DJ Gilbert Matthews welcomes you to "Awfully Awesome 80's," a 24/7 internet radio station whose main goal is to play every tune that appeared on MTV's playlist between August of 1981 and December of 1989! We will also include lost and classic top 40 hits from the entire decade as well as tunes that aired on MTV's specialized shows such as "Headbanger's Ball," "120 Minutes," "The Basement Tapes," etc. 80's tunes that never had videos or that only aired on non-MTV outlets such as WTBS Night Tracks, VH-1, BET, HBO Video Jukebox, etc. will also be eligible! Every hour, you will hear either 3 or 4 80's "Bottom 45's," which means tunes that peaked south of the top 40, tunes that didn't chart at all, or tunes that only charted in Canada, the UK or Australia. Requests are always accepted! When it comes to "Awfully Awesome 80's," too much 80's is definitely never enough!


SONG REQUEST FORM(YOU CAN ALSO USE THE WEBPAGE'S CHAT ROOM)

Song Artist:
Song Title:
Dedicated To(Optional):
Your Name:
Your E-Mail:


CLICK BELOW TO HEAR AWFULLY AWESOME EIGHTIES!
AFTER YOU CLICK "PLAY NOW," YOU WILL BE
RETURNED TO OUR SITE AND THE PLAYER
WILL REMAIN IN A SEPARATE POPUP WINDOW.
THE PLAYER PAGE WILL ALSO INITIALLY GIVE
YOU OTHER MEDIA PLAYER CHOICES. THANK YOU
FOR LISTENING AND FEEL FREE TO HELP US OUT
BY LOOKING FOR OUR PAYPAL DONATE BUTTON JUST BELOW HERE.

CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 2018 - SEE 8/17/17 NEWS POST

Do you like what you're hearing? If so, then please help keep Awfully Awesome 80's on the air legally by making a small donation! I have three VIP membership levels to choose from and all come with perks:

1. $15.00 - Make up to 5 requests per day and have unlimited listening!

2. $25.00 - Make up to 10 requests per day, have unlimited listening, and come up with your own 2 hour show of requests once a month!

3. $50.00 - Make up to 15 requests per day, have unlimited listening, and come up with your own 2 hour show of requests 4 times a month!

With each level, you can also request a specific artist to be banned from the rotation for 2 weeks or request a specific song to be banned from the rotation for 1 month! If you have any questions, then please contact me through our chat room. If you're ready to become a VIP member, then please use my Paypal Donate button immediately below here! My station is small, but I am dedicated and am properly licensed! Don't let corporate-controlled playlists rule the airwaves! Thanks in advance for your help!

Let Awfully Awesome 80's Be Your "DJ" For Your Next 80's Dance Party, High School Reunion, Etc.! For A Donation Of 100 Dollars, I Will Present A 6-8 Hour Show With Music That Fits Your Theme, And I Will Also Be Available Online To Take Requests During Your Event! Contact Me Through Our Chat Room Or Our Webpage's Contact Form, And Let's Make Your Party Happen!

YOU MAY USE THE BELOW BUTTON IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A MONTHLY SUBSCRIBER!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

DORMANT FOR NOW, BUT WILL RETURN IN '18!

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.

2 comments:

  1. ....YOU POOR BABY!! : (

    I work in a warehouse in Queens, and we have been listening to you FOREVER!! I am devastated; YOU are the ONE,boy, playing 80's tracks NONE of my co-workers ever heard (I was floored when you pulled out Donna Summer's "Who Do You Think You're Foolin'" once) I worked in Music Publishing 2000-2002, and it was .....something!! >:( I hope you do come back, because you've got such a vast knowledge and (soon to be reclaimed) database of 80's music that NEEDS to be heard on internet radio; and, you did it LEGALLY, too!! and for Live 365 to pull THAT?! nononono-NO!

    REST, read, gather, and COME BACK, be-LIEVE me it will be better the second time 'round, and THANK YOU for that 80's fix I ALWAYS came for (SERIOUSLY... We always said 'go to awfully' EVERY DAY...even the ROCKERS!)

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    1. Live 365 is who I want to go to...they're the good guys! Streamlicensing, on the other hand...a couple of fellow broadcasters went digging and are finding out that NONE of the PROs(performing rights organizations) have been paid since the end of 2016! Totally unbelievable!

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