April 12, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
All Clear Channel radio stations, which is the parent company that owns FSU flagship stations WTNT-FM and WNLS-AM in Tallahassee, have been ordered to stop all internet streaming effective immediately.
As you may have followed on the news, there are some groups who have decided that they need to be paid for streaming their work. The fight with the music licensing companies (BMI, ASCAP) has been well publicized, and now, the union that represents most big-market on-air people (AFTRA) has insisted that their people be paid if their voices are streamed.
This is a decision made by Clear Channel and a number of other major media holders as they wait to see what the result of legal procedings.
“This is not a call by WNLS to stop putting their information on the internet,” said Assistant Athletic Director Rob Wilson of Florida State. “It is unfortunate that for the time being our fans and those of college baseball around the country will suffer, particularly with the Miami series coming up over the next two weeks. WNLS and WTNT have been outstanding flagship stations for our broadcasts and we all hope that a resolution can be worked out soon. Should the internet broadcasts become available we will announce it on this site, but until that time – all Clear Channel holdings have their hands tied.”