SurferNETWORK and XAPPmedia Provide a Competitive Edge for Radio

SurferNETWORK LLC, an Internet Broadcasting and streaming pioneer, announced a partnership today with another pioneer in the digital audio space, XAPPmedia.  This partnership will allow SurferNETWORK clients the ability to easily activate voice utilization features and create custom skills to engage audiences on interactive voice platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.Alexa Skills from SurferNETWORK and XAPPmedia

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Utilizing OnDemand Streaming to Your Advantage

Live streaming is a great way to allow listeners access to your station at any time, and get a live feed just as they would in the market listening to your radio station.  But what if a listener is not available to listen to their favorite personality or show?  Listeners are increasingly accessing station archives to catch up on something they may have missed.  According to a recent study by Westwood One, Cumulus and Nielsen, OnDemand listeners skew 7 years younger than their average AM/FM counterpart and listen for twice the time!  What can you do to keep those listeners engaged?

OnDemand Streaming Skews 7 years younger

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2016 SoundExchange Changes and Paperwork

It’s that time of year again!  2016 is upon us which means it is time to fill out your annual SoundExchange paperwork.  First and foremost, the great news is that rates have decreased from last year by over 30%!  This should help ease the burden of fees for many broadcasters.  The other important change of note is the elimination out of the Small Broadcaster designation. Continue reading

CRB Preparing for Rate Proceedings

The Copyright Royalty Board, in preparing to set the new webcasting rates for 2016, recently asked the Copyright Office whether different rates can be used for different music suppliers.  Billboard breaks this down to mean that “…the Board is looking into whether it can set a higher rate for music licensed from the major labels over music licensed from the independents.”  Continue reading