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”

Sheriff’s worst suspicions confirmed in country singer’s fatal crash

Maria Elena Cruz, 16, victim of Kylie Rae Harris
Maria Elena Cruz, 16, was killed by country singer Kylie Rae Harris who was driving at excessive speeds and impaired by alcohol in early September. (Image: Fundraiser for Ms. Cruz; page created by Nicole Cisneros Jederlinic)

Taos county sheriff Jerry Hogrefe had long suspected alcohol a factor in the fatal crash caused by 30 year old country singer Kylie Rae Harris near the New Mexico border in early September. Now Hogrefe’s worst suspicions have been confirmed. Continue reading “Sheriff’s worst suspicions confirmed in country singer’s fatal crash”

Hootie and the Blowfish new album ‘Imperfect Circle’ pending, but who’s the real Hootie?

Hootie and the blowfish
Hootie and the Blowfish (photo: hootie.com)

Hootie and the Blowfish became a South Carolina legend, with the band achieving success on a level most musicians dream about. The band gave way to lead vocalist Darius Rucker’s solo career for awhile. Now they’re back with a second act and their forthcoming album “Imperfect Circle.” Continue reading “Hootie and the Blowfish new album ‘Imperfect Circle’ pending, but who’s the real Hootie?”

SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times

Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it's been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)
Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it’s been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)

Eric Church’s Double Down Tour is so successful, he’s extended it. Again. Via the website Saving Country Music, it looks like a song from his album released in late 2018, Desperate Man, will soon be released as a radio single. The song “Monsters” was new to me; I hadn’t heard it yet. After listening, I came to the conclusion now is a perfect time to release it. Continue reading “SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times”