Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 12:00am

Time to pay the piper… and the drummer?

People that play instruments in recording sessions want royalties now along with being paid for their work when they do it. Kind of like a worker assembling a car and the guy that purchased that car having to pay that worker every time they drive it.

A better analogy is the fact that people advertise products on a radio station to sell them and pay the station for the advertising. Now songwriters and musicians want radio stations to play their music helping them sell their songs.

Belmont University in a study found that, “The music industry in Nashville creates 20,000 direct jobs and 15,000 additional jobs and generates $6.8 billion annually for the economy.” Radio and TV stations are vital partners in that music business. Without commercial radio, songs would not be heard and sold at stores and on Web sites.

I say enough is enough. Radio and TV stations have been bled too much for too long paying royalties. It is time for the pendulum to swing in the right direction and make record companies pay for the stations to play and advertise their songs or at least allow them free playing rights if the stations want be so generous.

Don't forget without music stations the music industry would collapse.

George Reynolds, 37205

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265 Comments on this post:

By: dooley on 7/15/09 at 2:17


By: TonyGottlieb on 7/15/09 at 2:27

Well, well here we go.

Mr. Reynolds so far as we know, Lincoln Davis isn't planning on any music during his campaign for reelection, so you can have him on your 100% talk radio station.

For those of us on the copyRight, the music industry collapsed years ago when everyone began downloading theirs for free. But back then I don't recall your radio and TV stations doing any bleeding.

All I remember are leveraged buyouts and very short playlists.

By: daKine7 on 7/15/09 at 4:06

Don't care much for this topic. Can't wait to see how long it takes for the usual posse of morons to call for Obama's impeachment, complete with relevant psychotic links from the like minded.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/15/09 at 4:18

Good morning

What does Geooooorge gain by not paying the artist?

By: idgaf on 7/15/09 at 5:04

Anyone else remember the Payolla scandals?

By: slacker on 7/15/09 at 5:31

It is reverse Payola.

By: Kosh III on 7/15/09 at 6:25

daKine7: Convict Bush and Cheney!!!!!!!!

By: sidneyames on 7/15/09 at 6:45

Well, I like royalties and apparently the radio and television stations seem to think it's OK because they pay them. I got $680 for a song on 20-20 in 1985 that only played 60 seconds - 10 seconds feature and 50 seconds background. Gee, that was a nice pay day. Now if I can just get my songs on the radio for 60 minutes a day! Sorry folks. Can't agree with you on this one. I'm the benefactor of royalties. And remember, there are also book and movie royalties. Why don't you guys, along with George Reynolds try to do something about Obama. That's more pressing. After all, when he's through with your taxes, social security, investment funds and just plain hard working americans, you won't have to worry about paying for anything. You'll all be on his - O'man's royalty check list, ie, welfare!

By: daKine7 on 7/15/09 at 6:45

Kosh III: That's the "normal" response. I'm waiting for Click, Clack & Cluck to post links that Obama was born in Kenya, therefore, isn't legally President of the US or Commander-in-Chief, therefore, cannot order US troops to do anything. Oh, and we 'won" in Vietnam and Iraq, and will soon "win" in Afghanistan....they must be sleeping in late today. But, rest assured, they'll be here.

By: Dragon on 7/15/09 at 6:48

I tend to agree with George. Paying royalties to the artist, as the owner of the intellectual property, is one thing but, paying royalties to everyone who had a hand in producing the work is another.

Not all actors get royalties, not all musicians should either.

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 6:55

Happens all the time Dragon. The music industry is lagging, despite the figures Georgy posted. Everyone's looking for their piece of the pie, but no one figured that the technology would change so fast, now they're scrambling to keep up.

By: pandabear on 7/15/09 at 7:00

Well George, while I agree with some of your post, when you say
"Don't forget without music stations the music industry would collapse",
it's the same both ways.

You can't have a music station with no music.

The writer have to get paid. They have few revenue streams
to recover royalties from; radio, tv, and now the internet.
Hardly any comes from "real time" club play.

The performers, however, make their real money from
live performances. Although digital and over the counter sales
also bring in money, most of that is basically to "get the word out"
so that people buy tickets to the live performances.

They don't deserve one penny of royalites for having their
records played on the airwaves. If anything, they should pay
to have their "stuff" on the radio. However, the radio couldn't
sell "ads" to their customers if they had no listeners, so the
"stuff" they play on the radio and the listeners they get in return
determines the amount the radio station can charge for their ads,
so maybe they should pay for the music. After all, it costs a lot
of money to make those recordings.

Don't forget that "Payola" was the common form of payment
to the radio stations for playing a performers music.

...of course, they don't do that anymore....right ?

By: pandabear on 7/15/09 at 7:03

"By: slacker on 7/15/09 at 6:31
It is reverse Payola."

No. Reverse Payola is aloyaP.

By: Kosh III on 7/15/09 at 7:05

But at least after a long and brutal struggle, we did manage to win in Grenada.

