Save Net Radio (still)
True to my form, I wrote a big piece three months back about the very serious and impending threat to Internet radio and then failed to publish a follow-up. The good news is that, thanks to public pressure, the hefty new royalties that would have put so much Internet Radio out of business have been postponed. The bad news is that it’s only for the time being. This is not an issue that will go away.
The New York Times ran a full page in its Arts section this Sunday about this very issue, focusing on small-time radio host and SaveNetRadio founder, John Draper. Something about his picture reminded me of a healthy-looking Bez (if that’s not an oxymoron) so it was no surprise to finally discover that Draper, even though he lives in Iowa, grew up all over England. I liked this little quote.
After moving to Ames with his family as a teenager, he enrolled in the University of Iowa, where he says he “got sidetracked partying.”
Read the whole piece to understand the issues involved in Internet Radio – and why it’s under seige.