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BLR_goodbye



It is with the deepest regret that I write you to let you know that BlackLight Radio will cease streaming effective midnight Sunday night.


We have been on life support since January when the new webcasting rates went into effect.


Today, I lost my “day job” and can no longer afford to pay to keep BlackLight Radio on the web.


Anonymous John and Jerry Wilson will carry you through this last weekend.


I am proud of what we created… and will miss you all very, very much.

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Starting today, Wednesday, March 16th, BlackLight Radio will not be playing any music or announcements of any kind for an hour each day starting at noon east coast time (9 AM west coast time).

We are doing this because the CRB and SoundExchange have not yet agreed to a deal with StreamLicensing and other small webcasters, and our rates make it impossible to support our current listening audience. Our income over the past six months is equal to only one-third of our expenses.

This silent hour each day is an effort to reduce our “impressions,” or number of listeners times the number of songs, each month to reduce our monthly losses to a level we can absorb.

If this daily silent hour isn’t enough to reduce our impressions to a manageable level, we will add more “holes” to our daily programming. We will also be adding more and longer commercial breaks to increase our income.

If and when we are able to get a reasonable rate from SoundExchange, we will return to continuous music.

Please continue to check this website and our Facebook page for more updates as they become available.

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rough roadAnother quick update to let you know our licensing rates, which already doubled in January, are going up again in February.

As a result, we are looking at several ways to control costs which disrupts the least number of listeners. One option may be disconnecting from a listener after a certain length of time (for example, when you might go to lunch, etc) or in the worst case scenario, blocking United States listeners.

We don’t want to do any of this, but SoundExchange has our back against the wall and it’s this, or shut down. Please know that StreamLicensing is continuing to try to negotiate on our behalf, and we hope that a cost-effective settlement will soon come.

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