Originally published: June 2, 2012
Last updated: June 2, 2012 - 2:35pm
[Commentary] Anyone remember a time when radio seemed friendly and informative, rather than hostile and manipulative? I do. And I remember when it changed in 1996, after President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act into law, and suddenly, huge corporations like Clear Channel began using our public airwaves -- those scarce radio frequencies which are owned by us ALL -- as a hammer to pummel Clinton and all other Democrats. I've been working to correct the problem ever since 1998. I've advocated rewriting the Telecommunications Act, made the film Broadcast Blues to educate people about the problem, founded the Media Action Center to get local groups communicating with their local broadcasters, filed petitions to deny stations' licenses, and more. Nothing worked. But now, I believe I have found the legal means to put Talk Radio on trial at the Federal Communications Commission -- and perhaps eventually at the Supreme Court.
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