DJ Gilbert Matthews welcomes you to The Retro Attic, a 24/7 internet radio station that primarily plays those classic and seldom heard top 40 entries from the 60's and 70's, along with a sprinkling of late 50's and early 80's hits that also fit the format. Hopefully our wide variety of oldies will be mind-blowing musical history lessons for you! A couple of "Bottom 45's" from each decade will be included every hour; these are defined as minor charters(peaked between 41 and 100), Bubbling Under/Looking Ahead entries(peaked between 101 and 150), non-charters, or tunes that were only hits in Canada, the UK, or Australia. A track from our "Featured Artist Of The Month" will also be heard every hour. Sit back, have fun, and take yourself back to simpler times(when people smiled at each other and didn't question why, kids played outside all day, and parents never worried)! You can also find us on Shoutcast, Virtual Radio, Nobex Radio, Delicast, Streamfinder, Tunein.com(highly recommended for those of you who use mobile apps), and ITunes Radio in their "Golden Oldies" category. Feel free to chat with me, DJ Gilbert Matthews, through our live chat room in the bottom left corner of our webpage. Happy LISTENING! Spread the word about us and join other fellow oldies lovers in our Facebook group(search for The Retro Attic)!


Do you like what you're hearing? If so, then please help keep The Retro Attic on the air legally by making a small donation! I have three VIP membership levels to choose from and all come with perks:

1. $15.00 - Make up to 5 requests per day and have unlimited listening!

2. $25.00 - Make up to 10 requests per day, have unlimited listening, and come up with your own 2 hour show of requests once a month!

3. $50.00 - Make up to 15 requests per day, have unlimited listening, and come up with your own 2 hour show of requests 4 times a month!

With each level, you can also request a specific artist to be banned from the rotation for 2 weeks or request a specific song to be banned from the rotation for 1 month! If you have any questions, then please contact me through our chat room. If you're ready to become a VIP member, then please use my Paypal Donate button immediately below here! My station is small, but I am dedicated and am properly licensed! Don't let corporate-controlled playlists rule the airwaves! Thanks in advance for your help!

Let The Retro Attic Be Your "DJ" For Your Next Oldies Dance Party, High School Reunion, Etc.! For A Donation Of 100 Dollars, I Will Present A 6-8 Hour Show With Music That Fits Your Theme, And I Will Also Be Available Online To Take Requests During Your Event! Contact Me Through Our Chat Room Or Our Webpage's Contact Form, And Let's Make Your Party Happen!

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Monday, December 28, 2015

WE'RE MOVING FORWARD IN 2016, BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US!

The Retro Attic and Awfully Awesome Eighties will NOT be going dark on December 31st. Our licensing fees for 2016 went up some, but they're still doable. There are a lot of bigger internet radio stations out there that will be pulling the plug(more listener hours, more revenue, and more expenses mean very high licensing fees), so it's hard to say what kind of effect it will eventually have on our total listener hours for each month. Some listeners will migrate to Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, etc.; the rest of the audience will continue to look for stations that dig deep for their playlists.

The Retro Attic's Featured Artist Of The Month for January will be The Guess Who; this will also include selected cuts from BTO, Ironhorse and Burton Cummings.

Donations to the stations will continue to be strongly encouraged as some aspects of the monthly licensing fees are still being negotiated(for example, ASCAP may or may not allow multiple stations on a licensing account) and our playlists will really start expanding now. Being a VIP member gives you more programming capabilities! Visit us at either http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com or http://awfullyawesomeeighties.com and look for our Paypal donation buttons; both webpages also have links to our Facebook groups.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to bringing you more great listening in 2016! Have a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

THE RETRO ATTIC MAY BE GOING DARK SOON

Well guys, today was considered "D Day" in the world of internet radio. Some of you may have heard about a pending decision from the Copyright Royalty Board; they oversee Soundexchange, which is one of the major performing agencies. Their decision was handed down around 5:15 this afternoon, and it wasn't good.

Through this year, there had been a Small Webcaster Agreement in place where anyone running a music-related internet radio station could pay a reasonable monthly flat rate that was primarily based on your station's total listener hours; in turn, you had a blanket license that took care of the 4 main performing agencies. The SWA will now be gone, and in its place will be a "per performance, per listener" rate. The rate is only a fraction of a penny, but it adds up quickly. Even with the miniscule number of listeners my stations have, my Soundexchange fees alone would run approximately 3 grand a year, or around 250 dollars a month. This really doesn't make me want to find out what ASCAP, BMI and SOCAN have in store!

Therefore, unless the miracle occurs of 10-20 people coming forward and offering to sponsor my stations for 15-25 dollars a month, then The Retro Attic and Awfully Awesome Eighties will be going dark very soon. I'm sorry that this has to happen, but the performing agencies only want the big boys around. Innovation will be all but gone when you look for oldies stations from now on. Why? Because the big boys(with MAYBE an isolated, rare exception) will only play the same, tired classics. Some of you are cool with that, but I KNOW there are MANY of you out there who complain that many top 40 hits from the past aren't getting played anymore.

The only alternative I have if I don't get any sponsors is doing occasional Mixcloud shows. Mixcloud does pay out royalties, and there has been no mention of any changes coming their way. The only drawback with that approach is the word "occasional" - no more 24/7, etc.

Any comments are welcomed through my station sites at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com and http://awfullyawesomeeighties.com. In conclusion, all I can say is that Rush knew what they were talking about in 1976 when they composed their "2112" epic. If you don't know what the song is about, then I highly recommend googling it.