Fight the powers that be.

I admit that this isn’t very L.A. specific, but it does tie into a couple of things that have been discussed around here lately (the Howard Stern brouhaha and Clear Channel/Indie 103.1). This morning on Howard Stern’s show there was a caller who phoned to say that he worked for a Clear Channel house (i.e., a CC-controlled concert venue) and that they had recently configured their firewall to block access to Stern’s website. The firewall reportedly delivers users a warning that the site has been blocked due to adult content, but in reality the majority of Stern’s site is concerned with his ongoing battle with the FCC and Clear Channel. The remainder is scheduling and contest information; certainly nothing that could properly be deemed adult contet. If that’s not enough, they’ve also blocked access to some related sites (such as Mark’s Friggin Protest Page).

I just feel the need to bring this up because I’ve dealt with a lot of people over the course of the last several weeks who express concern with what the FCC is doing to free speech rights, but say that they’re “too lazy” or “too busy” to do anything about it. Likewise, it’s a surprisingly similar group of people that keep asking me if I’m listening to Indie 103.1 and telling me that Clear Channel’s “not that bad.” Well, sorry, but the idea of a giant, corporate media-behemoth with close ties to the Bush administration flexing it’s muscle in order to block people’s access to information that might not be flattering to them doesn’t sound like butterflies and ponies to me.

The point is, it’s easy to sit on your ass, surf on Friendster and bitch about things, but remember this: once ClearDisneySoftDonald’s gets control, they probably won’t let you have internet access in the camps.

Here’s some more info:
www.stopfcc.com
www.recordingartistscoalition.com
Or, for some more great stuff go to KROQ’s site, click on “Kevin and Bean” in the left column, then click “Let your voice be heard. Stop the FCC now! Click Here” in the box at the bottom.

9 Replies to “Fight the powers that be.”

  1. Once again, Indie 103.1 FM is not owned by Clearchannel. It is owned by Entravision, a primarily Hispanic radio network. Clearchannel sells the commercial time on the station as a service to Entravision.

    Not that Entravision is corporate do-gooder, but you are not listening to Clearchannel when you listen to 103.1.

  2. >Once again, Indie 103.1 FM is not owned by Clearchannel.

    You’re right. CC doesn’t OWN Indie 103.1. Instead, it’s a shining example of how CC exploits loopholes to circumvent FCC ownership policies.

    >Not that Entravision is corporate do-gooder, but you are not
    >listening to Clearchannel when you listen to 103.1.

    Sorry, that’s just wrong. You can argue technicalities all you want, but if you think you’re not supporting CC when you tune in to Indie 103.1 then you’re mistaken. I’m not going to go over it here but the L.A. Weekly had a good article about it awhile back.

    http://www.laweekly.com/ink/04/08/music-sullivan.php

    Obviously, YMMV.

  3. The LA Weekly article is silly. There’s not one thing about Clearchannel’s involvement in 103.1.

    Four disconnected snippets about insider radio trivia doesn’t make much of a point.

    Are you really saying that Michael Steele is some sort of Manchurian Candidate installed by Clearchannel in another company to do their bidding? Are you going to question the moon landings next?

    Where do you draw the line at ‘supporting’ big media? Are some of them good while the rest are ‘evil’? I work in the business and let me tell you, they are all evil from the smallest to the largest. Control and manipulation of talent is the name of the game, and there isn’t anyone out there that’s not playing hardball.

  4. >The LA Weekly article is silly. There’s not one thing about
    >Clearchannel’s involvement in 103.1.
    >Four disconnected snippets about insider radio trivia
    >doesn’t make much of a point.

    As I said, YMMV. Here’s a different article from Spin that may more clearly illustrate the relationship, as well as provide some history of Clear Channel for those that are interested:
    http://www.spin.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=266

    >Are you really saying that Michael Steele is some sort of Manchurian Candidate
    >installed by Clearchannel in another company to do their bidding?
    >Are you going to question the moon landings next?

    Um, no. I didn’t say that. The person that wrote that article implied that. I just pointed to the article as a reference and a starting point for people to do their own research. I think that equating my having doubts about the long-term effects of the Clear Channel/Entravision relationship with questioning the moon landing is taking things a bit far.

    >Where do you draw the line at ‘supporting’ big media? Are some of them
    >good while the rest are ‘evil’? I work in the business and let me tell you,
    >they are all evil from the smallest to the largest. Control and manipulation
    >of talent is the name of the game, and there isn’t anyone out there that’s
    >not playing hardball.

    Now who’s the conspiracy theorist? Once again, I never said that anyone shouldn’t support big media for the sake of the act itself, and I’m not quite sure what’s motivating you to start an fight with me about it. The argument that business is done a certain way because it’s always been done a certain way doesn’t hold much water with me. I work “in the business” as well, and I’d happily dispute the claim that we’re all evil. I guess my “in the business” kung-fu cancels out your “in the business” kung-fu so we can stop having a fight over who’s dick is bigger.

    I think my original point stands. I haven’t seen anything here to change my mind.

  5. Personally, I don’t think it’s a ‘to support big media or not’ question, at least not to me. Big media, Small media, I don’t care. What I care about is a media company like CC going out of their way to silence views they don’t agree with. That’s an arguement that could go back and forth for hours but I think there’s a problem with that. SO, regardless of how much of 103.1 CC owns or doesn’t own, or how much of the ad $ goes to them, or doesn’t go to them, it’s too much for me to support. if CC makes $1 off ads because I tuned in, that’s too much. Maybe it’s all my old punk rock beliefs that just won’t go away but I can’t support this. Yes, their playlist is the best thing in Southern California but I can play my CDs and listen to the same shit and not feel guilty about it. I’m not saying everyone else has to do that, what I’m saying is I can sleep at night because I know I’m not helping them.

    This is a much bigger issue than what one radio station plays, or who does or doesn’t broadcast Howard Stern. MUCH.

  6. Additionally, I know some people from 103.1 read this and this is for them – I’ve heard from reliable sources that CC only sells 30% of your ads, is that worth the backlash? You are getting a lot of publicity and people like the station, why not lose the CC connection which would make a nice statement backing up the “indie” flag you keep waving.

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