Dead Air

October 30, 2007

It appears that Clear Channel, everybody’s favorite vapid winger-dominated radio network, is trying to do to Bruce Springsteen’s new disc what it did to the Dixie Chicks back in those halcyon days when the Iraqis were going to greet us with candy and flowers and oil sales were going to pay for Dick’n’Georgie’s excellent adventure.

Radio stations are hemorrhaging listeners on a monthly basis and satellite radio and music downloads are gaining in popularity, so obviously it makes some kind of sense to  deny airplay to a top-selling album because the artist doesn’t think too highly of a president who’s about as popular as herpes. Some kind of sense, though not on this planet.

Here’s a link to the search page for Clear Channel stations, so our friends here in New Jersey and across the country can find out which radio stations to boycott. Or you can e-mail them and thank them for providing yet another illustration of why media concentration is a pernicious influence in America.

UH OH: Check out this response from Clear Channel. Figures, doesn’t it, that the trouble started with Fox? And media concentration is still pernicious. 

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2 Responses to “Dead Air”


  1. […] stevenhart wrote a fantastic post today on “Dead Air”Here’s ONLY a quick extract… radio and music downloads are gaining in popularity, so obviously it makes some kind of sense to deny airplay to a top-selling album because the artist doesn’t think too highly of a president who’s about as popular as herpes. … […]

  2. Chucky Says:

    Satellite radio isn’t banging down the doors. In fact, Sirius and XM are bleeding so much money they’re gonna merge by the end of the year. Clear Channel happens to have its hooks in XM.

    At least you got the “vapid winger-dominated” part correct: Clear Channel owns a subsidiary that syndicates Rush Limbaugh and the more openly fascist Glenn Beck.

    BTW, Clear Channel instituted a blacklist after 9/11. The songs on that blacklist included “Imagine” by John Lennon.


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