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January 27, 2012

Something For Radio People To Think About

by Mark E.

For radio people (probably) only. Some thoughts from the man who started Ando Media as to why you’d want to give your streaming to Clear Channel. The man makes some very good points. If you’re a radio station thinking about joining I Heart Radio, you should read this first.

Angel Street Capital

Is it extension of their brands? Is it increased advertising revenue?  A new distribution platform?  A number of broadcasters have agreed to have their internet streams added to Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio platform.  Even though I believe in added distribution channels, there simply is very little benefit for stations to join and distribute their programming via this platform.  Being added just means that you are one of more and more stations/channels on this increasingly fragmented platform.  While stations may get to keep their in-stream audio ad revenue I’m sure Clear Channel is keeping all pre-roll and display revenue.  Will this platform result in some added ad impressions and therefore revenue?  Yes but not enough to buy a cup of coffee.  Of the five featured stations today, all were owned by Clear Channel.

For Clear Channel this is a beautiful thing.  They get content for free to add to the offerings on…

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December 1, 2011

Tales From “The Beach”-Month Two Begins

by Mark E.

When you hear the term “on the beach”, you think of hanging out near the water, resting and relaxing.  As long as I’ve been in the radio business, “on the beach” was a euphemism for “unemployed”, which is what I am these days.

This post isn’t to ask for a job, I’ve tried many ways to do that and am looking hard for the next big thing.  Rather, this post is a series of thoughts that have been rattling around in my head since I was summarily dismissed from my position in Kansas City on October 27th.

So I’m in St. Louis with my family and after the last experience (moving and working in KC for just under a year before being labeled a “Budget Cut”) I pretty much am sure my next job will be here.  Which brings me to a story from The Onion last week.

U.S. Adds 4 Million Jobs But In St. Louis

November 29, 2011 | ISSUE 47•48

WASHINGTON—The Labor Department reported Monday that the U.S. economy created a staggering 4 million jobs in October, though government officials hastened to add that the new positions are all located in the St. Louis metropolitan area. “New employment opportunities are emerging in the fields of engineering, medicine, and manufacturing, but, to be clear, one would have to move to and live in St. Louis to fill these openings,” said government spokesperson Stephanie Bergsen, noting that the city has a high crime rate and not much in the way of culture, so be sure to take that into consideration. “Though this much- needed job growth would bring our unemployment rate down to a far more manageable six and a half percent, at the end of the day, it’s St. Louis, so…” Republicans strategists are reportedly already planning to use President Obama’s record of creating 4 million jobs in St. Louis as the basis for numerous attack ads.
They didn’t pick St. Louis for a random reason, I think it’s the best place I’ve ever lived to raise a family, but I live in the suburbs.  The city, well, does have some issues.  And those issues are keeping businesses from coming to St. Louis or expanding their operations here in a big way.  But that’s a different blog post.
That being said, I’m looking for work in St. Louis or for something I can do from my home in the safer suburbs of America’s Most Dangerous City 2010.
The process of finding a job has always been excruciating, but technology has made it worse.  Almost every job posted in the area involves applying online.  Now, that’s an adventure unlike any other.  It takes between 90 minutes and two hours to fill out one of these online applications, where they want to know every detail of your life, the exact start and end dates of each of your jobs, and a full description of your duties and skills used on each job.
In some online job application systems, like the hot mess made by Taleo, once you’ve manually entered every detail of your life, THEN they ask you to upload a resume, which pretty much has the same information you JUST entered.  Other systems put you through the same kind of hoops of fire in order to apply for a job, and many of the systems scan your application for keywords and automatically send you a rejection e mail within a couple days of your application, most likely with your information never passing before a human eye.
This is the video Taleo uses to convince companies they’re the best way to find talent.
It certainly is easier than having to have a live human scan all those resumes, but it doesn’t take anything about the applicant that isn’t written in computer-friendly terms.  Speaking of friendly, the rejection e mail from Monsanto was so nice, I thought I’d share part of it with you
After careful consideration by our Talent Acquisition team, we have decided to pursue other candidates who more closely reflect the overall qualifications for the position.  We encourage you to visit our website and continue to apply for positions that best fit your qualifications.  We will retain your candidate file in our database and may inform you of job openings that match your profile if you select this option.
The rejection e mail from Scottrade actually came three days after I applied online for a job, but it wasn’t nearly as friendly as the one from Monsanto.  I can only assume “the system” decided I wasn’t qualified for these communications and social media jobs and spit me out like month old gum.
Add to this one of the great scams of the Interwebz, the sites that aggregate job listings and have you apply through their site.  One site in particular that seems to post jobs from the Clinton administration and represents them as new postings is JIBE.  I’ve applied for numerous jobs from their site, and none of them seem to be current.  Check out this note I got from them after applying for a job earlier this week.  Remember, this is a note from the website that had posted the job as “new”.

