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    Repiglican Roast

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    I'm furious about my squandered nation.

    Monday, July 09, 2007

    Save The Airwaves from Corporatists!

    America's airwaves have been damaged by a series of rule changes the past two decades that have ushered in an era of bland commercial radio and television.

    The time has come for the Federal Communications Commission to use its power to work in the public's interest and improve broadcasting so communities are better served. It is important the FCC hold its final hearing regarding how well broadcasters are serving their communities. Five of six required hearings have been held, the most recent in Portland, Maine.

    At the sixth hearing, the commissioners will undoubtedly be told by the public — as they were in Maine — that local television newscasts are a distorted reflection of their communities, and that radio has turned to a homogenized formula that is cheap to run, big on return.

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