February 26th, 2004

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[User Picture]From: cuddlyd00m Date: February 26th, 2004 - 06:09 am (Link)
Clear Channel has dropped Howard Stern from all of its stations nationwide effective immediately. They have done so in direct response to him complaining about the stances the FCC has taken in regard to broadcast standards after the Janet Jackson Superbowl thing.

Your statement is slightly disingenuous. Clear Channel only carried him on six stations. Saying that they dropped him nationwide, while true, implies something more.

Also, the reason they dropped him was not because he complained - it's because of an interview during which he violated decency standards put forth by Clear Channel. Pretty simple, really.

I agree, though, that there's something wrong with the size of the Clear Channel empire. Then again, there's something wrong with Viacom, Disney, etc. Not sure just how you'd go about breaking it up, though. No one has an obvious monopoly, and I haven't heard any charges of collusion that would allow the government to break them up as an oligopoly, either. Then again - hearing about any such charges would most likely come through one of those media giants...
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 26th, 2004 - 06:46 am (Link)
where did you get the number 6? As far as I can tell, Clear Channel has not said how many of its stations were airing Stern. I have found one paper that said it was six outlets, but that's it. Clear channel owns over 1200 stations nationwide. I have to believe they only air on six stations.

Anyway, its tricky, because even if it only six, but since they own multiple stations in the same market, its not like he can just jump to another one.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 26th, 2004 - 09:52 am (Link)
Ok, found the info. Before today, Stern was broadcast on 42 radio stations. Clear Channel owned 6 of them. So yeah, that is a serious portion of his demographic. Again, I have no real problem with them doing that if they wanted to. The problem is they did it because they feel they have no other recourse because of the way the FCC is behaving. The other problem is that because Clear Channel owns most of the radio stations (over 1200 of them), its not like he can just be picked up by another station in the markets where he's been dropped

Honestly, I like Stern sometimes and sometimes I don't, but I'm not so much defending him, as I am arguing against the FCC, PTC, AFA and anyone else who would restrict content allowed to be broadcast through legislation. If Clear Channel decides on its own that they are being "family oriented" and don't want "filth like Stern and Bubba" on their programs... that's fine. Its not fine, when the government gives them no choice.

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