That’s the opinion of Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters President Saul Levine who sent his thoughts on the recent Media Ownership ruling to the FCC in a letter. Levine thanked Chairman Wheeler for his courage in limiting further consolidation. “You have done the right thing in preserving the existing restrictions on multiple ownership of broadcast radio facilities.” Levine says thanks to consolidation radio as a competitive, creative medium is worse off today and would face extinction of there was any more consolidation.
Levine wrote that prior to the 1996 Telecommunications Act, local radio was a creative and community-oriented service. “Competing with many other operators, each with no more than an AM/FM combo, fostered a vibrant creative process. The public benefited from the competition, and young people could apply for jobs in broadcasting. Now, two decades after the Telecommunications Act of 1996, what is the state of local radio? Has there been a benefit to the public? Definitely not in my opinion. Tens of thousands of radio station employees have been fired, while programming has become dull and of limited local public appeal. There are few locally-owned, family operated, stations in the market competing against goliaths.”
Read the entire letter HERE and please leave your thoughts below.