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#irespectmusic Looks Deeper: The Free Radio Astroturf Alliance Fights Artist Pay for Radio Play

April 5, 2015

Rumor has it that there’s going to be legislation introduced in this session of Congress to finally pay artists for radio play.  With this in mind, an organization has sprung up called the “Free Radio Alliance.”

The Free Radio Alliance webpage greets you with this:

Free, local radio stations are the soundtrack of American life, delivering tremendous variety and opportunities for consumers to listen to radio anywhere, any time. The Free Radio Alliance and its more than 400 members think that’s a very good thing.

What follows is a very long list of station call letters and the names of a few organizations.  The impression that the Free Radio Alliance wants you to take away is that all of these individual stations have signed up to stop artist pay for radio play.

First of all, I suspect that if you asked the people who work at these stations what they thought–and they weren’t afraid of retaliation firings from their bosses which would surely follow–most of them at music stations would like to see artists paid and probably would have liked that to happen years ago.

But the real astroturf aspect of this organization and it’s “more than 400 members” comes out when you compare the station call letters to the ownership groups that control these stations.  Remember–“IHeartMedia” used to be called “Clear Channel”.

We took a sampling of these stations in a few key states–and I think you’ll see the trend here.  Big Radio shamelessly trying to pretend they’re not Big Radio.

