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: house_of_pain on 7/15/09 at 3:20

Possible definition : to give some redneck money to renovate his outhouse.

By: shenanigan on 7/15/09 at 3:22

The rightie has become the dullsville these last few days or Weeks more like months. Maybe this is why Liz Cheney is now the mouth of the republican party,she got morals now or will she be consider like the virgin Mary and now look how the religious right is falling right in line .

Just waiting to see if she may go for Vice or will it President on Palin Ticket. 2 women on the same ticket will it be the dumb one on top as it was in the past administration or will it be the Lesbian on the top,
either way it will be with the blessing of the old conservative of the south and south west. Amen we are all God children and she the new republican party spoke person.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 3:22

redneck star wars:


By: slacker on 7/15/09 at 3:23

pain, ''rural philanthropy'' is the sharing of your tomatoes, cucumbers, and goober peas, with the kids at the rural orphanage, and traveling salesmen.

By: house_of_pain on 7/15/09 at 3:25

"goober peas", lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 3:25

quiz: what is shenanigan's flavor of the day?

i'm betting king cobra.

By: house_of_pain on 7/15/09 at 3:26

"Mellow Days" by T.J. Swann

By: slacker on 7/15/09 at 3:29

shenanigan, the modern day ''Gabby Hayes''.

By: house_of_pain on 7/15/09 at 3:29

Does shenanigan get off at the Deeth Starr exit?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 3:31

yup, i believe so.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 3:35

this is too funny!


By: house_of_pain on 7/15/09 at 3:38

Shane is such an idiot.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 3:40

wow, i forgot for a moment how much i enjoy truly stupid people.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/15/09 at 3:43

7 reasons to keep dinosaurs off drugs:


By: EddieA on 7/15/09 at 6:04

I have a friend who is a song writer. He wrote a song for Ronnie Milsap that assured he will never go hungry. He wrote a jingle for Clorox that purchased him a condo in Green Hills and a new Benz. He wrote a song titled "Boiled Peanuts". The song plays in the SC area and he wrote it, played it and produced it. He receives a roylalty for airplay for "Boiled Peanuts" of about ten to fifteen dollars every six months.

He is more proud of that ten to fifteen dollars every six months than the tens of thousands he receives.