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No harm done when you’re already braindead

Posted by schroeder915 on November 13, 2006

If you’ve been listening to the same songs over and over again for twenty-plus years, you’re already braindead, dude.

That must have been the thinking of Clear Channel executives when they decided to foist another conservative talk show format on New Orleans, killing the over-the-hill headbanger classics format on 99.5 FM.

Maybe they determined that they finally hit their goal of playing “More Than a Feeling” 1,567,834,269 times.

It’s no wonder why new musicians can’t get a break.

As if it weren’t enough that Entercom killed progressive talk Air America Radio in New Orleans and is hoarding three radio licenses to broadcast the same content, now conservative radio is creeping onto the FM band with Sean Hannity and Fox News.

We could use more conservative right wingnuts on New Orleans radio like we could use another flood!

Oh yeah, in their lineup of Fox News on-air talent crooks and liars, Clear Channel gave convicted insurance commissioner, Jim Brown, the soapbox he was seeking to rehabilitate his reputation. How that serves the best interests of New Orleans is not readily apparent to me. Maybe I should have been listening to WRNO more.

Oh hell, what’s the point? Do we, or do we not, own the airwaves? Why should we put up with corporate profiteers dumping whatever crap they choose on our city?

We need FCC commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein to hold public hearings in New Orleans to ask if broadcasters are serving the community.

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10 Responses to “No harm done when you’re already braindead”

  1. F P said

    http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/09/15/lawyer-says-fcc-ordered-study-destroyed/

    Lawyer Says FCC Ordered Study Destroyed

    By:
    Nicole Belle on Friday, September 15th, 2006 at 5:53 PM – PDT  

    Associated Press via Houston Chronicle:

    The Federal Communications Commission ordered its staff to destroy all copies of a draft study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage, a former lawyer at the agency says. [..]
    Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. received a copy of the report “indirectly from someone within the FCC who believed the information should be made public,” according to Boxer spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz.
    Adam Candeub, now a law professor at Michigan State University, said senior managers at the agency ordered that “every last piece” of the report be destroyed. “The whole project was just stopped _ end of discussion,” he said. Candeub was a lawyer in the FCC’s Media Bureau at the time the report was written and communicated frequently with its authors, he said. Read on…

    So Former Chairman Michael Powell commissions a study to prove that allowing corporations to own multiple stations in regions doesn’t actually hurt the public’s interest in quality or quantity of local news information and the study shows the exact opposite: local media ownership DOES give the consumer greater and more relevant local news.

    What’s a Bush appointee to do? 
    Bury the report in a drawer and order all the work product to be destroyed–destroyed, not shoved in a vault, not filed in some “mislabeled” folder to be shuffled in some bureaucratic hell.  Then go ahead and approve more corporation ownership of local stations, thereby working against the public interest of which they are charged.  Current Chairman Kevin Martin claims he was unaware of the report in his letter to Barbara Boxer.
    FAIR has more and an action item to call for an investigation.

  2. F P said

    Lawyer Says FCC Ordered Study Destroyed

    Associated Press via Houston Chronicle:

    The Federal Communications Commission ordered its staff to destroy all copies of a draft study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage, a former lawyer at the agency says. [..]

    Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. received a copy of the report “indirectly from someone within the FCC who believed the information should be made public,” according to Boxer spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz.

    Adam Candeub, now a law professor at Michigan State University, said senior managers at the agency ordered that “every last piece” of the report be destroyed. “The whole project was just stopped _ end of discussion,” he said. Candeub was a lawyer in the FCC’s Media Bureau at the time the report was written and communicated frequently with its authors, he said. Read on…

    So Former Chairman Michael Powell commissions a study to prove that allowing corporations to own multiple stations in regions doesn’t actually hurt the public’s interest in quality or quantity of local news information and the study shows the exact opposite: local media ownership DOES give the consumer greater and more relevant local news.

    What’s a Bush appointee to do?

    Bury the report in a drawer and order all the work product to be destroyed–destroyed, not shoved in a vault, not filed in some “mislabeled” folder to be shuffled in some bureaucratic hell. Then go ahead and approve more corporation ownership of local stations, thereby working against the public interest of which they are charged. Current Chairman Kevin Martin claims he was unaware of the report in his letter to Barbara Boxer.