California KQJK-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KSTE-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KGB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KHTS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KIOZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KLSD-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KMYI-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KOGO-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KSSX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KIOI-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KISQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KKSF-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KMEL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KNEW-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KOSF-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KYLD-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KQOD-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KWSX-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KCSN-FM California State University, Northridge
California KBBU-FM Alfredo Plascencia (Lazer Licenses, LLC)
California WUSN-FM (Chicago) CBS Radio
California WAOK-AM (Atlanta) CBS Radio
California WVEE-FM (Atlanta) CBS Radio
California WZGC-FM (Atlanta) CBS Radio
California KOIT-FM Entercom Communications
California KSEG-FM Entercom Communications
California KDND-FM Entercom Communications
California KRXQ-FM Entercom Communications
California KUDL-FM Entercom Communications
California KCTC-AM Entercom Communications
California KKDO-FM Entercom Communications
California KBLX-FM Entercom Communications
California KGMZ-FM Entercom Communications
California KBFP-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KBFP-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KDFO-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KHTY-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KRAB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KALZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KBOS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KCBL-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KFBT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KFSO-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KHGE-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KRDU-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KRZR-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KSOF-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KBIG-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KFI-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KRRL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KIIS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KLAC-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KOST-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KSRY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KEIB-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KVVS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KYSR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KFIV-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KJSN-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KMRQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KOSO-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KDON-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KION-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KOCN-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KPRC-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KTOM-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KFNY-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KGGI-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KKDD-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KMYT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KTDD-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KTMQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KFBK-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KFBK-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KBEB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KHYL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
California KUFX-FM Entercom Communications
California KRBQ-FM Entercom Communications
California KOZT-FM California Radio Partners, Inc.
Colorado KCCY-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KCCY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KDZA-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KIBT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KKLI-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KVUU-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KBCO-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KBPI-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KHOW-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KKZN-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KOA-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KPTT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KRFX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KTCL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KCOL-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KIIX-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KPAW-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KSME-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KXBG-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KPAW-HD2 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KCSJ-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado KPHT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Colorado WBZ-AM (Boston) CBS Radio
Colorado WBMX-FM (Boston) CBS Radio
Colorado WBBM-AM (Chicago) CBS Radio
Colorado WJMK-FM (Chicago) CBS Radio
Colorado WSCR-AM (Chicago) CBS Radio
Colorado WXRT-FM (Chicago CBS Radio
Colorado WBCN-AM (Charlotte) Beasley Broadcast Group
Colorado WODS-FM (Boston) CBS Radio
Colorado KEZW-AM Entercom
Colorado KALC-FM Entercom
Colorado KQMT-FM Entercom
Colorado KOSI-FM Entercom
Colorado KBNO-AM Latino Communications, LLC
Georgia WGEX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WJIZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WJYZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WMRZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WOBB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WBZY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WGST-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WRDA-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WRDG-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WUBL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WWPW-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WUBL-HD3 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WWPW-HD3 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WBBQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WSCG-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WKSP-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WPRW-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WYNF-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WEKL-FM Aloha Station Trust (divestiture trust for iHeartMedia, Inc.)
Georgia WMOG-FM Brunswick Station Trust LLC (Trust created by Clear Channel)
Georgia WBGA-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WGIG-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WHFX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WQGA-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WYNR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WAGH-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WBFA-FM Aloha Station Trust (divestiture trust for iHeartMedia, Inc.)
Georgia WDAK-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WGSY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WHAL-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WSTH-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WVRK-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WCOH-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WIBB-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WIBB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WMGP-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WPCH-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WPLA-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WQBZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WRBV-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WVCC-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WAEV-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WLVH-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WQBT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WSOK-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WTKS-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia WYKZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Georgia KLLI-FM (Texas) CBS Radio
Georgia KiKK-AM (Texas) CBS Radio
Georgia KILT-FM (Texas) CBS Radio
Georgia WZPT-FM (Pittsburgh) CBS Radio
Georgia WAEC-AM Beasley Broadcast Group
Georgia WWWE-AM Beasley Broadcast Group
Georgia WRDW-AM Beasley Broadcast Group
Georgia WKXC-FN Beasley Broadcast Group
Georgia WHHD-FM Beasley Broadcast Group
Georgia WGUS-FM Beasley Broadcast Group
Georgia WGAC-FM/AM Beasley Broadcast Group
Georgia WDRR-FM Beasley Broadcast Group
Georgia WCHZ-FM Beasley Broadcast Group
Georgia WLYG-FM Joy Christian Communications, Inc.
New York WGY-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WGY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WKKF-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WOFX-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WPYX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WRVE-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WTRY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WRVE-HD2 iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WAXQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WHTZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WKTU-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WLTW-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WOR-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WWPR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WBWZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WCTW-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WHUC-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WJIP-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WKIP-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WPKF-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WRNQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WRWB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WRWD-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WZCR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WDVI-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WHAM-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WHTK-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WKGS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WNBL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WAIO-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WVOR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WBBS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WHEN-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WSYR-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WWHT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WYYY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
New York WBSU-FM State University of New York
New York WTRW-FM (Pennsylvania) Bold Gold Media Group, LP
New York WJIV-FM Christian Broadcasting System, Ltd.
New York WGR-AM Cumulus Media
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
New York WLPO-FM (Illinois) La Salle County Broadcasting Corp.
New York WAJK-AM (Illinois) La Salle County Broadcasting Corp.
New York WKOT-AM
New York WXNY-FM Univision Radio
New York WADO-AM Univision Radio
New York WQBU-FM Univision Radio
Pennsylvania WAEB-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WAEB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WSAN-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WZZO-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WHKF-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WHP-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WRBT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WRVV-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WTKT-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WLAN-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WLAN-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WDAS-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WDAS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WIOQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WISX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WRFF-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WUSL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WBGG-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WDVE-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WKST-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WPGB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WWSW-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WXDX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WRAW-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WRFY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WBLJ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WBYL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WKSB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WRAK-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WRKK-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WVRT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WVRZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Pennsylvania WKRZ-FM Entercom
Pennsylvania WILK-FM Entercom
Pennsylvania WGGY-FM Entercom
Pennsylvania WHBS-FM Entercom
Pennsylvania WZWW-FM Southern Belle, LLC; Kristin Cantrell
Pennsylvania WQYX-FM First Media Radio
Pennsylvania WCPA-FM First Media
Pennsylvania WZDB-FM First Media
Pennsylvania WOWQ-FM First Media
Pennsylvania WMRF-FM Southern Belle, LLC; Kristin Cantrell
Pennsylvania WLAK-FM Southern Belle LLC; Kristin Cantrell
Pennsylvania WIEZ-FM Southern Belle LLC; Kristin Cantrell
Pennsylvania WZDD-FM First Media Radio
Pennsylvania WTEL-AM Beasley Broadcast Group
Pennsylvania WWDB-AM Beasley Broadcast Group
Pennsylvania WTUZ-FM WTUZ Radio, Inc.
Texas KASE-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KHFI-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KPEZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KVET-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KVET-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KVET-HD2 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KCOL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KIOC-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KKMY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KLVI-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KYKR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KKMY-HD2 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KAGG-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KKYS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KNFX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KVJM-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KKTX-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KMXR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KNCN-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KRYS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KSAB-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KUNO-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KDGE-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KDMX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KEGL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KFXR-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KHKS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KZPS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KHEY-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KHEY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KPRR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KTSM-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KTSM-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KBME-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KQBT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KODA-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KPRC-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KTBZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KTRH-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KIIZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KLFX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KBFM-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KHKZ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KQXX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KTEX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KVNS-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KAJA-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KQXT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KRPT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KTKR-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KXXM-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KZEP-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas WOAI-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KQXT-HD3 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KZEP-HD2 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KBGO-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KBRQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KWTX-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KWTX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas WACO-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Texas KAMX-FM Entercom Communications
Texas KJCE-AM Entercom Communications
Texas KKMJ-FM Entercom Communications
Texas KKMJ-FM Entercom Communications
Texas KRIA-FM Rhattigan Broadcasting (Texas), LP
Texas KKYN-FM Rhattigan Broadcasting (Texas), LP
Texas KVOP-AM Rhattigan Broadcasting (Texas), LP
Texas KREW-AM Rhattigan Broadcasting (Texas), LP
Texas KBTS-FM Kbest Media, LLC
Texas KBST-FM/AM Kbest Media, LLC
Virginia WACL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WAZR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WKCI-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WKCY-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WKCY-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WKDW-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WSVO-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WHBT-FM (North Carolina) iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WMOV-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WNOH-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WOWI-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WBTJ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WRNL-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WRVA-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WRVQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WRXL-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WTVR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WRVQ-HD2 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WJJS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WJJX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WROV-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WSFF-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WSNV-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WSNZ-FM Aloha Station Trust (divestiture trust for iHeartMedia, Inc.)
Virginia WYYD-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WROV-HD2 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WFQX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WKSI-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WMRE-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WUSQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WKSI-HD2 iHeartMedia, Inc.
Virginia WNVZ-FM Entercom
Virginia WPTE-FM Entercom
Virginia WVKL-FM Entercom
Virginia WWDE-FM Entercom
Washington KBKS-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KHHO-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KJR-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KJR-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KKBW-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KUBE-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KYNW-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KCDA-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KISC-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KKZX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KIIX-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KQNT-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KZFS-AM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington KISW-FM Entercom Communications
Washington KKWF-FM Entercom Communications
Washington KNDD-FM Entercom Communications
Washington KHTP-FM Entercom Communications
Washington, D.C. WASH-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington, D.C. WBIG-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington, D.C. WIHT-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington, D.C. WMZQ-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington, D.C. WWDC-FM iHeartMedia, Inc.
Washington, D.C. WTGB-FM CBS Radio
Washington, D.C. KZJK-FM CBS Radio
Washington, D.C. WCCO-AM (Minnesota) CBS Radio
Washington, D.C. WWJ-AM (Michigan) CBS Radio
Washington, D.C. WXYT-AM (Michigan) CBS Radio
Washington, D.C. WYCD-FM (Michigan) CBS Radio
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