Thank you for your application for District Employee Communications Supervisor at UPS. Unfortunately, we cannot submit your application because that position is no longer available. We do our best to update our site as soon as companies remove positions, but sometimes a slight delay occurs. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Please browse JIBE’s many other positions, and apply to any that might be a good fit for you. Applying again will be easy now that you’ve uploaded your resume and basic information.

Please call or email me if there’s anything else I can help you with.

Seth Handler, The JIBE Guy
212-380-1771 ext. 701

I did exchange e mails with Seth, and all he could tell me was:

Mark – I appreciate the email.

Jobs automatically come down off our site as soon as they are taken down from companies career sites.  Sometimes, it takes a few hours for it to come down if it was posted on another site (,, etc.)  and that’s usually where the problems arise.
We are actively working on it and than you again for your input.
So it’s not really JIBE (or should it be jiVe?) that’s wrong, it’s all the websites they’re reposting jobs from.  And there are a LOT of sites that are like this.
It’s hard enough to be out of a job, especially in today’s economy.  But making it harder for those who want to find a job by putting them through the ridiculous online application process isn’t just wrong, it’s mean and demoralizing.
I’m hoping there won’t be any more posts “from the beach” and I hope I don’t have to spend half of every day applying for jobs I can do but don’t even get considered for because I didn’t get the right keywords in my application or I’ve worked in the radio industry for three decades and many companies don’t consider radio to be a legitimate business.
Most of all, I hope that everyone else looking for a job doesn’t feel as beaten down, humiliated, and frustrated as I feel right now.
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November 16, 2011

Shootout At The Digital Corral-Why The SOPA Bill Will Change The Internet

by Mark E.
I know I sound like a broken record talking about the SOPA Bill and how it will change the landscape of the internet.  Here’s some background about how much money is at stake for “Hollywood” and why the bill is so important to the entertainment industry.  Thanks to Politico.comfor sharing.The House Judiciary Committeeis holding hearings on this bill right now, and it’s more like a coronation of the bill than an actual Congressional hearing.  The fix is in, and if (probably when) the bill becomes law, the entertainment industry will use it to fundamentally change what is posted on the internet.It isn’t too late to let your Congresspeople and Senators know how you feel about this onerous law.  Click here to learn more about the law and how you can stop the entertainment industry from censoring the internet.
Shootout at the digital corral
By: Jennifer Martinez
November 16, 2011 04:31 AM EST
Hollywood’s in a showdown over its TV shows, movies and music with an up-and-coming opponent in the Washington arena: the Silicon Valleygang.And that can only mean a huge payday for lobbyists.According to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, the film, music and TV industries have spent more than $91 million on lobbying so far this year — an amount that puts them on pace to beat all of their previous spending records. Not to be outdone, Google and its tech cohorts — including eBay, Yahoo and Facebook — have been ramping up spending and are looking for a hired gun to lead their newly revamped coalition.

The focus of the faceoff: a pair of online copyright bills aimed at getting Internet companies to help shutter websites that profit from illicit copies of blockbuster films, TV shows and chart-topping songs.

On Wednesday, the Motion Picture Association of America and Google, among others, are expected to lock horns at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act. A companion bill in the Senate, the PROTECT IP Act, was reported out of committee this spring but is still waiting for floor time.

Both sides in the copyright debate are traditionally left-leaning constituencies but are being careful to target Republicans and Democrats with campaign cash and carefully spun messages.

“This is a jobs bill, and we’re happy to do our part to cut through the confusion, make the truth known and enable U.S. innovation, creativity and technical invention to continue to support U.S. job growth,” NBCUniversal general counsel Rick Cotton told POLITICO in a statement.

