Readers’ corner 6/26/07
Tahoe fire and selling fireworks: As I was driving to work Monday morning, thinking about all the people who lost their homes in the devastating fire near Lake Tahoe, I came upon a booth getting ready to sell fireworks for the Fourth of July. This doesn’t seem right to me; if our fire danger is, in June, August-like conditions, does it make sense to sell fireworks? Am I crazy to think this should stop?
Are you interested in the night sky? Diane Masini let me know there is a program on Wednesday on this subject. The Gold Country Computer Learning Center offers an astronomy seminar for those sky watchers interested in The Wonders of the Night Sky.
The presenter is Louis Kunz, former research physicist, astronomer, teacher and avid sky watcher. Dr. Kunz has been affiliated with Stanford University, NASA, and was a project manager for a laser tech company. It will be from 1:30-4 p.m.; space is limited; reservations are required. $10 single, $15 double. Call Joan at 273-6955 or e-mail jdgootherts@gmail .com.
KVMR and “Day of Silence:” Program Director Steve Baker alerted me to this. Steve says, “The noncommercial Nevada City radio station will shut down its regular programming on its kvmr.org Web stream to draw attention to an impending Copyright Royalty Board rate increase for Internet radio. The SaveNetRadio.org coalition of Webcasters says the board’s March 2nd decision could lead to a virtual shutdown of the country’s Internet radio music services when the rates become effective July 15.”
Today is the Day of Silence, and while KVMR will be doing its regular broadcasting, it will not stream content over the Internet today as part of a protest about the royalty issue. Steve also said the royalty rates could go up as much as 1,200 percent. The new royalty rules treat noncommercial radio the same as large, corporate-owned stations, Steve said.
In addition to KVMR’s Web cast, other broadcasters participating in the Day of Silence include Capital Public Radio of Sacramento, North State Public Radio of Chico, KPFA in Berkeley and many others.
Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at email@example.com, or by fax at 477-4292.
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