It 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