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What's Wrong with Rock Radio (and How to Fix it)

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Friday, May 09, 2008

In just 15 years, one company dramatically reshaped how we experience entertainment, including rock radio and live concerts. Today, author Alec Foege explains how Clear Channel Communications became one of the most polarizing corporations in the media business. Also: Aruna Sairam is one of the most sought-after vocalists of Karnatic music of south India. She joins us to talk about Hinduism, poetry, and to perform live in studio. Plus: a dictator's role in Europe's most famous song contest.

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Alec Foege and Aruna Sairam

When the Airwaves Encounter Static

Rock radio is in tough shape. Once a playground for local programmers, stations are now virtually indistinguishable from one market to the next. Blame for the situation is often laid at the feet of media conglomerate Clear Channel. Alec Foege, author of a book about the company, Right of the ...

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Aruna Sairam Live

Singer Aruna Sairam is one of the most prominent exponents of Carnatic music of India today. Carnatic music is a style rooted in the devotional songs and music from the temples of South India. She joins us with a selection of songs from her new CD, "Divine Inspiration."


Who's Afraid of Clear Channel

Yeah, yeah, Clear Channel is bad; live, local radio is good. The huge media conglomerate owns and operates a gazillion radio stations and makes them all sound alike. They are a behemoth that crushes the smaller, more interesting stations in each market. But you know what, that wouldn’t happen IF ...