WMPH Boycotts Music First
WMPH made an educational boycott for one month simply to make
a statement in the music industry. The
coalition wants radio stations to pay the artist for playing
their music. From mid-June through mid-July 2007, WMPH refused
to play songs by any artist affiliated with the musicFirst
National Association of Broadcasters is fighting efforts by
musicFirst, a new coalition of recording artists, including
Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, and Natasha Bedingfield, demanding
performance royalties from radio stations. "Congress has long
recognized that radio airplay of music generates millions of
dollars in revenue for record labels and artists," said Dennis
Wharton, NAB spokesman. "Were it not for radio's free
promotional airplay of music on stations all over America, most
successful recording artists would still be playing in a
Radio has always been the best friend of the music industry.
Without radio playing new songs released by the record labels,
there would be no ‘pop’ music. Since the early days of rock and
roll, radio has helped define the culture of America and build
the careers of many artists.
The musicFirst coalition of artists is attempting to hurt the
radio stations, disc jockeys, and fans that have always been
their greatest ally. Radio has done so much to promote their
careers by playing their music frequently, interviewing them,
and mentioning their concerts and events on the air. Artists
make their money by record sales and performing at concerts.
Without radio's free publicity for over 60 years, most artists
would likely be neither rich nor famous.
There are thousands of artists, musicians, and bands that
desperately wish to be heard on the radio. Radio stations are
not required to play any particular artist or genre of music.
If artists want radio stations to pay them for playing their
music, then radio station should be paid for mentioning the
artist on the air. Artists get unlimited name recognition from
radio stations. This is beneficial to the new artists and the
veteran artists of yesterday.
Artists affiliated with the coalition may be found online at
http://www.musicfirstcoalition.org (click About then
We said NO to this insatiable greed. During the month of our
boycott, few listeners even missed the boycotted artists. WMPH
and other stations across the country continue to unite against
the musicFirst coalition by making verbal and written
statements. The boycott was lifted, at least for now, because
we wish to restore harmony in the music community. We hope that
the artists realize that radio stations are their friends in a
mutually beneficial relationship.
WMPH is a non-commercial radio station. As part of the
Broadcast Learning Center of the Brandywine School District, we
do not make a profit. We support the music industry and our
community. Thank you for supporting us!
NoPerformanceTax.org for more details.