NAB — Consolidating With the Stars

I know the major TV networks are relying on reality shows to make it through the writer's strike, but in radio there is an unreality show going on and a new episode developed Monday.

The radio industry's lobby group -- the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is asking the FCC to "consider continued relaxation" of the ownership rules having breathed a sigh of relief when the Commission rejected a rollback to pre-1996 levels.

You remember the NAB.

It's the trade group that collects your membership fees, charges you to attend industry conventions and works in the interests of a handful of big companies that want&hellip

The RIAA Unplugged

The RIAA has filed a brief in an Arizona U.S. District Court against two average citizens (Jeffrey and Pamela Howell) who committed the dastardly crime of ripping their CD collection to MP3s so they could enjoy them around the house and perhaps on their iPods. The RIAA is also alleging that the Howell's put their ripped music on file sharing networks -- perhaps a trusted trump card for them in their case.

RIAA is alleging violation of copyright laws and the fair use doctrine.

If you think it's a simple case of RIAA speaking out of both sides of its mouth -- you would be correct.

During the MGM v. Grokster lawsuit in&hellip

Faith-Based Consolidation

The eyes almost popped out of my head when I was reading Inside Radio the other day.

Clear Channel Executive Vice President Andy Levin is quoted as saying, "changes to the radio ownership rule are once again necessary".

Oh, it gets worse than this.

America's biggest radio consolidator and arguably the company that had the most to do with pushing a once thriving business into the doldrums wants Congress to save it from itself. After all, radio consolidators were given a virtual monopoly with passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and they still couldn't make it pay off.

Shareholders are looking at&hellip

The “Tickle Me Clear Channel” Doll

I can't take another day of hearing bad news from my friends in the radio industry who have been let go by Clear Channel in the latest massive clearance sale of top executives in advance of taking the company private.

Forget that it's happening at Christmas.

Clear Channel apparently has.

They say if you don't laugh, you'll cry. These fat cats are wreaking havoc on radio stations and on the lives of many talented and dedicated people who deserve better than a pink slip for Christmas.

So, I've come up with a parody called the "Tickle Me Clear Channel" doll inspired by the very popular Tickle Me Elmo.


Stealing Music Sells CDs

There is a new Canadian study on file sharing that bolsters what many of us who work with the next generation already know -- file sharing (or stealing music) actually helps the record labels sell CDs.

You can't tell that to the music industry.

They cannot and won't wrap their arms around this concept. If they allowed themselves to believe that stealing music actually sells CDs, they would have no one to blame for the sorry state of the record industry -- other than themselves.

Industry Canada did the study during 2006-07 to measure the extent to which peer-to-peer file sharing networks affected music purchasing in&hellip