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"57 CHANNELS 
(AND NOTHIN' ON)"
 

 

Why do most radio stations 

leave me feeling like a 

"Stranger In A Strange Land"?
 
 
 
 
 
 

   Because they can.
 
 
 
 
 
 

  Competition between 
  radio station owners 
  used to prevent 
  too many ads or 
  overly bland or 
  insulting programming. 
 
 

  You could turn the dial 
  to "the other guy".
 
 

  Then the 1996 Telecom
  Act allowed a huge
  merger frenzy so that ...
 
 

  Now "... 
  we are 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" 

and 

'there's more diversity than ever' :


 
 
 

FCC  Commissioner Gloria Tristani said, 

"less than 3% of radio stations are 
minority owned ... 

Black-owned stations dropped 26% 
and 
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 Media/Capstar, 

  • (Chancellor became "AMFM") 
  • Clear Channel/Jacor Communications 

  • (merging with AMFM)
  • CBS Radio/Infinity Broadcasting
 From the 6/3/99 PR Newswire quoting BIA Companies

 
 
 
 

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"

From 7/7/98 USA TODAY
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 


 
THE BOTTOM LINE:

--Grab The Brass Ring--


The Federal Communication Commission has recently proposed
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.
 
  

Please urge 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 ownership provisions.
BEFORE FCC VOTE 1/20/00


Click 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]

 

Free Radio Network
 
 
 


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THANK-YOU for 
contacting your 
Senator/Congressperson.

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.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
Contact Information
for Congress HERE
FREE LPRS eZine

DEADLINE IS NOW 1/20/2000

RESTORE
FREE
ENTERPRISE

RESTORE
COMPETITION



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. 

Lookup 
Your Congressmen
and Senators
by ZIP Code HERE


Unrepresentative
Radio is 
Taxation
Without 
Representation


UPDATES:
Time Is Fleeting ...
1) FCC moves up vote on the Low Power Radio Service to 1/20/00 ... BEFORE the vitally linked Digital Audio Broadcasting (IBOC) proceedings are finished.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR COMMUNITY DEMOCRATIC RADIO?

2) "Goliath" will now 
attempt to kill Community 
Radio with the Digital Radio Farce.
 

3) Allies of Big 
Broadcasters in Congress 
are attempting to threaten 
FCC with "Reauthorization Hearings."
 
 

4) Failing that, friends of 
monopoly are taking a direct assault ... 
Rep Oxley has sponsored HR3439, 
The "Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act of 1999" That would specifically kill the Low Power Radio Service by preserving the near monopoly that the big broadcasters enjoy at taxpayer expense.
 
FREE LPRS eZine
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CLICK HERE
FOR UPDATES


 

A stable society 
is an inclusive
and just society.
 
 

A healthy democracy hears from everyone, not just the
beautiful or profitable people.
 
 

 WHY doesn't the 
"Almighty Market"
 Serve Everyone?
 
 

Media is the 
lifeblood of 
a Free Society", 

Newt Gingrich, 1994

 
 
AMMO:
What to say when someone says "What's the problem?" 


 

Radio Station 
Ownership Changes 
(Less decision makers
... for more stations)

1997 5,222 owners controlling 10,246 stations
1998 4,241 owners controlling 10,636 stations
# of owners
DOWN
18.7% # of stations 
UP
03.8%
ARGUMENTS:
LPRS Discussion

Corruption and 
prejudices can destroy this opportunity 
if we don't act!

ACTION:
What you can do to solve the problem of an 
unrepresentative radio dial. 

(Critiques)

"Information is the  currency of democracy.",

Thomas Jefferson



Full Index of documents
on this web site as 
well as the hundreds 
of links to the outside 
world. 
SELECTED LINKS:

OTHER VOICES:
Microradio Empowerment Coalition
Amhearst Alliance
Prometheus Project
Radio For All website ... button refers to idea that the National Association of Broadcasters has NABbed the public resource for private gain
CDC: Legal Thinking ...
Essay featuring FCC's Chair, Kennard talking up radio access
Paper Tiger TV ... Smashing the myths of the information industry ...
Freedom Forum, go to search and type Microradio
American's for Radio Diversity

Newseum story following a demonstration by Microbroadcasters that day
Mother Jones
Adbusters
 

GREAT article on the corporate socialist protectionism of the Big Boy Broadcasters


Community Radio Coalition Radio For the rest of us
Federale Communication Commission  ... some say For Corporate Concentration ... you decide
 

 

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