Station Battles ASCAP Over Bumper Music Fees
May 29, 2008 at 5:37 AM (PT)
GREAT AMERICAN RADIO NETWORK's battle with ASCAP over music licensing fees for Sports-Talk WNSI-A-F/MOBILE, AL gets coverage in the MOBILE PRESS-TELEGRAM, which reports that owner WALTER BOWEN continues to refuse to pay ASCAP despite his own lawyer negotiating a settlement. BOWEN notes that his station does not play music and that the only music airing on the station consisted of bumpers on the syndicated DAVE RAMSEY show.
The negotiated deal was for $15,000 ($500 per month, then $12,500 in SEPTEMBER), with failure to pay on schedule increasing the total owed to $20,000. BOWEN says that ASCAP should have reduced the fee from $80 per month for each station to the Talk station rate of about $17 per month. "I kept asking them to put me on a Talk format, and they wouldn't do it," he said.
It's wrong, and I will fight it with every inch of my life.
Calling ASCAP's suit "legal extortion," BOWEN added, "It's wrong, and I will fight it with every inch of my life. It's probably going to cost me a lot of money for my stubbornness."