Internet companies say they are fighting to clarify the implications of the two bills.

“There is more to this issue than meets the eye. While we support targeted approaches to solving the problem of foreign rogue sites, some of these bills could truly hamper innovation on the Internet, so we are working hard to raise awareness of the potential for unintended consequences,” said Amber Allman, a Yahoo spokeswoman.

Several entertainment players are on track to beat their lobbying spending total for last year. That spending went toward lobbying on a range of issues, including communications, broadcasting, tax and trade, but copyright for many concerned has been front and center as both the House and the Senate consider bills.

Universal Music Group and Time Warner, for example, have upped lobbying spending so far this year by nearly 14 percent compared with the same time period a year ago. Lobbying spending in the first three quarters of 2011 for Broadcast Music Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment is up about 3 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Comcast, whose merger with NBCUniversal closed in January, has spent more than $14.7 million in the first three quarters of this year, up more than 68 percent than the same time period in 2010.

Meanwhile, two of the most iconic Hollywood lobbies in Washington — the Recording Industry Association of America and MPAA — have spent around $4.4 million and $1.3 million, respectively, on lobbying so far this year. MPAA brought on former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) to help lead the charge. RIAA, meanwhile, has as its top lobbyist Mitch Glazier, who served as the chief counsel for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property under then-Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.). Glazier helped craft and push the landmark 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act into law.

“This is either make it or break it for them,” said Bill Allison, editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation. “It’s not surprising that they’re spending more to push for these bills.”

The industry says it’s wrong to focus on the bottom line. “These kind of charges are brought up as a distraction from the real issue of content-protection laws that help preserve jobs,” MPAA spokesman Howard Gantman said in a statement.

“This is much more a policy debate than a battle of resources,” said Glazier. These glitzy lobbies are locked in a fierce battle on the Hill against Silicon Valley Web giants like Google, Facebook and Yahoo, which are seeking to block the bills that would hold them liable for policing some copyright violations online. While the Internet industry is still a relatively young member of K Street, it has become a powerful lobbying force in its own right — and the industry is in the market for a star lobbyist for its group, NetCoalition, to raise its volume even louder inside the Beltway.

“They might be the new kids on the block, but they’re learning the ropes quickly,” said Michael Beckel, spokesman for CRP.

Google wields the strongest lobbying muscle of the companies and trade groups that are opposed to the two bills, with the PROTECT IP Act and copyright listed among its top policy issues in disclosures.

Spending in Google’s Washington shop has exploded this year — largely to deflect criticism of its business practices as anticompetitive. With its lobbying spending already tallying about $7.2 million this year, the Mountain View, Calif., company has blown past last year’s total of about $5.2 million.

About a dozen of Google’s new outside lobby shop registrants this year were hired to lobby on copyright, patent and trademark issues, among other topics.

Google’s Silicon Valley peer, Yahoo, has also been engaged on the issue. Yahoo reportedly left the Chamber of Commerce this fall over its aggressive lobbying campaign for stricter IP legislation. It has spent more than $1.8 million on lobbying in 2011 on issues including online privacy, data security, patents and copyright.

Three trade associations that represent these Web giants have also been lobbying furiously behind the scenes: NetCoalition, the Computer and Communications Industry Association and the Consumer Electronics Association. All three trade groups have publicly hammered the legislative proposals and have flown big-name venture capitalists to Washington to discourage lawmakers from pushing forward.

But even the Internet industry realizes it’s a David vs. an entertainment Goliath, which dug its roots into Washington decades before Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were born.

“If you are a member of the Judiciary Committee, year after year after year, the content industry has been at your fundraisers over and over. They’ve gotten to know you, and they’ve talked to you and given their spiel,” said CCIA President Ed Black.

Michael Petricone, senior vice president of government affairs at the CEA, noted that the tech industry “doesn’t have dozens of lobbyists running around Washington trying to preserve their business models.”

Copyright protection is undoubtedly at the top of Hollywood’s list of legislative priorities.

Time Warner, News Corp., Comcast and Walt Disney have all lobbied for more stringent rules against the offspring of websites like Napster, LimeWire and Zediva that they say promote pirated content. But Hollywood also has a powerful ally on its side: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has unleashed a full-court press for legislation against so-called rogue sites. It formed a coalition made up of a waterfront of Fortune 500 companies, trade groups and unions — ranging from Eli Lilly to Comcast to the AFL-CIO — that support this aim.

