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  • Don't tread on radio for record label's problems

    Posted by Dan Stone

    You have heard us talk about the Performance Tax on Y100. Please read this commentary from the president of the NAB.

    Washington Post
    Commentary: Don't tread on radio for record labels' problems
    By Gordon H. Smith
    Monday, April 26, 2010; 26
    It's the Washington way: Get legislation introduced that benefits a special interest, identify a "face" for your industry, mount a pricey lobbying campaign, and hope the bill passes before the American people notice. The Performance Rights Act, aggressively supported by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), is one example. If passed, local radio stations such as D.C. mainstays WHUR-FM and WKYS-FM -- and thousands of other stations across America -- would be required to pay additional fees for every song broadcast.
    Supporters tell a woeful tale of a once-famed musician struggling to make ends meet, clinging to the hope of legislation that would reverse decades of injustice and secure a financially sound future for recording artists across America. But in this case, local radio stations -- the musicians' greatest and longest-serving promotional partner -- would be responsible for signing checks worth hundreds of millions of dollars, instead of the record label executives who have systematically abused artists for decades. In fact, 50 percent of the proceeds from this new fee on radio stations would be funneled directly into the coffers of the record labels.
    With 50 percent in the labels' pocket, the remaining money would be divvied up by SoundExchange, an organization launched by the RIAA to collect and dispense royalty payments to artists. The disbursement would be split 45 percent for the featured artist and 5 percent for the background musicians -- if SoundExchange can locate them. But given media reports that SoundExchange had trouble finding the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the location loophole seems to be a rather big "if."
    It's unfortunate that the Internet has destroyed the business model of the record labels. No longer are music fans buying an entire album of songs to get the one track they enjoy. Instead, for a mere 99 cents or $1.29, they can download a single song through iTunes. Record label revenues have been cut in half over the past decade as a result. But that is not the fault of radio, which continues to build and nurture the careers of countless artists through free radio airplay.
    The record label claim that this legislation is about "fairness to artists" is dubious. D.C. native Herb Feemster of Peaches & Herb" fame -- as well as artists ranging from Benny Goodman to Pink Floyd to Cher -- had to file lawsuits against their record labels to recoup unpaid royalties.
    Contrast the record label exploitation of artists with that of radio stations that advance the careers of musicians with free airplay and concert promotions. With a growing audience of 239 million weekly listeners, free and local radio remains an unparalleled promotional platform for music, generating untold billions in album and concert sales and merchandising opportunities.
    No one disputes the need for artists to be paid for their work. But like every other business in America, those payments should come from their employer, the record label, not from the local radio stations that have propelled their careers to stardom.
    If this bill becomes law, hometown radio stations across America would be forced to cut jobs and reduce the public service and charitable work that is the hallmark of local broadcasting. Many stations will switch from music to all-talk stations to avoid paying onerous new fees.
    And that would hurt artists much more than it would help them.
    Gordon Smith is president and chief executive of the National Association of Broadcasters. He previously served as a two-term senator from Oregon.

  • Willie Nelson - Country Music

    Posted by Dan Stone

    This new album from the great Willie Nelson is kind of bluesy, kind of bluegrass and real country! Listen and let me know what you think. When you sign up for your free Lala account you can listen free as much as you want, build your own play lists and more.

  • Dave Farrow Video

    Posted by Dan Stone

    Ever have a problem remembering names of people you meet? I have a huge problem with this, Dave Farrow has some ways to help you remember on Regis and Kelly Live!   

  • Y100 Salutes Green Bay Police Officer

    Posted by Dan Stone

    For the past three years, Green Bay Police Officer Tom Roberts has helped raise nearly

    $10,000 for fallen police officers through his involvement in Tour de Force (TDF). This non-profit

    New York based charity was created after 9/11. Their mission is to honor the victims of 9/11 by

    keeping their memory alive through cycling events and to raise funds, to benefit the families of

    police officers, who were killed in the line of duty, each year, nationwide, making the ultimate

    sacrifice.

    In 2007, Officer Roberts participated in the Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial bike ride and raised

    $4,330. Officer Roberts joined 150 other police officers from around the United States and

    Canada for a four-day 250 mile bike ride. The ride started at New York’s Yankee Stadium and

    ended at Boston’s Fenway Park. Shortly after returning home from the ride, Officer Roberts

    presented a $5,000 check to the family of Kenosha County Deputy Frank Fabiano. On May 16,

    2007, Deputy Fabiano was murdered while conducting a traffic stop. Officer Roberts presented

    the $5,000 check to Deputy Fabiano’s surviving spouse. Seeing the difference that he was able

    to help make, Officer Roberts committed himself to another TDF ride.

    In 2008, Officer Roberts increased the amount he raised to $5,500. Another 150 officers

    participated in this ride, which went from the Pentagon in Washington D.C. to Ground Zero in

    New York City. Then, in 2009, Officer Roberts traded in his bicycle for the keys to a support

    truck and brought along his camera. In his supporting role, Officer Roberts got a “behind the

    scenes” look at TDF and took thousands of photos, which are now posted on their Web site:

    http://www.tourdeforceny.com/default.asp

    TDF Central Regional Coordinator Tom Roberts visited Tampa, Florida recently and presented a check for $5,000 on behalf of the TDF to Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, to benefit the family of Cpl. Roberts and honor his ultimate sacrifice.

  • Thousand Dollar Thursday!

    Posted by Dan Stone

     

    More free money on Y100's Thousand Dollar Thursday...listen all day, any song from Kenny Chesney can win you $100..your $1,000 song is "Don't Blink" good luck & thanks for listening to Y100 (Head up, "Don't Blink" will play between 2-3pm!)  

  • Alley objects to Reba joke on ACM's

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    Alley Objects To Reba Joke on ACM Awards

    One joke that didn’t go over so well was Reba’s dig on

     

     Kirstie AlleyThe actress/reality show star quickly tweeted: “@reba wow...thought wegirls would stick together....next time you need a fat joke about me, justask...Mine are funny.” As for Reba, she tells Country Aircheck, “Kirstie’s last TV show was called Fat Actress and the current one is Big Life. I certainly didn’tmean to hurt her feelings. If I did so, I apologize.”

     

  • Miranda, Montgomery Gentry

    Posted by Dan Stone

    Great stuff from the ACM Awards on Sunday. Miranda Lambert performs. Montgomery Gentry are emotional when they recieve the Humanitarian Award..Nice job!

  • Miranda Lambert- The House That Built Me

    Posted by Dan Stone

    Check out the new video from Miranda Lambert. It's a great song and video with old home movie clips of Miranda. Does this bring back any memories for you?

  • Thousand Dollar Thursday

    Posted by Dan Stone

    Brad Paisley is your Thousand Dollar Thursday artist today! Any song by Brad can win you a crisp new $100 bill. Your $1,000 song is "Mud On The Tires" Heads up, the $1,000 song will play between 11am-12n! Good Luck! Thanks for listening to Y100