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Thursday, January 14

WHAT'S GOING ON (In the middle of January)

We're halfway through what may be the last month of KJRW on Live365.  The web site could pull the plug on all personal broadcasting on the 31st.  Their press release* is at the bottom of this post.

In the meantime, KJRW is working on building a new music library on Radionomy.  You can listen to this work in progress here:  There is a FREE App for Radionomy that is available for you to listen on your phone.

This is possibly also the last month of trivia at the Shadowland Pub Quiz.  Please catch what could be KJRW's final appearance at the corner of California and Oregon in West Seattle on Monday, January 25th.

Your favorite songs playing on KJRW right now are:

  1. Date Rape - Sublime
  2. When I Come Around - Honeyblood
  3. Ruby Soho - Rancid
  4. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  5. Love Song - 311
  6. You Are My Sunshine - Screeching Weasel
  7. Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies
  8. Everybody Knows - Concrete Blonde
  9. My Sharona - Veruca Salt
  10. Clampdown - Clash

As you can see, more than half are cover songs on the list.  Get Under the Covers with KJRW on Live365 the rest of this month... and maybe next month on Radionomy!

*For 17 years, Live365 has offered small webcasters the opportunity to stream music and talk content, providing an alternative distribution channel for diverse, quality content on the Internet in a legally responsible way.

Recently, the Copyright Royalty Board, the governing entity for establishing the sound recording royalty rates that are paid to copyright holders, has published the new rates for 2016-20. The previous provisions for small webcasters to opt for a percentage of revenue model were not renewed. The current provisions end at the end of 2015. The absence of this license will make legally streaming copyrighted musical content prohibitively expensive for many small to mid-sized Internet broadcasters. Live365 relies on this license for many of their broadcast partners and, as such, has hard decisions to make regarding their future in the streaming industry.
Future of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae made the following statement regarding the CRB ruling:
We are concerned, however, that there does not appear to be a distinction in rates for small commercial webcasters. Digital music benefits from diversity, and services with more modest operations often help developing talent and niche genres find audiences while contributing to the overall revenue pool. If there isn’t an option for new entrants to perform music from a broad range of artists, we may end up with a less diverse digital landscape.
Two weeks ago, Live365 faced an additional blow, losing the support of its investors who have helped the company with its mission for over a decade. The company was forced to significantly reduce staff and is now actively looking for partners to help continue the service into 2016. At this time, Live365 is planning to keep their stations active while getting the word out about this investment opportunity. With nearly two decades of Internet streaming experience and thousands of paying customers, this could be an ideal situation for a company looking to diversify into streaming audio.
CEO N. Mark Lam has begun initial discussions with possible business partners as the company looks to new options in the new year. Dean Kattari, Director of Broadcasting for Live365 said “The true value of Live365 lies in it’s diversity of content – it’s a sanctuary where you can hear music and other content that it so unlike the template broadcasting that is heard on most terrestrial radio. These stations are the hard work of real human beings who use Live365 to share their vision with the world. It’s a home for musical discovery because many of these stations play emerging artists that terrestrial stations are reluctant to take a chance on. It would be a great loss for this to all go away.”

Saturday, January 2

WHAT'S GOING ON (at the beginning of 2016)

Happy New Year!  We've got good news and bad news.  The bad news is that our home online for the past 5 years may be shutting its doors at the end of this month.  Yes, that's right, KJRW may be homeless very soon.  We are looking for a new place to dwell.  If you have any suggestions on which streaming service we should be on, please let us know.

The good news is that 2015 was a very good year for KJRW.  The station page was visited over twenty thousand times.  More streams were launched than ever, and people spent the most time listening to KJRW since the station was created.

December saw the most page visits in 2 1/2 years, and the most time spent listening since last Spring.  People were listening in:  the U.S., Czech Republic, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Switzerland, France, Columbia, Italy, Australia, Spain, the Republic of Korea, Finland, Russia, Japan, Germany, Belarus, Argentina, the U.K., the Philippines, Serbia, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Belgium.

KJRW would like to thank the people in the great states of Washington, Texas, Kentucky, California, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, Idaho, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Arizona, West Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi and Indiana for listening.  And we don't forget the "other" Washington in the District of Columbia.

Your current favorite songs on KJRW are:

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  2. Love Song - 311
  3. Date Rape - Sublime
  4. Ruby Soho - Rancid
  5. When I Come Around - Honeyblood
  6. You Are My Sunshine - Screeching Weasel
  7. Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies
  8. Ghost Town - Specials
  9. Clampdown - Clash
  10. All I Want - Offspring

Get Under the Covers with KJRW on Live365 the rest of this month!