Latest Update (16/01/16)
Live 365 will stop trading on the 31st January 2016. It's regrettable news for the thousands of their affiliates.
Sadly, as a consequence, Radio Sounds Familiar will also cease broadcasting on the 31st January 2016.
I am researching other hosting platforms and licencing arrangements, but it's very likely that there will be an interruption to the service.
Finally, I’d like to thank you for listening to Radio Sounds Familiar, which has been on air for nearly seven years.
The Website will remain live, so please re-visit and check for updates.
My very best wishes to all,
'Nostalgia has never been so Memorable'
Please read this statement from Live 365
Dear Live365 Listener,
For 17 years, Live365 has offered small webcasters the opportunity to stream music and talk programming, providing an alternative distribution channel for diverse, quality content on the Internet in a legally responsible way.
Recently, the Copyright Royalty Board, the governing entity for establishing the sound recording royalty rates that are paid to copyright holders, has published the new rates for 2016-20. The previous provisions for small webcasters to opt for a percentage of revenue model were not renewed.
The current provisions end at the end of 2015. The absence of this license will make legally streaming copyrighted musical content prohibitively expensive for many small to mid-sized Internet broadcasters. Live365 relies on this license for many of their broadcast partners and, as such, has hard decisions to make regarding their future in the streaming industry.
Two weeks ago, Live365 faced an additional blow, losing the support of its investors who have helped the company with its mission for over a decade.
The company was forced to significantly reduce staff and is now actively looking for partners to help continue the service into 2016. At this time, Live365 is planning to keep their stations active while getting the word out about this investment opportunity. With nearly two decades of Internet streaming experience and thousands of paying customers, this could be an ideal situation for a company looking to diversify into streaming audio.
CEO N. Mark Lam has begun initial discussions with possible business partners as the company looks to new options in the new year.
Dean Kattari, Director of Broadcasting for Live365:
"The true value of Live365 lies in it's diversity of content - it's a sanctuary where you can hear music and other content that it so unlike the template broadcasting that is heard on most terrestrial radio. These stations are the hard work of real human beings who use Live365 to share their vision with the world. It's a home for musical discovery because many of these stations play emerging artists that terrestrial stations are reluctant to take a chance on. It would be a great loss for this to all go away."
While Live365 is going through this process, we understand that our listeners will have questions about how all of this will affect their service so we have provided a simple FAQ section to help answer some of them.
We thank you for being part of the Live365 family and hope for the best in 2016.
The Last of the Live365ers
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Broadcasting 24 hours a day, Radio Sounds Familiar is the home of
Nostalgic Television , Film , Radio and Library Music.
If you remember the 1960s and 70s let me take you on a musical excursion back in time.
Go and fetch your 'Opal Fruits,'Spangles' or 'BassetsSherbet fountain' Switch on the cathode- ray tube, and settle down to the latest edition of 'Crossroads, 'Armchair Theatre', or 'Danger Man' and prepare to experience a selection of sounds you've not heard in years.
This is Non-Stop Nostalgia 24/7
'music and emphemera evocative from the golden age of brodcasting'
If you enjoyed Television show like 'The Prisoner', 'The Avengers', 'Thunderbirds' and 'Crossroads' while enjoying a packet of Old English Spangles followed by a Lyon's Maid Zoom Ice Lolly, you'll love Radio Sounds Familiar
The music is segued with Classic Adverts, Idents, Public Information Messages and Announcements of that period