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Messages - UrbanHitzRadio

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Catch All Discussion Board / Re: Some Observations
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:44:48 AM »
WoW! I've received no other emails from ASCAP since the name change to O2 Webcasting. When did BMI chime in and say their affiliation was no longer being honored?

I'm not sure what is going on in denmark or if the koolaid is even fresh anymore. If SL was legal and had all their ducks in order, why the name change? You sure they aren't running away from old  responsibilities? They still have no other do main name? AFAIK, it is still streamlicensing.com, being directed to a website listed as O2 webcasting. That is unprofessional at best!
If I want to operate rogue, I sure as heck can do it without all of this. Get it together!

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Catch All Discussion Board / Re: Licensing not paid?
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:19:07 PM »
While I may agree with SL's position, I cannot agree with how they went about confronting ASCAP.

SL admits that the "overcharge" was the result of a defect in SL's own reporting software.  The prudent way to go about recovering overpayments due to YOUR OWN ERRORS would be to conduct the audit and then submit the results to ASCAP, not to unilaterally stop paying them.  This is akin to poking the bear.  As a businessperson, I would probably have reacted in the exact same manner that ASCAP did.

With all that said, I have removed all ASCAP music (not much there, as we primarily play independent unsigned artists who have not registered with any PRO) until this unsavory matter has been resolved.

If this is what happened, this was a very unpeofessional child-like way to  attempt to resolve an issue. I deal with this type of BS from idiotic customers at my day job.
You don't just stop paying the bill. Stay current, or cancel said service until you get the desired resolution.
This has me concerned because ASCAP says they have not been paid for 8 months. And this is true, if SL stopped paying. ASCAP definitely has not been paid, on-time and upfront.
Regardless of an overpayment. It would have all come back with a legal investigation and audit of their books, etc.
Now I have ASCAP at my door demanding a membership.

This is not kindergarten here. We should have have to be drug into a battle between ASCAP and StreamLicensing. None of this happend when Marvin ran the joint!

We all know the history of the RIAA, but  if information has come out stating that the bill was not justly paid because of an overpayment of funds, then I can't say that I can't believe ascap. Look at what they say below... SL isn't going to get another ASCAP license...probably. They don't have to issue one.

It doesn't take more than 30 days with a fully qualified team that is engaged and experienced to run an excel audit!
The bill wasn't current for 8 months - supposedly. That's a long time and plenty of payments from people like you and me being paid and the money not going where it needed to go.

Despite claiming it's conducting an "internal audit," Streamlicensing has not furnished ASCAP with any information concerning its metric tracking, reporting or fee calculations or made any proposals.

Streamlicensing has not responded to any of ASCAP's numerous communications about its breach nor engaged ASCAP in discussions regarding a resolution.

As a result of its failure to pay fees, ASCAP does not anticipate issuing - nor is it obligated to issue - a new license to Streamlicensing.


What I want to know is why SL has not contacted these people.  >:(

It doesn't make sense if someone at ASCAP is working with SL and someone else over there is just sending out demad orders. Apparently ASCAP is aware of all communications that are being sent from SL to all of us!
They can sue SL and each and everyone of us as co-conspiritors.

All I know is that someone is lying and we the uers are in the middle of it all.

I'm just disappointed, that I keep running into these unprofessional situations!

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Catch All Discussion Board / Re: Licensing not paid?
« on: July 20, 2017, 06:32:29 AM »
I am very disappointed if revenues to ASCAP have not been paid up to date.. Why would ASCAP send such an email.
This leaves us in a similar situation as other services in years past.

I am going to need continuous updates on this ...And not via facebook. I didn't sign up with Facebook nor pay facebook any money. FB doens't charge my CC monthly for ATH.
It is an unprofessional situation to receive an email from ASCAP telling me that the company I am using has a terminated agreement and now I must go directly to their website in order to obtain a license.

I missed it when it 1st came out, because, ya know like other people I have a daily life and do not check the SL email box that often, but I know my card is charged monthly, so I'm not worried about making sure what SL says I owe is paid. So, where has all the money that we have all been paying, gone? Who got paid? I want to see a ledger of monies collected and paid to ASCAP and I think you all should want this as well.

If ASCAP owes SL money and has overcharged them, why would ASCAP neglect that fact via their email?

Something isn't right here. And  the blame game isn't the way I conduct business!
 I do not want anymore emails from: Max DeMagistris <mdemagistris@ascap.com> telling me that SL is no longer licensed, if that is not the case!!!

I am counting on Mr. Hernandez to fix this.

