JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: Congress.....Leave My Music Alone!!!!

Congress.....Leave My Music Alone!!!!

Radio Performance Tax


  It's rare that you will find me not listening to music. The fact of the matter is that as long as I can remember I have loved all kinds. I even play guitar myself, mostly oldies like Bob Dylan, but I also dabble in a little more modern tunes.

 Few of us can say that we haven't been touched by the gift of music in one way or another in our lives. Music can move us in so many ways and evoke thoughts and emotions like few other forms of art.

 Almost everyone has a favorite radio station, and if are like me, that station is local. Mine is WXRY right here in downtown Columbia, SC. They play a mix of music, but mostly Alternative and that appeals to me.

Radio Performance Tax


 Now Congress has been nice enough to propose a radio performance tax that would tax radio stations for playing music. This proposed tax would be direct attack on the finances of local radio stations my favorite and I'm not sure how the little guys would manage to stay afloat should this Bill pass Congress.

 What do I suggest, leave the music alone and let it be free my friends. For years radio stations have played music for free much to the delight of listeners and music fans from all walks of life. And now I am threatened with static from my speakers as a result of the bankruptcy of those that bestow these musical miracles upon us.

 To find out more to get involved, Please visit www.noperformancetax.org and find out how you can tell Congress to leave my music alone.


JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

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Comment balloon 17 commentsJL Boney, III • February 14 2010 10:22PM



If they start taxing you and me for running our mouths, we are in BIG trouble!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 9 years ago

Richard- That would break the bank in no time, but you and I together could erase the national debt if that were the case.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 9 years ago

lol @ Richard... yeah...I'd be in big trouble too!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 9 years ago

Sally- I think a lot of us would be, but I fear giving Congress on more absurd ideas.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 9 years ago

Is this their attempt to reclaim what's been stolen by music pirating? Does any money go back to the artists? Or is it just another attempt to put our money into their pockets.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) about 9 years ago

I read about this last summer.  I hope that the bill and whoever wrote it are sitting somewhere in a corner wasting away.  This, along with subscription radio, the "new television" and everything else will make me take up whistling. 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 9 years ago

JL:  Having worked in radio, I think this stinks!  What would ultimately happen is it would have a trickle down effect on the advertisers.  The local businesses would be charged more or, more likely, stations would run more ads and play less music.  Either way, it stinks.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 9 years ago

Hmm.. I hadnt heard of this before. I'll go back and read the article you attached.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) about 9 years ago


A bit of solace JL

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) about 9 years ago


Washington has lost it's direction and the spending in out of control, we need to clean house.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 9 years ago

The New Jersey Broadcasters Association has been running ads on this for a while.  They update the ads when another Representative gets on board in opposition!   

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 9 years ago

I had head about this last year and I keep hoping that this gets squashed because it is just so ridiculous.  Next they will want to tax the air we breathe.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

JL, I hope this one is languishing in the not-ever bin and never sees the light of day!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 9 years ago

JL, it is mind boggling, really. Why don't we tax congress for driving us crazy, or an aggrivation tax. I think they should be personally taxed when they come up with a really stupid idea. Yeah, a stupid congress person tax. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 9 years ago

I'm sure it looked good on paper when they were brainstorming for another way to get a little more ? 

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (ReMax Riverhaven) almost 9 years ago

Certainly enjoy the music Cynthia sent you! Playing it again..... Have a great day!

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (ReMax Riverhaven) almost 9 years ago

My lifetime goal is to own my own radio station one day so you know I REALLY OPPOSE this!



Tom Davis

Posted by Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor (Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !) almost 9 years ago