ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END AGAIN
I'm sad to say that there has been a major change in the royalty situation in the US with our provider. We use a company called StreamLicensing that aggregates coverage with the following US operations -
ASCAP, BMI and SESAC - Composers
SOUNDEXCHANGE - Performers.
Unfortunately ASCAP have terminated their agreement with StreamLicensing and dutifully informed us that to continue coverage we would have to pay $200 for the next year. Although this is a discounted rate this still adds to the costs. I also have concerns that this may tip the hand of other organizations and we end up back at square one. We were hoping the two companies could have resolved the issue by the end of July but unfortunately there was no sign of this as I write this.
With that in mind, I'm sad to report that Atlantic Oldies 2NG will close down quietly this Sunday 30th July in the evening, Eastern time. No big show, just "fade away".
There are some other reasons at play.
- I relocated to Atlanta late last year and my new job is demanding
- My children are at a fun age and it's neat to spend time with them
- I've noticed an increase in "stream rippers", users basically recording my stream automatically and seperating the songs into individual files. One Sunday I'm booted nearly 50% of connected "listeners". Someone has to pay for that.
- I'm tired and jaded! It's been fun but there are so many other oldies stations! Pandora, Spotify and others are increasing in presence (and funnily enough not making money either!).
IT WAS FUN
We had a great twelve years. In our peak we had hundred's of listeners and great feedback. We had and still do have some great shows. DJ's/Presenters who loved this station and loved creating their own shows for love, not money. I was very picky about who had shows on the station, and we had the best.
We will carry on until Sunday 30th July April and then go silent after that day. There are many other oldies stations worldwide and these can be found in various directories such as TuneIn, iTunes etc. Many of our DJ's/Presenters also do shows on other stations and we will let you know where to find them in due time.
Please feel free to ask any questions or just reply.
All the best, Richard.