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StreamLicensing Blog / Re: New default SL web player
« on: May 19, 2016, 04:41:14 PM »
Good question, UrbanHitzRadio. I figured it out for myself because I couldn't find simple instructions at StreamLicensing.com. That's how I made changes to facilitate the link so visitors could open the new mandatory pop up player. I have since suggested through a Help Ticket that it would be a good idea to include simple instructions about how members could update their websites to make it possible for their visitors to open the new mandatory player, too.

This was my answer today:

"Excellent point Gary. I created an article in the Knowledgebase for people to use.

Thanks GG! you're very helpful and I appreciate that :).

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SAM / Re: SAM Broadcaster is BEST! (2016.3)
« on: May 18, 2016, 04:26:46 PM »
The one I just made!  ::)

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StreamLicensing Blog / Re: New default SL web player
« on: May 18, 2016, 04:25:59 PM »
Where do you get this player from?

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Since it was NOT posted here, but an email was just sent out this morning...


Hi David,

While we continue to fight for the Small Webcasters Settlement Act to be re-instated, we must make necessary changes to help off-set some of these costs. You will continue to have the same pricing as you have now. As part of our effort to continue affordable royalty coverage, we are now requiring all broadcasters to use our web player in order to maintain compliance with StreamLicensing and the PROs. It is necessary for us to augment the difference in per-performance fess with SoundExchange, while continuing to provide the same pricing to customers. By using our web player, we will incorporate display and pre-roll ads that will help to make up the difference.

Beginning June 1st, 2016 all stations will be required to switch to our player which will enable us to pay the per-performance fees for you. If you wish to use a third party player you must agree to pay the additional per-performance fees each month. Simply open a ticket and our Managemen t Team will be glad to quote you the additional fees and allow you to opt out of the player mandate. You may obtain this link and information inside your control panel by navigating to http://www.streamlicensing.com/xstream/index.php.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. You may simply reply to this ticket at any time.

Warmest Regards,

The StreamLicensing Team 

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SAM / SAM Broadcaster is BEST! (2016.3)
« on: May 14, 2016, 11:24:07 AM »
That's all!

My station has run on SAM since 2001, once I left L365. Yes there have been troubles over the years, but through and through, it's the best solution for the station at this time. Definitely worth the $299. I know they have a 25% discount running as well.  :P Thanks Spacial.

***100% registered/licensed here***

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Broadcasting News / Radionomy Stations Removed from Tunein...
« on: May 04, 2016, 03:35:55 PM »
Re: http://blog.primcast.com/

So, are any stations here hosted on Radionomy? I noticed something strange Friday when I got home from work and noticed the listener count plummet heavily. I didn't think much of it; strange, yes!

But what happened was TuneIn removed the ability for users to tune in via the Mobile App, if your station was believed to be a Radionomy hosted station. My station is NOT hosted on Radionomy. NEVER WAS and NEVER WILL BE!
I sent in a complaint email to a contact over there in Corporate to find out what was going on.
TuneIn listed my station as being a part of the Radionomy network. Couldn't be further from the truth. I am Shoutcast. This has since been corrected.
I would advise you all to check your stations and listings. If you are shoutcast and they have you listed as being a part of the Radionomy network, contact them ASAP!

According to Radionomy's Steam Policy Modification (https://board.radionomy.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=21377):
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In order to limit our audience, the stations will not be accessible on TuneIn anymore and we have also decided to not pay stations producers for their US listening hours anymore as of May 1st 2016.

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Station Promotion & Funding / Re: Solid Rock Radio Returns 3.0
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:16:10 AM »
Welcome Back!  :D

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StreamLicensing Blog / Re: Time to Talk or Time to Act
« on: January 18, 2016, 01:53:56 PM »
If we had a one stop shop where it all was put together, then it would not be so spread out all over the place. You would give real small webcasters a way to stay in the loop. Let's say here @ SL, without leaving the site.

As it is, I'm stretched thin. Everything costs more. I am looking at a minimum of $60 a month for TLH of up to 4,000 and revenue of up to $20. That is just the minimum people. I don't think the children that have ventured into this arena, realize how expensive this can GO!
I run a station, have a FT job as well. I have plenty of other bills as well. So I'm not just sitting at home playing candy games on my home computer. I'm a one man shop. I DO IT ALL!

Take into consideration, I pay to stream, I pay for a dedicated server, and I have to have a budget for other things like sweepers, promos, etc.

 So let's just say if your station generated just under 10,000 TLH and you made up to $20 a month in revenue, you're looking at $109.32 in SL costs. MINIMUM!
THIS IS NOT A GAME! It costs to play with other peoples property.

