reply to post by malganis
Yes, I meant the US. The industry over here is run by payola dollars and political adds during an election year. The overwhelming amount of dollars
that end up in the hands of the broadcasters over here comes from the support of hip-hop and country. Virtually nothing at all for dance. Look up
the word conspiracy in the dictionary, then couple that with the fact that payola is supposed to be illegal, and then arrive at your own conclusions
why dance music isn't on the radio.
Oh, and we didn't even go into homophobia that is rampant in broadcasting and how gay people love their dance music, and how this marketing segment
is continuously ignored in radio format land, but that's another story! Finally, remember how the airwaves are supposed to belong to the people?
Yeah, who do they really belong to?
Do we really need three country stations, four adult contemporary stations (mostly automated), four rock stations, three Christian stations, and three
conservative talk stations all in one market? If the frequency are the people's and we turned it over to the multi-million dollar conglomerates to
do our programming, and assuming you have listened to the radio lately, are you going to look at this screen and tell me in all honesty the so called
"free" market economy is the best way to sort this all out? Come on. The other formats are not getting jack sheet, and in markets where you do get
one it's on a week signal...payola is greasing the wheels and boy isn't it obvious! Consultants and broadcasters together have broke out the
unions, turned radio and commercial music into a waste land, and until we people unite, and quit supporting the corporate take over of OUR frequencies
it isn't going to change. I just feel bad for all the hard working folks who love dance music and how the industry has screwed them royally!
Technically it's probably not "payola" and that's why legally they get away with it through all the back doors and loop holes, but it certainly is
in the spirit of the law, and I wish the courts would take a look at it again.
Finally, from a political standpoint, the sooner we can get the media back into the people's hands and away from the control of the corporate
conglomerates the sooner we can begin to get our democratic process back in balance...people aren't getting the facts, just what they are told, and
it's all bought and payed for!
I remember the days before de-regulation where all stations were small and idependently owned. They had real warm bodies sitting there in front of
mike who earned wages that could support a family. Now you see a computer doing it. There used to be news rooms with a staff of several news
professionals at every AM / FM combo and you know what? Their union wages supported a family as well. Every station had a secretary, a traffic
person, and a team of sales people, all making a living...they had payroll and promotions staff as well. Then in comes deregulation and what was once
like 15 individual businesses became compacted down to three or four. No more unions and gone with them were the nice pay checks you could live on.
They layed off litterally tens of thousands of people all over the country as thousands of privately owned stations got gobbled up by just a handful
of corporations. .... eh don't get me started on it all. Yikes I just did!
Look up the terms: media democracy, payola, the telecommunications act of 1996, the history of radio etc... to learn more.
[edit on 23-5-2008 by skyshow]