C.C. Suit Calls FCC a Joke and Radio Show "Circle Jerk."
In a scathing criticism of the FCC's plans to revitalize the AM band, Clear Channel Corporate PD Darryl Parks has written a blog post on the WLW website entitled, "A Serious Message To The Broadcast Industry About Revitalizing AM Radio." In it, Parks criticizes every piece of the FCC plan to fix the AM band and takes a nasty swipe at the NAB/RAB Radio Show in Orlando last week, calling it "the yearly circle jerk gathering of broadcasters." The Radio Show is not a conference where you see too many Clear Channel employees roaming the halls.
Parks also calls out industry trades for "not reporting the truth" about acting FCC Chairman Mignon Clyburn's recent proposal to help AM broadcasters, claiming we all copied press releases about the story. "You think just one of these industry rags would speak the truth about the FCC's ideas, suggestions and concepts? Nope. As Kevin Bacon's character in Animal House said, "Remain calm. All is well." What a joke the FCC is. And sadly, what a joke the people in the radio industry are who are nodding along without thought or the ability to intelligently reason the basic concepts of physics."
Parks' answer to the AM problem is simple, turn the stations off. He writes the answer to less interference is turning off non-viable stations, adding, "before station owners start crying poverty, many of these non-viable AM stations have one thing that is worth a ton of money. The land their towers sit on."
Small market broadcasters at the Radio Show were generally positive about the FCC's attempt to save the AM band. Leave your thoughts on what Parks has to say about those plans below.
UPDATE: Since our story ran this morning, Parks' blog has been removed from the WLW website. However, thanks to a Radio Ink reader here it is, in case you missed it
(10/25/2013 2:10:36 AM) |
Hbfafq Enjoyed every bit of your blog post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.
(10/21/2013 6:09:01 PM) |
how oild is this kid? 10? 12? He seems to have NO qualifications to condemn a broadcast band. Someond=e should make him go away and mess up an FM station. I agree that ownership limits should be brought back. Get people who love BROADCASTING at least as much as they love money into the driver seat of all of the stations across the country. Live and local doesn't go well with the 'bean counters, but it can be very successful for a live and local owner.
(10/10/2013 1:02:09 AM) |
Wow -- this just goes to prove that Clear Channel and their ilk are the real problem with radio today. Unless and until the FCC reinstates ownership limits to prevent four or five companies from dominating the airwaves, and makes it possible for mom-and-pop broadcasters to once again thrive, we're stuck with this sort of 'thinking' and radio really WILL die. Sad -- it had so much potential.
(10/7/2013 10:32:16 AM) |
AM radio is the last stand for free speech, local news and community events, and variety programming. Corporate radio stinks. It lacks personality and creativity. As Dick Biondi said, "They forgot the show in show business."
|- Marty Braemer|
(10/3/2013 11:30:06 AM) |
Never listen to a Corporate PD with his finger up his nose! --Giff
|- Dave GIff Gifford|
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