Radio LPL is on the air

Now broadcasting loud and clear, Radio LPL hit radio waves only weeks ago and has quite the following. That's right, the LPL stands for Liverpool Public Library, which means the local library only minutes from your home is broadcasting a radio station through the Web site Live 365.

The station had a soft launch April 9 during National Library Week, and has had more than 500 listening hours from music-lovers across the globe.

The masterminds behind the new and exciting radio project were LPL librarian in charge of music selection and now host of Radio LPL Annette Friedrichs, and LPL technical assistant Cheryl Cornell.

As far as the two know, there is no other library registered with site and after many networking efforts, no other library has come forward to claim the premier title from LPL. A wide variety of folk, classic, new-age and local artists, and many more genres are featured on Radio LPL.

Friedrichs personally stands by what she calls "a high quality diverse selection of music" offered at LPL.

About a year ago, acting assistant director for LPL Jean Armour Polly found the Live 365 site through which the library broadcasts their station that people all over the world can listen to. Live 365 is an Internet company that allows members to join and subscribe in order to have a radio connection.

As of now, the library budgeted for a basic package which includes coverage of royalty licensing fees, which means Radio LPL will not infringe on any copyrights of the music it plays. The cost is around $1,500 annually and is within the LPL budget.

However, Radio LPL frequently features local artists and must obtain rights to play their music if the artist is under a label which their Live 365 contract does not cover.

Also, the show cannot play more than three tracks from the same album within three hours of one another.

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