Farewell, Live365

Well, the day has arrived in which Live365 closes up shop.  This was on their web site earlier today:

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Seventeen sweet years ago, it was something of a revolution to let anyone launch their own station. Anyone with something to say or play. Live365 provided the tools. Their talent brought the audience.

We were one of the first. Happy we are not the last.

The spirit of 300+ employees over the years, our hundred thousand webcasters, and their hundred million dedicated listeners lives on.

THANK YOU for being here.

Not sure when this text was removed, but as of now I only see a “page not found” error.

EDIT: The farewell message appears to be back now.

Interesting times

RadioInsight is going to be very interesting this year:

Next week will be the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 by Congress. With now two decades in the rear view mirror there have been millions of words written on the positives and negatives of the changes brought on by the passage of the bill.

Over the course of this year we will look back at 1996, as it took place. We’ll look at the programming changes and deals that paved the way to the radio landscape we know today. And we start with where we were in January 1996.

Has it really been 20 years?  Where have we been?  What happened back then?  Let’s see what I/we remember.

Pick a winner!

That’s right, 101.7 The Beach is looking for a new logo, and you can pick it!  So, pick a good one, and bend the course of history!

Jordan Schuman, WBAB Family

Some sad news as we wrap up 2015, and mourn the loss of Peri Appollo’s daughter, Jordan Schuman.  As mentioned in the above Facebook post, Peri was Bob Buchmann’s first morning show co-host.  It’s always sad when we lose a member of the family, whether it be the birth family or radio family.

Siriusly, Howard Stern

Howard Stern

Was there any doubt that Howard Stern would re-up his SiriusXM contract for another five years?  He really can’t go back to terrestrial radio where the FCC monitors his every word.  Where else can he go?  RadioInsight does make an interesting observation:

At the end of the five year deal, Stern will have been with SiriusXM for 15 years and turning 67 years old making it very likely this is his final contract.

Not only that, but by December 2020, he will have been in the radio business for nearly 45 years.  That’s a lot of waking up in the pre-dawn hours to provide entertainment for grumpy commuters on the highways and byways of America.  He’s already adjusted his schedule so that the show starts at 7am rather than 6am.

Enjoy the next five years, SiriusXM subscribers.