Friday, October 24, 2014

RETRO FRIDAY: RADIO CAROLINE 1963 - 1967


In 1963 radio listeners in the UK faced a bleak radio dial.  Eager listeners could seldom hear the revolutionary popular music that was emerging such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Frustrated by the situation, music promoter Ronan O‘Rahilly came up with the idea of starting an offshore radio station that would not be governed by British law. The station – Radio Caroline – signed on March 26, 1964 on a ship located 3.5 miles off the British coast, outside of British jurisdiction. It was an instant hit:


By 1965 Radio Caroline reached an estimated twenty million weekly listeners. It became a major force in the British music industry.  The British government couldn’t touch Radio Caroline because maritime law prevailed.

Radio Caroline inspired other pirate radio broadcasters. Finally the Brits had had enough. Parliament passed the Maritime Broadcasting Offenses Act that made it illegal for a British citizen to work for a pirate radio broadcaster.  The new law went into effect on August 14, 1967.

Every pirate station ceased broadcasting that night except one: Radio Caroline.  Millions of people listened at midnight and cheered for the crew of Radio Caroline as the station kept rocking.

The government couldn’t stop Radio Caroline so the BBC gave it a competitor.  In October 1967 the BBC debuted Radio 1, a 24/7 rock station that copied Radio Caroline.  Since then Radio Caroline has existed in various forms.






Radio Caroline
Promotional Poster 1965
Crew of Radio Caroline
August 14, 1967

Thursday, October 23, 2014

COLLEGE RADIO FEUD ERUPTS OVER SETTLEMENT FOR ONLINE STREAMING ROYALTIES



A pending settlement reached earlier this month between College Broadcasters, Incorporated (CBI) and SoundExchange doesn’t sit well with Fritz Kass, CEO of rival organization Intercollegiate Broadcasting Service (IBS).

In a recent e-mail, Kass alleged:
It is quite possible that SoundExchange makes, has made, payments to CBI, which in turn help fund the CBI Executive Director [Will Robedee], and perhaps others. CBI and CBI's Executive Director may have a personal stake in the outcome of these proceedings. [scroll down to see the complete quote]




Fritz Kass, CEO
Intercollegiate Broadcaster Service
Will Robedee, Executive Director
College Broadcasters, Inc.

CBI reached the proposed settlement with SoundExchange that, if ratified, will keep royalties CBI member stations pay for online steaming rights the same as current rates for the next five years. The agreement sets the annual cost for CBI’s members at $500.00 per year, plus a $100.00 fee as a proxy for not reporting certain performance broadcasts.

IBS could have reached a similar agreement with SoundExchange but Kass protested saying $500.00 is too high for IBS members. The two organizations compete for members. CBI’s agreement with SoundExchange may increase the perceived value of CBI membership. Kass says the CBI agreement could effect all noncommercial broadcasters:

[SoundExchange] by agreement with CBI has established a "market place" noncommercial rate of $600 per stream. If the CBI becomes the noncommercial standard, as SoundExchange has proposed, then [fees paid by other noncom broadcasters] would more than double per stream.

CBI and IBS are small organizations that rely on membership fees and revenue from conferences.  Annual revenue for CBI in 2012, according to filings with the IRS, was around $72,000. IBS reported annual revenue for 2013 of around $55,000. Both organizations rely on volunteers, though CBI does pay part time Executive Director Robedee.

Relations are not warm between Robedee and Kass. In an October 15, 2014 email, Kass said:

I am in no way connected financially to either the broadcast or music industry. I have no stake personally in the outcome of setting webcasting rates. That is not true of the Executive Director of CBI [Will Robedee], who according to his sworn testimony, is paid by CBI. There may be other recent payments from SoundExchange to CBI for conference exhibit/sponsor fees, etc. It is quite possible that SoundExchange makes, has made, payments to CBI, which in turn help fund the CBI Executive Director, and perhaps others. CBI and CBI's Executive Director may have a personal stake in the outcome of these proceedings.
Robedee declined to comment on the statement by Kass.

