Let me try to boil down my unease with KYOU even further with a simile. KYOU’s invitation of podcasters to fill their air signal under terms not at all favorable to the content creators brings the following to mind.
It is like being an average joe in high school when one of the in-crowd invites you to their party. You, of course, are flattered and of course you attend. When you show up it turns out they expect you to serve drinks and bus the tables.
Update: I haven’t listened to this interview yet, but via Mike Dunn comes this nugget from an NPR interview:
hey, one pearl joel [Hollander – chairman and CEO of Infinity Broadcasting] mentioned is that infinity is “not going to charge podcasters to put their shows on the air” – wtf was that?
Here I’ve been thinking it sucks that they want your work for free. Actually now I find out that they are doing us a big favor by not actually charging us for getting our work for free. I’m downgrading my opinion from “Sounds like a bad deal” to “Bite my wang.”
My brother’s advice is to ignore them and let them die a slow death. That’s probably a good idea, so I’m going to try to avoid talking them up too much and giving them lots of attention. Unless something really notable happens, this will be my last post on this ugly subject.