With the Chamber leading the charge, the entertainment industry doesn’t have to carry this battle on its own — in fact, the industry rejects the charge that this is a battle pitting Hollywood against Silicon Valley. So far, the industry’s biggest tech ally on the bills has been Go Daddy, an Internet domain name registrar and hosting company.

Both sides in the copyright showdown have traditionally favored Democrats in terms of political giving and issues. As perhaps a sign of the political times, both sectors have stepped up recruitment of Republican lobbyists and giving to GOP campaigns.

PACs for TV, movie and music companies have contributed more than $2.5 million to federal candidates so far in the 2012 election cycle, with Republicans receiving slightly more than Democrats this time around, according to CRP.

Computer and Internet industry PACs, meanwhile, have contributed around $1.7 million to 2012 federal candidates so far, with 55 percent of PAC money going to Republicans versus 45 percent to Democrats, CRP said.

In terms of hiring lobbyists, both sides are trying to be equal-opportunity employers. RIAA works with a smattering of GOP and Democratic lobbyists on copyright at The Glover Park Group; Ogilvy Government Relations and Fierce, Isakowitz and Blalock. Disney Vice President and counsel Troy Dow served as the IP counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee under GOP leaders. Viacom has a former Democratic counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Marla Grossman, lobbying on copyright issues.

Google, meanwhile, has added Ryan Triplette, a Republican lobbyist for the Franklin Square Group and former Senate Judiciary Committee chief IP counsel, to lobby against the PROTECT IP Act. The deputy general counsel and vice president for global public policy at Yahoo, David Hantman, served as Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Schumer’s chief of staff from 2005 to 2007.

Tony Romm contributed to this report.

November 15, 2011

SOPA Hits The House Wednesday. Digital wars, Round 2: Killing the golden goose-The Hill

by Mark E.

A decade ago, the digital music world was at war, and since then times seemed to have changed for the better. Thankfully, the conflict between technological innovation and the established entertainment industry has evolved from an all-out war to a more productive (if occasionally challenging) dialogue between artists, producers, distributors and industry. And everyone agrees that resources should be brought to bear against the distribution of unlicensed physical product and the worst of the worst in Internet actors. Still, the delicate détente among the players has to be kept in perspective as debate continues regarding how we treat copyright, ownership and intellectual property online.

Unfortunately, two weeks ago content owners declared a new war on the technology industry with the House introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). This bill effectively draws new battle lines in the ongoing struggle over content online, with both sides — owners and providers — manning the barricades over the best way to protect content while maximizing consumer access.

Never before has technology changed the music business in such profoundly important and overwhelmingly positive ways. The new model has revolutionized the business of distributing content, expanding revenue streams for artists and labels and providing virtually unlimited access to music for consumers. This isn’t about upsetting the old regime — that’s already been done, and there’s no turning back. Streaming and “the cloud” represent the future, and such open platforms as Grooveshark — which work with artists, collection agencies and content partners — allow artists to have their music heard across the globe without ever giving up their rights of ownership.

What’s missing from the debate is an appreciation for how technology has opened the markets to more content than ever in our history. Today, thanks to such platforms as Grooveshark, YouTube and Facebook, as well as hardware manufacturers and software providers, artists are empowered to create high-quality music for millions of listeners around the world with only a few hundred dollars and a quiet basement.

The cost of production has never been lower. The cost of promotion has never been lower. The barriers of access to distribution have crumbled. There are more artists than ever before, creating more music then ever before, and it’s being heard by more people in more places at lower prices than ever before — a direct result of technology and innovation. And yet, many have been slow to participate.

We launched Grooveshark to turn these new technological paradigms into a reality and deliver on the promise of the open Internet while providing a new, legal alternative to piracy. Because of these new paradigms, the music world is now more vibrant than ever — all while our technology enables content owners to stop album “leaks” and remove unauthorized material from a centralized location.

