America's much vaunted Independence Day is still a week away, but we're dusting off our old Fourth Of July program anyway. This episode holds a special significance for me, and I'm not talking about patriotism. In my brief spoken episode, I offer ambivalent tribute to my state of unemployment at the time. Six years later, my pavement pounding days are hopefully behind me, but the independence afforded by a steady paycheck still strikes me as Kristoffersonesque at best.
But I wasn't the only one out of a job six years ago. My playmates over at LuxuriaMusic.com had themselves been knocked out from behind their deejay consoles after their parent company was acquired by the ubiquitous Clear Channel. Like me, it took some time, but they eventually got back on their feet. But now, they're being threatened once again by the very entity whose existence we celebrate on July 4th: the even more ubiquitous United States Government.
Just in case you didn't know, of have forgotten, the new royalty rate increase for net radio goes into effect on July 15, rates so impossibly high, observers have been forced to speculate that they are designed to drive off all but the most deep-pocketed players.
Today, June 26th, is the day of internet radio's Day Of Silence protest. If you are a internet radio fan, and you don't like what you hear today, I urge your to contact your congressional representative and ask them to support the "Internet Radio Equality Act" (IREA) (H.R. 2060 in the House and S. 1353 in the Senate). For more information, visit SaveNetRadio.Org.
Episode Five Track List:
"You're A Lucky Fellow Mr. Smith" - Frank Sinatra
"Don't Bite The Hand That's Feeding You" - Tiny Tim
"Where Have All Our Heroes Gone" - Bill Anderson
"World Of Winners" - Massey Ferguson
"Happy Birthday/Grand Old Flag" - Donny Osmond
"Tupperware Spirit Of '76" - Tupperware
"The Fightin' Side Of Me" - Merle Haggard
"I Am An American" - Edmund O'Brien
"You Never Had It So Good" - Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby