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Mayday, mayday!
A Day of Silence for Webcasters in Response to CARP
By Jon Newton,
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Source: MI2N - April 29, 2002

Hundreds of Internet radio stations and channels across America will shut off their music streams on Wednesday, May 1st, in a "Day of Silence" to highlight their concern over the upcoming US Copyright Office ruling on royalty rates which they believe may shut down or bankrupt the vast majority of the nascent Net radio industry.

Webcasters are hoping this will spur listeners into contacting their representatives in Washington and ask those representatives to express their concerns to the Librarian of Congress, delivering the message that "the legislative intent of a statutory royalty rate was supposed to be to ENCOURAGE the growth and diversity of the industry, not to kill it."

Most webcasters are planning the May 1st "Day of Silence" to begin at dawn in their time zone and end in late evening. Some webcasters plan to go entirely silent, while others plan to replace their music streams with periods of silence interspersed with public service announcements on the subject. (Some webcasters plan to broadcast, on at least one of their channels, an all-day talk show on the issues involved produced by WOLF FM's Steve Wolf.)

Webcasters who'll take part include the majority of the top-rated independent webcasters, including AllDanzRadio (various formats), Choice Radio (various formats), ChronixRadio (rock), (CHR), CyberRadio2000 (various formats), Digitally Imported (various forms of electronica), HardRadio (rock), iNetProgramming (bluegrass and other formats), Internet Radio Hawai'i (Hawaiian music), KING-FM/Seattle (classical), KPIG/Freedom, CA (Americana), M4Radio (indie rock), Mostly Classical (classical), Radio Paradise (AAA), Radioio (AAA) and RAIN Radio (several formats).

Other webcasters planning to participate include SomaFM (electronica), 3WK (alternative), TwangTownUSA (country), Twangcast (country), Ultimate-80s (Eighties), Village Voice Radio (eclectic), WCSB/Cleveland (various), WICB-FM (Ithica College), and WOLF FM (70s-80s-90s).

Webcasters who may not go silent but who plan to support the effort with heavy schedules of PSAs (that will include a moment of silence -- e.g., "Here's what Internet radio may sound like on May 22nd...") include (classical), (various formats), ClassicalMusicDetroit (classical), Radio Free Virgin (various formats), Shoutcast (various formats), Winamp Radio (various formats), and numerous other college and noncommercial webcasters.

Some major terrestrial broadcasters (many of which stream simulcasts of their broadcast stations on the Internet) also plan to support the effort with either silenced streams or a combination of banner ads, public service announcements, information on their websites, including major broadcast groups Susquehanna Radio Corp. and Cox Radio.

Additional webcasters who have committed to be part of next Wednesday's "Day of Silence" include (legal downloads), BumpNgrind Radio, Daily Dementia Overdose (punk/hardcore), Destination Doo-Wop (doo-wop), TheDownbeat (downtempo), Flaresound (deep house), Green Mist Radio (Celtic/folk), HitzRadio (CHR), KCRW/Santa Monica (NPR), KOZT/Mendocino County (adult rock), KUSA Radio ("spanning a century of American music"), KTRU/Rice University, RadioMaxMusic (various formats),. Rave Network (electronica), Red White & Blue Radio (Americana & country), Reign Radio (Christian hard rock), (jazz), The70sStation ('70s), Stanford University streaming media, WebRadioPugetSound (various formats), WETD/Alfred State College, WFMU/Jersey City, NJ (the longest-running freeform radio station in the US), WMVY-FM/Martha's Vineyard (progressive), WSIA-FM/Staten Island (CUNY), World Music Webcast (world music), and Zoetek World Radio (world music).

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