But all of these achievements are meaningless if rights holders refuse to participate in the process. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 — drafted with a fair share of input from content holders — struck a careful division of labor after years of negotiation. SOPA dismantles DMCA overnight, cutting off websites from payment and ad services without even a judge’s review, solely on the basis of a rights holder’s allegations — choking off income until they wither on the vine and die off. This is bad for the country and worse for artists.

Last week, the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) voiced its opposition to SOPA, dealing a critical blow to the bill’s credibility. Unlike the other organizations that oppose the bill, the FMC unscrupulously represents the interests of artists, proving that the “job protection” claims of SOPA proponents are a red herring.

Yet, the industry is still trying to force SOPA through, posing great threats not only to the new music paradigms but to democracy and legal due process as a whole. In addition to strangling the flourishing online music ecosystem, SOPA would give the government broad ability to shut down what it loosely deems “rogue websites.” This alone has formed an unlikely alliance of anti-SOPA advocates, from the liberal Demand Progress to the conservative RedState — two outlets that don’t often see eye to eye.

SOPA has declared a new war on the very technology companies that are combating piracy while providing ways to ensure that artists and other content owners realize new alternative revenue streams for their work. We believe in protecting intellectual property rights, but over-reaching legislation such as SOPA will stifle the now-vibrant music economy, silence consumers and American businesses without due process and create an Internet security hole that could just as easily have been avoided.

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures put it best on his AVC blog last month: SOPA would kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Technology has delivered us such an animal. No, it’s not just artist royalties anymore — it’s in an entirely new music ecosystem that is not being exploited by those with the greatest control. Legislators are now in a position to encourage compromise, to step back and think about the broader implications of such an expansive piece of legislation or, conversely, to fast-track SOPA and set the clock back 20 years on American ingenuity.

Geller is senior vice president of external 
affairs at Grooveshark.

Paul Geller’s very insightful look at all that is wrong with the SOPA Bill, going to the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. I’ve spoken out enough about this ruling, just read the piece and think for just a moment as to how bad this will be for the tech and content creation industries. This bill has to be stopped in it’s tracks.

November 15, 2011

Great Radio Job That I’m Not Qualifed For, But Maybe You Or Someone You Know Is

by Mark E.

I’m in the midst of looking for a job right now, and most of the things I see are straight commission sales “opportunities” or something that I take an hour to fill out an online application and get an automated rejection letter in two days.  THAT is another blog post.

I came across this listing, and while I’m not qualified to do the job because of the whole lots of sales experience thing, this could be a tremendous opportnity for someone who is ready to plant roots and do REAL radio.  Here’s the listing:


Do you love small market radio? Are you known as a street fighter and problem solver that leads by example? Would subordinates praise your people skills and leadership abilities? Would superiors commend your work ethic, character and ability to produce results? Is one of your dreams to live in a beautiful area like the Northwoods and Lake Country of Wisconsin? Heartland Communications Group has an exceptional opportunity for a great General Manager to lead WERL-AM and WRJO-FM in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Email your resume in confidence with contact information and references to Dave Martin [EOE]

I hope you ro someone you know finds this job of interest.  Good Luck!

Oh yeah, if you hear of anything for yours truly, feel free to drop me a line at or call 773.336.2753.  Thankyouverymuch!

November 13, 2011

Government Approved Censorship Could Be Coming To The Internet. STOP SOPA, SAVE THE INTERNET – Boing Boing

by Mark E.


By at 8:51 am Friday, Nov 11

Tiffiny from Fight for the Future sez,

Google knows it. Viacom knows it. The Chamber of Commerce knows it. Internet democracy groups know it. BoingBoing knows it. But, the Internet hasn’t been told yet — we’re going to get blown away by the end of the year. The worst bill in Internet history is about to become law. Law is very real here in the United States and legal language is often different than stated intentions — this law would give government and corporations the power to block sites like BoingBoing over infringing links on at least one webpage posted by their users. Believe the EFF, Public Knowledge, Google when they say this bill is about much more than copyright, it’s about the Internet and free speech everywhere.

The MPAA, RIAA, Hollywood knows that they have been flying in CEOs of as many companies as possible, recruiting people to get petition signups at malls in California, and here’s the big point– they know they have gotten their message through to Congress — the worst bill in Internet history, the one where government and their corporations get unbelievable power to take down sites, threaten payment processors into stopping payment to sites on a blacklist, and throw people in jail for posting ordinary content is about to pass before the end of this year. The only thing that is going to stop Hollywood from owning the Internet and everything we do, is if there is a big surprise Internet backlash starting right now.

