30 May

400 songs a minute, but no more old-school R&B. Clear Channel‘s acquisition of the Ackerley radio stations has been approved by the FCC, so now the broadcast monopoly which brings you Dr. Laura has arrived in our, until now, CC-free city. And they didn’t wait very long to start axing formats.

I actually liked the Beat, since it was the only station in town that played old R&B like Parliament and other stuff I remember fondly from the 70s and early 80s (in 1981-83 I worked for a radio station with an R&B format. It drove me nuts at the time, but I miss a lot of that music now). But Clear Channel doesn’t go for the urban old school format, in any of their cities.

My guess is that Quick 96 is a stunt. Any bets on the real new format? Whatever it is, I expect extreme suckage. I think I will reprogram the button on my radio now.

When I got my broadcasting license in 1979 (hey, I was only 14 at the time — the license, which was the old Third Class Radiotelephone license, expired long ago), the FCC rule was that one corporation or individual could own only 7 AM stations and 7 FM stations nationwide. This was to encourage diversity and local access to the airwaves. During the Reagan years, this rule was rescinded. Clear Channel owns 900 stations. Is this really in the public interest? At least the Ackerley chain was locally-owned and operated. Clear Channel has no interest in Seattle.

I just get more and more appalled with the monopolist-friendly business climate of today. Have we no common sense at all?

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