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This week (Wednesday July 23, 2003) on Fresh Air, Terry Gross spoke with Eric Boehlert, a journalist who has been covering the F.C.C. regulations. He explained what we've seen since 1996 when the telecommunications act lifted restrictions on radio. He named Clear Channel as the top player in the radio world today. In 1996 Clear Channel owned about 40 radio stations. Today they own 1,229. Clear Channel Radio daily reaches 54% of all people ages 18-49 in the U.S. (http://www.clearchannel.com/radio/)The Clearchannel list. Songs you can't play on the radio.
Clear Channel also owns TV stations and venues. Artists can't afford not to "play ball" (Boehlert's term) with Clear Channel Boehlert says. Janet Jackson, N Sync, Madonna, Aerosmith are "Clear Channel" artists. In our area, the Dead just cancelled a show at the Clear Channel operated Montage stadium in Honesdale Pa.
Clear Channel Site explains its ownership of venues : http://www.clearchannel.com/
In the world of live entertainment events. Each year, more than 66 million people attend approximately 26,000 events staged by the company, including live concerts, Broadway productions, West End and touring Broadway shows, family entertainment shows, sports and motor sports events. Clear Channel Entertainment’s network of world-class promoters, live entertainment venues including 41 U.S. amphitheaters.
Pate Says Clear Channel Probe Is Ongoing
California Democratic Representative Howard Berman wrote fcc regulators a year ago saying Clear Channel's vast holdings of radio stations, TV stations, concert promotion services and other distribution channels for copyright content could harm consumers. Berman said attorneys had failed to follow up on antitrust complaints he referred to them more than a year ago.
Responding to the congressman on Thursday, antitrust Chief Hewitt Pate
told a House Judiciary Committee panel, that the department's antitrust
division is investigating two sets of allegations against Clear Channel,
including a specific charge that the company had limited airplay of artists
who do not use its concert services.
You'd be surprised to read the list of cuts with "questionable lyrics" that Clear Channel published in the fall of 2001. Here for your enjoyment today is a two hour show drawn entirely from that list.
"Morning Has Broken," Cat Stevens 238
"Daniel," Elton John 353
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," The Beatles 330
"Mack the Knife," Bobby Darin (I played it by Dave Van Ronk) 333
"Obla Di, Obla Da," The Beatles 308
"Ruby Tuesday," Rolling Stones 315
"A Sign of the Times," Petula Clark 302
"Another One Bites the Dust," Queen 318
"Benny & The Jets," Elton John 514
"Blowin' in the Wind," Peter Paul and Mary257
"Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon And Garfunkel 448
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door," Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses231
"Live and Let Die," Paul McCartney and Wings 322
"Doctor My Eyes," Jackson Brown 311
"Goin' Down," Bruce Springsteen 233
"Wipeout," Surfaris 212
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," Hollies 152
"I Feel the Earth Move," Carole King 303
"Imagine," John Lennon 236
"Leavin' on a Jet Plane," Peter Paul and Mary327
"A World Without Love," Peter and Gordon 244
"American Pie," Don McLean 419
"America," Neil Diamond 421
"On Broadway," Drifters 152
"Peace Train," Cat Stevens 216
"New York, New York," Frank Sinatra 328
"What A Wonderful World," Louis Armstrong 233
"The List" John McCutcheon
The entire list, as reported in the press, can be found
at this site:
"The Flag" John McCutcheon
What does it stand for again?
During this show callers pledged additional funds happy to have a truly
locally run radio station.
For further on this issue see. http://www.clearchannelsucks.org/
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