Major Changes Coming to Radio Riel in 2010

Dear Radio Riel Event Clients,

I need to inform you of some major changes com­ing to Radio Riel that will affect you, and any events that you plan that require the ser­vices of a Music Pre­sen­ter (DJ).

Radio Riel start­ed out 2.5 years ago pri­mar­i­ly as 4 peo­ple who played music at events in the Steamlands/19th Cen­tu­ry Grid. We only ran music on Radio Riel’s Main Stream 4 hours a day. Fast for­ward to today — we have 3 music streams that run 24/7, pod­casts, Radio The­atre and in house pro­grams cre­at­ed by our Pre­sen­ters. And, we still pro­vide DJs for events!

In 2010 (no firm date set yet), I will be incor­po­rat­ing Radio Riel as an actu­al life, Non Prof­it orga­ni­za­tion in the State of Michi­gan in the USA. This is the big leap that I have want­ed to make for a long time, and the deci­sion has not been easy nor quick. It’s a good thing for the most part, how­ev­er it does come with one major neg­a­tive issue that direct­ly affects all of you.

As of Jan­u­ary 1, 2010, Radio Riel will no longer be able to pro­vide Pre­sen­ters for events for exter­nal clients. That means you.

Why? Because the event side of what we have been doing for the last 2.5 years is a com­mer­cial enter­prise. It’s a straight up “we per­form ser­vices for clients and get paid by said clients” struc­ture. That struc­ture dis­qual­i­fies us from incor­po­rat­ing as a Non Prof­it orga­ni­za­tion. We can not do that and be a Non Prof­it. Plain and sim­ple.

Radio Riel itself will con­tin­ue to run our inde­pen­dent pro­grams such as World Wednes­day and Riel Radio The­atre. Those pro­grams have always been pro­duced for the sta­tion itself and its lis­ten­ers, not a spe­cif­ic client. We will hold events of our own from time to time, but again those events will be for the sta­tion and its lis­ten­ers in gen­er­al, not a client.

This deci­sion has been incred­i­bly dif­fi­cult for me. I, and Radio Riel, owe a huge debt of grat­i­tude to those of you that have hired us for events, and espe­cial­ly to those of you that have held events on a reg­u­lar basis. You helped us make our rep­u­ta­tion. You helped us con­nect to com­mu­ni­ties and poten­tial lis­ten­ers. I feel so guilty in let­ting the events part of Radio Riel go. I do not want to let you all down, but the real­i­ty (pun intend­ed) is that the most impor­tant thing here is mak­ing Radio Riel real.

I strong­ly believe that mak­ing Radio Riel a Non Prof­it gives us our best chance to “make it in the real world”. Inter­net Radio is such a wild fron­tier. There are a few very suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial Inter­net Radio sta­tions, such as Radio Par­adise, SOMA FM and oth­ers. They have made busi­ness­es work on a mod­el that bases their bud­get on lis­ten­er dona­tions, dona­tions that are NOT tax deductible for the lis­ten­ers. I want to give our lis­ten­ers (albeit it will only be the Amer­i­can lis­ten­ers) the abil­i­ty to deduct the dona­tions they give us from their tax­es. And to do that, we need to be a Non Prof­it.

In spite of this change, I am not sim­ply going to aban­don you. I can’t do that. So, I have cre­at­ed this: http://steamlandsmusic.ning.com/ . As I get that start­ed, the only clients and pre­sen­ters that will belong to it will be for­mer Radio Riel event clients and the Radio Riel Pre­sen­ters. The Pre­sen­ters will now all be free agents and han­dle events direct­ly with you. Post­ing to the Steam­lands Music Refer­ral Ser­vice will be sim­i­lar to what you use to do when you sent me an email, or dropped me a note­card to set up an event. I took your request and post­ed it in the Radio Riel Google Group. Now you will have direct access to all of the Radio Riel Pre­sen­ters, with no Gabi serv­ing as a go-between.

These changes are so bit­ter­sweet to me. It is so hard for me to let you all go, and to feel like I am let­ting you all down…but this means, that in 2010, Radio Riel gets REAL! I can not express my thanks and grat­i­tude to you all for what you and your sup­port have done for Radio Riel. Words can’t describe my feel­ings about this. So I will just say thank you, and I wish you the best with your events, and I’ll see you as a free agent myself in 2010.

Sin­cere­ly,
Gabi

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3 Responses to “Major Changes Coming to Radio Riel in 2010”

  1. Rhianon Jameson says:

    Very cool! It’s always great to reach a major goal. Good luck with that whole “real life” thing. 🙂

  2. Bookworm Hienrichs says:

    Inter­est­ing news. But, in one way at least, wel­come to me.

    I’ve long want­ed to make some sort of con­tri­bu­tion to Radio Riel for the many hours of lis­ten­ing plea­sure you’ve all give me. How­ev­er, it seemed like the only way to do that was to buy a spon­sor­ship (i.e. ad) space. And I’ve noth­ing to adver­tise.

    With this, though, I can con­tribute direct­ly. I like that. You can expect some­thing from me once you’ve got it all straight­ened out! *smile*

  3. TotalLunar Eclipse says:

    I do not envy your tax pro­fes­sion­al, non for prof­it returns are… quite dif­fi­cult. I will tell you what I told my © 501, keep accu­rate records, as you will be at the top of the list for the chop­per (audit.)

    Though two dol­lar dona­tions here on behalf of your clients will not real­ly affect a tax­pay­ers under­line tax lia­bil­i­ty, but… I do not know enough specifics. It sounds like it has been a long­time plan­ning, and I hope it is a well ven­ture.

    The mak­er bless you and your endeav­ors.

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