Industry News Bits 6-26-19

NRBMLC UPDATE: In 2014, during a lengthy two-plus year review by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, your committee filed lengthy comments in support of keeping the decrees in place. The decrees were imposed on both PROs by the DOJ over 70 years ago. The reason? Throughout their history both have tended to misuse their power, sometimes in violation of U.S. antitrust laws. Following its 2014-15 study, the DOJ decided to not alter the decrees. Instead, it added some clarity concerning some of their more confusing issues such as “whole work licensing.”  

By their nature ASCAP and BMI violate U.S. antitrust statutes. The industry has chosen to live with their monopolistic tendencies because they serve a very good purpose: bundling the licensing of performances and royalty payments to creators into a convenient process. Without the force of ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, however, the licensing of individual public music performances becomes untenable. Since these two PROs control more than 85% of music that is performed on radio, chaos could result. If you are so inclined, please pray!    


Madeline Knies announces she is exiting the KCMS/Seattle (Spirit 105.3) Marketing & Promotions Director.


Ambassador is offering a FREE tool kit to stations for the 4th of July. Get it HERE.


The KPVR/St Louis (BOOST 101.9) morning show with JBo and Yoshi interviewed Steven Malcolm in honor of Father’s Day. In the interview, Steven opened up about the inspiration for his latest project and his relationship with his dad. The last time Steven saw his dad was when he was 9 years-old. His dad was busted for selling drugs and was deported back to Jamaica. For his most recent album, “The Second City,” Steven traveled to his dad’s hometown, Montego Bay Jamaica, for inspiration and to find out more about his heritage. The music features a Jamaican vibe and focuses on redemption and his dad’s legacy. Watch the interview HERE


Congratulations to NGEN/Houston PD Chris Chicago and his wife Jessica on the birth of their baby girl Lochlan Lee Chicago.
Born yesterday at 1:42pm, 8.7lbs


Milestones:
Chris Kelly 7 years at KFIS/Portland
Zack Boehm 4 years at WAY Media


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