Live365.com (our broadcast provider) has introduced new broadcaster fees in relation to the increased royalty and license fees. In addition, free listener slots are reducing by 60%.
It is very possible that a number of Live365 broadcasters are going to stop broadcasting as these new fees are substantial.
Our first fee is due this Friday on April 12th. At a minimum this fee will be $479 and provides 40 free listener slots. We would much rather go with the higher plan which costs $719 and provides 60 free listener slots.
(Please note that Live365 preferred members can connect no matter what the listener cap is)
Right now though we are only half-way towards the $479, so we may have to reduce our free listener slots by 60%. Unless we receive a number of donations between now and friday this will be the plan we go with.
Our thanks to everyone that has made a donation and signed up for a Celtic Radio Founder account. We try not to do alot of "fund raising" activities as we feel it distracts for the enjoyability of the site. If you can afford to send us even a small donation, we would really appreciate it!
Thanks again for everyones support. We won't even think of the Highlander Radio renewal fee in February 2009 which stands at $1200!!!