Coalition announced to oppose Singing News chart changes
Recently, the Singing News made several first steps toward improving their radio airplay chart. A website, Gospel Music Coalition, has been announced to complain about those changes. I agree with Musicscribe that the $7 membership fee seems to be a little tacky. [EDIT, 6/6/12: Broken link removed.]
I am generally supportive of and optimistic about the chart changes. I think that cutting some stations was a necessary first step toward making more fundamental changes, such as implementing digital tracking of spins. Suppose Singing News tries that six months from now. If a station proves reluctant, SN can tell the station that they can either upgrade or forget about being a charting station. Since SN dropped quite a few stations a few months before, that station will know that SN means business.
Suppose a station does refuse and is dropped. One of the stations dropped in this round could be approached about coming back. After they’ve had a few months of getting less attention from radio promoters, they could well be ready and eager to make the financial investment to come back.