I think the onslaught of people that have been able to just open up a station with FREE broadcasting software plays a major role.
I am glad that Live365 is almost dead!

If you are serious about having an internet radio station, then sites like L365 are NOT necessary. You need to run your own operation and PAY for everything out of pocket. I don't support any "upload stations". I never will advocate for them!

The pure fact is there is someone making a lot of money off of things like the Small Webcasters Agreement that was in place. And it sure isn't you and me. It's places like L365 and other FOR-PROFIT operations who are able to have people foolishly pay into their service for an upgraded acct and still run ads on their stations, while the broadcasters don't make a DIME. And if these artists are not making any $$$ from what's being collected already, themn where is the $$$? They need to ask their RIAA record labels that question! It is what it is.

Another fact is the majority of  these "smaller webcasters" are simply not financially able to pay for any monthly licensing. So you might,ask yourself why are they running an online radio station for FREE? Good question. I'd love to know the answer as well.

This needs to be a leveled playing field. And just maybe these increases will start doing just that.

With an explosion of the advanced things one can do on the internet, we've come to expect to do anything and everything without paying for it.
I do not agree.

The only question for me is, what is a fair rate? And how can we gather people who are gainfully employed who also run their own stations, to enter the arena to support a fair rate?

I am Not going to fight to NOT pay anything! There are 2 sides in this battle. Which one are you on?

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Catch All Discussion Board / Re: It's In The Blood
« on: October 16, 2014, 07:20:25 PM »
Wow! I know this all too well. I've been running my station since 2000. I can't count how many times I've called it quits, whether due to non-interest or financial concerns.  I've recently thought about it again, because it's financially a strain. Plus I hold down a FT/10 hours a day. Where do we find the time to maintain an internet station? LMAO!
But I've been able to make a few bucks here n there. I'm going to ride it until the wheels fall off.

It really is in the blood, when you're committed to something you really love and care for. I say, make this time for keeps and stick with it.

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Catch All Discussion Board / Re: STATION'S CALL LETTERS
« on: October 16, 2014, 07:09:52 PM »
 8) It's cool to have. I did this with my station back in 2012. I still use the initials of the station as the call letters. However, the so-called registration I think was $19.99 or $25.00...I can't even re-call.
It is for one year. Once you register, they send you this big packet with a certificate and the works. Looks official by all means. But I think it's just a Novelty. There really is no FCC registration of your call sign.

And after that one year expired, I never heard from he NADB...lol.

So take it for what it's worth. On their website, there is no member resource to log in to. Once you've paid your money, it's gone. I'm not saying it's a sham, but it's not anything really, really official. It's just a Novelty. It would be nice it something like that did exist, but in reality, it just doesn't - for internet radio!

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Broadcasting Software / ProppFrexx 3.0
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:17:13 AM »
I am testing this other software called ProppFrexx...Very nice program.  impressed. And it takes a lot to impress me in software.

It looks solid, and when you open it and start playing with it, it has a grown up feel to it.

Does anyone else have experience with this program?
see image here>> http://postimg.org/image/ty2yjc5mt/full/

...very nice guys. ...WOW!


Clearly this software is top notch. It comes with 4 players for your Playlist, and apparently up to 99 Aux/Standby players...and yes, it handles ALL types of media files for your input...damn! Can stream to Shoutcast, Icecast, WMAcast and Homecast...not bad. Also, you're able to assign an individual mixer channel to each player. And that's just the easy stuff so far I've learned. IT DOES NOT USE MySQL!!! And all of my tracks have accurate lengths to them. None of that -0:00  mess.

PF needs a user base to populate their forums for assistance, etc. The user manual has way too many "more to come soon" gaps about the most important aspects to be useful. But radio42 does provide help on the forums himself.

I'm intrigued...very. Let's see if this becomes more mainstream among internet radio. It has all the bells and whistles and can do everything the major players can do.

I've pretty much tried every other software suite out there, to gain an interest, in terms of the GUI, then comes the engine,etc.
It's high time that programmers step into 2013 with broadcasting software...get creative. As their user bases are no longer the older FM/AM heads. There are younger people out there that have no interest in the older way of doing things...imho
Even some of the older cats out there want something that looks good, is easy to navigate and friendly.
There's a HUGE market out there taking advantage of internet radio, and *most* of em are on shoutcast, and we know what software they are using. It's widely popular, and available and has a sizeable user base. I have used it since 2002.
And no one really has stepped up to the plate to challenge em.

Get your demo now: http://www.proppfrexx.radio42.com/

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