Awfully Awesome 80's and The Retro Attic are currently dormant and will return at the beginning of '18 on Live 365(https://live365.com). There are just too many facts/statements being collected against the company that my stations were licensed with, so I feel it is best to seek out business with a company that is totally problem-free. Here is a summary of what had happened and is just now happening:
1. ASCAP stated that no payments were received from this company for 8 months, so their agreement with them was terminated on June 30th. I and many other of the licensing company's customers had been making payments faithfully during that time, and unexpectedly in early July, we get an ASCAP e-mail stating that we are no longer covered to play ASCAP material.
2. The licensing company responded a few days after ASCAP's e-mail and said that they were in a dispute with ASCAP due to "overpayment of royalties" and that any monies due them were being held in an escrow account. If you're in a dispute, fine, work it out...but they should have continued making payments on our behalf AND TOLD US WHAT WAS GOING ON.
3. From July 1st to the present, the licensing company's webpage continues to display an ASCAP logo and an introductory statement that implies ASCAP coverage. There is no agreement...something that ASCAP has stated multiple times. The licensing company has told its remaining customers to "not worry," "you're covered," and "forward any ASCAP e-mails." They have not provided any physical, concrete proof that we are currently ASCAP covered.
4. The licensing company's current solution involves the acquisition of an "on the verge of being dissolved" AM station in Georgia, supposedly for the purpose of getting terrestrial licensing coverage(including ASCAP) that would take care of us. Well, guess what...ASCAP has no record of this transaction occurring and says that a license of that type would not cover us anyways. The station has been known to have an affiliation with the parent company that runs the licensing company and has a record running back 5 or 6 years involving unpaid fees.
So there are just too many red flags going on. ASCAP has been the consistent communicator in all of this while the licensing company thinks that everything will work itself out. What do you think? A ponzi scheme, perhaps? Did I worry too much? Whatever the case, I can no longer put my radio stations' futures in jeopardy. I apologize for all of the confusion that has occurred in the past several weeks; I tried to remain loyal to the licensing company, but the ugly truth is now finally starting to come out.
I wish that I could simply transfer my databases over to Live 365 and flip a switch to "On," but unfortunately, the databases aren't compatible with Live 365. I will need to start over from the beginning, and hopefully the stations will come out new and improved. I'll provide an occasional update, but expect to hear your favorite hits and obscurities once again starting in the first week of '18.