Saturday, June 30, 2007

Webcasters vs. Big Music

Here is an actual intelligent factual article in Rolling Stone. I thought that stopped around 1983. lol
It's entitled "The Record Industry's Decline":
click here to read it.
Quote from the ex-head of the RIAA on the post-Napster/pre-iTunes 2001-2003 period: "That's when we lost the users," Hilary Rosen says. "Peer-to-peer took hold. That's when we went from music having real value in people's minds to music having no economic value, just emotional value."

Here is one Webcasters response to the huge raise in copyright royalties plus a $500/year 'administrative fee' ordered to go into effect July 15th:


And July 15th gets closer...
Love & Peace, Clarence

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Chris Benoit follow-up

I don't understand how anyone can kill an innocent person. I can't understand how anyone can kill someone they love. I can't understand how ANYONE can kill a child.

It's more than any excuse or crutch such as Steroids or Drugs. Steroids and Drugs are symptoms or triggers. And they should not be allowed in or around Wrestling or any other atheletic event or exibition, professional or amatuer. But this cannot be used as an excuse, any more than "They weren't getting along" or " He/She just snapped". That is avoiding the problem. Millions of people have emotional problems. I've suffered from Clinical Depression for 40 years. It will cause you to do things you'd never normally do. People need to get help. Their family &/or friends need to get them help. Most murders happen between friends or family.

We can honor the memories of Nancy and Daniel Benoit by trying to help our friends, family, and co-workers to get help for emotional problems. That would be the best tribute to their sacrifice.

God Bless their Families, Friends, and Chris' two older children.

Love & Peace, Clarence

Monday, June 25, 2007

Chris Benoit 1967-2007

Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their 7 year old son Danie were found dead this afternoon in their Atlanta area home. Police are investigating, and have only said that the Benoits were not shot. Police were asked to go to the home after WWE officials could not get in touch with Benoit or his wife following Benoit's no-show at the WWE's pay-per-view last night.

Chris Benoit, 40, was one of the finest wrestlers of the past 20 years. He worked in Canada (his birthplace), Japan (World Jr. Heavyweight Champion after defeating Jushin Liger, himself one of the finest wrestlers on the world scene), and in the U.S.. In 2004, Benoit became WWE World Champion at Wrestlemania 20 in Madison Square Garden.

Chris Benoit wasn't a guy who is made into a wrestling star because he can talk on the mic or because he's tall and well-built. Chris Benoit was average height on his best days and was thick and strong as an ox. He couldn't talk well on the mic. He had no charisma. He WAS a star because he worked harder than anyone, he was one of the finest technical wrestlers of all-time
, and true wrestling fans loved that about him, and made him a favorite for it. No steroids, no drugs.

He had true dignity and class. He respected wrestling and the wrestling fans every night, and a few wrestling 'stars' were taught the hard way by Benoit, in the locker room & out, to respect them also. All you need to know is that whenever his son Daniel came to a show, Daniel wore a dress shirt and tie. Chris Benoit wanted his son to show respect to the other wrestlers and to the fans.

Bless his family and his many friends. I loved him as a wrestler and as a person. Pegasus Kid, I'll miss ya.

Love and Peace, Clarence

Thursday, June 21, 2007

More Webcasters join in Day of Silence

As of this afternoon, more Webcasters will be observing the Day of Silence June 26th. Pandora, Yahoo! Music/Launchcast, Rhapsody, and MTV Online have joined Live365.com, KCRW.org, Radioio, Radio Paradise, AccuRadio and many others in streaming no music that day. This is to show what U.S.-based Internet Radio will sound like under the huge increase in the Copyright Royalty rate legally-operating Webcasters pay. For more information and to see how you can let your voice be heard, go to savenetradio.org. Help keep OlioRadio and thousands of other Internet Radio stations alive!

Love and Peace, Clarence

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

June 26th will be a Day of Silence

On Tuesday, June 26th, OlioRadio, along with all music stations on Live365.com, AccuRadio, KCRW.org, and many other Internet Radio Broadcasters, will observe a Day of Silence. On that day all Listeners will hear ambiant-style "quiet music" interspersed with announcements detailing why this is happening & what Listeners can do to help save U.S.-based internet radio.

In March 2007, the Copyright Royalty Board (authorised by the U.S.Copyright Office) changed the Copyright Royalty rates paid by all legally-operating U.S.-based interner radio broadcasters. The new rates, retroactive to January 1, 2006, will amount to 100% or more of virtually all internet broadcasters' revenue. In other words, it will take every penny (or more) that a webcaster makes just to pay the copyright royalties on the music we play. And for the thousands of us who do this as a hobby and don't have Any revenues, it's impossible.

On July 15th, all royalties under the new rate (over and above what we paid under the old rate) from January 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007 will be due. With the new rate, almost all U.S.-based Internet Radio will close down for good. The only chance to keep "on the air" is passage of the Internet Radio Equality Act, which has been introduced in both the U.S.House and Senate. The Act would set copyright royalties at 7.5% of revenus, which is about the same as satellite radio pays. This would be a higher rate than we pay now, but it would be affordable for most internet broadcasters.

The Day of Silence is meant to let Listeners hear what U.S.-based Internet Radio will sound like after July 15th if the Internet Radio Equality Act is not passed. Please call, write, or email your House member and the Senators from your state and ask them to pass this legislation before July 15th so that your favorite internet stations aren't turned off permanently. If you need more info about how to contact your representatives, or simply want to know more, go to savenetradio.org.

