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The Death Of Internet Radio? (An interview with Lazlo of Blowupradio.com)

By Gary Wien


If video killed the radio star then the Copyright Royalty Board is about to kill the online radio star. Essentially, the CRB is about to shake up the music industry with a ruling that will almost certainly force thousands of online stations to close.

The CRB has decided to tax internet radio over that of what regular broadcast radio is required to pay. The fees are in excess of revenue being generated by any internet station today. If the ruling stands, the only stations who will survive will be those large enough to take a financial loss for a few years - a very significant financial loss.

The CRB is either drastically over estimating the amount of money brought in by online stations or truly wants to eliminate small stations in favor of large corporations like Clear Channel. Otherwise, their decision makes no sense at all.

If you want to continue having options like satellite and online radio, please visit www.savenetradio.org and sign the petition. Online radio stations are not trying to avoid paying royalties (the vast majority currently do pay already) but they need to be part of a system that's fair.

If the royalty increase does take happen, how will that affect blowupradio.com ?
It would kill the internet radio station part of BlowUpRadio.com in it's current incarnation. BlowUpRadio.com's webstream is hosted by Live 365, and the increase in rates has led to speculation that Live 365 would either cease to exist, or have to increase their rates to an amount beyond my means. BlowUpRadio.com is something I do for fun, as a hobby. I lose money every month on it, and I've never cared in the past, but there is only so much money I can afford to lose each month doing this. That's why I am in the process of researching interest from bands, in signing a royalty waiver form. If this happens I will continue BlowUpRadio.com and Lazlo's Den, possibly in a streaming podcast format.

Do you anticipate a lot of artists being interested in signing royalty waivers? Do you think it will be enough to keep going 24/7 or will this spur more people into strictly doing podcasts?
I know a good majority of the artists I currently play on both BlowUpRadio.com and Lazlo's Den are independent artists, that will (sadly) never see a penny from the royalty rate increase, just like they have never seen anything from all the spins their tunes have previously received over the last 6 and a half years I've been doing this thru Live 365 which pays money to ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange.

I can't speak for other webcasters, but for me, it is likely Lazlo's Den, which is currently an hour long show I record 5 days a week, will become a podcast I will record 5 days a week. BlowUpRadio.com, on the other hand, may become a larger version of the jukebox that is already at www.blowupradio.com, with several hours worth of local NJ music on it. Of course, that is dependent on artists signing royalty waivers.

What do you think of the overall idea that this will more or less force out independents from online radio and make it more corporate like terrestial radio? How do you see that helping or hurting artists in the long run?
I think it is a sad day for people who wanted to hear something other then what Clear Channel, and the rest of corporate terrestrial radio is doing. They all seem to play the same songs over and over again until you hear it so many times you become brainwashed into thinking you actually like it. Almost every artist I play are ones not getting played on terrestrial radio. I know there are many other internet broadcasters out there like me doing the same thing. I also know that we have exposed people to music they wouldn't otherwise hear, and that in many cases, these people buy the album or go see the band when they play in the area.

Ultimately, the big name artists who get played on mainstream terrestrial radio, will continue to sell albums, and won't be affected much, if any, by the death of internet radio, but for the bands, both major label and indie, that don't get played on terrestrial radio, internet radio was an outlet to get their music out to the people. Take that away, and it becomes that much harder to find out about good music.



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Tommy Castro & The Painkillers To Return To Lizzie Rose Music Room
​​​​​​​(TUCKERTON, NJ) -- Tommy Castro & the Painkillers return to the Lizzie Rose Music Room on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30pm.  Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Tickets are $38.00 Advance and $45.00 day of show.
Experience Hendrix at NJPAC on March 29th
(NEWARK, NJ) --  Celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix as Experience Hendrix comes to Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Centeron Friday, March 29 at 8:00pm. This critically acclaimed multi-artist tribute to Hendrix features performances by Billy Cox, Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doug Pinnick, Chris Layton, Mato Nanji, Kenny Aronoff, The Slide Brothers, Henri Brown, Kevin McCormick and special guest Taj Mahal.
World Famous Bachata Artists To Take The Stage for Uforia Bachata Fest 2019 At Prudential Center on Saturday, March 16
(NEWARK, NJ) -- Uforia Bachata Fest 2019 at Prudential Center will bring together the world’s best Bachata artists including, Frank Reyes “The Prince of Bachata”, Hector Acosta “El Torito”, Zacarias Ferreira, Luis Vargas and Raulin Rodriguez "El Cacique”. Uforia Bachata Fest 2019, presented by Zamora Live, Euforia Radio (Univision) and Corona Extra, will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 8:00pm.  The contagious Caribbean rhythm known as "Bachata" will have its gala night, marking the first time in history these world-renowned artists will perform on the same stage. 
Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra To Perform at Princeton University January 27
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) continues its 40th Anniversary with a concert featuring the NJYS Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra on Sunday, January 27 at 4:00pm at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University located at 68 Nassau Street in Princeton. Youth Symphony will open the concert with Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D major followed by Youth Orchestra performing Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.
Rickie Lee Jones To Perform At Grunin Center
(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona on more than 15 critically acclaimed albums. She brings her show “An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones” to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on Friday, February 22 at 8:00pm.  


The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the NJSO LIVE! at the State Theatre
Some of our favorite childhood memories growing up at the Jersey Shore involved going to our town’s grand old movie palace, The Community Theater, in Toms River. Built with colonial architecture and featuring large white columns in the front, paned glass windows in the lobby, a circular brick walk from the sidewalk to the box office, and a white picket fence which enclosed a lawn and a flower bed, this local gem presented the latest Hollywood films. For kids like us back in the 1960’s, that meant pictures like Mary Poppins, Cinderella, The Love Bug, and Flipper.
Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes At Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme
This coming Sunday, January 20, Scott Wolfson and his band will be serving up their unique blend of Americana at the Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme series at Investors Bank Theater in Succasunna, New Jersey. The band – Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes – formed in Jersey City in 2011, and, even though the members have migrated in various directions since then, they still consider themselves to be a Jersey City band.
"He Totally Wowed Us!" John Oates LIVE! at SOPAC
It’s brisk for an evening walk on South Orange Ave. in South Orange, NJ, this Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 evening, but it’s a good road to follow as it leads us directly to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) for a special performance by singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Oates and his backup group, The Good Road Band.
“Tons of Fun!” The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at the Grunin Center
Although Friday, December 21, 2018 is the shortest day of the year, the audience of big band music lovers here at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts is hoping for a long evening of classic swing and holiday tunes performed by the incomparable Glenn Miller Orchestra!
Mike Davis and The New Wonders
Mike Davis traces his love for the trumpet back to a Disney movie. He grew up in a musical family, with both his parents playing strings in the Seattle Symphony. But Davis wanted an instrument of his own. Then, at age 9, he saw “The Aristocats,” the animated film about a bunch of French felines — including a group of jazz-playing alley cats.






Event calendar
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019

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2019-01-23
Rechnitz Halls DiMattio Gallery, Monmouth University @ 10:00am
West Long Branch

2019-01-23
Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University @ 7:30pm
West Long Branch

2019-01-24
New Jersey Repertory Company @ 8:00pm
Long Branch






















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