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RAIN 11/3: Independent webcaster SomaFM covers S.F. riots as mainstream media sleeps

Posted on: 11/03/2010

TENS OF THOUSANDS TUNE IN TO SOMA FM DURING POST-WORLD SERIES MAYHEM

Riots broke out in San Francisco shortly after the Giants clinched the World Series Monday evening. While traditional media outlets were mostly quiet about the mayhem, the riots were covered extensively on Twitter, FourSqure and Internet radio. SomaFM streamed the San Francisco Police Department’s scanner and tens of thousands tuned in.

“From 11pm to 1am we had an average of 1,800 to 2,000 users connected to the scanner’s stream,” SomaFM’s Rusty Hodge told Forbes (here). Hodge told RAIN, “We were overwhelmed by the demand for the stream, and were able to scale up fast enough so that most people who wanted to tune in were able to.” All told, SomaFM logged over 13,000 unique IP address tune-ins by midnight on Monday.

NET RADIO ALLY BOUCHER LOSES RE-ELECTION BID

Long-time supporter of Internet radio and new media technology Rick Boucher was defeated yesterday by his Republican challenger, Morgan Griffith. Boucher, who’s served in the House for 26 years as a Virginia Democrat, is currently chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on communications, technology, and the Internet.

Boucher has long been involved in digital rights issues, being one the first and most vocal allies of Internet radio. In 2002, Boucher co-introduced the Internet Radio Fairness Act (H.R. 5285), which would have changed the webcaster royalty rate standard from “willing-buyer/willing-seller” to the “traditional” standard enacted by the 1976 Copyright Act, and would have exempted small commercial webcasters from the Library of Congress-determined royalties (RAIN coverage here). More recently, Boucher was a co-sponsor of the Internet Radio Equality Act (H.R. 2060) which would have nullified the CRB-set royalty rates (RAIN coverage here). He is a supporter of net neutrality and has opposed efforts by the entertainment industry to restrict the Internet.

Public Knowledge founder Gigi Sohn lamented Boucher’s defeat here. Computerworld has more on Boucher’s advocacy of tech-related issues here.

TARGETSPOT ADDS WOR 710 HD AND ONLINE STREAM WOR COUNTRY

TargetSpot has added WOR 710 HD and online webcast WOR Country to its digital audio advertising network. They join CBS Radio, Entercom, Cox, AOL Radio, Yahoo! Music, Last.FM and over 70 other distribution partners on TargetSpot’s network. “We have a growing online listenership and wanted to align with an advertising partner that would bring the most value to our audience and advertisers,” said Jared Lapin, director of interactive at WOR 710 HD. Find TargetSpot’s press release here.

iPOD DOCK BOASTS NET RADIO, TOUCH-SCREEN NAVIGATION

The Revo AXiS sports features usually found in smartphones, not iPod docks: a 3.5” touch-screen with an app-like interface and Wi-Fi for streaming online radio. The dock also includes DAB and FM radio. The AXiS costs $369 and TechFresh has more coverage here.



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