Yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearings on “The Future of Radio” covered a surprising amount of ground — everything from media ownership, to localism, to webcasting royalties. In fact, there’s so much to talk about that we’ve created two blog posts. (This is the second!)
Senators aside, the hearing had some real star power in the form of witness Mac McCaughan — longtime rocker and co-founder of Merge Records. (You know, the 20 year-old North Carolina label with acts like Arcade Fire and Spoon?) McCaughan spoke clearly and eloquently about how non-commercial broadcasting in its many forms has made a major difference not just on his business, but also in his personal development. read more
On Wednesday, October 24 — that’s tomorrow, people — the Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on "The Future of Radio" during which "Committee Members will assess the state of innovation and competition in the radio market."
Mac McCaughan, musician and co-owner of indie label Merge Records has been invited to testify, along with Tim Westergren from Pandora and folks from National Public Radio, Withers Broadcasting, Free Press and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
The hearing starts at 10 AMET and is being held in Russell Building 253. The committee also offers a live webcast, which you can access as the hearing starts at: http://commerce.senate.gov/ read more
Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the Future of Radio. This hearing was set up to address a range of issues — LPFM, ownership, royalties, public radio, etc — but after a New York Times article last week disclosed that FCC’s Chairman Kevin Martin was considering a fast track effort to loosening media ownership rules even further, the Senators also used this time to send a message to the FCC, reminding the commission that a bi-partisan majority had objected to the efforts to deregulate media in 2003, and the Senate was ready to do so again. read more
Just a decade ago, options for hearing chamber music, jazz, and world music on the radio were straightforward and rather limited: a local NPR or Pacifica station spinning Beethoven string quartets or Wynton Marsalis on a dial filled with infinite varieties of commercial pop, country, and talk. But as with many art forms, the Internet has revolutionized how niche music reaches fans. With recording, podcasting and webcasting becoming cheaper every day, traditional radio broadcasts have morphed into dozens of new forms on the web, and ? perhaps most importantly ? the line between being a performer and a broadcaster has blurred. This new environment offers new possibilities for reaching new audiences, but it requires a new way of thinking about radio. read more
The Great Spectrum Giveaway
The FCC is giving radio spectrum to community-based non-profit organizations in October. Radio for People, which includes Prometheus Radio, FMC, and Free Press, is assisting groups with the complicated application process, but many obstacles still exist to prevent community groups from breaking into a highly consolidated radio spectrum. by Megan Tady, In These Times, July 18, 2007read more
Kevin Martin is god-darn angry. The FCC chairman has lashed out over a ruling this week by a New York Appeals Court that overturned his agency’s citing of several major networks for on-air expletives uttered by Nicole Richie, Cher, a contestant on “Survivor,” and others. Interestingly, his own statement is laced with expletives.
The court rebuked the FCC Commission for being “divorced from reality.” It’s not hard to see why: the commission ruled the mere utterance of certain words like “shit” or “fuck” implied that certain obscene excretory or sexual acts were carried out. Of course — in reality — these words are often used as simple exclamations. read more
Washington, D.C.— The Future of Music Coalition and Media Access Project today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission requesting clarification that Clear Channel’s practice of forcing local and independent recording artists to waive potential royalties as a condition of having a song considered for broadcast airplay is tantamount to payola. read more
On Monday, we promised readers a week full of blog posts about Clear Channel forcing local and indie artists to give up performance royalties in order to be considered for airplay on their stations.
Each day we’ve written about Clear Channel’s actions and why — contrary to their claims — they are not on the side of artists. If you’re new to the posts, please scroll down to have a look at what we’ve written.
You’ll also remember we promised you (and Clear Channel) a special surprise at the end of the week. Here it is: read more
Two weeks ago, FMC sent out a press release and posted this blog entry that documents us catching Clear Channel red handed in an attempt to force indie artists to sign away their future performance royalties as a condition of consideration for radio airplay. What makes this truly unbelievable is the fact that they did this through the very same program that was set up as a condition of their payola settlement. read more