Will CMT decision on equal play for females impact radio?

TV screenshot CMT video channel
TV screenshot CMT video channel; photo Indie Art South

News stories are breaking about equal play for female artists on CMT and associated music channels. An announcement at Wide Open Country summed up the new initiative.

I’m glad to see steps being taken to increase the presence of women, but CMT aside, we have to ask whether this will have any impact on broader country radio programming. Continue reading “Will CMT decision on equal play for females impact radio?”

South Florida Country Music Awards votes are in: Luke Combs tops list

Luke Combs photo from @LukeCombs on Facebook
Luke Combs photo from @LukeCombs on Facebook

Votes have been tallied in the South Florida Country Music Awards contest, and Luke Combs took top honors for 2019 Entertainer of the Year.

The awards list is peopled with celebs like Combs, but up-and-comers closer to the organization’s home base state are also favorites.

One top award winner, Eli Mosely, served in the US Marines, and with lines like “You’re my trailer park princess,” his work stands out as authentic country rising to the top in a music genre where pop has blended itself into mainstream country. Continue reading “South Florida Country Music Awards votes are in: Luke Combs tops list”

Is iHeart Radio’s slash and burn an opportunity for indies?

radio image Indie Art South
Image/Indie Art South

If you haven’t read the sad tale of iHeart Media’s latest strategy and the impact on its stations and listeners, listen up. The nation’s largest owner of radio stations has resorted to a slash and burn policy affecting markets across the country, including in my home city. More than 850 stations are in the conglomerate, and a number of  top hosts have been laid off.

Did the hosts see this coming? Maybe.  Continue reading “Is iHeart Radio’s slash and burn an opportunity for indies?”

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”

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”