The Federal Trade Commission has said that blogs need to have disclosure statements. There is some debate over whether or not podcasts are included in this. Because it’s vague, I figure that it’s better to be safe than sorry.
With that said, here is my disclosure.
No one pays me to podcast or post anything on rubyfruitradio.com or to say particular things in it. That includes all forms of compensation (cash, merch etc).
I have a music podcast so it’s a given that I am going to get free CDs and other types of merchandise from time to time. Just because I get something for free does not mean that I will play it or mention it. CDs that I do receive gather dust on a shelf and eventually are given away to either people I know in real life or through contests for listeners. I’m not going to list every CD I get for free because that’s just silly.
I work for Ariel Publicity. It is a PR firm that specializes in musicians and authors. I do play music of clients or post videos of clients, but I am not paid by Ariel Publicity to do that. Sometimes, I will mention that I got music from Ariel Publicity, but I have never been asked to do so and am not paid to do so. My relationship with Ariel Publicity as a podcaster happened long before my relationship as an employee.
All I can promise is that I’m not going to do anything shady and I won’t write nice things or play songs about something because I’ve been paid or been given something free. If I don’t like something, it’s not going to be featured on the website or the podcast. I typically only feature things that I like or that I think my listeners might.
If you have any questions about this, email me.
Thanks to all the shady, greedy mommy bloggers who have made this disclosure necessary.
What is Rubyfruit Radio?
Rubyfruit Radio is a podcast devoted to playing the best in female artists and female fronted bands.