As discussed in Part 1, Ben Sisario reported in the New York Times that “Big Radio”, including Entercom Communications based in Bala Cynwyd, PA, is lobbying the FCC for a waiver of the long standing payola rules.
Right about the same time that Entercom’s payola waiver filing was released by the FCC, “Big Radio” launched the Free Radio Alliance to fight artist pay for radio play. What do these two events have in common?
The Free Radio Alliance listed its members largely by station call letters without associating the call letters with the station ownership group. That’s a much, much longer list than the names of the ownership groups because the groups own so many radio stations. That creates the impression that there’s this endless list of radio stations opposing artist pay for radio play but wanting to hide payola.
So we cross referenced the list of radio stations to their ownership groups, and culled out the following list of Entercom stations. Entercom is one of the station groups lobbying the FCC for the payola waiver and now we know which stations on the Free Radio Alliance list are both owned by Entercom and so which stations are lobbying for a payola waiver.
Since the list is so long, today we are just focusing on the Entercom stations in California, New York and Texas. If you live in one of those states, see if you can find your home radio station on the list. That way you’ll know if they are going to be getting that FCC waiver and if you’re a music maker or music lover, whether they are yet again trying grind down artists on pay for radio play.
Or as George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
|New York||WLKK-FM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WKSE-FM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WWWS-AM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WBEN-AM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WTSS-FM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WWKB-AM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WBEE-FM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WBZA-FM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WCMF-FM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WPXY-FM||Entercom Communications|
|New York||WROC-FM/AM||Entercom Communications|