FCC Media Ownership Debate Continues
After two commissioners hosted public meetings on media ownership deregulation in L.A., NYC, and Oakland, the FCC will finally discuss this issue during their Nov. 3 Consumer Advisory Committee meeting. Although the public comment period has expired, the FCC received over 122,000 opinions. The public is largely against allowing for further media consolidation, siting a deficiency of relevant local programming and the underrepresentation of women and minorities, but Big Media sees the matter otherwise. Will the commission's pro-consolidation republican majority get their way? We'll keep you posted.
R.I.P. Bob Lassiter
Following a six-year-long battle with deteriorating health brought on by diabetes, talk radio legend Bob Lassiter passed away 10/13/06. Read Beware of the Blog's obit for Lassiter here, written by The Professor.
Air America, Bankrupt
This month, financially troubled left-wing talk radio network Air America filed for bankruptcy. On the heels of this setback, however, is the birth of a fledgling liberal talk radio network called Nova M, based in Arizona. They have already integrated some Air America programming onto their two stations, and believe that their business model will stand the test of time.
Same Old Tricks
Just a few months after settling with NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Universal was caught in another payola scheme. To boost JoJo and Nickelback's chart rankings, subsidaries of Universal paid for radio "commercials" that were actually songs by these artists.
Satellite Radio Royalty Rates
Sound Exchange, the company that has proven so efficient in distributing royalties to artists, has demanded higher royalty payments from Sirius and XM than the satellite radio companies offered to pay. More info here.
NPR vs. Satellite Radio and iPod
National Public Radio has filed a complaint against the little personal transmitters that beam an iPod or satellite radio signal from a transponder to your car stereo via radio frequency. Many of these devices were found to be non-FCC compliant, with signals strong enough to reach neighboring vehicles. NPR alleges that most devices are set to default positions low on the FM band, the area designated for non-commercial stations.
More radio news from the past month:
- Hatch bids farewell to Daniel Blumin, producer of WNYU's New Afternoon Show.
- Check out The Professor's latest AM and shortwave dialscans, many from overseas.
- Broadcasters call for indecency regulations to apply to satellite radio.
- Download KPFA legend Henry Jacob's LP, The Wide Weird World of Henry Jacobs.