The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 May 2003

Beyond Sturgeon

Dawn Olsen says you may as well turn off the radio:

It's a sham, and they are in bed with the record labels and that is why much of the music you hear on these pre-programmed stations are so crappy. It's not about quality, it's about what the labels have paid for and now want you to pay for. If they play enough, you will think it's good and oddly enough you will find yourself buying it.

Sounds like an argument for news/talk or classical (which, if I kept an Arbitron diary, would be almost the only things on the page).

I do take issue with one thing she says, though: Clear Channel has been in this market for almost its entire existence, and I doubt seriously they've beaten more than a handful of baby seals.

Posted at 8:56 PM to Overmodulation

Got proof to back that up?

Posted by: Dawn at 7:05 AM on 29 May 2003

Back what up? That Clear Channel has beaten up relatively few baby seals?

Cam, you work for the Evil Empire. What say you?

Posted by: CGHill at 7:21 AM on 29 May 2003

Chaz, you know Clear Channel is this decade's nominee to hold the place of honor previously bestowed upon Standard Oil and Exxon and ITT and Big Tobacco and, most recently, Microsoft.

Once nominated, it only takes one baby seal with a headache to make 'em The Focus Of Evil In The Modern World.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:08 AM on 29 May 2003

I'm not in the baby seal department. I'm in charge of taunting orphans.

Posted by: Cam at 10:20 PM on 29 May 2003

Seriously, I'll say this. No one has ever tried to tell me what to say. Not my program director, not my market manager, not my regional vice president, not the corporate vice president in charge of news/talk. No one has EVER told me how to think on an issue.

The thing to keep in mind with Clear Channel is this: it's always about the money. If you want diversity in views, find a liberal who can make money for the company. He'll be the hottest commodity in radio... trust me.

I'll have to plead ignorance on the music side of the equation, as I've never been a deejay, but I do know that here in Oklahoma City our "new rock" station has been playing some songs that you typically wouldn't hear on "corporate rock".. including at least one song by a local unsigned band.

Posted by: Cam at 10:24 PM on 29 May 2003