by Joe B.
Welcome to One-Stop-Radio.
Had a call from a fem friend I haven't seen or heard from in months she called both my job-message and home phone.
Its an excellent night in 'Berk. I'm 'feelin an energized high another date planned Friday night.
Then the FCC Media is set for Saturday 10 pm.
Don't want to go, I know its important for free airwaves for everyone or there only be one concglom national mega corp spewing out its one message.
I get that. I go.
(I'm a apolitical worker in a political organization).
[its like 2 identical twin brother’s separated from birth. 1 is a sultry rhythm & blues singer the other a ‘gansta rapper who’s friends mistakes him as their buddy.
I may look the part but it ain't who I really am.]
I get a seat first where elders and persons in wheelchairs sit bad choice eventually they come and I have to find another spot to sit with room 253 rapidly filling up.
Another assignment is to get people-of-color from The Young Democrats. (My 3rd. editor is part of that group)
Something will go awry because I cannot be in two places at once if time overlaps between The FCC meeting and Young Democrats outside or in another room.
Moderator:Heather Hudson,Dir. of the Telecommunications Mgr.
Teresa Moore, Media Studies Instructor at the University of San Francisco. spoke also Supervisor Matt Gonzales,
Jonathan S. Adelstein,
Member of the Federal Communications Commission. F.C.C. (An unassuming hero but a he is one).
Ben Bagdikian, Former Dean of Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dino Dinovitz, Pres. and Gen. Mgr. of KRON-TV and member of the Board of the National Association of Broadcasters.
KRON-TV (The only news outlet covering this important session) ABC, CBS, NBC are noticeably absent which is as telling as if they were trying to argue their case for Consolidating the airwaves.
There's another name which I've forgotten.
Brenda Payton, Columnist for the Oakland Tribune.
Aimee Suzara, Youth Media Council activist and writer.
There was also Peter Coyote, Actor/Activist and Songstress Sarah Jones
Patti Miller’, Dir. of Children & the Media Program at Children Now.
Gail Silva, Executive Dir. of Film Arts Foundation.
Brother J, Hip-hop artist.
There are many more people to long to mention.
An overlap in time did happen before 12 noon arrived Sarah Jones, an intoxicating songbird spoke eloquently about Clear Channel's power to determine an artists career to help or hinder their them in what they write and or sing.
I quickly asked her for a picture gladly she said it would be alright.
Outside is another problem.
Youth with bloody wounds and scars (fake) are eating lunch standing in line as the Salvation Army fed them and later me with ham sandwiches, pink lemonade, soda, potato chips and regular or fluoridated water.
I had forgotten something (it happens when there is too much to do I tend to dump something like PC's dumping excess info.
Seeing for four Asian youths all young girls.
I tell them my name, who I'm with and asked them can I take a photo of them quickly adding "If you say no I won't do it.
Some giggling, chatting, looking about and they say yes.
One shot of the four length wise.
"Thanks, My job's done" I announced.
It sounds idiotic but got me back into City Hall.
It bores, excites, and is tiring but I stay.
Ashley Adams or Addams spoke more eloquently with more passion than I could muster.
All I could’ve said is "I like going to Malls and Mega Super Markets they’ve got almost everything in them you’d want to buy or need but it there’s an item I want they don’t have they tend to say "If we don’t stock it then its not needed."
I also so like small stores that have things mega stores don’t have and given the choice I chose small Mom & Pop stores.
I don’t want to hear one-voice, view, or side of many sided stories.
Mr. Michael Powel, son of Gulf War General Colin Powel says "Mergers make media profitable."
He’s alright with consolidation its all gravy to him.
To me will all this Con-Solid-deviation will end up scraping the bottom of and everyone else will be starved for information that will be harder and less able to find.
Choice and free market controls is what is needed not a return to the late 1800’s infamous robber baron’s of railroad owner fame.
Time to link up, find whom owns what, their connections, and not buy, listen, dis-investment there and reinvestment of independent voices.
What does this all boil down too? Money.
Switch dials, turn radio’s off, you can by dvd’s, video’s from independent makers dis-linking from corporations.
They lose or hemorrhage money spending ad time, giving freebies, to regain a customer base no longer listen, looking, or buying their adds.
Folks the money they make to use against us is our own money!
Lets spend it in our best interest not theirs.
If any readers have other suggestions please hurry up and spread the word before June 2, 2003,
Because its 37 days and we don’t have a secret government "Back-Step" to ward off stealth theft of the publics airwave’s. Bye.
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