My father worked at CBS Radio in market research, helping invent the
process and then helped spin off some of the firms that did the work for
years. He had a great loyalty to CBS and stayed with them for 28 years
until a big shuffle in 1967 booted him out.
What he taught me was that the Communications Act of 1934 needed to be
at the forefront of everything you did. "To act in the public interest,
convenience, and necessity." Even in the early 1970s in my media
education (B.S. major in communications, minor in business, St. John's
University 1973) this was a fact we had to learn (or already know).
Subsequently that was gutted for the benefit of a few.
On 2013-07-03 6:43 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Carl,
> It's OK to raise fists and bay at the moon, but that won't change the
> moon. Antitrust laws have been gutted since the 90s, so megaglomeration
> of ... everything is inevitable.
> An interesting discussion is, should radio have been left alone much
> more so from the get-go, with the FCC in place only to monitor
> modulation levels and frequency (technical stuff). The only caveat I
> would have put in place from Day 1 would be -- only one frequency per
> market per owner, and strictly enforced that every step of the way. From
> there, let public taste and market economics decide what's popular, what
> formats work and what's profitable. Stay out of the way and let the
> folks run their own entertainment tastes. Under my system, you're
> potentially giving Joe Blow who bought a frequency cheap after WWII the
> same chance to be "Must Hear Radio" as NBC or CBS networks, as long as
> Joe Blow knew his market and could deliver something the big boys weren't.
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