from the forthcoming book, "Passing Thru"
Birthday, Bob Hope"
Forget Me (Eddie Cochran)"
Slice of Pie"
Superjock Larry Lujack described John Rook as "the greatest
program director of our time or any other time." In a
2001 R&R article, former ABC executive Bob Henabery is
quoted as saying that "Rook understood the importance of
doing everything right. He was a masterful Top 40
of the latest news concerning Media Monopolization (read)
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of Commentaries ...
(FCC) chairman, known for his inability to work with and/or
get along with others, continues to blame everyone else for his
own shortcomings. His apple falls far from the tree of his
seemly diplomatic father. Powell2 is a lightweight who
could never have been considered for a big paying government job
at the Department of Justice or the Federal Communications
Commission were it not for affirmative action. He has no appreciation
of those who don't march to the beat of his drum. Damn!
They were right! (read)
Ted Turner jumps
ship, warns against FCC deregulation (read)
John Rook opens
an "Insider Letter" to FCC commissioners
from a major broadcast executive. His name, if revealed, would
be well known to the broadcast industry (read)
John Nichols and Josh Silver:
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to meet the
demands of big communications corporations. Rigorously opposed
by consumer, religious, labor, community and public interest
groups across the country, FCC Chairman Michael Powell warped
the decision-making process to deliver a result allowing
conglomerates to buy up hundreds of newspapers, television and
radio stations in communities across the United States.
Competition, diversity and local content will be undermined in
local markets and nationally. The FCC's
decision was the product of a corrupt process that was awash in
special-interest money, and that saw industries that are
supposed to be regulated telling the regulators how to proceed (read)
You would think that the first thing the Federal Communication
Commission (FCC) would do before rewriting the rules of media
ownership in America, would be to find out how well the rules
are working. But you'd be wrong. This data vacuum is especially
alarming in local news. (read)
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FCC Clear Channelized
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced today that it has
agreed to be acquired by Clear Channel Communications (CCU) of San
announcing the deal, FCC Chairman Michael Powell said "This
transaction will greatly expedite the demise of the antiquated concept of
local ownership of media outlets. Critics of deals such as this need to
understand that Clear Channel embodies all that is good and decent in the
broadcast industry, and anyone that believes otherwise clearly isn't
listening to the news."
statement issued today, Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays said "This
acquisition is a perfect strategic fit for Clear Channel. The FCC has
been a wonderful business partner for the past several years, and has
carried out our directions with great enthusiasm. We are proud to welcome
the FCC into the Clear Channel family of companies."
terms of the deal were not immediately available, It is said that the
acquisition will include all components, operating units and assets of the
FCC, except for its soul, which was sold in a prior transaction to Satan,
Inc. in 1996.
Channel, which owns broadcast facilities, shopping malls, billboard
advertising, and concert promotion units all across North America, has
been on an acquisition binge for the past several years, and has recently
broadened the scope of its acquisitions to include government entities. In
a recent deal, CCU purchased a 50% interest in the U.S. Congress, and is
reportedly close to striking a deal to purchase The White House. Clear
Channel already has been integrally running the George Bush
Channel's Stock stood at $42.09 at the close of Monday's trading, up
$1.39, or 3.42%
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