PROTECT IP (S. 968)/SOPA (HR. 3261) creates the first system for Internet censorship – this bill has sweeping provisions that give the government and corporations leeway and legal cover for taking down sites “by accident,” mistakenly, or for NOT doing “enough” to protect the interests of Hollywood. These bills that are moving very quickly through Congress and can pass before Christmas aim to give the US government and corporations the ability to block sites over infringing links posted by their users and give ISPs the release to take any means to block peoples’ sites, including slowing down your connection. That’s right, some say this bill is a workaround to net neutrality and is bigger than net neutrality.

This is the worst piece of Internet legislation in history – the lawmakers who have been sponsoring (Leahy, Lamar Smith, Conyers) this bill need to be shamed by the Internet community for wasting taxpayer dollars on a bill that would break the very fabric of the Internet, create an Internet blacklist, kill jobs and great startup companies, huge blogs, and social networks.


Everyone, the entire Internet community needs to stand together if we don’t want to see this bill actually become law. Internet and democracy groups are planning an Internet-wide day of protest called American Censorship Day on Wednesday, November 16th for the day Congress holds a hearing on these bills to create the first American Internet censorship system. Every single person with a website can join and needs to.

Boing Boing, Grooveshark, Free Software Foundation, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Demand Progress, Open Congress/PPF, TechDirt, Fight for the Future and dozens of other sites have created this day to ask you to join them to stop S. 978 and HR 3261, as hard as you can. Write them, protest, call them, protest, support your favorite sites, protest, sign a letter, block out your site, protest.

Many public intellectuals who are often the ones to help win the public interest over and over are about to come out to lead the charge to stop PROTECT IP/ SOPA – they have to when they learn that the House and Senate will be working to pass this bill before the Christmas. From those doing work on the hill, it’s very clear we have been stacked comparatively lightly. The House bill has 40 co-sponsors and major industry support. The only thing that will change the dynamic now is if Congress gets a knock on their door by CEO”s of small and large tech companies, blogs, and news sites and if Internet users start piling on, one by one, and protest.

Tech companies, blogs, news sites are already in a death-do-die battle cry — listen to them — it’s a few days before the hearing on this bill. But, we need more tech companies, blogs, new sites before the hearing on this bill. Help get them.

I’ve been trying to think about whether or not the world is going to end if this bill passes like it’s supposed to — and the answer is, “kind of yes”. When small sites, and it’s the small sites that get turned off in the night and no one for the most part notices, say my friend’s political blog or news site gets blocked by the US government and she has no way to get it back up even though everything she did was legal according to current law, and no one can help her except she can choose to file suit to defend herself, I feel like I die inside a little. Living in a country where you are being shut out and left powerless to really defend yourself is like living in another country, the ones you hear about. Life starts to feel shot when that happens, especially to our friends or our favorites sites.

Every site who has user-generated content, posts links or videos to anything copyrighted in it could face new legal threats.

If a copyrights holder disliked links you have on your site, they could simply file a complaint with a payment processor (Visa, PayPal), who would then have 5 days to respond to their request or risk legal ramifications. If bills like this are allowed to pass, we’ll be spending another $47 million dollars every year to help corporations fill out and enforce Internet blacklists.

Sites that would be legal under the DMCA and its safe harbor provisions would now risk losing everything for allowing user generated content. It also has added in the streaming felony bill that would make it so ordinary Internet users are at risk of going to jail for 5 years for post any copyrighted work that would cost $2,500 to license. And because copyright is so broad, that means videos with copyrighted music in the background, kids in a school play, people singing karaoke could all be a risk.

Because the law affects almost every Internet user and the sites they use every day and have come to love, and because granting sweeping blacklisting powers is just sickening to almost everyone, we need your help — if you can encourage your favorite site to join the protest, and help drive the maximum number of people to contact Congress on November 16th (until the bill dies), please help.

These bills represent a major blow to openness and freedom on the Internet, free speech rights, and the fabric of the Internet itself. If SOPA is allowed to pass, the Internet and free speech will never be the same again.

