LETTERS  PCR #371      (April 30--May 6, 2007)

  • Vinnie Blesi and Internet Radio vs The RIAA
  • Another overlooked celebrity passing
  • Reader needs help with airport project (and William Moriaty responds)
  • New reader discovers Dr. Paul Bearer's hearse
  • Reader on Barry Winslow


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    VINNIE BLESI AND INTERNET RADIO VS RIAA

    To all,
    For those who may not already know, I have operated a legal Internet radio station since 2005. For me this a hobby that costs me to not only to broadcast but to buy music as records labels will not provide promos to Internet radio.

    On May 15th, new unreasonable royalty rates only applying to Internet radio stations will threaten to shut down most Internet radio providers. These royalty rates were passed by a mysterious 3 panel committee known as the Copyright Review Board, relying purely on the input of an organization know as Sound Exchange a division of the RIAA. The RIAA are the people who sue children and old ladies for illegally downloading music.

    Regular over the air radio pays little to no royalties and receives their music for free from the record labels. Satellite radio pays 7.5 percent of their revenue. In an effort to save Internet radio a bill has been introduced into the House of Representatives, HR 2060, to repeal the Copyright Review Board rates and implement the same royalty rate as satellite radio. Please go to http://www.savenetradio.org/ and call or write your representative asking them to co-sponsor and support the bill.

    Did I mention that the new royalty rates call for a minimum royalty rate of $500 a year and is retroactive to 2006? Imagine if your electric company told you they were raising your rates, retroactive to 2006, and there would be a minimum charge.

    Thanks,
    Vinnie Blesi
    www.strangeagentradio.com


    ANOTHER SAD CELEBRITY PASSING

    To all,
    [From the news wires] He does the "Monster Mash" no more.

    Bobby "Boris" Pickett, whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem to the top of the charts in 1962, making him one of pop music's most enduring one-hit wonders, has died of leukemia. He was 69.

    Pickett, dubbed "The Guy Lombardo of Halloween," died Wednesday night at the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, said his longtime manager, Stuart Hersh. His daughter, Nancy, and his sister, Lynda, were at Pickett's bedside.

    "Monster Mash" hit the Billboard chart three times: when it debuted in 1962, reaching No. 1 the week before Halloween; again in August 1970, and for a third time in May 1973. The resurrections were appropriate for a song where Pickett gravely intoned the forever-stuck-in-your-head chorus: "He did the monster mash. ... It was a graveyard smash."

    The novelty hit's fans included Bob Dylan, who played the single on his XM Satellite Radio program last October. "Our next artist is considered a one-hit wonder, but his one hit comes back year after year," Dylan noted.

    Thanks to Vinnie Blesi for forwarding me this info. ---Nolan.


    ANOTHER SAD CELEBRITY PASSING

    Hello Mr. Moriaty,
    I'm working on a project to design a "gateway" for the Ft. Lauderdale airport. I'm trying to locate some historic aerial photos of the airport that show its growth and transformation over time from the 1930 thru the 1960s. These photos will also clue me in to changes of the natural and man-made conditions of the site and its surroundings.

    Can you please advise me where I can find these images?

    Thanks for your help,
    Michael Singer

    WILLIAM MORIATY RESPONDS:

    Hello Mr. Singer:
    Thank you for writing to us and reading our on-line publication!

    I would first try contacting the airport itself. It's official web site has a history site that you link to at http://www.broward.org/airport/about_history.htm or you can contact the Broward County Aviation Department at:
    Broward County Aviation Department
    100 Aviation Boulevard
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
    Telephone: 954-359-2336
    Fax: 954-359-0027

    Possibly the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in Miami might also be able to assist you on such a matter. Good look on your design endeavors!

    Sincerely,
    William Moriaty
    La Floridiana


    NEW READER DISCOVERS DR. PAUL BEARER'S HEARSE

    Hi Nolan,
    I was just randomly searching up things related to Dr. Paul Bearer & came across your site. I just wanted to say I love the site & the tribute you have done about him, not to mention that some of what's left of his show has been preserved. I also was a huge fan of his growing up & my dad introduced me to his show. I also have been part of the creature crew coming up on the past 4 years this year. Until someone mentioned it to me the year I started there, I didn't realize Howl-O-Scream had his hearse. It's a shame they retired the Mortuary House because it was very cool being able to see it out again. Anyhow, just wanted to say hi & compliment your page.

    Sincerely,
    Tarah Valdez

    Hello, Tarah, and thanks so much for writing! The history of Busch Gardens and Dr. Paul Bearer's hearse is a cloudy one, full of conflicting stories. But yes, that's the place it is known to be displayed (during Howl-O-Scream). You no doubt stumbled upon Ed Tucker's interview with the good Doctor and maybe our Creature Feature Databse. I'm glad you enjoyed our website and hope you'll be a frequent visitor! ---Nolan


    READER ON BARRY WINSLOW

    Nolan,
    Wondering about Barry [Winslow]? Barry when he was a teen would come to visit his aunt in Owensboro, Ky. I used to play with Barry and his brother. Do you know if Barry has an email address? I tried his web page and I am getting a Not Found?

    I haven't talked to Barry in many years and would like to correspond with him.

    Thanks,
    Bob Weikel

    Bob, thanks so much for writing! PCR special feature writer ED Tucker recently did a story on the rock group The Royal Guardsmen of which Barry Winslow is a member. I myself have no contact information for him but ED does. I will forward him your email and he can answer questions about the website, etc. Thanks again for writing. ---Nolan


    To send an email to Letters to the Editor write to: Crazedfanboy1@aol.com.  Any emails sent to this address will be assumed intended for publication unless you specifically instruct me not to. I can and do respond privately, if that is your preference. Frequently, it's both ways.---Nolan

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