Herald: Music fee hikes could scuttle WJIB

Dan Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Sun Jan 28 21:17:39 EST 2007

Think Simon Geller; think WVCA; think classical music. Contrary to the local
urban legend, Geller was NOT a classical music afficionado. He adopted the
classical format at WVCA because couldn't afford music license fees and any
copyrights that might once have existed on the classical music he played had
long-since expired. Hence he could play it without having to pay license
fees to ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. (Every time I see the initials SESAC, I think
of a popular kids TV program of that era--Beanie and Cecil. Cecil was Cecil
the Seasick Sea-serpent. I once knew what the initials SESAC stood for, but
I can no longer remember.)

Dan Strassberg, dan.strassberg@att.net
eFax 707-215-6367

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hakim Madjid" <hmadjid@gmail.com>
To: <kc1ih@mac.com>; <brian_vita@cssinc.com>; "Boston Radio"
Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2007 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: Herald: Music fee hikes could scuttle WJIB

> Even if Bob sold the station to a syndicate of boston-radio-interest
> participants, how would this get around the original hang up, namely
> the ASCAP & BMI fee problems?
> 73, DE Hakim (N1ZFF).
> Larry Weil wrote:
> >What's this so-called smooth jazz?  I want only real jazz.
> >Point proven!!!!!
> Brian Vita wrote:
> >>
> >>Given how we have a hard enough time TALKING about radio here
> >>without flaming each other out, do you really think that we could
> >>RUN a radio station without killing each other?  Try picking a
> >>format!  Let's see, beautiful music, long-haired classical for the
> >>elite, smooth jazz, blues, folk, "progressive" talk, conservative
> >>talk, local talk.  We could do a different format each hour!

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