SOPA: Hollywood Finally Gets A Chance to Break the Internet (EFF)

House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries making it worse (Ars Technica)

Protect The Internet (Brad Feld)

Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs (Business Insider)

S.978 – Commercial Felony Streaming Act

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This isn’t the wild ravings of a small group of activists. This is a serious threat to content providers and regular people who use the internet every day. The RIAA is the only organization I have had personal experience with in regards to abuse of copyright laws, and they are simply EVIL. If this bill becomes law, they and other industry groups will be able to have almost anything taken down from the web at their whim.

We don’t need this kind of censorship in the name of copyright or protecting artist’s rights. I believe in protecting artist’s rights and that artists should be compensated for their work. I don’t believe in “industry organizations” acting like brown shirted Storm Troopers yanking anything they think threatens their ability to make a profit from the internet.

America may be the land of opportunity, but it should not be the land of censorship or prior restraint. Please do what you can to make ure this bill doesn’t become law.

September 22, 2011

The Kind Of Radio Contest They Could Only Do In Somalia

by Mark E.

Many thanks to The Inquisitr for finding this story.  Being a professional broadcaster (and not just playing one on television) I find this quite amusing and disgusting at the same time.  The only kind of contest I can do is give away tons of cash on 99.7 The Point in Kansas City.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that….

Win A Children’s Radio Contest Get An AK-47, Thanks Somalia


Somali Kids with Guns

The last time I won a radio contest I was given tickets to some crappy concert nobody wanted to go and see however if I had been a child in Somali I could have potentially walked away with an AK-47 assault rifle.

A Somali radio station run by extremist group al-Shabab held a contest this weekend for children aged 10-17, each child was quizzed on Islam and al-Shabab and the winner and runner-up walked away with a treasure trove of money, al-Shabab books and the customary jewelry of choice in Somali an AK-47 to dangle from their necks.

Third place I have to admit got the shaft, they only received two live hand grenades.

Apparently the contest was a big deal with an entire awards ceremony taking place outside of Mogadishu.

In true Islamic extremist fervor Sheik Muktar Robow Abu Monsur of the al-Shabab sheiks lamented:

“Children should use one hand for education and the other for a gun to defend Islam.”

Al-Shabab is an offshoot of al-Qaeda and controls much of Somalia since the region has no central government.

Don’t be surprised if his “education” comment isn’t taken seriously, al-Qaeda members and regions they occupy are typically full of illiterate people who learn to fire a gun before they ever open a book while people in Somalia will never see the inside of a book.

So there you have it Somali radio stations are hard at work training the next group of Somali pirates and al-Qaeda operatives who will take over ships of innocent freight workers.

What do you think about the contest? Makes that last prize you won from a local radio station seem a bit lame does it.

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May 8, 2011

Tales From The Programming Den

by Mark E.

I usually don’t use my blogs to talk about my work, mainly because I like to keep my job and sometimes talking about work can be a breach of various company policies.  But, I have a great work story to share, and this is the forum in which to do it.

Point_Logo_Stack50 I program a radio station in Kansas City 99.7 The Point.  Our Morning Man, Kelly Urich, is enamored with Peggy Bunker from ABC TV’s World News Now, the show that runs on the network overnight.

Yesterday morning, Kelly was as happy as a little girl because he had “friended” Peggy on Facebook and she accepted his request.  He was so wild about it that he talked about it on the air.

Kelly Urich Friended By Peggy Bunker

Pretty cool, I must admit.  Being the troublemaker that I am, I sent Peggy a note to let her know about what Kelly had to say.  She wrote me back, and Kelly’s partner Mackenzie read the exchange on the air.

Kelly Urich May Be A Stalker

Peggybunker Now, don’t get me wrong.  Kelly is a happily married man, but he’s also a big fan of Peggy’s.  And its cool for any of us to be friends, either fake Facebook friends or real friends with someone on TV.

Well, the good people at World News Now SOMEHOW got the audio of Kelly talking about Peggy and their close personal friendship.  They posted it on their Facebook page, which you can go to by clicking the link above.  Just scroll down and you’ll see it.

I let Kelly know about the posting, and he reacted to it on the air this morning.  He was co-hosting with Danni Boatwright, a Kansas City person who, among many other cool things, won Survivor and they talked about it AGAIN this morning.

