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I feel the burn here too. My greedy Step Mom who goes on vacation every other month from VA to Michigan and then too has a 50 K time share had to get greedy and start collecting Dad’s part of my SSDI Adult disabled Child benefits. My Wife being disabled as well I was able to get married and still earn altogether $800 for my part of the income. When she started collecting my Income was cut to a mere $500 and some change. I get a whole whopping $16 for food stamps and live in an area where the rent is $1,100 per month. Now we have to get other room mates here in Elizabeth City just to hold our head above water. I lost my home after my wife got sick, the car I bought for my wife, My HDTV’s, My $7,000 Stereo system I absolutely loved and after my wife had a nervous breakdown after dealing with the bills and surviving cancer I got a mere $25 from a lady who wanted it and would only give me $25 for the hand held Pro 90 Trunk Tracking scanner and a nice Sony Boombox (my ONLY FM Radio at the time left) altogether as a bundle. I was desperate at the time. Just to have gas money to travel 2 hrs to visit my wife at the hospital in Ahoskie, NC. Then I even had to beg for food at the food bank and plead with my wealthy parents who refused to help, ask for donations on air and stoop low enough to pan handle for money so I could eat and not be on the streets. I know what it is like to lose EVERYTHING but the clothes on my back. I hear the choir preaching about Sacrifice from my Stepmom while she is living gloriously and bitching how broke she is as she lives like a Queen. I encourage all artists to go Independent as the RIAA is NOT their savior they are Satain himself dressed as Jesus Christ to fool the public into believing otherwise. Even musicians have complained about how they have got screwed. But the economy is bad and being a musician should be a Hobby at best not a career these days. Just as being a Radio announcer is quickly being replaced by automated Radio and those jobs are far less. Again I get it but the artists need to stop blaming us and try and distribute their music using their own computers to record their music to Mp3 format and sell the songs that way Times have changed and its time to adapt to the changing times. Skip the recording industry its no longer needed with computers anyone can record a song with the right software and make it sound super professional. The sooner the artists realize the record labels are not needed they will find ways to make a killing at 100% profit. Radio could be the very key. Once this happens and the light has finally shown you may actually see better music known by stations like ours. And I’ve read and heard that real musicians make more money from concerts than records or should I say CD’s and digital media. They need to use Radio as a sales tool.
I’ll keep my station going one way or the other. I’m adamant about this. I too collect SSDI but that won’t stop me. I’m not about to let greed get in the way of it. It sounds harsh, but there is not much left in my life to enjoy and the station would not be here if it were not for listeners that have Donated to it. Even my part 15 transmitters (Especially the AM one) were a Donation. The new Radio I have for receiving and tuning in my station’s antenna and transmitters was from a good heated person here on part15 dot us. I am thankful for the folks who see this as a precious treasure for not only the hobby I enjoy but as a Service to real Rock music lovers. Yet some may always see me as a Pirate. Well that is Okay as well. Doesn’t change anything here. I feel the burn, but go to the source of the problem where as one man at the top makes all the money and the bottom folks who do the grunt work get treated poorly. Its not the Radio Stations that is the issue they should actually be worshiped as Gods and the DJ’s should all be served as does Prince Charles and Princess Dianne was when she was alive. Yes I said it the Radio stations should be God and the artists heed to Worship them as Gods and be thankful we think their music is worthy enough to darken our turntables or the drawers of our CD players or worth the Data on our hard drives to put onto them to play as well.