OFNR returns to LIVE365

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Recently, OFNR received an email from The American Society Of Composers Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) stating that they have terminated it’s license with STREAM LICENSING effective June 30, 2017, after several months trying to resolve the situation.

That left OFNR in a huge conundrum what to do next, and how to proceed. In the almost 11 years of broadcasting we have NEVER run afoul of our licensing/royalty commitments.

Of course after what happened with Stream Licensing and ASCAP, OFNR cannot, in good faith, continue to pay Stream Licensing for BMI and SESAC licensing, which they also covered, leaving OFNR to either pay each licensing body separately, or find a new service to handle the distribution of royalties.

Back in 2006 when OFNR started, we ran under a company called Live365. Sadly, in late December, 2015, Live365 laid off most of its employees and vacated its office, and the few remaining employees were working from home. On January 31, 2016 Live365 ceased webcasting and over 5,000 internet stations went dark, a truly heartbreaking moment even though OFNR was no longer part of the service.

Thankfully, Live365 has been rescued and is resurging to be better than ever. They have new owners, a renewed passion for small webcasters, and fierce dedication to come back stronger. The ‘new’ Live365 is more dedicated and passionate about giving small webcasters a voice and tools they need to succeed in Internet radio.

And that is why, we are proud to announce that OFNR has once again joined forces with Live365 to continue to be able to LEGALLY play music on our station. In a sense, we are home.

There is a great history of OFNR and Live365. In 2009, we won $1,000 from Live365 for our entry in their “Why I love Live365” video contest:

If not for Live365, OFNR would never have even started to begin with. Their forums gave us the tools we needed, and the company was always good to us and fought to keep rates reasonable and sane.

Please note, any and ALL previous tune in links will no longer work.  The new links to tune in are as follows:

PC Tune in: https://goo.gl/SjwXXq

TuneIn App:
Android: https://goo.gl/G3thfg
Iphone: https://goo.gl/4M5yr1

OFNR – A decade of dedication

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I have to start this blog entry by thanking each and every person who has ever tuned in, donated, come to one of our live events, or otherwise supported this crazy thing called OFNR.

OFNR started as a joke, a way for my friends and I to do radio while we tried to get into the radio industry. 10 years later it has become so much more than that. Hell, it’s become so much more than just a radio station. I make flyers, videos, websites, and all sorts of multimedia for local artists usually at a low cost or even free.

That’s not because I’m a terrible business person. But because I don’t see OFNR as a business. It’s not the way I make money. Sure broadcasting is something I would love to make a living doing, but that’s so secondary. OFNR is a community service. It’s a helpline to rock and metal musicians. A way to make good honest connections.

For me personally, at it’s core, OFNR is my way of staying connected to music. Music has always been the one constant in my life. And to be honest, Terrestrial Radio is so boring that if I didn’t have OFNR I probably wouldn’t listen to music much.

Just by keeping OFNR alive, I’ve gone to so many amazing shows over the past 10 years I have lost count. But I’ve also been around long enough to see bands come and go. It’s a difficult thing being in a band. So many personalities with varying degrees of turmoil and personal struggle.

I’ve also seen trends change. For instance, in 2006 Myspace was still around and very popular.

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10 years is a long time to do anything, I haven’t even held a job that long. There’s so much to say, but in the end, I really just want to say thanks. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of the local community. For showing me even an ounce of respect. I am just a music fan with way too much time on my hands. I’m not doing anything that any other person couldn’t do.

I’m sincerely proud to be looked at in the metal community as someone with conviction and dedication to supporting the local music community in a real way. By showing up, and caring about the bands, as performers and, more so, as people. There are many members of the rock and metal bands in this state I consider friends. Some I’d even go as far as saying they are my family. People I can trust and respect.

I hope everyone can make it out to FN FEST this year on 9.24.2016 at Cherry Street to celebrate with us. It’s been a hell of a ride, and I cannot wait to see what’s next.

FN Radio 9 Years later

There was a point in my life when I didn’t own my own radio station… seems strange but it’s true.

9 Years ago, I was fresh out of law school, just received my Certification in radio and television and as a joke, I started a radio station with some friends.

That joke has gone on to become more than just a radio station, it actually defines me as a person. It ensures that I stay connected to music, and to the community.  A community that needs people to shout from the rooftops, to talk to, with, and about the bands, and musicians that make up those bands. Because bands will always needs fans. And at the end of the day, I’m just a huge fan of music with too much time on my hands.

I will say though, working in the independent community over 9 years has been so amazing, from making flyers, to actually being at events broadcasting LIVE, I have met some amazing people, many of whom I consider friends, and in some cases family.

It’s been hard at times, putting in long hours editing footage from live shows, ensuring bands get their audio sets when we broadcast live, booking interviews, and of course spending way more money than I’ll ever make back.

But if I had to go back and do it all again, I would. No hesitation. Being the owner of Official FN Radio is a dream come true. I meet and talk to local, global, independent and signed bands every week. New music? I’m inundated. As a consumer, I’m in my FN glory.

I find it hard to explain in words, why this means so much to me, why it matters. But it does, and I’m grateful to those who have supported me. There are so many to thank, from the amazing venues like Cherry Street Station, & Cook’s Cafe, to the bands in the scene, the fans, my friends, my family. I would not be here without you.

Here’s to many more years of supporting Global independent rock and metal!

#OFNRForever

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originally shot in 2005

originally shot in 2005