Networks, a […]

Showdown looming in Congress over Internet radio

It looks like the fate of Internet radio is going to hinge on Congress. Four major companies who stream on the web – RealNetworks, Yahoo, Pandora, and Live 365 sent letters to all 535 members of Congress regarding the increase of royalties that will have to be paid effective on July 15, with rates that were retroactive to January 2006 […]

Small webcasters may get a break in royalties

It looks like the congressional heat is getting to the RIAA and Sound Exchange… The dastardly duo has offered a deal to small webcasters to roll back royalty rates back to 2005, with the proposal earning AFTRA’s apporval. (And the RIAA and Sound Exchange still thinks that Congress is on their side…)

Internet radio bill introduced

Two lawmakers have introduced a bill to reverse the net radio royalty increase fee that goes into effect on May 15. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) and Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) introduced the bill in a bi-partisan effort yesterday in order to overturn the Copyright Radio Board’s decision that would increase the rate of royalties per song from .08 in 2006 to […]


According to a story in Radio and Records, the Sound Exchange, which distributes and collects royalties from Internet broadcasters, are in negotiations with some commercial and non-commercial (public) broadcasters about future “business arrangements” that will help foster the growth of Internet radio, and fair compensation to the artists. Stay tuned.

T Dog Media Blog Think Tank: The day the music died

While America is still debating whether or not radio personality Don Imus should have been fired for comments he made about the Rutgers womens’ basketball team, something else of importance slipped by the wires on Monday…. “Copyright Royalty Board Denies Rehearing On Webcast Royalties” This is a huge blow for Internet music streamers. This decision, which was made on March […]