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Have you seen the documentary produced regionally about Ghoulardi?
Pretty interesting piece. Since I am not from Cleveland and had never heard of it before.
Caught the documentary on Akron/Canton’s PBS station that seems to cover a third of Ohio and leaks way into Pennsylvania.
There is a place for corporations and that place is limited life projects. Think Columbus sailing to the new world and a corporation in case of lawsuits, sunk ships, loss of life, etc. Corporations were never intended to have indefinite lives and free speech. Those are creations of the wealthy, slimy lawyers and activist judges — the three main stooges that detest free speech and individual thought.
Most vile things “business” folks do wouldn’t happen if they didn’t have this corporate protection vail. Ditto for the qualified immunity governments hide behind, strip it and they’d be far more down to earth, accessible and may I say friendly.
Radio is one of those things like guns, the printing press, yes the internet and alcohol that government seems to fear the projected ability of. Thus, issuing non competitive, non threatening licenses to fat cats in schmancy suits who print money with the license and funnel that back in via “investments” to pensions, government holdings, etc.
Sinfully “private equity” is behind all these ugly deals. The stock in Clear Channel although market traded is 91% held by inside investors. What isn’t owned by them is owned by other private equity companies.
Who knows how many stations Clear Channel owns? Hundreds to over a thousand. It’s so bad when travelling say I-80 at night, that I can listen to Coast to Coast on 10 different frequencies. Ditto for Rush and their other network shows. So much for rules at the FCC about hording and sitting on frequencies or broadcasting same stuff on a slew of freqs.
Anyway, I have high hopes for ALPB and Part15 as a small, but active piece of the solution. Especially now that we have no real economy and people are axing every luxury just to afford food. Lots of line cutters out there, no more cable TV, no more internet and especially no more “satellite” radio.
Interest in traditional radio is set to grow.