Casey Rae is the CEO of the Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy nonprofit. (He’s also the former music editor of this paper.) One of the coalition’s most successful projects is the 2006 report “False Premises, False Promises,” which traces the effects of the 1996 Telecommunications Act on the radio industry. 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. […]
On January 16, 2007, FMC filed reply comments in the FCC’s quandrennial media ownership proceeding that questioned the arguments for further deregulation presented primarily by the NAB and Clear Channel in their comments. FMC also submitted our December 2006 report False Premises, False Promises: A History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry in the record.
On October 23, 2006, Future of Music Coalition and American Federation of
Musicians (AFM) filed joint comments in the FCC’s 2006 Review of the
Commission’s Broadcast Ownership Rules. The complete comments,
which can be downloaded here (19
page PDF), demonstrate that large station groups do not offer more