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Radio Deregulation, Media Mergers
And Why Radio Is So Bad Today

Big Radio Rules in Small Markets

The greatest concentration of ownership in the radio industry can be found in smaller and medium-sized markets and not in large cities, with broadcast giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. by far the most dominant player in America's heartland, according to a new study by the Center for Public Integrity

•  See the Center For Public Integrity website

FCC Chairman Michael Powell announced resignation of his post as head of the Federal Communications Commision. But will this change make a difference?
Although Michael Powell has been a disliked figure (especially by CBS and Howard Stern), this opening in the FCC is not likely to make much noticeable difference anytime soon. The FCC has long been an agency surrounded by debate and controversy. For starters FCC officials are not elected, they are appointed. Furthermore there are numerous stories of FCC officials serving their own special interests rather than the public. Read more at Reuters.
"You're listening to the New World Order Broadcasting System, heard now in 52 states and 365 cities in the USA." "Next it's This Morning With Laura Bush followed by the daily interlude of government approved music." "At noon it's DJ George W. with Folk Songs Of The Far Right Wing"
With corporate ownership and a new form of payola strangling play-lists, listeners are tuning out
At a time when a handful of radio corporations are making more money than ever, dissatisfaction with the quality of music programming has reached a breaking point. People are listening to radio less, and the reason is simple: The days of local radio breaking new records, taking chances on unknown acts and responding to it's audience's interests have all but disappeared. >>more
Radio Show Audio Archives
Streaming high quality copies of our weekly jazz radio shows available to internet listeners via RealOne Player. Radio the way it's supposed to be, unscripted and unrehearsed. Due to bandwidth limitations potato salad no longer included with transmission.

Our Jazz Radio Show Info Page
The sordid history of our weekly big band music radio show, live since 1985. Proves that FCC radio deregulation survival may be linked to narcissistically twisted disorders.

Pre Swing Era Jazz History
Early hot jazz bands, the hotel dance bands and early jazz history leading up to the Big Band Era.

Pre Swing Era World Report
The role of economics, early recording technology, and radio relative to the conception of the Big Band Era.

The Recording Ban Of 1942
Scans of a 1942 Down Beat magazine article detailing one of the most devastating events of the Big Band Era; the James Petrillo / AFM recording ban.

Webb Cuts Basie At The Savoy
Another of the many historic jazz magazine articles from Down Beat here on the site. This piece details the Count Basie vs. Chick Webb big band music Battle Of Swing held at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in January of 1938.

Just when you thought your broadcast band choices couldn't get any worse, they do.
The Federal Communications Commission voted to change the nation's media ownership rules, raising television ownership caps to 45 percent and permitting television-newspaper cross-ownership. Although the number of radio stations a single company or individual may own in each market did not change, there were changes in radio market definitions; a subtle way of screwing things up even more.

The sad but true fact is these changes were enacted due to one political party being in the majority at the FCC. The party line vote was 3-2.

Here's the entire FCC press release describing the Commission's June 2nd vote on media ownership limits. >>more

Fees for Webcasting music may drive many Net radio stations down the pirate path.
To most, our options for listening to and/or broadcasting music and content may be few. But to some rebels it just makes the whole idea of broadcasting more challenging. Inspired by Britain's iconoclastic history of pirate radio broadcasting, Iain McLeod wants to save Internet radio...however he can. >>more at CNET
FCC can't handle the flood of e-mails and phone calls regarding the latest media ownership vote.
So into action went the public before the latest FCC debacle, the Feds servers went down and the automated phone system was jammed. Also in this article is an excellent quote from Ted Turner regarding media ownership. >>more at CNN
Ray Charles Biography
Known as "The Genius" Ray Charles recorded a wide variety of music but got his start playing big band music and jazz. He passed away 6-10-04.

Barney Kessel Biography
The jazz guitar great died May 6th, 2004 and left behind a vast body of recorded jazz work.

Benny Carter Biography
Benny Carter was one of the greatest arrangers and jazz musicians the genre has ever known. This extensive biography spans the entire lengthy carreer of the jazz legend.

Billy May Biography
The trumpeter, bandleader, composer and arranger died Jan. 22, 2004. May wrote many Swing Era classics for Glenn Miller and Charlie Barnet and later for Sinatra and Nat Cole.

Count Basie Biography
Our biography of Count Basie traces the career of "the kid from Red Bank" through Kansas City and into the later stages of his life as a bandleader.

FCC chair Michael Powell thinks that competition from satellite broadcasters, the Internet, and other New Media will serve as a check on concentrated Old Media.
But will the Fed allow New Media to actually blossom and gain a stronghold? And furthermore won't even larger corporations be the only ones with enough money to use New Media as a broadcast vehicle? A former communications lawyer weighs in. >>more at Tech Central Station
FCC votes to allow corporate consolidation of control over the media but groundswell of publicity and public activism may change the way FCC conducts business.
There is no question that, for the first time in recent American history, media has become a political issue. And, perhaps as significantly, the scandalous way in which the FCC does business has been exposed.  >>more at The Nation
To Contact The FCC Commissioners via E-mail;
Chairman Michael K. Powell: mpowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy:
Commissioner Michael J. Copps:
Commissioner Kevin J. Martin:
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein:

To Obtain Information via Telephone
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