OlioRadio will proudly participate in the Day of Silence. More Internet Radio broadcasters will be announcing their participation between now and Tuesday, June 26th. Join with us, and tens of thousands who've already contacted their Congressional reps, to Save 'Net Radio!

Love and Peace, Clarence Jones
OlioRadio.net

Monday, June 18, 2007

Saturday, June 16, 2007

New Tracks Signifying OlioRadio

It's a typical update to OlioRadio. Former Underground FM bands, live Electronica, recent Gypsy music, Dark Ambient, Clara Bow, and Walter Cronkite dissin' Thugs are representin' in the new tracks. Here's a list of all the Artistes added: Big Brother and the Holding Co. - Bonnie Raitt - Clara Bow and Mitzi Green - Fanfare Ciocarlia - Fleetwood Mac (w/Peter Green) - Frank Shaw and Co. - Ilium - Iwori - Jefferson Airplane - Little Dipper - Nick Lucas - Part of Speech - Pink Floyd - Raison d'Etre - Ron Dadey - The Firey Furnaces - The Moody Blues - The National - The Rolling Stones - Tim Curry (NOT from Rocky Horror) - Van Morrison (with, separately, B.B.King and Tom Jones) - Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather - Willis Alan Ramsey - and ZZ Top. A yummy Freeform musical feast!

Please write, call, or email your Representative and Senators requesting their support of the Internet Radio Equality Act. On July 15th, internet radio in the United States will likely cease to exist unless this bill is passed. Go to savenetradio.org for more information and help keep Independent Sounds alive!
Love and Peace, Clarence

and i'm caught

Van Morrison. Fillmore 1970. Cypress Avenue.
Nothin' else to say...



Love & Peace, Clarence

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

We Don't Buy What We Hear...We Steal It- SoundExchange

In the first of a series of Point-Counterpoint articles in the L.A.Times, Kurt Hanson of AccuRadio (an internet broadcaster) debates Jay Rosenthal (member of the board of SoundExchange) on issues relating to the CRB decision & the Internet Radio Equality Act which has been introduced in the U.S.House & Senate. Here is Mr. Rosenthal (echoing SoundExchange's Excecutive Director, John Simson) on the promotional value of Internet Radio:
Mr. Rosenthal - "There may be some anecdotal evidence that some listeners "find" new artists and then "buy" the music. But I think the point is way overblown. I am more inclined to believe -- based on the experience of my artist and indie label clients -- that some listeners "find" new music and then, more often than not, illegally download the music.".

Sooo...some listeners steal music, therefore all listeners are guilty. Because you & I don't run down to our local Wal-Mart, Target, or Best Buy & buy cds by SoundExchange (aka Major Lable) artists, we make Internet Radio worthless as a promotional tool. It's all our fault.

Last month (May 2007) the internet radio stations using Live365's service played over 250,000 artists. Yep, that's over a quarter of a Million different artists. All of that airplay will be reported to SoundExchange & royalties will be paid on every one of them. Wonder how many of those 250,000+ artists will see a penny from SoundExchange?

Go to savenetradio.org for information on how to help internet radio in the United States survive. July 15th could be the Day The Music Dies online. Spend a few minutes: help keep internet radio alive!

Love & Peace, Clarence

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Saturday, June 2, 2007

new stuff!

A mini-update of the OlioRadio playlist! Added is a lot of Broadway (Alice Ghostly, Barbara Cook, Betty Buckley, more Charles Nelson Reilly, Elaine Stritch, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin and John Raitt, Paul Lynde, Robert Morse), and some other types of stuff (Paul McCartney, Sammy Davis Jr., Trombone Red & his Blue Six).
OlioRadio gives you your Minimum Daily Requirement of...every type of Music!
Love and Peace, Clarence

The Red Cross Groks New Media

The American Red Cross is beginning to use blogs, rss feeds, & other social media tools in their Disaster Relief efforts. Ike Pigott, Director of Communications and Government Relations for the American Red Cross in the 5-state Southeast Region, talks to Shel Holtz about how he came up with the concept of using social media for communication in emergencies & eventually in other ways. The interview is availible on Shel's blog here. You'll hear some good ideas that You can use to help communicate in any situation from local emergencies to your business or even personal hobbies.

Shel is the co-host (along with Neville Hobson) of For Immediate Release: the Hobson & Holtz Report, the best podcast on communication, PR, & social media. Check it out at forimmediaterelease.biz. You'll be glad you did!
Love & Peace, Clarence

May Top 25 Tracks on OlioRadio

Heeeeere's the Top 25 tracks for May on OlioRadio! These are the 25 tracks (52 this time, due to ties) rated highest by the listeners to OlioRadio between May 1st and May 31st, 2007.

As always, variety is the spice of listening life. The list includes vaudeville (Eddie Cantor, Belle Baker), early blues (Blind Willie McTell, Charlie Patton), DooWop (the Five Satins, the Bel Aires), comedy (Bob and Ray, Firesign Theatre, Kevin Pollack), more recent stuff (Seismic Anamoly, Johnny Thunders, Be-Non), and the Unclassifiable (a Box Tops 60's Coca-Cola ad, H-Bomb Ferguson, Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers, and Ric Flair). In short, the free-est form of Freeform radio availible on- or off-line! Hear OlioRadio at Live365.com.

And Please, go to savenetradio.org for information on the threat against Independent Internet Radio, now scheduled for shut down on July 15th. A few minutes of your time spent writing, calling, or emailing your Senators & Representative could keep thousands of Internet Radio stations (like this one) streaming great music and talk programming to you. See savenetradio.org for details.

Love and Peace, Clarence