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We’re thrilled to let everyone know that the House bill passed! Thanks to your incredible support we were able to overcome the NAB’s efforts to derail us. Phone calls rained into the congressional offices over the past 36 hours. Just amazing.
We’re not done. We still need to get the bill through the Senate, which looks like it will be voting on the bill on Monday.
So stay tuned. We want to make sure the Senators know how important it is for them support our resolution. We’ll be reaching out again to ask you for one more push.
Our deepest gratitude.
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Listeners we need your help… NOW!
After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, artists and record companies are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio. But just as we’ve gotten close, large traditional broadcast radio companies have launched a covert lobbying campaign to sabotage our progress.
Yesterday, Congressman Jay Inslee, and several co-sponsors, introduced legislation to give us the extra time we need but the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which represents radio broadcasters such as Clear Channel, has begun intensively pressuring lawmakers to kill the bill. We have just a day or two to keep this from collapsing.
This is a blatant attempt by large radio companies to suffocate the webcasting industry that is just beginning to offer an alternative to their monopoly of the airwaves.
Please call your Congressperson right now and ask them to support H.R. 7084, the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 – and to not capitulate to pressure from the NAB. Congress is currently working extended hours, so even calls this evening and over the weekend should get answered.
The central congressional switchboard number is: (202) 225 3121
Or to look up your representative, visit: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
If the phone is busy, please try again until you get through. These calls really do make a difference.
This is a fork in the road. Only massive grassroots opposition will keep us from another 50 years of top 40 radio. It’s time to take a stand and break the stranglehold of broadcast media on radio.
Thanks so much for you ongoing support.
Tim
Founder, Pandora

Comments

  1. Colin MacMurtrie
    October 12, 2008 at 2:39pm
    I love Pandora. It is one of those genuis ideas just waiting for humanity to enact. I was wondering if you had stock I could buy?
  2. Mrs.Coley
    October 14, 2008 at 10:55pm
    I would just like to say to PANDORA when I first found your station it gave me hope & it even got the spirit of GOD moving down in my soul again .....YOU just don't know how long I have waited for this RADIO station like this I can't hold back the tears .It seems like when I find something on a RADIO STATION I love & hold dear .. You see folks I am a shutin ...I can't get out like some people can because of my legs swell three times there normal size ,I can't go to church so all that I have is my computer I don't look at TV much anymore I love good old SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC it makes me happy when I hear them good old songs ....I now feel that I am at a loss ,I feel I have lost my best friend again .WHY in GODS name do others have the right to take this away from me to ...I feel that my life is about to end for me ...I no longer have my songs to get through the hard days that I suffer . I would like to say farewell my dear friends ...Keep looking up May GOD answer your paryers ...Mine are OVER. Thank you TIM for letting me listen to your STATION ...GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
  3. Lucia @ Pandora
    October 15, 2008 at 11:48am
    Thanks for the comments! @ Colin Thanks so much! We're still a private company, but thanks for the thought! ------------------------------ @ Mrs. Coley Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm so glad you've been enjoying Pandora and our gospel music collection. Please don't fret -- Pandora is still doing fine and still playing your radio stations. We continue to negotiate for reasonable royalty rates, but we have every hope that the negotiations will come to a mutually beneficial end point soon. Thanks! - Lucia, with Pandora
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    November 11, 2009 at 1:05pm
    I have been reading your posts lately, just want to say thanks for all informative stuff i have found here, helped me learn alot lately. Much Regards, Mark

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