Access to radio-station broadcasts on the Web ("Internet streaming") has been on hiatus by most stations since last spring because of concerns over royalties for commercials. However, some stations may be back on the computer in the next few months.
As with musicians, those who produce and voice national commercials want additional fees when their work airs on the Internet. This lack of streaming has meant silence fordistant radio listeners who can only receive such stations on the Web.
KSL (AM-1160) hopes to be on the Internet by late August — just in time for the new Brigham Young University football season.
John Dehnel, KSL radio engineer, said the solution may be a new system that will screen out national commercials. If the ads don't air on the Web, there's no problem with royalties. "We're trying to figure out how to do it," he said.
Once a fail-safe way to block commercials is operational, the problem is what to put on during that dead-air time.
Dehnel said KSL will likely use some public service announcements at first but eventually may try Internet-only advertising. "Since we've kind of been forced into it, we might as well look at it," he said.
Soon advertisers may be able to choose the airwaves, the Web or both.
Those who want to hear LDS general conference in October, but who live outside the Wasatch Front listening area, where no local stations carry it, should find streaming useful.
Clear Channel Broadcasting, the world's largest owner of radio stations, which operates eight Salt Lake area stations, is also hoping to get its stations back on the Web as soon as possible.
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