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Posted by greekspeak in Latest Breaking News
Mon May 01st 2006, 07:55 AM
"The Halliburton corporation last week picked up a no-bid contract with the White House to help it find its Mojo. The cost overrun on the project is already close to $4,ooo,ooo,ooo. Congressional democrats have been quiet on the matter...Mr. bush believes that the tube containing his mojo was stolen by Iranian terraists who wanted to use it to create nuculur bombs. The country, already past its 16 day deadline for creating a nuculur bomb, has grown desprit in the past few days to assure its official position in the Axis of Evil."
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Posted by greekspeak in Media
Wed Apr 26th 2006, 01:05 PM
I have mentioned this subject many times before on DU. In my youth, I had a hobby called radio dx-ing. Basically, the point of this hobby was to log as many radio stations as possible from one location, and to get them as far away as possible. I did this both on AM band and Shortwave. I started this in earnest in fall 1988, and by early 1989, I had logged enough hours to have a mental "map" of the "landscape" of AM radio. I did this hobby regularly until about mid 1992 when I started college. At that time, there were a lot of independent stations. Many stations were independent during the day, and carried syndicated programming like TalkNet during the evenings. TalkNet was basically a wide range of talk programs with medical, pet, financial advice and entertaining sorts of things. Many stations still carried music of varying varieties, and were locally DJ driven. Still other stations were religious stations that carried both syndicated and locally originating programs. Certainly, there was political programming on the air. Not as much as today, but some. On FM, the case was similar, with mostly locally driven DJ type programs with satellite feeds really taking over late in the period.

Today, I listen in shock. On AM, I would say a good 1/3 of the stations I hear just broadcast ESPN sports radio all evening long (I assume all day long too.) Another 1/3 bellow RW hate. Another 1/10 bellow progressive radio. The rest is a mix...there is Radio Disney, canned religious programming, stations that feed the sound from FAUX news onto the airwaves. A small fraction of the stations I hear, usually local stations in smaller towns, play a little music and are still locally DJ driven. On FM, I hardly find DJs any longer. Just a feed. Radio stations have first names like Alice and Hank. I guess this is to make them sound avant garde. But when one considers that there are 15 or 20 stations named Alice, the avant garde quality becomes the broadcasting equivalent of a used car salesperson in a plaid leisure suit.

What is this corporatizing radio doing? I see it this way. The radio waves have been taken from the people and given to the corporations like Clear Channel. Yeah, I know the corporations are people too Whatever. Instead of public demand determining the supply, the situation has reversed. The supply side manufactures programming of all sorts, tells the people that it is what they want to hear, and then the people believe it and listen. The crap de jour is usually 1) a plethora of canned RW hatemongering mouths or 2) vapid music that some record executives have decided are "cool" this week. They saturate the market with this audio junk food, and Americans' ears can but turn it off and build collections of what they want to hear, or dig on the web for web-casts. Before long, with the Right Wing's help, the internet is going to become the same ueber-corpretized audio corpse that radio has become. Alice in Wonderland has nothing on the reality of this other side of the looking glass of American radio.
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