2/1/16 - THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED (AGAIN)
On February 1, 2016, due to changing government regulations, including a change in how internet radio station royalties are calculated, ChristmasRadio.com, along with many other webcasters & Live365.com, have been forced to stop broadcasting.
ChristmasRadio.com was launched in 1999 and back then the "broadcast" consisted of about 30 midi files and we were lucky to have any listeners. Most recently, our rotation contained several hundred songs, with over a third of our playlist composed of songs submitted to us from independent artists. We've had folks tune in from all 50 states and from over 80 different countries. In addition, since our initial launch, Christmas music fans had tuned in for more than 615,000 listening hours.
However, as stated above, the new royalty scheme makes broadcasting for many webcasters simply not financially feasible. It might become an unfortunate reality that only very big corporations will be able to afford to legally broadcast, reducing the variety of music people are able to listen to and making it even harder for independent artists to be heard, along with actually reducing the amount paid to singers and writers for their work, as thousands of broadcasters disappear. To quote Sir Elton John: "It's a sad, sad situation and it's getting more and more absurd".
That being said, I would like to personally thank every single one of our listeners throughout the years, along with the many artists who shared their works and talents with us. May the coming years be ones filled with love & hope and remember...Christmas is a feeling in your heart, not a time of year!
Thank you, again, for having tuned in & God bless,
Art Polimeno, Program Director & Head Elf