Friends! I have great news! For so long I’ve been held back in making KXRT a much more successful and big project. The big thing with internet radio stations is paying royalties and other fees to the Artists and their record companies. Generally, this has been prohibitively expensive and I would guess a big portion still don’t do it. We are now no longer part of that crowd!
I recently signed up for a great program that allows us smaller broadcasters pay a small monthly fee that covers these fees. The monthly charge is very small relative to doing this entirely on one’s own. The reason it works is because thousands of us pay this small fee to a central entity that negotiates special deals with the companies that levy these charges. This way, instead of us all having to pay tens of thousands of dollars a year just to play good music, we can all share the fees and save TONS of cash!
I’ve made some needed changes to this site and to the Facebook Page to become completely in line with the requirements to keep these fees low. What it means is that while I used to give you direct links to my streams, I now have to have you click through to a launch page. This page is small and simple with some key info as well as the links to several streaming options. These regulations and laws are constantly changing even now laws are being looked at and modified in Washington, DC. For now, this is the way it has to be for me to be sure I am completely covered and protected from some severe monetary punishments.
I will keep things on the up and up. You will see more and more coming around because of this change. I plan to make promotional agreements with small businesses to arrange win-win situations for KXRT and them (and you!). More info about all this will be forthcoming! I am not saying we will have commercials or tons of banner-ads on the site, but you might hear on-air mentions of business sponsoring some show or feature or see Facebook contests that involve gift cards and more! This is all very exciting news and we are very happy to announce it to you.
Thanks for your understanding and now we can really make KXRT the incredible internet resource/service I always dreamed it could be!