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    Tuesday, June 26, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED Supports Day of Silence June 26 

    The next edition of NO HOLDS BARRED will be delayed for a couple of days to support the day of silence being held Tuesday, June 26. This is a protest against the 300 percent royalty rate increase for online music webcasters, which is an attack on all forms of Internet radio. This protest is being organized by the SaveNetRadio Coalition.

    While NO HOLDS BARRED is technically a podcast and a talk show, these technical and genre distinctions pale in importance to the issue of the attack by big business on the mainly fledgling and grassroots Internet radio webcasters. As a veteran of Internet radio, from eYada.com on, I again remind folks that an injury to one is an injury to all.

    Here is the press release explaining the Day of Silence:

    For Immediate Release

    The Sounds of Silence Will be Heard By Millions

    National Day of Silence for U.S. Webcasters to be Held in Protest of Fee Hike

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The regularly scheduled programming of millions of Internet radio listeners will be temporarily interrupted tomorrow when tens of thousands of U.S. webcasters observe a national Day of Silence. Protesting the recent 300 percent royalty rate increase for online music webcasters, the aim of the industry wide daylong blackout is to raise awareness of the threat these new rates pose to the future of Internet radio and rally support for legislation pending in Congress.

    "Webcasters of every size and from every corner of the country will stand united tomorrow to protest a very real and fast approaching threat to their livelihood," said Jake Ward, a spokesperson for the SaveNetRadio Coalition. With nearly a half million emails and phone calls from webcasters, listeners, and the artists they support sent to Congress in just the last two months, this national grassroots campaign has certainly captured the attention of lawmakers, but there is more to be done and time is running out.

    During the National Day of Silence webcasters will urge their listeners to contact their congressional representatives and ask them to support the Internet Radio Equality Act and preserve the future of Internet radio. Tomorrow the silence of tens of thousand of webcasters will make the call to save Internet radio heard loud and clear.

    Internet-only webcasters and broadcasters that simulcast online will alert their listeners that "silence" is what Internet radio may be reduced to after July 15th, the day on which 17 months' worth of retroactive royalty payments -- at new, exceedingly high rates -- are due to the SoundExchange collection organization, following a recent Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision.

    The following is a partial list of participants; it is not a complete list:
    Live365 stations,
    MTV Online,
    KCRW (Santa Monica, CA),
    Wizard Radio,
    Born Again Radio,
    WGLI (Babylon, NY),
    WMUK (Kalamazoo, MI),
    Head-On Radio Network,
    Zecom/Gemz Radio,
    monkeygrip music cafe,
    KFCF (Fresno, CA),
    Blue Power/Guitar Speak,
    WPNA (Oak Park, IL),
    60's Chicks Radio/Seasons & Celebrations Radio,
    STAR 107.9,
    Puregold Rock 'N Roll,
    NeverEndingWonder Radio,
    BAGeL Radio,
    KDUN (Reedsport, OR),
    KQLZ (Los Angeles, CA),
    KXPR/KXJZ (Sacramento, CA),
    BlackLight Radio,
    Pure Pop 24/7,
    Smooth Jazz and More,
    Reggae Nostalgia,
    WCH Radio/The Wave,
    WYGS Southern Gospel Radio Network,
    WRAJ Internet Radio
    KPBX - Spokane Public Radio http://www.kpbx.org/
    Vault Radio http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com
    KALW (San Francisco, CA) www.kalw.org
    The Miz Radio http://www.live365.com/stations/misterconnections?site=pro
    GalaxyStorm Radio http://www.radio.galaxystorm.com
    MaxMarch Radio http://radio.maxmarch.com\
    KRUA 88.1 http://krua.uaa.alaska.edu
    Radio Odyssey http://www.radioodyssey.com
    Indie Airplay http://www.indieairplay.com
    Digitally Imported Radio http://www.di.fm
    SKY.fm http://www.sky.fm
    LastCall-Radio http://www.lastcall-radio.com/
    Melted Metal Web Radio http://www.meltedmetal.com/
    The Hot Cakes and Sausage Morning Show
    KVMR-FM, Nevada City CA (Sacramento market) http://kvmr.org
    OutboundMusic http://outboundmusic.com/
    Ozone Radio www.theozoneradio.com
    Zimmer Radio, Joplin, MO Kissin 92.5/Kix 102.5/1310 KZRG/Big Dog 97.9
    Loud City http://community.loudcity.com/
    Power Radio International www.powerradioint.com
    WEOS, Geneva, NY www.weos.org
    WCPR Castle Point Radio, Hoboken, NJ http://www.stevens.edu/wcpr/
    KHPZ Radio Network (Los Angeles, CA) www.myspace.com/khpzradionetwork
    Italian Graffiati www.italiangraffiati.com
    Radio Skipper www.radioskipper.com
    Whitedove Gospel Internet Radio http://www.whitedoveradio.com
    Kansas City Online Radio www.KCOnlineRadio.com
    RoadsEndRadio www.RoadsEndRadio.com
    All About Country - AllAboutCountry.com
    RadioNC Online Internet Radio - http://radionc.com
    WNYC New York Public Radio - www.wnyc.org
    PowerHitRadio - http://www.thepowerhits.com\All Memphis Music -
    Radio X Network – http://Radio X Network.com
    KUIW Radio San Antonio, Texas - http://www.kuiw.org
    PopFusion Radio - www.popfusionradio.com
    WPRY AM 1400 Perry, FL http://www.wpry.com/
    525 Power Tracks www.525.com
    Wild West Radio - Wildwestradio.com
    Jazz Radio 24/7 http://JazzRadio247.com
    Barcelona Jazz Radio www.barcelonajazzradio.com
    RadioZX www.RadioZX.com
    WOXY www.woxy.com
    WAjP Net Radio Network, Paintsville, Kentucky http://phsaa.org/
    TheRockHD - TheRockHD.com
    YHotHD - YHotHD.com ZRadio - zradio.com
    WDYN - Dynamic Independent Radio 100.1 FM Rochester, NY WDYN.net
    My Flex Radio – www.MyFlexRadio.com
    Christian Rock.net – www.ChristianRock.Net
    Variety-FM Gold – http://www.variety-fm.com
    Mix Utah - www.mixutah.com
    KCWU-FM 88.1, Ellensburg, WA (Central Washington University) -
    Japan-A-Radio – http://www.japanaradio.com/
    Radio Underground - http://www.radiounderground.net/
    The Geek Radio – http://thegeekradio.com

    To learn more about Day of Silence events and the SaveNetRadio coalition, contact jake@savenetradio.org or visit http://www.SaveNetRadio.org. For the most up to date list of webcasters joining the national day of silence, visit www.kurthanson.com/dos.

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