One of the best things that has happened in Milwaukee radio in a long time is 88.9, the reinvention of WYMS-FM. The music is great and very diverse. Or, as one over 40 fan put it, "I can learn about rap, and rappers can learn about good music."
The station also streams its programming over the Internet.
But not on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, WYMS and other stations around the nation will shut down their web streams.
As the station explains: Internet radio is in immediate danger of being silenced permanently through new, government-imposed royalty rates that are so high they will shut down most webcasters and could force RadioMilwaukee to severely limit our stream.
Royalties are going to increase 300% to 1200% under the horrendous scheme concocted by the Copyright Royalty Board. The crushing costs mean that small net radio stations will simply go out of business; others will sharply curtail their offerings.
Bills have been introduced in Congress to reverse the CRB's decision. If you want to save net radio, write to your Congress people. US Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) already have signed on to such legislation.
You can find out more at Radio Milwaukee.