The day the music died... 15 July 2007....

I'm trying to play the LaunchCast on my Yahoo Messengger and this is what I got.....

"The SaveNetRadio Coalition"

"You are being heard – The incredible number of Net radio listeners trying to contact their Congressional Representatives today has resulted in minor delays. Please continue to enter your zip code until the contact information for your representatives is displayed. Keep up the good work and keep turning up the volume on Congress.

The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). To protest these rates and encourage the millions of net radio listeners to take action and contact their Congressional representatives, today is a national Day of Silence. Webcasters across the country have dedicated this day to increasing awareness of this looming threat and gathering support for the SaveNetRadio collation and our campaign to preserve music diversity on-line. For an updated list of the participants in this national day of silence, visit Net radio listeners, please excuse the interruption of your normal programming and take action to ensure this silence is not permanent. Call your Congressional Representatives today."

I myself are depended on internet radio to hear jazz , some oldies and some 70'ies 80'ies music. If this new ruling will be implemented, this is bad news for all music lover. Truly, where can you hear reggae, swing, big band, oldies or even jazz music in local radio? All that you can hear is the hip hop and all-kind-of-love music.

The impact will be on the musician them self. Not only that, even it will do more harm to unknown musician that they them self also dependent on internet radio to be recognize to the outside world. I would like to support this... Why my state are not listed here??? :P

“If the goal is to help musicians earn a decent living, raising the internet royalty rates will likely have an adverse effect, as ironic as that sounds.” – the Alexis Harte Band