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CRB Royalty Increase Prompts Closure Of SmoothJazzChicago.net

RickODellIt looks like the recently revised COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD (CRB) royalty rate for pureplay webcasters has claimed its first victim, as predicted by some in the webcasting community (NET NEWS, 12/23). CHICAGO radio vet RICK O’DELL will shut down his website and online radio station, SMOOTHJAZZCHICAGO.NET  on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st, CHICAGORADIOANDMEDIA.COM reports.

O’DELL cited two reasons fro the shuttering — the royalty rates and his other job as PD for WRME-LP/87.7 MeTV FM. “Sadly, when you combine the two factors, the diminishing amount of available time to maintain the quality of SJC at a level I feel our listeners deserve and the increasing expenses related to performance royalties, there is no longer any uncertainty about the decision I have to make,” he said. “I cannot continue to operate SMOOTHJAZZCHICAGO. With a heavy heart, I have decided to shut down the station on DECEMBER 31st, 2015. read more