Marky Mark wants me to answer his question about who cares about local radio programming.
He wanted to know if I care before he posts a new installment of our on-going volleyball game.
At the risk of being repetitive, I do indeed care about the amount of local airtime and as I have already written, the general public cares, or at least the people I speak with, also would like to see more local time.
Please note I'm not in the favor of the Fairness Doctrine. I believe in the free marketplace, HOWEVER, the airwaves do not belong – unlike publishers' presses – to the owners of radio stations. They are licensed by the government to serve the public good. If Clear Channel or whatever other media company doesn't like that they can go to the unfettered world of the satellite.
Hour upon hour of syndicated programming does not serve the public good. I don't care if it's liberal or conservative.
This isn't an arguement about ideology. It's about an economic model of a public utility that doesn't serve its consumers well.
To recap: no to the Fairness Doctrine. No to government censorship. Yes to mandated local programming, no ideology indicated.
Okay, I hope this clarifies my position. I know the fate of the Western world rests upon it!
The ball has been vollied, but not spiked to Marky Mark's side of the court.
Hey, when in beautiful Holyoke Massachusetts visit the Volleyball Hall of Fame! The birthplace of volleyball!
Housekeeping notes...revised link to Heather Brandon's new blog...added Bill Dusty's blog...my publisher...and more!
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