Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has conducted an analysis of radio airplay over the past four years to determine whether anything has really changed since April 2007, when the FCC issued consent decrees to the nation?s four largest broadcasters in response to payola allegations. Using playlist data from Mediaguide, calculated the airplay share for five different categories of record labels to determine whether the ratio of major label to non-major label airplay has changed over the past four years. Based on this data, the FMC reported “almost no measurable change” in station playlist composition over the past four years.
Future of Music Coalition fondly remembers the promises of four big radio companies caught in the Spitzer payola trap to increase their broadcast of independently-produced music. But it doesn?t see it happening. […]
[…] To refresh your memory, basically the “big 4” had to pay millions in fines and work with the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) to draft a plan allowing significantly more unsigned and indie label music spins. So what were the results? Practically nothing has changed!
WASHINGTON, D.C.? FMC announces the release of a new report that analyzes radio playlists to determine whether the policy interventions resulting from 2003-2007 payola investigations have had any effect on the amount of independent music played on terrestrial radio.
An Analysis of Radio Playlists in a Post FCC-Consent Decree World
Kristin Thomson, Education Director, Future of Music Coalition
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
In April 2007, the Federal Communications Commission and the nation’s four largest radio station group owners – Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Citadel and Entercom – signed a voluntary agreement as a response to collected evidence and widespread allegations about payola influencing what gets played on the radio. It has been two years since the FCC, radio station group owners and independent labels met around the table. The immediate questions for the music and policymaking community are: Did these agreements serve their purpose? Have payola-like practices been curtailed? Did the agreements have any effect on what gets played on the radio? read more
[…] Today, the nation?s top ten radio owners claim almost two-thirds of listeners, according to a study by the Future of Music Coalition. ?Local? ownership of stations has declined by one-third between 1975 and 2005. The listener has become disenfranchised. Radio is a jukebox with commercials, with exceptions mostly in small markets. Nationally, listenership has declined dramatically from its peak in the late 1980s. […]