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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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Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme Presents Patrick Fitzsimmons On December 16
(SUCCASUNNA, NJ) -- Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme (RR&R) presents Patrick Fitzsimmons on Sunday, December 16 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Investors Bank Theatre in Succasunna. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for RAA/SSG/JAM members; and free for those under 18.
Outpost in the Burbs Presents Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Outpost in the Burbs presents Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams on Saturday, December 8th at 8:00pm at the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue.  Opening the show will be New York City-based singer-songwriter Leslie Mendelson. Outpost volunteers will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for the holiday season for Toys for Tots at the show.
Jann Klose and The Voice's Josett Diaz To Perform At Ethical Brew To Benefit A Cause Close To Home
(TEANECK, NJ) -- On Saturday, December 8th, singer-songwriter and recording artist, Jann Klose will perform at Ethical Brew on behalf of Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, a community arts and cultural center for children and teens located in Bronx, New York.  Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8:00pm.
Kenny Chesney To Perform At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Focusing on smaller venues and markets not directly impacted by his massive stadium tours, Kenny Chesney sought to make his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour mirror the intimacy of its namesake album. Inspired by the resilience of the people around him, Chesney doubles down on the human connection for his 2019 tour by seeking those members of No Shoes Nation who have spent the past decade and a half making the trip to stadium markets for what is now a summer tradition. On Saturday, May 11, 2019 he brings the tour to Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, NJ.
State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm, Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm. Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a division of Cirque du Soleil, has become a critically acclaimed, state-of-the-art Broadway musical, and a fun-filled, holiday family show. Tickets range from $35-$98.


"Great Music!" Tavares and Harold Melvin's Blue Notes LIVE! at the Strand Theater
The music of the 1970s is alive and well this Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater with a concert by the ’70’s R&B and soul groups Tavares and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes!
"An Amazing Musical Genius!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at the State Theatre
In the music room in the back of our house, there’s an electric bass and amp, two acoustic guitars, a microphone and PA speakers, several pieces of music recording equipment, and a bookcase filled with books on music, not to mention a slew of assorted music memorabilia. But, perhaps, one of the most highly prized items in the room is hanging directly above the piano next to the college music diplomas.
Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
It’s a breezy day for a new installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon concert series at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Sunday Oct. 27, 2018 afternoon. Today’s special 3pm performance is entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder and is presented by jazz saxophonist Don Braden.
Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood
The stars are out this Saturday Oct. 26, 2018 evening in Lakewood, NJ for a “Golden Oldies” concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge!
PODCAST: Grammy Winner Terri Lyne Carrington At TD James Moody Jazz Festival
Drummer, leader, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington made history as the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz for her album “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Now, she brings her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “Money Jungle” to the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC on November 11, 2018, as part of a program called “Jazz Vinyl Revisited.” Producer Susan Wallner talks to Carrington about her connections to the jazz greats Clark Terry and Max Roach; her newest project, the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice; and why she thinks drummers make natural leaders.






Event calendar
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018


THEATRE
The Madness of George III @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm and 7:00pm


MISC

Warren Miller’s Face of Winter @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:30pm

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