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  • Sylvia Moore 7:07 pm on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Local Radio to Get New Life 

    Amid all the uproar last week about the Federal Communication Commission’s new not-so-net neutrality rules, Congress passed important new legislation that will further democratize the airwaves. The Local Community Radio Act will allow thousands of new low power FM stations to be created across the country for use by non-profits and community groups. Once President Obama signs the legislation, supported by Democrats and Republicans, organizations will be able to broadcast news and information of interest to their specific communities.

    This law will definitely provide communities a much needed alternative to the cookie-cutter programming and shout fests that characterize much of radio today. Communities will be able to tailor programming to their specific needs and cultural tastes, and won’t just be stuck with shows streaming in from big cities like New York. And the law could also prevent the kind of tragedy that occurred in Minot, MN, in 2002.

  • Sylvia Moore 5:25 pm on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Advertising Men’s Underwear? That’s News? 

    Just when you thought local news couldn’t get any more asinine, here’s a segment I came across on the morning news on the Los Angeles ABC affiliate a couple of days ago. The whole segment is basically a commercial for men’s girdles.

    This story is filed on ABC7’s website under “Consumer News.” But shouldn’t consumer news be about more substantive issues like how many chemicals there are in plastic toys, or whether California state officials will rein in health insurance companies’ rates, or whether Elizabeth Warren will be nominated to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency? I guess that’s just too much to ask for.

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    ABC7 – Spanx, posted with vodpod
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