mass media into mammoth
monopolies is the single greatest contributor to the slow death of American
democracy and freedom.
"Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe
their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to
governmental interventionist policy directed against
free trade." Ludwig von
"The modern growth of monopolies in the shape of
trusts, cartels, federations of employers and so on has greatly increased the
power of the capitalist to levy toll on
the community. This
tendency will not cease of itself, but only through definite action on the part
of those who do not profit by the capitalist regime." -
"The fact is, corporations and their vast
have killed radio." - Tim Lovestedt
In the first quarter of 2006 research found radio
listeners are hearing 23% fewer new rock songs, 14% fewer pop songs, 16% fewer
hip-hop songs and 17% fewer adult contemporary songs than they were in the
first quarter of 2005.
This occurred as the number of new album
The recent shift is part of a
broader trend toward
homogenization and repetitive airplay that has been underway for the past
decade as radio station ownership has consolidated.
"No programmer wants to draw attention by chosing
songs too far outside the mainstream."- Tom Calococci, KBBT program
Except for in the major metropolitian areas
basically two corporate media corporations control the radio airwaves.
The following table lists the communities were these two companies
have monopolized the radio airwaves:
||Clear Channel Radio Monopolies
||Cumulus Media Monopolies
||-Gadsden -Huntsville -Tuscaloosa
||-Chinle -Tuba City -Tucson -Yuma
||-Chico -Monterey -San Luis Obispo
||-Florida Keys -Fort Myers/Naples -Panama City
|-Fort Walton Beach
||-Boise -Pocatello -Twin Falls -Idaho Falls
(no other major companies)
||-Burlington -Des Moines -Fort Dodge
Madison -Iowa City
||-Ann Arbor -Grand Rapids
|-Lebanon -Manchester -Portsmouth
other major companies)
|-Albuquerque -Farmington -Gallup
other major companies)
||-Binghamton -Syracuse -Utica
||-Bismarck -Dickinson -Fargo -Minot
|-Akron -Chillicothe -Defiance -Findlay
-Lorain -Mansfield -Sandusky -Tiffin
|-Allentown -Johnstown -New Castle
||-Florence -Myrtle Beach
||-El Paso -Waco -Wichita Falls
||-Salt Lake City (no other major companies)
(no other major
(no other major
||-Appleton -Green Bay
(no other major
controls the radio airwaves in Palm Springs, California; Aberdeen & Moses
Lake & Wenatchee, Washington.
Broadcasting controls the
radio airwaves in Fresno & Riverside, California; Hartford, Massachusetts.
Entercom Communications controls the radio airwaves in Wichita, Kansas;
Scranton, Pennsylvania; Longview, Washington.
Cox Enterprises controls the radio
airwaves in Stamford, Connecticut; Long Island, New York.
controls the radio airwaves in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Clear Channel has no major competitors in Idaho,
New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
In November of 2006
it was announced that Clear Channel would be taken private for the sum of $18.7
billion. L. Lowry Mays will step down from role as chairman of the board. Mark
P. Mays will continue as CEO and Randall Mays will remain as
Information from The Columbia
Journalism Review and other sources.
Clear Channel owned 1266 radio stations in October 2005.
Commission Chairman Kevin Martin launched the Federal Communications
Commission's formal review of media ownership rules. The agency's
"Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making," issued July 25, 2006 is vague,
but its intent is clear: to let a few
giant media amalgamations swallow up more local television channels, radio
stations and newspapers in a single market.
Note: this information is impossiple to keep up
with because of the rapid consolidation.
If the changes are
approved, one corporation could own the major daily
newspaper, eight radio
stations and three
stations in the same village. Once the digital television transition is
completed in 2009 - allowing stations to broadcast multiple signals - one
incorporation could control 12 or even 18 television channels in a single city.
propaganda says local media can't compete without further consolidation.
Yet media companies already enjoy higher profit margins than most industries.
They say we must deregulate. But radio and television station ownership is by
definition regulated - these are the public airwaves and there are only
so many channels
available in a community. The only question is on whose behalf will
Washington make the rules: major
media companies or the public?" - Norman Lear, founder
People for the American
Way and Robert W. McChesney president of
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