Thursday, February 26, 2009

Biting off the hand that fed you.

I read the following article in today's paper and if you can't tell after reading this post, I'm REALLY pissed off and no I've never worked in radio:

WASHINGTON – Sheryl Crow,, Herbie Hancock and other entertainers on Tuesday urged Congress to force radio stations to pay performers when their music is broadcast.
You can read the rest by clicking on the link.

Seriously, SERIOUSLY???

I tried to locate the operating budget of our most popular local radio station but couldn't find it. This is what I did track down:

WSTW - 93.7 FM

Metro/ADI: Wilmington, Delaware MSA
Philadelphia, PA ADI
Power/Coverage: 50,000 watts - 24 Hours A Day - 7 Days A Week
Covers 25 counties throughout Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Format: Hot Adult Contemporary
Slogan: "Delaware's Choice for Hit Music"
Target Demographic: 18-49
Weekly Audience: 410,000*

I've met a few of the d.j.'s from our local station through the years and we're not talking Ryan Seacrest here. We're talking about people like you and me. They live in typical neighborhoods, have families to provide for and like every other average American citizen, they struggle to make ends meet.

BUT! Sheryl Crowe, Will-i-am, Herbie Hancock and Patti LaBelle want to make sure they get a cut of the very small pie.

You know, it used to be an artist would beg for the opportunity to have their music get some air time. How else was the public even to be aware they existed? Now with the advent of the internet, Youtube and MP-3's their music is available at the touch of a button. However, it's these same 'buttons' and the likes of Satellite radio, that have left local hometown radio stations hurting. Enter the recession and now their sponsors and advertising budgets are also dwindling. Much needed jobs start to disappear and the people left behind have to work harder than ever to keep things running.

Shame on YOU, Sheryl Crowe, Will-i-am, Herbie Hancock and Patti LaBelle!!! SHAME ON YOU! I wonder Mr. Hancock, did you consider the free airplay you received in the early 80's, the airplay which made your music SO popular, before you said the following?

"People deserve to be paid when somebody else uses their property," Hancock said.

Did you all take a severe hit in the stock market? Is this the reasoning behind such a lecherous act? Radio play is where you got your start... These are the people who helped MAKE you!

Here's what I propose the radio stations DO with your music:
Toss it out, burn it, hold a demonstration where a semi backs over it all, thereby proving your music will not get played without you getting your royalties.

Remember Sheryl Crowe, Will-i-am, Herbie Hancock and Patti LaBelle, out of sight means out of mind. Or in this case... If I don't HEAR it, it's easier to forget you or your music ever existed, you greedy bastards.


Blogger lime said...

uh....did they not create and market this music so it could be heard? did the radio stations not purchase their music honestly?

i'm with you. this is a bit much.

9:55 AM, February 27, 2009  
Blogger Stacie said...

Um I'm thinking the same thing..any artist that demands payment every time their music is played on the radio ought to be banned from radio..I know when I hear their stuff from now on, I'll change the channel till a new song comes on!
Nothing but Greed.

9:05 PM, February 27, 2009  
Blogger Chris said...

I think I should be paid anytime I have to listen to Herbie Hancock.

7:31 AM, February 28, 2009  

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