(AND NOTHIN' ON)"
Why do most radio stations
leave me feeling like a
"Stranger In A Strange Land"?
Because they can.
radio station owners
used to prevent
too many ads or
overly bland or
You could turn the dial
to "the other guy".
Then the 1996 Telecom
Act allowed a huge
merger frenzy so that ...
the Other Guy",
says George Sosson,
Clear Channel Inc.
senior vice president.
In spite of industry claims that
"there's no room for more stations"
'there's more diversity than ever' :
Commissioner Gloria Tristani said,
"less than 3% of radio stations are
minority owned ...
Black-owned stations dropped 26%
Hispanic-owned stations dropped 9%
between 1995 and 1997."
35% of all advertising revenue
last year went to the top three
[soon to be two] station owner groups:
(Chancellor became "AMFM")
Clear Channel/Jacor Communications
CBS Radio/Infinity Broadcasting
Before the 1996 Telecom Act that
allowed these mergers, the largest
radio chain owned only 38 radio stations.
When the latest AMFM/Clear Channel
merger is complete, they will dominate 830 stations.
NPR ATC 10/5/99
" ...common for two or three companies
to own 80% to 90% of the radio ad revenues
in a market.
In Rochester, N.Y., for example,
14 stations owned by CBS, Jacor and Entercom
held 94% of the radio ad revenues in 1997,
according to Duncan's American Radio, a research firm"
THE BOTTOM LINE:
--Grab The Brass Ring--
The Federal Communication Commission has recently
to open thousands of new
legal frequencies on the FM dial
and restrict their control to
new and local groups/people.
This proposed new set of rules is referred to
as the Low
Power Radio Service (LPRS).
ALERT: DEADLINE : VOTE ON LPRS IS 1/20/2000!
The LPRS would CREATE COMPETITION
by enabling thousands of new and new local
community, church or small business radio stations
to serve those ignored by current radio stations.
A stable society
is an inclusive
and just society.
The LPRS, is designed to encourage a diversity of cultures
represented on the airwaves
by encouraging a diversity of ownership/control.
A diversity of people and organizations
with different values and priorities
will create a more inclusive media
(and therefore government policy)
because they will have different definitions
of what is “newsworthy” and “viable”
for sharing on the public's airwaves.
your federal elected representatives
to write a public letter to the Federal Communications Commission
in support of a Low Power Radio Service
with strong local and new localonly
BEFORE FCC VOTE 1/20/00
here for more information on vital points on ownership provisions.
(ask your elected representative to use the example of
the "Bonior Letter") [click
here to read]
If you want
to keep updated
SUBSCRIBE TO LPRS-E-ZINE
Thank-you for reading all this
and considering helping us
create a radio dial as diverse
as the population that listens
and pays taxes to regulate it.
DEADLINE IS NOW 1/20/2000
Please call your representatives
in Congress and the Senate
and urge them to support the Low
Power Radio Service that would open thousands of new frequencies on
the FM band for people like you to be heard.
by ZIP Code HERE
A healthy democracy hears from everyone, not
beautiful or profitable people.
Media is the
What to say when someone says "What's the problem?"
(Less decision makers
... for more stations)
|# of owners
||# of stations
you can do to solve the problem of an
unrepresentative radio dial.
"Information is the currency of democracy.",
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