SoundExchange is a 501c6 organization entrusted by the Copyright Royalty Board to collect and distribute digital performance royalties from noncommercial broadcasters and webcasters. SoundExchange currently has agreements with several organizations: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, on behalf of NPR, APM, PRI and PRX, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB), and the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). IBS, as well as other noncom organizations, are involved in litigation with the Copyright Royalty Board over rates and terms for 2016 – 2020.

IBS won a recent DC Circuit Court case challenging the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision process. Representatives of CBI and IBS declined to comment on the litigation. IBS is involved, and has been involved, in litigation before the US Court of Appeals (DC Circuit) since May 2007 over the $500 minimum performance royalty rate ordered by the CRB for all commercial and noncommercial web streams. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SUMMER TRIPLE A PPM RATINGS

COURTESY RADIO RESEARCH CONSORTIUM
http://www.rrconline.org/

TRIPLE A MUSIC STATIONS – PPM MARKETS

NIELSEN AUDIO PPM Summer 2014 (June 19 - September 10)
TOP-LINE ESTIMATES (as of 10/10/14)
Monday-Sunday 6AM-Midnight Persons 6+
© Nielsen Audio
These data are provided for use by Nielsen Audio subscribers ONLY, in accordance with RRC's limited license with Nielsen Audio.
CALLS
MARKET
NIELSEN AUDIO METRO
RANK
METRO
AQH SHARE
WFUV
New York
1
0.7
KCRW*
Los Angeles
2
1.2
KKXT
Dallas
5
0.9
WXPN
Philadelphia
8
1.1
WERS
Boston
10
1.0
WUMB
Boston
10
0.1
KEXP
Seattle/Tacoma
13
1.0
KCMP
Minneapolis/St. Paul
16
4.1
KCMP stream
Minneapolis/St. Paul
16
0.5
WTMD
Baltimore
21
0.7
WSGE
Charlotte
24
0.2
WYEP
Pittsburgh
25
1.1
KRCL
Salt Lake City
29
0.9
WNKU
Cincinnati
30
0.5
KTBG
Kansas City
34
0.4
KUTX
Austin
35
1.3
WCBE*
Columbus
37
1.3
WYMS
Milwaukee
38
0.9
* Station carries Morning Edition & All Things Considered

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NONCOM CLASSICAL RATINGS -- SUMMER 2014


 Courtesy Radio Research Consortium http://www.rrconline.org/

CLASSICAL MUSIC STATIONS – PPM MARKETS

NIELSEN AUDIO PPM Summer 2014 (June 19 - September 10)
TOP-LINE ESTIMATES
Monday-Sunday 6AM-Midnight Persons 6+
© Nielsen Audio
These data are provided for use by Nielsen Audio subscribers ONLY, in accordance with RRC's limited license with Nielsen Audio.
CALLS
MARKET
METRO
MARKET RANK
METRO
AQH SHARE
WQXR
New York
1
1.3
KUSC
Los Angeles
2
1.6
KDFC
San Francisco
4
2.2
KUHA
Houston
6
0.5
WETA
Washington DC
7
3.7
WRTI*
Philadelphia
8
1.4
WCRB
Boston
10
1.8
WKCP
Miami
11
1.2
WRCJ
Detroit
12
1.7
KING
Seattle/Tacoma
13
2.4
KBAQ
Phoenix
14
0.9
KJSN
Minneapolis/St. Paul
17
2.4
WSMR
Tampa/St. Petersburg
18
0.4
KVOD
Denver/Boulder
20
0.9
WBJC
Baltimore
21
2.4
KQAC
Portland OR
23
2.7
WDAV
Charlotte
24
0.8
KXPR
Sacramento
27
1.4
KPAC
San Antonio
28
1.0
KBYU
Salt Lake City
29
2.2
WGUC
Cincinnati
30
2.3
WCLV
Cleveland
31
1.0
KNCV
Las Vegas
32
1.6
KMFA
Austin
35
0.9
WOSA
Columbus OH
37
0.9
WICR
Indianapolis
40
0.6
WCPE
Raleigh/Durham
42
2.3
WCFL
Nashville
45
1.3
WPBI
West Palm Beach
(Repeats WKCP Miami)
48
1.1
* Station also airs blocks of jazz music