SSRadio, one of the leading House music radio stations on the Internet, is facing closure due to the financial pressures.
SSRadio, which has been online since 2005 and specializes in deep & soulful House music, (whose downloads of the station’s many popular podcasts have reached almost 7 million) has today announced that it will be closing its doors at the end of the year unless they can come up with the necessary funding.
The station has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising £10,000 (about $15,718). If they can raise this amount at a minimum, this will enable them to continue broadcasting into their second decade of existence. As a thank you to contributors, they will be offering rewards such as free subscriptions and limited edition t-shirts.
SSRadio, often known as “the podfather of House” has hosted shows from some of the biggest names in the scene such as Grant Nelson, DJ Disciple, Richard Earnshaw, Mr. V, Sean McCabe, Andy Ward, Lars Behrenroth, Nick Power and many more. They have also done live broadcasts at several large record label-backed events around the world such as Defected in the House, Soul Heaven, and MN2S – from destinations such as London, Miami, Chicago and Ibiza.
Last year the station was forced to shut down their other 4 channels due to increasing music license costs, a fate shared by many online stations since the introduction of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which ruled that satellite radio and Internet radio broadcasts are required to pay performance royalties in addition to publishing royalties. This is in contrast to traditional radio broadcasters in the US which are only liable for publishing royalties, and has led to claims that these additional royalty rates are overly burdensome and intended to disadvantage independent Internet-only stations.
If you are one of the many thousands of people that have enjoyed the music of SSRadio over the years then you can help ensure their survival by donating via their Kickstarter page at or spreading the word via http://ssradio.com/saveus.