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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-11 11:21 AM
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111. It's certainot, the one-trick pony, dragging out his tired RW radio screed.
Blaming the "left" for sitting on it's ass when it was the Third Way/DLC "Democrats" fault for the RW radio empire.

He's a one trick pony
One trick is all that horse can do
He does one trick only
It's the principal source of his revenue
And when he steps into the spotlight
You can feel the heat of his heart
Come rising through

See how he dances
See how he loops from side to side
See how he prances
The way his hooves just seem to glide
He's just a one trick pony (that's all he is)
But he turns that trick with pride

Paul Simon, "One Trick Pony"

The Telecommunications Act of 1996
http://transition.fcc.gov/Reports/tcom1996.pdf

SEC. 202. BROADCAST OWNERSHIP. (a) NATIONAL RADIO STATION OWNERSHIP RULE CHANGES REQUIRED- The
Commission shall modify section 73.3555 of its regulations (47 C.F.R. 73.3555) by eliminating any provisions limiting the number of AM or FM broadcast stations which may be owned or controlled by one entity nationally.

(b) LOCAL RADIO DIVERSITY- (1) APPLICABLE CAPS- The Commission shall revise section
73.3555(a) of its regulations (47 C.F.R. 73.3555) to provide that--
(A) in a radio market with 45 or more commercial radio stations, a party may own, operate, or control up to 8 commercial radio stations, not more than 5 of which are in the same service (AM or FM);
(B) in a radio market with between 30 and 44 (inclusive) commercial radio stations, a party may own, operate, or control up to 7 commercial radio stations, not more than 4 of which are in the same service (AM or FM);
(C) in a radio market with between 15 and 29 (inclusive) commercial radio stations, a party may own, operate, or control up to 6 commercial radio stations, not more than 4 of which are in the same service (AM or FM); and
(D) in a radio market with 14 or fewer commercial radio stations, a party may own, operate, or control up to 5 commercial radio stations, not more than 3 of which are in the same service (AM or FM), except that a party may not own, operate, or control more than 50 percent of the stations in such market.
(2) EXCEPTION- Notwithstanding any limitation authorized by this subsection, the Commission may permit a person or entity to own, operate, or control, or have a cognizable interest in, radio broadcast stations if the Commission determines that such ownership, operation, control, or interest will result in an increase in the number of radio broadcast stations in operation.
(c) TELEVISION OWNERSHIP LIMITATIONS- (1) NATIONAL OWNERSHIP LIMITATIONS- The Commission shall
modify its rules for multiple ownership set forth in section 73.3555 of its regulations (47 C.F.R. 73.3555)--
(A) by eliminating the restrictions on the number of television stations that a person or entity may directly or indirectly own, operate, or control, or have a cognizable interest in, nationwide; and
(B) by increasing the national audience reach limitation for television stations to 35 percent.
(2) LOCAL OWNERSHIP LIMITATIONS- The Commission shall conduct a rulemaking proceeding to determine whether to retain, modify, or eliminate its limitations on the number of television stations that a person or entity may own, operate, or control,
or have a cognizable interest in, within the same television
market. (d) RELAXATION OF ONE-TO-A-MARKET- With respect to its
enforcement of its one-to-a-market ownership rules under section 73.3555 of its regulations, the Commission shall extend its waiver policy to any of the top 50 markets, consistent with the public interest, convenience, and necessity.
(e) DUAL NETWORK CHANGES- The Commission shall revise section 73.658(g) of its regulations (47 C.F.R. 658(g)) to permit a television broadcast station to affiliate with a person or entity that maintains 2 or more networks of television broadcast stations
unless such dual or multiple networks are composed of-- (1) two or more persons or entities that, on the date of
enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, are `networks' as defined in section 73.3613(a)(1) of the Commission's regulations (47 C.F.R. 73.3613(a)(1)); or
(2) any network described in paragraph (1) and an English-language program distribution service that, on such date, provides 4 or more hours of programming per week on a national basis pursuant to network affiliation arrangements with local television broadcast stations in markets reaching more than 75 percent of television homes (as measured by a national ratings service).
(f) CABLE CROSS OWNERSHIP- (1) ELIMINATION OF RESTRICTIONS- The Commission shall revise
section 76.501 of its regulations (47 C.F.R. 76.501) to permit a person or entity to own or control a network of broadcast stations and a cable system.
(2) SAFEGUARDS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION- The Commission shall revise such regulations if necessary to ensure carriage, channel positioning, and nondiscriminatory treatment of nonaffiliated broadcast stations by a cable system described in
paragraph (1). (g) LOCAL MARKETING AGREEMENTS- Nothing in this section shall be
construed to prohibit the origination, continuation, or renewal of any television local marketing agreement that is in compliance with the regulations of the Commission.
(h) FURTHER COMMISSION REVIEW- The Commission shall review its rules adopted pursuant to this section and all of its ownership




- Of 257 news/talk stations owned by top five commercial station owners, 91% of total weekday talk programming is conservative, and 9% is progressive
- Each weekday, 2,570 hours of conservative talk is broadcast compared to 254 hours of progressive talk
- In Top 10 radio markets, 76% of programming is conservative and 24% is progressive
(Source: Center for American Progress and Free Press)


Certainot would also like us to waste our resources on "picket(ing) the stations, get university sports off them, and boycott and shame local sponsors until the stations can't pay overhead and limbaugh is elevated to head of the GOP" when the real solution is to break up ownership.

- Ownership is most important variable contributing to imbalance in programming
- stations owned by women, minorities, or local owners are statistically less likely to air conservative hosts or shows
- stations controlled by group owners, those with stations in multiple markets, or those with three stations in a single market were statistically more like to air conservative talk
(Source: Center for American Progress and Free Press)

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