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(8/6/2010 4:34:59 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
"Want to Kill HD Radio?"

"Let’s say that radio companies have to start paying royalties on the music that they play. Even if it is a flat percentage of all revenue like other outlets are going to be charged, HD Radio streams would do nothing more than serve to drive up royalty payments for NAB members. The overwhelming majority of terrestrial listeners ARE NOT listening to HD Radio. Ads on HD Radio will be dirt cheap for a very long time. The HD streams may not be able to cover royalty on music from ad revenues. Do you think that Clear Channel will continue to pump money in to HD Radio equipment, expanding services and coverage if the payoff in the end is an INCREASE in copyright royalties and nothing more?"

Anything that helps kill this HD Radio Farce is a good thing!

- HDRadioFarce
(8/6/2010 1:53:42 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
NAB, you are opening up a big can of worms that will come to bite you back. Remember the TV Networks that walked away from your membership for years and just recently returned? I think that will happen when the large radio groups get to see their huge invoices from RIAA, they will have to take the NAB fees/dues to pay RIAA and MusicFirst. Once this door is opened, the fees will only keep going up every contract period... we will be screwed from now on! Are we going to have to pay each label a fee, like we have to do with BMI, ASCAP and SESAC and whoever comes along? Or are they forming one monopoly group to scam radio stations?
Can someone with intelligence please check into why the labels are getting away with payola, listen to all the product endorsements, especially on country songs on the radio today, mostly beer, but plenty others are in the songs as well. We need to charge RIAA back for the airtime to promote products in their songs.
Radio needs the ability to charge back RIAA a processing fee for us to process their invoices. I can't wait to see what will happen radio stations come to agreements with performers that opt out of the PRA deal in exchange for FREE airplay, what are you going to do then? Will you let RIAA try to charge us for talk programming too?
NAB once you open this can of worms, it's going to be the death of the NAB as you know it.
Just in case you don't see it, broadcast radio has been the beating ground for everyone from the politicians, the FCC and the sponsors who still think we should be charging 1970 rates. Why is everyone trying to kill FREE broadcast radio? When we start to go under, it will not be something easily fixed, then the FCC can provide government provided radio and we can kill off democracy altogether!
Finally, I will do all I can to get our state's legislature to make sure they pass laws to charge the RIAA, MusicFirst and the poor concert performers who earn money in our state and charge them an INCOME TAX. We need to screw everyone just like broadcast radio gets from everyone else.

- Al Sergi

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