9FM/Chicago To Stop Giving Away Music
March 20, 2007 at 8:04 AM (PT)
Records and CDs have long been expected as prizes by radio listeners along with station T-shirts ... until now. In what's described as "an act of solidarity with SOUNDEXCHANGE and the RIAA," NEWSWEB CORP. Classic Hits trimulcast WDEK, WKIE & WRZA (9 FM RADIO)/CHICAGO will no longer give away any free music.
Said PD MATT DUBIEL, "When I read that the RIAA and SOUNDEXCHANGE needed money so badly that they were going to price-gouge independent web streamers and radio stations that stream online, I knew we had to do our part. In the face of the RIAA’s struggles, it just doesn’t seem fair for us to be giving away CDs (for free) to music fans fully capable of paying for the music themselves. We’re inviting everyone who has won a CD from 9 FM or any other radio station in CHICAGO this year, to return it to us and we’ll exchange it for a 9 FM T-shirt and give the CDs back to the RIAA. Radio stations need to be able to stream online affordably."