lights deregulation issue.
Deregulation, once again is blamed for the biggest power blackout in our nation�s history. During the march to deregulate in recent years, our elected official$ were pur$uaded to let the owners of power company�s regulate themselves. The resulting cutbacks in personnel and services allowed the voltage barons to pocket the savings instead of plowing the profits back into the fail safe service they had promised.
With at least 50 million people in the dark, congress will be forced to shed some light on how democrats and republicans failed to agree on a workable plan for modernizing the nation�s electrical grids. After they get through placing the blame, don�t be surprised if another issue catches the attention of the public, allowing this vital problem to remain unsolved and swept under the congressional rug. Its how business is done in Washington.
The white house wagons have circled FCC chairman Michael Powell, who even with a stacked deck has failed miserably pushing the Bush doctrine of media deregulation.
Thanks to the internet, the congressional pendulum has swung in the favor of the public who now realize the media barons are only leasing � the public owned airwaves.
As the season for vote counting approaches, President Bush may begin to realize �regulation� is a word he might want to brush up on.
Lend your voice to regulate deregulation - Please go to: http://www.mediareform.net/petition.
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Thanks for your hard work and diligence, John.
God Bless Bill & Janet
Gavin would contribute an important perspective of the media monopolies of today.
I think his wisdom would tell us "caution" in the least. Perhaps he's doing that
through you John.
FCC chairman Michael Powell was given his throne by Bill Clinton. It
shouldn't be that hard for President Bush to sweep his ilk from office.
You are such a gem! I love reading your
recollections and, I hope you know, I've always had the utmost respect
for your contributions. I thought it was kind of an interesting
juxtaposition on your work at WABC during the strike many years ago
(helping the corporation) and your pronounced position now against
massive consolidation that is considered by today's executives to be
anti-company. Do you think it's because the business of
broadcasters has fewer real broadcasters and that 30+ years ago the
landscape in radio was somewhat different? I guess it's the difference
between being a member of a collective rather than hoarding everything
for yourself. The absolutely amazing thing is that 3/5ths of the
guardians of the public trust at the FCC don't know what "public
trust" means. Or maybe they just don't care. I'm glad you do.
I am 35 years into the Radio biz, and follow your brilliant comments on the state of radio with relish. Keep hammering these crooks that run Clear Channel and Viacom - because you speak for the hearts and minds of not just US radio people, but broadcasters around the globe. I am VERY concerned that the American public seems to have been lulled to sleep on the consolidation issue and the blatant corruption at the F.C.C. Bad news - it is not much better in Canada, Mr. Rook. Politicos get the "donations", and surprise, the same backers get to play fast and loose with their pack of stations....granted by the rubber stamp CRTC. In our country, FM'ers are averaging 24 % year over year profit- and screwing staff and public alike. Keep the faith.
** ......the two most abundant elements in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity......**
Re: We are waiting Mr. President
I sincerely doubt Dubya will step up to the plate. You have to have integrity yourself to right a wrong.
Re: Rush is full of . . . .
I had the displeasure of working with him briefly in 1976,he was full of shit then and
is now, but on a grander scale.
Rush is confused with the facts. That's how it's done today except that it's bought and paid for in advance.
It's hard for me to believe Rush, would even say something like this. Everybody who was in the music radio business in those days, knew that Top 40 was a "bottoms up" clear for music. Hell, the biggest complaint was that listening to those 2 huge signals at night, was that all you were playing was music we'd already dropped in the medium markets, because we had added them so far in front of LS and ABC. At any rate, maybe this wasn't something Rush knew in Mckeesport.
I have always been a fan of 'el-rush-bo. After hearing his rants lately about deregulation, yes indeed you are correct sir, we know who butters his bread. I always believed his line of bullshit that he was 99.9% correct. NO MORE.
I just read the piece on WLS and Art Roberts on your website. I started
in radio as a sophomore in high school in 1969 and had already spent several years
as a loyal Art Roberts listener in Iowa. I was glad but not surprised to read
your opinion of him as a person and a talent because it so exactly matches
what I've always thought. I've always remembered that Art spoke one-on-one
with listeners. Also that he made a commercial a pleasant, helpful, even newsy
conversation rather than a "spot". It's the way we were always told to do it in those
non-voicetrack days. I don't know how successfully I applied the concept but whatever
success I had, I owed to those nights listening to Art on WLS.
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