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November 10, 2007



Very eloquent, to the point and hopefully 'heard' words of wisdom from Mr Carlson.


Geez, I've had a love-hate relationship with Carlson for years and years. I really liked him twenty, thirty or more (maybe longer - one loses track of time at a certain point!)

In those days, he seemed outspoken as well as well-spokan and I thought he had some fresh ideas.

With time and added wisdom, I veered further and further away from his politics and even further away from his radio content and style.

But, the above proves that he can still be fair-minded and speak in thoughtful declarative sentences. Thanks, John.

Does anybody know when the results of all this will become public?


It probably won't Joanie. CW says they have made up their minds and are doing this to appear to be listening. Who knows?


Can't say I've had a love hate relationship with John...more a hate hate. But I did listen to him when he was on in the afternoons. Will probably try him again (except I like Rachel's program). I do have to give kuddos to John for a thoughtful, insightful commentary regarding the consolidation issue.

I'm not holding my breath for the Senate to do ANYTHING worthwile about ANYTHING.


Several things were notable about Friday's FCC hearing in Seattle. Out of more than two hundred speakers (that was the count when I gave up around midnight), the only people who spoke in support of multiple ownership were people who owned or worked for stations: the manager of the cluster of radio stations in the Tri-Cities, the head of the Washington Assn of Broadcasters, Ursula Roitin (KIRO radio's news director), and a tiny handful of others.

Many of the speakers were community and low-power radio folks, community-access TV people and others who did not specifically address the question of commonly-owned newspapers and broadcast stations, but many more were on-point. And it was clear that the amount of public suport for the existing level of regulation (let alone allowing even more media consolidation) was very close to zero.

The question, of course, is whether it will make any difference. How many times do the lobbyists for Clear Channel, Tribune, Belo and Hearst have to take the commissioners to lunch at the Broadcasters' Club to compensate for the very clear public will in this issue?

I have been to the Broadcasters' Club. They serve a really nice lunch there. But somehow, that should not be enough to make a difference to the way the FCC commisioners vote on this kind of policy issue.


Hmm, Rev, I think there's more to be had than lunch at the Broadcasters' Club. Don't you? Really?

Seats on boards . . . consultant positions . . . others?

Inform me. What the hell is the Sherman Anti-Trust Act all about anyway?


Oh, absolutely. But it starts at the bar of the Broadcaters'Club. After a complicit commissioner leaves office, then they join the boards -- Michael Powell (previous FCC chair) is not on the board of Cisco, and runs an effective consultancy.

But those offers would be grounds for removal from the commission if they happened while someone is still in office. That's not how the game is played.

And it's not limited to the bad guys. After Kenneth Cox left the FCC, he became in-house counsel to MCI and was on the board of NPR. And Ken was one of the most enlightened FCC commisioners ever.


Oops. I should havre said "Michael Powell is on the board of Cisco..."


Damn, he's good!

And soundly based on fact.

Well done, Mr. Carlson, Boo-yah!

Bill Wippel

My name is Bill Wippel, former News Director of KIRO Radio. I have 58 years experience

The arguments to further relax media ownership are built on 3 fables perpetrated by mega media lobbyists

Fable 1: There are twice as many radio stations on air since 1970. Therefore concentrated ownership is bringing us more outlets for entertainment and information.

Fact: A majority of those new stations are automated. Walk through most multi-station operations and you will not see an announcer, not one live body on air. Those are not radio stations they are hi-tech juke boxes.

Fable 2: Local radio stations in Seattle produce local news reflecting the cultural richness through a variety of locally produced programs.

Fact: 2 commercial stations do any consistent news coverage; with few exceptions most stations could care less about the community’s culture. They are cash cows operated from a distant corporate office;

Fable 3: Every year broadcasters join with their counterparts to raise millions of dollars for thousands of charities.

Fact: Out of the thousands of non profits that ask for free coverage on local radio and TV, most are not even given the time of day. The charities that receive publicity have PR staffs that make the little guy look like a pauper.

"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." --Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823. Are you saying that the writer of our Declaration of Independence was wrong?


Good post, Bill. Looks like Martin had his mind made up all along. We'll see what happens next. I am proud of the Seattle turn out even though when the message was delivered apparently no one was home.

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