Public Opinion Matters: Free Our Airwaves





Does anyone remember what radio was like before it became just another profitable holding for a very select group of mega-companies? Think hard, it's almost been six and half years now since The Telecommunications Act Of 1996 was signed into law, loosening the restrictions placed on the number of stations an entity could own in single market. Today, our country's airwaves are controlled by a very select group of companies (you know who you are) driven by ratings alone, with little or no desire to take risks when it comes to their playlists. Many stations playlists are even dictated nationally by a centrally located corporate headquarters. It may be a hopeless battle, but The Telecom Act is coming under review and public opinion, as stated in the bill, has the power to influence Washington's decision. At the very least, it may persuade these broadcasting conglomerates to undergo a self-examination and make changes as to the flexibility of their playlists and take a more local approach to their programming. Click here to make a difference.




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Public Opinion Matters: Free Our Airwaves