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?”

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”

Crazy Daysies get top pick of week at Music Mafia Radio

Music Mafia Radio’s Rick Landstrom has selected Rebecca Day and The Crazy Daysies as Pick of the Week. On Monday’s Live Top 30 Countdown show, the pick will be announced. Continue reading “Crazy Daysies get top pick of week at Music Mafia Radio”

Shania Twain joins critics of radio content

Shania Twain Now Tour poster
Shania Twain tour poster from her page: facebook.com/ShaniaTwain/

If you read here at Indie Art South, you know how I feel about radio content. Regardless of genre, it all sounds the same to me. Country, pop, rock, and rap have all been homogenized in the interest of profit. That’s perfectly legal, but also perfectly boring. Now Shania Twain has added her voice to those of other high profile critics, although her focus is country.  Continue reading “Shania Twain joins critics of radio content”