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PROTECT LOCAL RADIO
Previous industry consolidation has resulted in a 40.9% reduction in the play of songs by some female artists.*
*Consolidation hurts diversity:
Historically, consolidation has had a devastating impact of diversity on radio airwaves. In 2011, Cumulus bought Citadel – including a number of AM/FM country music stations. In 2010, before the sale, these country stations played 643 songs performed by female artists. By 2014 that number was down to 380. Consolidation means fewer decision makers which means the people who determine what we get to listen to have enormous power to exclude certain voice from the airwaves. When those decision makers have no ties to the community, it’s our voices that are lost in the shuffle.
Local radio helps ensure that there is diversity of content, voices, artists, management and ownership in the radio industry. Increased consolidation means fewer minority-owned and managed stations and less diversity in the artists who get airtime.Learn more
Local radio is important to communities. Station owners and managers with real ties to the community create customized, locally-produced programming that matters to their listeners. If broadcasters with no connection to the local community take over local airwaves, programming decisions based on the bottom line won’t the reflect the needs — and sounds— of communities served.Learn more
Competition helps drive innovation and creates incentives for radio stations to continue to improve and keep their local listeners happy. Further consolidation means individual conglomerates could control every station in small markets across the country. With total control over any given market, there’s less incentive to serve listeners with tailor made programming and a variety of songs.Learn more
Radio at Risk
This isn’t just about massive broadcasters adding one or two more stations in the biggest media markets in the country. If the FCC weakens the Local Radio Station Ownership Rule, local radio in every market in the country is at risk. An individual broadcaster would be able to buy up or crowd out local stations, eliminating competition and diversity. While the map below shows the media markets most at risk, in reality, every community is part of some media market. No matter where you live, this will impact you. If the FCC changes the ownership rule, truly local radio could become a thing of the past.
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- At risk for greater radio consolidation
- At risk of monopoly radio control
- Subject to monopoly control over their markets
Music Coalitions File Reply Comments with the FCC Opposing Relaxed Radio Ownership Rules
Coalitions Call on the FCC to Examine Whether Past Consolidation Efforts Have Led to Fewer Viewpoints Conveyed Via Song, Particularly by Women and People of Color
The FCC Must Oppose Weakening The Local Radio Ownership Rule
What will happen if the FCC bends to broadcasters?
musicFIRST Releases Data on Support for Keeping Local Radio Local
Today, following a recent comment filing to the FCC against the weakening of the Local Radio Station Ownership Rule, the musicFIRST Coalition released data showing that further consolidation of radio station ownership would run directly counter to what consumers are looking for in radio.