On January 31st, at 3:37am, Live365 shut down its entire network. Thousands of small and medium-sized Internet radio stations grew silent (including ours.).
We anticipated the worst from the time we received notice at the end of December. Anticipating the end was like a cow being led to slaughter. The silence was noticeably cold and distant. Seeing the goodbye notice on Live365’s main page sent it all home.
It really was the end.
I’m numb with grief. 15 years of my life’s work…gone in a flash. This is a sad day for us. We wanted to be there forever, but certain individuals (Congress, SoundExchange, Copyright Royalty Board) didn’t want Live365 survive. Bad management didn’t help, either.
Our new home at Radionomy is noticeably different. Inter-phases are a bit harder to comprehend, but we’re managing. There are news and weather updates added to the daily playlists and it feels much more like a real radio station. I don’t know how long it will last at Radionomy. Audiences are slow to adapt. We need listeners and its hard to get people to change their ways.
But right now, like a long lost, beloved family member, the feelings of grief are significant. There’s always something about your first time. Being a radio programmer was a lifelong dream. It gave me the opportunity to be the person I’ve dreamt of being ever since I was a kid. Live365 made it happen…and now it’s gone.
Leaving the light on for ya.
Brooks & Dunn – You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone