from the forthcoming book, "Passing Thru"
- The Shrine of Talk Radio"
When It's All Said and Done"
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
It's a pleasant surprise to find so
much interest in the history of both the music and radio
especially when others feature you
in their websites. Thanks!
John's Denver days... (click)
Pittsburgh and Chicago...
FCC's Powell dances to a new tune on
media monopolies � or does he really?
by JOHN GORMAN --
"To be a member of President George W.
Bush's administration, you have to be -- among other things -- an
exceptional dancer. Take Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham for example.
He's been doing the Electric Slide since the massive blackout a couple of
weeks back. This week it's Federal Communications
Commission Chairman Michael Powell's turn on the dance floor ... " (read)
Republicans Are Adding
Weight to Reversal of F.C.C. Media Rule
July 23, 2023
By STEPHEN LABATON
WASHINGTON, July 22 - Until recent days, the nation's
largest media conglomerates had hoped that the House of
Representatives would kill the growing political efforts to
overturn their recent deregulation.
� 2003 NY Times
that agency intended to promote widespread local
ownership of broadcasting facilities and equal-time
opportunities on the nation's airwaves, has caved in
completely to a handful of wealthy monopolists.
when is the public going to say "Enough!"?
Jim Wright, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
by William Safire
growing grass-roots grumbling against giantism is getting through
to legislators ordinarily cowed by network-owned station managers
or wowed by big-media campaign contributions. Some
in-house pollster should awaken President Bush to a bipartisan
sleeper issue that could blindside him next year
NEW PEW RESEARCH
REPORT SHOWS AMERICANS AWARE OF MEDIA OWNERSHIP CHANGES....and
they don't like it
(July 14, 2023
12:01am) According to a new research poll released today, more
Americans are aware of the FCC's decision to loosen media
ownership restrictions, and even more believe it will have a
negative impact on the country. The Pew Research Center says that Nearly half of
Americans (48%) say they have heard a lot (12%) or a little (36%)
about the issue. In February, only about a quarter of the public
(26%) knew even a little about the plan. People who are most
familiar with the FCC plan have an overwhelmingly negative opinion of it. By roughly ten-to-one (70%-6%), those who have heard a lot
about the rules change say its impact will be negative, not
on the study here...
SCANDALS & Scoundrels
FCC chairman Michael Powell refuses to answer questions about a
new scandal uncovered by the Center for Public Integrity.
The FCC's Strange Non-Profit
Powell runs venture capital firm that claims it's private.
Read how he controls funds from those he is expected to
regulate. Outrageous! (click
of the latest news concerning Media Monopolization (read)