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 7:07

You're wrong Panda, it doesn't cost that much to make recordings anymore. You can use a Mac, Pro Tools and some MIDI software and make a recording that would stand up against any big studio production. That's part of the problem with the music industry.

Also, other than Country, you don't really need radio like you used to. Like I said, it's all changing and people are scrambling to keep up.

By: Dragon on 7/15/09 at 7:09

I got the impression that George was referring to the "background" musicians rather than the artist whose record it is. For example, if George Strait releases a song, should the drummer get a royalty every time it is played?

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 7:11

It's really more about those studio musicians who play on jingles, theme songs, etc. As the industry burns, they're just trying to get their piece.

By: house_of_pain on 7/15/09 at 7:13

I rarely listen to the radio anymore. For every song played that I like, there are 3 or 4
that I don't care to hear. Too bad KDF changed format.
gd, did the Preds score with the Guite signing?

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 7:16

I'm thinking so House. He's a cheap Fiddler that has more upside. You'll see him head the PP, until Ellis gets here in a couple of years. We shall see....we still need that top six scorer though...

By: pandabear on 7/15/09 at 7:40

Do you own all that equipment ? Do you know how it works ?
Have you used it ?

It's real easy to "set up shop" in your house, but it's not cheap
and it still sounds like caca if you don't know what your doing.

It's the "know what you're doing" part that is especially expensive.

By: pandabear on 7/15/09 at 7:42

The problem with the industry is that they keep thinking
it all has to go through them. It doesn't.
The rules have changed and they haven't.

They won't.

Most of them are followers and imitators and have no
idea how to even spell "creativity".

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 7:46

Yes, Panda, I do.

The recording industry's decline began before downloading, it started when recording equipment became available at cheap prices. This allowed publishing houses, independent record labels and yes, even the artists themselves to record their own music in the basement, spare room or wherever you could fit a computer and synthesizer.

For those who needed it, they already had the knowledge.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 7:48

sid, what size of shoe do you wear?

By: pandabear on 7/15/09 at 7:55

Sounds like a nice general statement, but there was no
decline caused by cassettes or cd recording machines.
These were mostly used as pre production equipment and seldom
as mastering equipment.

People have always tried to bypass the top studios and
mastering labs and, for the most part, have ended up going
back there to make the finished product.

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 7:58

Panda, you can now buy mastering software too. Even the top studios are phasing out the archaic 48 track consoles. You get the same thing in a MAC. It's all recorded to a hard drive now.

The times they are a changing.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/15/09 at 8:00

Speaking of bleeding someone dry. I have to tell you, if I were in this group, I'd be retiring and moving!

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By: BenDover on 7/15/09 at 8:14

You forgot to add that Nixon was a hero, D'argent.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/15/09 at 8:14

Republicans unveil chart depicting bureaucratic nightmare of Dem government-run health care.


By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 8:21

Nixon was a disgrace.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/15/09 at 8:21

Obama: Unemployment likely to keep ticking up

By: slacker on 7/15/09 at 8:26

Dick Clark said, its got a good beat and you can dance to it.

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 8:30

Yeah, but he said that about Brahms...

By: slacker on 7/15/09 at 8:32

He also coined: yasa..yasa..yasa

By: house_of_pain on 7/15/09 at 8:34

They should just turn this whole royalties issue over to Clapton and let him decide.

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 8:35

Well he is God...

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/15/09 at 8:36

Obama mulls rental option for some homeowners-sources


By: house_of_pain on 7/15/09 at 8:37

Blanket, either she's got small feet, or a big mouth...

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/15/09 at 8:38

Obama to say some lost auto jobs not coming back

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 8:38

well, i'm a little full of myself this morning 'cuz i'm jacked up on excess coffee and i listened to Green Day on the way in - lol!

By: slacker on 7/15/09 at 8:39

Some of those country singers could lecture on Pro Tools.

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 8:39

New Green Day? I was listening to "Holiday" last night...great song.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/15/09 at 8:40

Slackerdamus may have hit it right on this one!

Clinton aims to retake foreign policy center stage

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 8:40

Yes slacker, there is a feature that allows for vocal tuning...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 8:42

yes it is, g. i was listening to American Idiot on the way in.

By: slacker on 7/15/09 at 8:43

nazi, Sid had a big hit with Nessun Dorma.
Requires wearing a tuxedo.

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 8:44

Great album. I like "Novacain" almost as well as "Holiday"

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 8:45

tuxedo? ok, i'm still trying to visualize that...

By: slacker on 7/15/09 at 8:46

chief, Hillary was wearing her white pantsuit yesterday, that means shes pissed.

By: gdiafante on 7/15/09 at 8:47

Well, she shouldn't have fallen down, slacker. I wonder if she has Life Alert?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/15/09 at 8:51

Well, I guess it's a moot point if the states approve abortion or not if the new healthcare bill actually has provisions to provide abortions on demand. It would in fact create a Federal Choice Act by fiat.

Obama Health Care Plan Will Provide Taxpayer-Funded Abortion on Demand, Congressmen Say