    FAIR has more and an action item to call for an investigation.

  3. Schroeder said

    I read about that too. What will it take for this crap to stop?

  4. Karen said

    I heard they want to put Rush on too…

  5. f P said

    I don’t know> Bush said Rumsfeld and his known unknowns would be in office until the end of Bushes term. Does this mean…?

  6. Schroeder said

    Dick Cheney as president?

  7. oyster said

    There might be a small bright spot, though. The FLaming Liberal (now living in the ATL) sent me an emailsaying that Louisiana Weekly’s Chris Tidmore is the senior reporter and that the FLaming Lib will be appearing on the various shows (at least, until he is banned). Below is an excerpt from the email he sent me. “Yours Truly” is David Bellinger, the Flaming Liberal, a “blind man with a vision”.

    Here’s a thought. What about a liberal “internet radio” station for New Orleans featuring this area’s finest bloggers? Dambala said he’d set it up for us, and is totally convinced that he could secure enough advertising for it to pay it’s way. Why don’t WE fill the void? Whaddya think?


    As of 5 am this morning, WRNO 99.5 FM New Orleans
    become the region’s newest news/talk alternative.

    With yours truly, Christopher Tidmore as Senior
    Reporter, thenew995fm.com launched. On the air and on
    the web, this news organization makes the firm
    commitment to the rebuilding of New Orleans. This is
    the first fully FM talk station in New Orleans and is
    fully streamed live on the internet. Also, the
    website includes web only “On Demand Audio”. Today,
    there are interviews with Andy Kopplin, Kevin
    Stevenson, and brand new pages outlining the progress
    of the city’s various neighborhoods–and their
    recovery.

    The schedule includes Rob Couhig & Bo Walker in the
    morning (5-8), Jim Brown (8-11), Andre Trevigne
    (11-2), and Sean Hannity (2-5). Yours truly will be
    appearing on the shows throughout the schedule, and
    check out my news reports at the top and bottom of the
    hours.

  8. My reaction when I heard about the Clear Channel station’s “commitment to the rebuilding of New Orleans” was, what — it took them 14 months to demonstrate a commitment? Bullsh*t.

    I’d like to meet and talk to Dambala about his idea.

    Internet radio would be a good start to leverage other media options. I wouldn’t even say such a thing should be liberal or conservative — admitting my obvious personal preference — I just want honest, informed, balanced, intelligent discussion. Check out what they do at Wisconsin Public Radio sometime. The daytime talk shows feature the absolute gold standard for how radio can succeed by serving its community. I’m working on a post about how the antiquated ratings measures skew marketing strategies into a downward spiral over the years of smaller and smaller numbers of listeners. They’re cutting their own throats, and making us all miserable in the process.

  9. f P said

    I like that idea. Consider this story

    http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/Comment/OpEd/061306_oped1.html

    “To understand the importance of net neutrality for artists, look at the lack of a similar principle in modern commercial radio. When informally polled as to why they sign away their copyrights to major labels, most artists explain that they need to be on a major label in order to have a shot at commercial radio airplay. And, sadly, these artists have a point.

    Whether it’s an outgrowth of the massive consolidation of the radio industry and the resulting loss of localism, the payola being investigated by New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), or simply commercial radio ignoring the independent sector for its own business purposes (or, most likely, a combination of all three factors), music released by independent labels is virtually absent from commercial airwaves. Further, entire genres of music, including, jazz, classical, bluegrass, gospel, big band and folk, are increasingly absent from the dial.

    What can we learn from this? Most obviously we learn that concentrated control of valuable pipelines — the AM and FM spectrum — leaves them vulnerable to corruption, particularly when huge sums of money are at stake. No wonder musicians are so concerned about an Internet without net neutrality.”

  10. f P said

    I left this out:

    “The large broadband providers insist these concerns are based in paranoid fantasy. What they have to realize, and what Congress has to address, is that the connection between radio consolidation, payola and these debates is real. With the passage of the Telecommunications Act in 1996, Congress essentially handed the radio industry over to huge corporations focused solely on the bottom line, with particularly devastating results for local music communities across the country. Now some of the same congressional leaders who oppose strong network-neutrality provisions are also calling on the FCC to lift local radio-ownership caps, which would allow Clear Channel and others to purchase even more stations.”

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