When Napster came out, it was predicted that the music industry would suffer. This turned out to be true: file sharing has decimated the incomes of record companies and artists.
New, legal streaming services like Grooveshark, Last.FM, Rdio and Pandora have been created to compete with music pirating. The convenience of on-demand music is attracting more listeners than FM radio; it remains to be seen, though, whether streaming actually benefits the artists or if it has become a way for record companies to exploit them.
The chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission has announced he will resign. Mark Sievers has chaired the regulatory board since 2011.
The KCC regulates utilities including electricity, natural gas and telecommunications.
The organization has recently been involved in some controversies. A month ago, a Shawnee County judge fined the agency for violating the state's open meetings act by using a system in which some proposals were approved behind closed doors.
Hear Christmas duets from Wichita's own, Tony-nominated Karla Burns and tenor Earnest Alexander. The Broadway singer/actress is set to receive a proclamation from the city of Wichita announcing Karla Burns Week during a city council meeting on December 17th. Plus, new music from legendary songstress Gladys Knight. Another Journey is her first album in six years.
Keith Richards’ 70th birthday is just around the corner and to celebrate the occasion, Crossroads steps aside for a two-hour special, Got Blues If You Want It, chronicling the influence of American blues and R&B on the music of the legendary rock band. The program features blues covers and blues-inspired originals from the band, original versions of songs that influenced them from the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry, and a number of special guest from the world of music who help put the whole story in context.
Global Village marks birthdays of reggae performer and producer Clancy Eccles, singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, old-timey music favorite Dan Hicks, and Neil Innes of Bonzo Dog Band fame. Plus a tribute to Junior Murvin (“Police & Thieves”) who passed away last week, and new music from Grupo Cha Cha, the Sultans of String, and Debademba.