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LAST CALL for KISN-91 air checks on live365

(4 posts)
  • Started 10 years ago by skeptical
  • Latest reply from itsvern

  1. skeptical
    Member

    In May the KISN-91 aircheck station on live365 will convert to paid listeners only.

    There are still a few weeks left where you can listen free:

    http://www.live365.com/stations/skeptical2

    Sadly though, there are more listeners now than there were 8 years ago, in fact the monthly 65 tlh is the highest its been in nearly that entire time. When one considers that there is only 13 hours of programming, either I've a lot of listeners or a couple of die-hard KISN fans listening to the same 13 hours over and over again. :)

    The reason for the change? Increased internet royalities, pure and simple. I'll be glad to turn over the operation of station to anyone who is willing to pay to keep it a "free" station. Figure on a couple hundred bucks a year for a no-frills station -- a large percentage of that amount goes to royalties.

    You'll still be able to listen if you're a live365 VIP listener (subscriber -- about $5 a month). However, there will be an obvious major ratings drop for the station and if falls below a certain level, the chance of the station becoming delisted by live365 becomes likely and KISN will once again go dark.

    Posted on April 17, 2010 - 10:24 PM #
  2. Master of Disaster
    Member

    Strictly IMO, Live 365 not only fell prey to the record companies who wanted to shut down online streaming audio, but also itself.

    I haven't listened to anything on Live 365 in years. Having to have a username and signing in to listen was a pain enough (even before I learned of "backdoor" link websites where I didn't have to download spyware to listen to different stations), and some of the more serious stations with separate websites even went as far as to give "guest" logins so there was less of a hassle. When they cut and gut the number of people that could listen to any given station at the same time, thereby penalizing those putting together a quality station (and telling them that they could continue their current "personal" broadcasting packages to the tune of thousands of dollars a month and they would still be prohibited from selling their own ads or be moved to a "professional" package for many more thousands a month), I as a listener decided Live 365 was no longer worth listening to.

    Live 365 should have offered a better model, maybe by offering those providing the better stations opportunities to help them generate revenue.

    Posted on April 18, 2010 - 08:01 PM #
  3. skeptical
    Member

    You've your opinion, but on the other hand, nobody on the net has stepped up and offered a better model. Yes, there are some that claim to be, but they arguably have bigger flaws than live365. While obviously this isn't the thread to discuss internet radio royalties, the bottom line is this: broadcasting on the net anywhere is no longer cheap. Live365 survived the crash of Internet 1.0 and is still around after 12 years. Something has worked.

    Posted on April 18, 2010 - 10:02 PM #
  4. itsvern
    Member

    I'm still there! All the music on my station is from their music library!
    Dmca Compliant for less than $20 per month!
    http://www.live365.com/stations/pdxrock

    Posted on April 19, 2010 - 12:27 AM #