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Solid Advice On Saving College Radio

by Kevin Erickson, Communications Associate

In a broadcasting landscape increasingly characterized by homogenized playlists and consolidated corporate ownership, college radio has remained a breath of fresh air; a place on the dial where you can find wild sounds and fresh perspectives that commercial stations wouldn’t touch. At the same time, college radio is under new pressures, as short-sighted college administrators slash station budgets, sometimes even selling off licenses in an attempt to overcome financial shortfalls. And some college stations have drifted from their historic mission and closely emulate commercial radio, or aren’t even staffed by students.

But “saving” college radio isn’t just about keeping stations on the air and true to their mandate. It’s also about preserving the cultural and sonic artifacts associated with college radio, and keeping them safe from the ravages of time and neglect.

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Submitted by kevin on April 28, 2014 - 8:34am

The Quest for Royalties for the Use of Sound Recordings on AM/FM Radio: In Full Swing

Guest post by Owen J. Sloane (@osloane) and Rachel M. Stilwell (@rachelmstilwell)

As nearly two hundred artists, producers, engineers, and music professionals traveled to Washington DC for “GRAMMYs On The Hill” last week, now is a great time to review the status of an important and recurring issue facing recording artists. Artists and record labels, large and small, do not get compensated for the use of their recordings on AM/FM (“terrestrial”) radio. The recording industry would like to see a change in this area, so that working musicians (not just the superstars) can make a fair living making recordings that we as fans want to hear on our local radio stations. It costs money, time, as well as talent, to create great records.

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