BCB suspended its internet radio stream on December 31, 2015. Here’s the reason. And here’s our call to local musicians to air their music on BCB podcasts.
BCB’s August to December 2015 Commercial Music Streaming Experiment
Under US copyright laws, a podcast generally cannot, without the consent of the musicians, composer and music publisher, offer full songs or full tracks of commercial music played from music CDs or other commercially published sources.
Unlike the special rules for podcasts, however, licensing of commercial music is available instead for internet streaming services. Examples are Spotify, Apple Music, and internet streams of local radio stations like KPTZ Port Townsend or KEXP Seattle.
Therefore, to comply with copyright laws, BCB implemented an August to December 2015 experiment in which BCB broadcasted a set of volunteer-hosted DJ shows offering commercial music 24/7 on a separately licensed BCB internet stream. BCB notes its special thanks to Charlie Hanacek, President of the BHS Radio Club, for his enterprising work creating the technical platform for the stream and managing its development.
However, because of a dramatic increase in commercial music licensing prices that became effective in January 2016, BCB — in partnership with the Bainbridge High School Radio Club — decided to cease its commercial music stream on December 31, 2015.
Calling all local Musicians, Bands and Musical Groups:
Perform your music on our BCB podcasts
For 2016 and beyond, BCB is recommitting itself to being your local Bainbridge Island source of local community culture. BCB, in partnership with the BHS Radio Club, seeks to find and promote at no charge any musicians living or performing in our local community who want their music to be heard on BCB podcasts. To comply with copyright laws, BCB simply requires that any such musicians give their written consent to allow BCB to offer their music on podcast broadcasts.
Musicians who want their music on a BCB podcast should contact BCB@BestofBCB.org