One company that measures such stats says definitely.
While it may not seem like much of a surprise that web radio plays more artists than traditional broadcasters, new data supplied by streamSerf — a company that monitors and reports on music played on terrestrial and web radio — highlights a pretty big disparity. According to the company, last month American broadcast radio stations played 25,399 unique artists (this includes public radio stations) while Internet radio stations played 829,971 unique artists. We're no mathematicians, but apparently that's 32 times as much. read more
Washington, D.C.? On Thursday, October 15, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to pass the Local Community Radio Act of 2009, clearing the way for more local radio programming in towns and cities across the country. By allowing for the creation of hundreds of Low Power FM (LPFM) stations, the Act can help reverse the lamentable loss of localism due in part to consolidation in the commercial radio marketplace.
?Future of Music Coalition and has been working to expand and protect community radio since day one,? said Michael Bracy, Policy Director for Future of Music Coalition. ?In an era of cookie-cutter playlists and next to no localism in radio, the overwhelming passage of Low-Power FM legislation in committee is incredibly significant. Musicians in particular can benefit from more LPFM stations in their communities, because it?s a great way for them to reach audiences and inspire other artists.?
We're thrilled to report that the Local Community Radio Act passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in a unanimous vote on Thursday, Oct. 15. This means the bill will now move to the full House.
Having worked on this issue for nearly a decade, we couldn't be more excited.
The Local Community Radio Act would allow for the creation of hundreds of new Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations in communities across the country. But what is Low Power FM, anyway? read more
Good news for the little guy: Last week, the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet voted overwhelmingly to pass the Local Community Radio Act of 2009. According to a press release from the Future of Music Coalition, which supports the bill, the act will “clear the way for hundreds of Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasters in American towns and communities— stations that can help fill the void in local programming created by a consolidated commercial radio marketplace” if it’s made into law.
The Act would clear the way for hundreds more Low-Power FM (LPFM) stations in towns and cities across America. But what are these stations, and why are we so excited about having more of them? read more
Washington, D.C.? On Thursday, October 8, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 passed out of House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet in a sweeping 15 to 1 vote. The Act would clear the way for hundreds of Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasters in American towns and communities ? stations that can help fill the void in local programming created by a consolidated commercial radio marketplace.
?Future of Music Coalition is very pleased that policymakers have recognized the fundamental role Low Power FM can play in local communities,? said Michael Bracy, Policy Director for Future of Music Coalition. ?LPFM is vital to musicians around the country, who rely on local radio as a way to reach audiences. It can also help undo the tremendous damage to localism as a result of rampant consolidation in the commercial broadcast industry. There?s no good reason not to allow more LPFM in more American towns and cities. Quality local radio is too important a resource to hold back.? read more
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) reaffirmed his support for the Local Community Radio Act to an enthusiastic crowd at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit on Tuesday, calling it our Christmas present this year. Rep. Doyle has been leading the push for Low Power FM in Congress, along with lead co-sponsor Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE). Independent musicians have been longtime supporters of Low Power FM as a venue to share their music.
Here’s a good/short read on the Future of Music Coalition’s recent action in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the FCC’s perplexing and wildly inconsistent indecency policy.
As someone who’s been putting together weekly radio shows for getting on 20 years now, the constant wondering if some expletive’s variant exceeds these cryptic “standards” is something I’ve grown quite weary of. (And is perhaps part of the reason I’ve packed up the broadcast version of my radio program for the wild west of the internet.) Here are two popular examples of the bewildering topics I’ve had to consider vis-Ã -vis so-called “indecency” in the broadcast environment… read more
Yesterday, we told you a little bit about FMC's fight for artists' free speech and right to creative expression via a legal brief on the FCC's indecency policy. Well, we're at it again — this time in the form of FCC reply comments to a MusicFIRST petition originally filed with the Commission back in August. read more
Yesterday, North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC) aired a segment about the struggles Chapel Hill-area musicians have with obtaining quality, affordable health insurance. Obviously, this is an issue for many Americans. Yet musicians represent a kind of shifting dynamic in toda's workforce — from full-time, lifelong employment with benefits to more contract-based, freelance gigs. So other consultant and project-based professionals (think graphic designers and computer/internet programmers) have likely lived through similar circumstances. So what can we learn from the musician experience? read more