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Thursday, March 8, 2007

the fcc, letting us be?

In the same week that the FCC announced that Clear Channel, Citadel, and others would pay a settlement to end the payola scandal that has plagued commercial radio, another side deal was made.

Independent of the government's ruling, major radio corporations struck a deal with independent music spokesgroup American Association for Independent Music (A2IM, a sweet acronym) to allot airtime for indie bands. Clear Channel and friends will now set aside 8,400 half hour blocks for our little unknown friends thus flipping the the entire music industry on its head, baffling indie bands and their labels, and freaking out scenesters worldwide.

Now this begs a few questions:

1. What's an indie band?
2. Will indie bands get indie-er to avoid major radio play?
3. Will non-indie groups get indie-er to receive more gauranteed radio play?

We'll have to wait and see, but until then, I'm going to have to find all sorts of new ways to up my indie cred.

(Sourcess: ABC News, Spin)

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6 Comments:

Blogger Rich said...

My band is so indie we don't even exist. BTW, I put your post at the top because I like it better than mine.

3/8/07, 2:34 PM  
Blogger zp said...

thanks sweet heart. we're a killer pair.

3/8/07, 5:43 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

indie bands are bands on labels that are not owned by BMI, SonyBMG, Universal and Warner ... i think the real questions are 1) what happens when the 8400 half hours are up? 2) will they play good indies, or total shit? and 3) will this end having a really disgusting "OC/Garden State" effect ... 'OMG i heard this song by Fires at the Arcade or something on B97, i hear they're really popular, my daddy is gonna buy me 8 tickets to their show'

3/9/07, 6:42 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

Why don't indie rock fans/bands want people in the mainstream to listen to indie rock? I hate to break it to everybody, but if no one makes any money on indie records/shows, they simply won't exist.

3/9/07, 1:15 PM  
Blogger zp said...

if making money was indie rock's goal, they already would be gone.

but you are right, rich, it is strange how indie kids hate when non-indie kids listen to their music.

something territorial about it that i can't quite put my finger on.

3/19/07, 9:48 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

Of course, most real artists are never in it for the money. But the producers, record companies, distributors, manufacturers, websites, radio stations, and stores all are.

3/20/07, 10:41 AM  

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