Bandwagon Network Radio faces challenges of surviving big biz control of Web

Bandwagon Network Radio logo; used with permission
BWNR logo used with permission

Before the Web came of age, a publisher or broadcaster could usually keep things going without spending a small fortune.

As large corporations began to control the Web, things changed. A big change came in 2015 when a little known entity named the Copyright Royalty Board let the Small Webcasters Act of 2008 expire. Why does this matter to indie musicians and to broadcasters like Bandwagon Network Radio? Continue reading “Bandwagon Network Radio faces challenges of surviving big biz control of Web”

Back from ‘Legends’ in Branson, unsung hero Billy Buchanan heats up Florida

image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page
Image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page @billybmusic.

Before you read another word, I’ll admit I love Billy Buchanan’s voice and style, and I think the music he performs is probably the greatest this country produced in my lifetime. So if you expect me to be objective, ditch that expectation. Buchanan is currently based in Jacksonville, Florida, and besides being an awesome musician, he’s an unsung hero with a story media appeared to overlook. Continue reading “Back from ‘Legends’ in Branson, unsung hero Billy Buchanan heats up Florida”

As Season 2 of ‘Blue Book’ nears, a look back at famous band named for UFOs

415 night fighter squadron Northrop P61 Black Widow used during World War II. (US Government image)
415 night fighter squadron Northrop P61 Black Widow used during World War II. (US Government image)

Season 2 of Project Blue Book will premiere on The History channel on January 21, and if it’s as entertaining as Season 1, fans will be pleased. The series is based on true events, but as I pointed out in an earlier article, there’s also lots of fiction interwoven because this is a series for entertainment. It’s not a documentary and doesn’t profess to be. There are some quirky notes within this series, many of them related to hard truth. One of those quirks relates to a famous band and how it got its name. Continue reading “As Season 2 of ‘Blue Book’ nears, a look back at famous band named for UFOs”

Quibi “star power” debut in April evokes serialized novels of past

cell phone generic image Indie Art South
General photo of cell phone: has nothing to do with the Quibi app. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Lots of buzz right now about a new streaming service, Quibi, debuting in April, and the first thing I thought of was the way novels used to be serialized in newspapers and magazines.

The new app is rumored to rely on “star power,” because the assumption is that if you’re a celebrity-oriented reader, you’ll be happy to pay for the “quick bites” the app delivers to your device. Continue reading “Quibi “star power” debut in April evokes serialized novels of past”

Changes ahead for the Daysies in 2020

firepitFinally Rebecca, Jennifer, and I had a chance to get together and talk about what’s ahead for The Crazy Daysies in 2020. Some things will change, but the most important thing will stay the same.

The band will be doing more shows out of the area. As the Daysies’ Web presence has grown, their supporter base has broadened. In addition to Florida cities, we’ve got Georgia, South Carolina, and maybe North Carolina in our sights for right now. Of course they’ll be doing shows here at home as well, just not as many as before. Continue reading “Changes ahead for the Daysies in 2020”