There’s been a lot of love/hate of Indie 103.1 on this blog since the station started broadcasting a while back and now it seems as if the one major thorn in it’s side, it’s Clear Channel connection, might be the thing that kills it. And right when it was really starting to get good. This speculation is from Franklin Avenue:
“It all has to do with caps on how many radio stations one company can control in a market. As you know, Clear Channel sells ad time on KDLD/KDLE Indie 103.1, which is actually owned by Spanish-language station owner Entravision. Because Clear Channel already owns eight stations in Los Angeles, it appears that the station owner will eventually have to divest of the joint sales agreement, or JSA, it has with Entravision to sell the station’s time. (JSAs originally didn’t count toward that total — but under revised ownership and attribution rules, they now do.)
Once that happens, it’s highly unlikely Entravision will continue the Indie 103.1 format — at least, so goes the prevailing opinion in the radio community. Entravision will likely sell the frequency, given its weak penetration in East Los Angeles and other Spanish-speaking areas.”
The thing is, even if you don’t like Indie 103.1 for whatever reason, you can’t deny that it’s forced KROQ and others to step up a bit and play a bit better music and a bit less utter crap. Unfortunately if they go away it will take all of 10 seconds for radio to slide right back into the muck it’s been living in since the 80’s.