Category Archives: Localism

The Rush to FM Talk

Several influential Democrats for a variety of reasons are pushing to remove the exemption that allows radio stations to play music without paying the artists royalties for their work.  Internet streamers and Sirius / XM have to pay, and the … Continue reading

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The Obamafication of Clear Channel begins

A curious announcement today in the San Antonia Biz Journal Read it here Clear Channel is “donating” 4 AM radio stations to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, which has pressured the FCC for over 20 years to give preference … Continue reading

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Selling the Donut Hole

Clear Channel has an interesting new survival strategy.  Convince people to buy what they’re not selling. This year, Clear Channel has slashed most of its local on-air staff around the country in order to try to survive under their burden … Continue reading

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Radio Owner Profile – Clear Channel

Nothing in this or any of the station owner profiles should be construed as investing advice.   They are here to provide information to get better understanding of who own’s America’s Radio stations, and how they may be affected by the … Continue reading

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If the FCC really wants “localism”

If the FCC really wants “localism”, let’s start with Television and see how that works out.  [Disclaimer: I haven’t watched TV since 1996] With the new “Show me the transmitters near ‘X’” feature,  if you poke around for just a … Continue reading

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Succession Planning – the flip side of localism

Having watched the comings and goings of radio stations now for several years, I want to bring up a subject for the FCC to consider as it rethinks local radio. One of the societal benefits of “Big Corporations” compared with Sole Proprietors … Continue reading

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Localism and Diversity in Radio

Much talk is swirling around radio at the moment as the new Obama administration begins to exert its considerable influence over the FCC. Localism is the notion that radio should be responsible to “serve the public interest” of their local … Continue reading

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Non-Commercial Radio – what is a “Commerical”?

FM stations below 92 Mhz and LPFM stations are not allowed to sell advertising.  At least one LPFM station I’ve visited recently appears to be blatantly ignoring this rule.  [For the record, I oppose limiting the free speech rights of radio … Continue reading

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LPFM – Should you care?

Low Power FM is a new radio service created by the FCC in 2003, and the movement picked up speed near the end of the Bush Administration.  Low-Power FM licenses non-profit entities to set up a 100 watt (or less) … Continue reading

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