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Rest in Peace Live365!

by Jay Boeding on February 4, 2016

This past week saw the shuttering of Live365, the web portal to thousands of small internet radio stations. In 2004, I discovered the site and used it to launch the station which became DMPulse. When we left Live365 in 2011, DMPulse was a top 5 station in the alternative genre, and the royalty situation was already looking grim. Industry leader Kurt Hanson outlines the reasons Live365 and many others have folded or shut off streams to the United States.

While DMPulse is subject to a $0.0017 per performance royalty rate, as a non-profit 501c3 we are licensed as a Noncommercial station. Under the license in 2016, we pay that royalty rate on performances beyond 159,140 tuning hours per month. Below that threshold, our yearly minimum fee covers our obligation. At this time, we average 20,000-30,000 hours per month. Commercial stations, who try to operate by selling advertising, do not have that 159,140 hours threshold. Additionally, as Hanson points out in the article, the numbers roll up pretty fast if your station has thousands of listeners even though $0.0017 does not seem like much. Also of note, we obtain licensing from ASCAP, BMI & SESAC as well as royalties in Canada, so this does not represent all of the royalty payments DMPulse pays to artists and songwriters.

I am certainly not an expert in any of this. To be honest, often it is very confusing and frustrating, but we are committed to paying the artists and songwriters appropriately and following the regulations in place. Will DMPulse survive? For the foreseeable future, our move to become a nonprofit organization, and obtaining our 501c3 from the Internal Revenue Service has worked out as I envisioned. We are currently able to cover our costs because listeners have been generous. For the sake of the artists, especially under-served and independent artists like we play on DMPulse, I hope the recording industry will realize the harm to their business when small webcasters are not playing and promoting their music.

If you are new to DMPulse, welcome! We have experienced some growth in our audience this week and we are thankful to still be able to help  listeners discover great new music. Our station is completely listener-supported. Every dollar we pay to artists comes from our listeners. If you believe in our mission to help you discover great new music without advertising or subscriptions, please consider making a donation to support us. The reason you are able to listen today is because a passionate group of generous people have donated to keep the station going.

Thank you for listening and supporting DMPulse!

Jay Boeding

Executive Director

D.M. Pulse Media


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Listen to our Top 40 of 2015 countdown

December 28, 2015

DMPulse is sharing our top 100 songs of the year on-air and online. Tune in to hear Jay Boeding count down the top 40 songs of the year! Our top 40 songs of 2015 count down will air the following times: Monday, Dec. 28, 12:00pm CST (US Central Standard Time) Tuesday, Dec. 29, 3:00am CST [...]

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Top 100 Songs of 2015 – #1-100

December 25, 2015

1 Purity Ring – Push Pull 2 Modest Mouse – Coyotes 3 Iron & Wine – Everyone’s Summer of ’95 4 Surfer Blood – I Can’t Explain 5 Mother Mother – Monkey Tree 6 San Cisco – Magic 7 CHVRCHES – Clearest Blue 8 Panic Is Perfect – Echo 9 CHVRCHES – Leave A Trace [...]

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Top 100 Songs of 2015 – #1-5

December 24, 2015

5. Mother Mother – Monkey Tree 4. Surfer Blood – I Can’t Explain 3. Iron & Wine – Everyone’s Summer of ’95 2. Modest Mouse – Coyotes 1. Purity Ring – Push Pull

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Top 100 Songs of 2015 – #6-10

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6.San Cisco – Magic 7. CHVRCHES – Clearest Blue 8. Panic Is Perfect – Echo 9. CHVRCHES – Leave A Trace 10. Death Cab For Cutie – You’ve Haunted Me All My Life

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Top 100 Songs of 2015 – #11-15

December 22, 2015

11. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B. 12. Houndmouth – Sedona 13. Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire 14. Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin 15. The Wooden Sky – Saturday Night

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