So it turns out, based on the response of Web radio listeners around the globe, that lots of people like silence. Or they like Internet radio. Or they hate the CRB. Or a combination thereof. Regardless, only a handful of days remain before the CRB’s proposed rates threaten many popular Webcasters and the industry itself. Which sucks. Really really sucks.
Yesterday I gave quite a few plugs for the DOS while on the air at WZBC, even though our station wasn’t participating in the silent protest. After reading a PSA a caller suggested I play John Cage’s 4’33” as my personal protest — I had this same idea the day before, until a friend reminded me that I would be misrepresenting Cage’s famous piece by being seated in front of a broadcast microphone, not a piano. Even though I stuck with my friend’s rationale and didn’t play the piece, my bet’s on Cage, if alive today, condoning the use of 4’33” to promote a good cause, because Internet radio is the sort of medium that promotes work from fringe (at least as far as the general public is concerned) artists like himself. Viva!