Kelly Urich reacts to Peggy Bunker Day 2

Radio is supposed to be fun, and we shouldn’t take what we do too seriously.  Kelly and Peggy have created a great “bit” that I hope will go on for a good long time.  But I still think Danni could “take” Peggy.  And me too.  Probably at the same time.

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April 3, 2010

Do You Have An iPad? Then You Need The App!

by Mark E.

If you’re one of the lucky ones to have an iPad or are planning on getting one, there one app you should get now.  Its the RADIO.COM app, and it will make your iPad come alive.

The new app for iPad gives you radio you can touch, read and hear. makes it easy to get updates on your favorite artists, follow twitter feeds; watch original videos; listen to podcasts; and see photo slideshows.

Enjoy over 600 stations from CBS RADIO, Aol Radio. and Yahoo! Music.
Built specifically for iPad, makes internet radio fun and easy.  Lookup your favorite Music, News or Sports stations by using the interactive map.  Just click on a city and we’ll give you a list of stations to choose from.

Experience Y98 and hundreds of other radio stations in a whole new way. Get to today. Look for the Radio dot com app in iTunes iPad app store…it’s free!

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October 16, 2009

The day that radio was killed

by Mark E.
Category: Media Industry Author : Steven Hodson Posted: October 16, 2009
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The day that radio was killed


Technology didn’t kill radio.

Satellite radio didn’t kill terrestrial radio.

But as of today radio stands a very good chance of becoming an ever increasing wasteland to the point that we will see a massive shift away from radio stations playing music. If you think that talk radio is big now you ain’t seen nothing yet.

This is going to happen all because the very basis of how music radio works has shifted. Instead of record companies using radio stations as a way to promote new artists and new releases from established musicians the passing (with a heap of lobbying entertainment backed groups like the RIAA and musicFirst Coalition) of the Performance Rights Act radio stations will now have to pay to play that same music.

The argument put forth by the lobbyists is that this is a revenue stream that the artists are not seeing and therefor not getting paid for their work. Radio has been getting a free ride forever – getting rich off of the backs of musicians by not having to pay royalties for the music they play.

It’s a nice argument and would make sense if the musicians were actually going to see any of that royalty money. As it is they already don’t see a large chunk of what is suppose to be their money that is collected supposedly on their behalf by SoundExchange. The excuse used of course by the organization is that they can’t find the artists in order to give them the money.

So what happens with all that money?

Well the SoundEchange gets to keep it which ends up making this suppose to be non-profit very wealthy – to the tune of over $100 million as of 2007.

Now this is the group that is going to be able to collect some pretty hefty royalty money from radio stations all on the basis that it is for the musicians. The problem is that by changing the economic landscape by which radio works they are removing the incentive for any stations, other than the big conglomerates, to play new music from anyone other than the really big established musicians or bands.

Radio play has always been considered to be the biggest promotional play a musician could hope for. Even though the power of the hit lists may have lessened in our Internet world they still hold considerable power. It was advertising at it best (or worst during the payola years). That power is now gone.

As Michael Masnick at Techdirt notes

Besides, all this will do is harm up-and-coming musicians. Because radio stations will now need to pay more for playing music, they’ll play less music, and if they’re playing less music, they’ll focus just on the big name acts. Smaller up-and-coming artists should be furious with the RIAA for giving radio stations less incentive to play their works. Remember, this is the opposite of payola. While payola got new records on the air, this will make sure fewer get on the air. But it will sure put a bunch more money in the pockets of the major record labels.

This new tax revenue stream for the entertainment industry through its watchdog groups might not truly kill off radio but is sure is going to lengthen its time on life-support.

Related posts:

  1. Splendid: Record Industry Goes After Radio Stations For “Piracy”
  2. New Internet Radio fees will kill innovation
  3. Turn off that radio before entering the garage – or we get fined
  4. Radio to go subscription – sort of
  5. Payola making a comeback

Kudos to The Inquisitr and author Steven Hudson for exposing the possible danger to radio and its listeners if hte Performance Royalty is passed. If you want to keep hearing music on the radio, the time to write your Congressperson and Senator is NOW. Better yet, e mail them or call. Make no mistake about it, music radio is in danger of going away in many places.

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