Whither Cladrite Radio?

FURTHER UPDATE, Aug. 2017: Some folks are still finding this page (via Google and other search engines, no doubt), so we thought we’d update you once again. After just over a year and a half with Radionomy.com (having spent most of that time frustrated and unsatisfied), we are now with our third streaming provider and things are going quite swimmingly. We’re not experiencing the technical issues we faced with Radionomy, our stream sounds better than ever, and we (and the listeners we’ve heard from so far) are pleased as punch. Use the player above to give us a listen, or, even better, click on How to Listen on the left to check out the many and various options you have for listening to our toe-tapping tunes.

We’re lucky when we break even here at Cladrite Radio and the move to a new provider hasn’t been without its costs, so if you’d like to show your support for what what we do, you can follow the Support link on your left, too. Thanks!

Well, we here at Cladrite Radio have some lousy news to share.

Here in the US, the Copyright Royalty Board, the governing entity for establishing the sound recording royalty rates that are paid to copyright holders, has published new rates that are putting many streaming-music providers at risk. One of those is Live365, Cladrite Radio’s streaming provider, which has recently lost its primary investors (probably because of the increase in royalties) and has informed clients like Cladrite that the plug will be pulled on our stations before long, perhaps as soon as January 1st. (They shared this news with us today—nice of them to give us so much notice, yes?)

We’re working to find a new streaming provider for our station, and we encourage you to bookmark this website or follow us on FB for future announcements. We’re feeling a bit of despair over the whole situation, but we’ll keep trying to come up with a solution. We know our listeners love the toe-tapping tunes of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s that we share with you, and we love playing them for you.

In the meantime, tune in now and listen while you can. The days—the hours, even—to enjoy our music grow short till we can figure out a solution.

In any case, this blog’s not going anywhere, so keep stopping by.

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2 thoughts on “Whither Cladrite Radio?

  1. Sad news that LIVE365 may drop you. Your station has provided a lot of pleasant times listening to 20s and 30s music. It’s prompted a real interest in music and artists I didn’t even know existed, before this became available.

    This service could continue. Example: an old-time radio site (The Antioch Broadcasting Network (ABN)) at http://radio.macinmind.com/ runs a 24-hour old radio serial off an Apple computer. I’m sure there are plenty of others.

    LIVE365 is a nice concept, but a terrible implementation with intrusive ads run again and again, to the point that I would turn off the stream.

    Why not try direct subscription? I would pay up to $40 or so a year if this could be run independently of LIVE365.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Lou, and we appreciate any and all suggestions as to what we should do next. Live365 definitely had its drawbacks (though a VIP membership would have done away with those intrusive ads), but the service they provided that was most valuable was to handle all the royalty payments on the broadcasters’ behalf. That’s a huge thing for a small operation like ours.

      Direct subscriptions are tricky, especially now that we’ll be losing our contact with our audience for a while. Also, we asked for funding assistance with our Live365 bills (which were not insubstantial) and contributions were few (though greatly appreciated). If/when we start up anew, we’ll have to rebuild our audience almost from scratch. Had Live365 given us more notice, we could have been spreading the word all along, but we received just over 24 hours’ notice. That’s a brief span to get very much done in.

      We’re not giving up easily, though, we promise, so please watch this space (and follow us on Facebook, too, if you’re so inclined) for progress reports.

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