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Sat Dec 10, 2011, 02:16 AM

Occupy Clear Channel - Take Back OUR Airwaves 12/12/11



Join us Monday, December 12th for a national action to "Occupy" Clear Channel stations and demand our rights as owners of the radio airwaves.
Clear Channel stations across the country are abandoning progressive talk in favor of even more right-wing stations on our airwaves - in anticipation of an election year. We will let them know that eliminating progressive views and further promoting right wing pro-corporate views to the exclusion of any other thought is not acceptable on our public airwaves.
This will be in conjunction with a physical protest in Sacramento. We will meet at 1440 Ethan Way at Clear Channel's offices in Sacramento Monday morning at 10:30. Then we will go inside to inspect their public files.
And we are asking other people around the country to do inspections of Clear Channel stations on the same day. Can you help in this action to start reclaiming our public airwaves?
It's easy: Just visit your local Clear Channel station on Monday, during normal business hours. Politely tell them you are there to inspect their public files. Because we are the owners of the airwaves, they legally must let you in. If they do not , get their names and write down what they tell you, and let us know. (Details of our rights are at http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/decdoc/public_and_broadcasting.html . We suggest you print this and carry it with you in case the stations do not well understand our legal right to conduct such inspections. Refer to the section, "The Local Public Inspection File."
Find out where your local Clear Channel station is here: http://www.clearchannel.com/Radio/StationSearch.aspx? (You may need to cut and paste into your browser.)
They may ask you for your name and address, and may charge a reasonable amount for photocopying files. They also may observe you as you do your inspection. They may NOT ask you to identify your organization or reason for doing an inspection, and they cannot refuse to provide you with a copy of the file.
Once inside, we suggest you start by looking at the letters file. You will (should) find complaints there; see who is complaining and about what, and how the station is reacting to the community. Also, look through the political files; find out who is buying political ads and for how much money.
You will be amazed at what you find, and you'll find it enormously empowering. Take notes and tell us what you discover.
If you plan to join us, please reply to this email or post on our facebook page before Monday, and we will add your city to our publicity outreach. If we can have people in many cities inspect Clear Channel's files on the same day, we will send a powerful message to Corporate radio station owners that WE own the airwaves, and they must serve our interest - the public interest.

Helpful links:
Occupy Clear Channel Facebook page:
Stories on Clear Channel flipping stations here:
The New York Times just did an article Sunday about our rights, and how stations can be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for refusing public entry at will : http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/nyregion/at-radio-and-tv-outlets-a-little-known-trove-of-kudos-and-complaints.html?_r=3
Broadcast Law Blog http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2011/12/articles/general-fcc/what-the-ny-times-article-on-the-broadcast-public-inspection-file-says-about-the-fccs-public-file-requirements/index.html
Full details about public files inspections:


This is reprinted from the website at the first link above.

If you are in a city where you have a Clear Channel station (they lease over 800 of our frequencies so chances are good that they lease a station in your town), please pay the station a visit. After this week's airing of a call to violence against progressives and our elected officials aired on 1510 WLAC AM, it has become apparent that Clear Channel intends to deny access and discriminate on OUR airwaves against Democrats, progressives and liberals.

Please visit a station near you and follow the above procedures. These are YOUR airwaves. Hold Clear Channel accountable for their blatant bias and for their violent rhetoric.


You should also contact Sue Wilson (Now a DUer SueWilson) and let her know which city you're in and which station you're inspecting.

You can contact her at sue@mediaactioncenter.net

Thanks to all who take part in this National Action Day!

And thanks to bfealk and SueWilson for directing us to this great organization: Media Action Center

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Tsiyu Dec 2011 OP
sabrina 1 Dec 2011 #1
Tsiyu Dec 2011 #2
sabrina 1 Dec 2011 #3
Tsiyu Dec 2011 #6
Tsiyu Dec 2011 #4
Tsiyu Dec 2011 #5
Remember Me Dec 2011 #7
SueWilson Dec 2011 #8
Tsiyu Dec 2011 #9
mdmc Feb 2012 #10

Response to Tsiyu (Original post)

Sat Dec 10, 2011, 03:14 AM

1. Excellent. I am glad they are doing this.

The media is a disgrace in this country and especially radio. I will check to see if there is one near me.

I wouldn't be surprised if they call the police when they learn about this. But these are the kinds of things we should have been doing long ago.

Thanks for the info, it will be very interesting to see what people discover.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 10, 2011, 04:22 AM

2. AS part of their licensing agreements

they MUST make these records available to the public during regular business hours.

They are thugs, and bullies, and it's time they actually serve the communities in which they operate.

I hope DUers will help with this effort.

It doesn't have to be done Monday, although Occupy Clear Channel is a nationwide effort by Media Action Center on that date.

This can be done any day or time during the stations' regular business hours.

Call some friends, have lunch, and then go pay a visit to your favorite hate station!

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Response to Tsiyu (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 10, 2011, 06:19 PM

3. Sounds like a good idea to do it on another day when they are

not expecting it also.

But I love this kind of activism.

Bringing it right to the source.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 10:49 AM

6. And if you send a complaint in

and show up a few weeks later, and they haven't filed it, they can be fined. HA!

I agree that taking them by surprise is also a plan.

This is just the beginning of this activism agaisnt Clear Channel.

We also need a shake up of the FCC. For $350 million + the FCC costs American taxpayers, they sure don't seem to care about the taxpayers very much at all. The FCC protects the tax dodgers and their enablers and spokespersons- to our nation's detriment.

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Response to Tsiyu (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 02:05 AM

4. A kick for DU3

And a shameless use of new emoticons

Clear Channel: Watch out! Remember the

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Response to Tsiyu (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 03:07 PM

7. This is great


Too bad it's not being done by the Occupy people -- altho we are ALL Occupiers, in reality.

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Response to Remember Me (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 04:36 PM

8. Officially sponsored by Occupy Sacramento

This action is officially sponsored by Occupy Sacramento, and Occupy groups across the country are joining in. We started it in Sac because Clear Channel just a week ago flipped ANOTHER 50,000 watt station to air Rush Limbaugh et al. (Sacramento launched Rush's career.)

There is a big port action the same day that Occupy groups are supporting, so let's think of this as a "test run."

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Response to Remember Me (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 07:20 PM

9. I agree with Sue about the "test run"

I did post this to a few Occupy groups, and you are correct, Remember me, that we are ALL occupiers.

This is an action that is not as dangerous as a big city protest, so people with PTSD or anxiety disorder who can't handle big crowds, and people without the means to be arrested, can participate and make a difference.

Thanks to Sue and the Media Action Center this is an initial action day. There most certainly should and will be more.

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