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Posted: 01-Feb-2009, 11:39 PM
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As many of you know and have read about the internet radio royalty issues over the past few years, we have seen substantial increases in our Live365 renewal fees in order to broadcast Celtic Radio's 5 channels of music.

Unfortuntely for us, this will be the first year that we are making the full payment on all of our channels. Since we had locked in by paying these fees on a yearly basis. Additionally, the renewal dates on all of our 5 channels are in April!

The total cost to broadcast on Live365 is currently $2,036.60 per year. Thankfully because of Live365 VIP members, we earn credits towards our bill for every hour that a VIP member listens to our broadcast.

We estimate that we are going to have a deficit of about $978 come April in order to renew all of our channels. If you would consider making a small donation, we have setup a Fund Raising Thermometer to actively track our fund raising drive:

http://celticradio.net/php/donations/fund_raising.php

Larger donations could qualify you for one of our special donation packages (see the link above).

Still, we want everyone to know that we stand on firm ground with Celtic Radio's monthly expenses which are very substantial. A big thank you to all of our Celtic Radio Founder's whose membership fees directly support all of our monthly operational costs. This includes bandwidth charges, domain renewals, hosting fees, hardware, software, server resources and more!

So, if you would like to continue to see the current channel line up over at Live365 then we would urge you to consider a small donation. On the off chance that we are not able to raise our goal, we may need to reduce free listener slots or in a worse case senario stop 2-3 of our current channels.

Thanks again for everyones support of this site and broadcast channels!


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Posted: 03-Feb-2009, 04:38 PM
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Hi Celtic Radio,

April will be here before we know it. I didn't realize it was all so costly. Thanks to all the founders VIP memberships. I enjoy all the radio stations that you offer here. I would hate it if you had to reduce the amount of listeners. Those are some great donation packages.

I am going to make a contribution soon even though it's not very much. I hope others will follow and we get the mercury to rise to the top in no time.

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Posted: 03-Feb-2009, 04:56 PM
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Good for you. I donated also. Gotta keep them on the air.


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Way to go Camac!! Yes, keep them on the air, I go crazy if I can't hear the station!

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Posted: 03-Feb-2009, 05:08 PM
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A big thankyou to all that have donated! This is our biggest expense of the year and we appreciate everyones support of our broadcasts.

Please note that we have some lovely books that you can receive as a donation gift. If you make a donation and provide your address through paypal you can expect your book to arrive in a few weeks. We will also provide a free Coat of Arms download and 1 year premium account status. This will be added to your account for current premium members.

Luckily our premium accounts and store sales cover our monthly expenses, but we also have domain renewals, DNS servers, hosting, bandwidth charges, etc. etc.

Live365 renewal fees are our biggest expense. But in addition to helping us meet our obligations, paying these broadcast renewal fees will also provide the musicians you hear with royalty payments.

Thanks again everyone!

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I just made my donation. Thank you for all that you do. I couldn't make it through the day without the music. Sorry it couldn't be more.

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Posted: 03-Feb-2009, 08:21 PM
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Just made a donations as well...keep the music playing and the wonderful work!!!

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Posted: 03-Feb-2009, 09:57 PM
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Wow, we are so thankful for reaching around 25% of our goal already. This is wonderful!

We have a couple of things in the works right now for this fund raising drive.

Emails will be sent to each doner soon with the details of their donation and confirmation of the donation package they will be receiving. It might be a few days as we are working on a coupon system for upgrading to Celtic Radio premium (which is included with each donation package).

The coupon system will allow you to upgrade at a later date or pass on the coupon to a friend. There will be no expiration on the coupon.

Finally, if we exceed our goal we will focus on increasing our SaltyDogRadio listening numbers and storage capacity. This will allow us to have a longer playlist and possible increased listenership for this popular channel. Currently we only have available 5 free listener slots and this channels seems poised to become very popular if given more resources.

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Would ya watch that mercury rise!!! Yippee thanks to everyone donating.

We've Got to keep these stations on air and the musicians need our support. Come on folks even if it's $5.00 it's well worth the entertainment. I've been here for quite sometime and this very seldom ever happens. Come on lets get ur done for Celtic Radio. lol thumbs_up.gif

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Posted: 05-Feb-2009, 12:45 AM
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Just made my donation...This is an awesome site..Love the music and the posts. Let's all keep it going..!!!
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Posted: 05-Feb-2009, 03:43 PM
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I don't have a lot of money these days, but I contributed what I could. Anything to keep the Highlander Radio stations and community up and running biggrin.gif


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Posted: 05-Feb-2009, 11:59 PM
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Having just found this illustrious website with Highlander radio, I became an Enhanced Member and made a donation to the cause. What celticradio.net offers is hard to find anywhere else - its worth supporting!
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I have donated what I can afford at the moment ( I am in those great numbers of recently unemployeed )... If I can do it so can you!

Let us keep this great source of music and friendships going.

As little as $5.00 can help!

Trying not to sound like a "public tv" fund raiser, so...

...Please donate!


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Gladly made a donation. If everyone does just a little, the need will be easily met!

Thanks to everyone who has donated and will donate! Paul does the leg work on this - we can ad should help if we can!

Have a great day!


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Woo HOOOO way to go everyone.....$5.00 takes it up to $400 we can do that can't we. 5 bucks??? Come this is fun. I know a lot of you are low on cash that's cool. I understand.

We need to keep bumping this up so newbies and folks who havent seen it see it. Lets keep this baby climbing to the top! Someone should make a song for it. lol

HERE WE GO!!!!!

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