RADIO DIVERSITY DAY

The pod­cast “Sound Track of the Week” (SOTW) has announced that they are start­ing “Radio Diver­si­ty Day” to take place on Decem­ber 5th 2012.  They say they were inspired by the movie Cor­po­rate FM.  The idea was born dur­ing an hour long inter­view that they did with Jill and me late one evening.

Sound Track of The Week Crew plus Corporate FM Crew

The Sound-Track of the Week crew and us.

On Radio Diver­si­ty Day, lis­ten­ers are encour­aged to call up their local radio sta­tions and elect­ed offi­cials and demand more diver­si­ty in pro­gram­ming.  Urge them to play more local music and hire more live local tal­ent to inter­act with and deliv­er to the com­mu­ni­ty authen­tic radio pro­gram­ming.  SOTW has cre­at­ed a web page for the event here.

We are pro­vid­ing these addi­tion­al ref­er­ences to help lis­ten­ers.

Use this link to iden­ti­fy who owns the radio sta­tions in your city.  Enter only the city name and state to do a radio own­er­ship search.  You may be sur­prised that there are many com­pa­nies that you have nev­er heard of. 

If you want to call the sta­tion:

Enter the sta­tion call let­ters into whitepages.com to get a phone num­ber.  When call­ing, be polite and remem­ber that they hate radio con­sol­i­da­tion even more than you do because they have to see it for what it real­ly is every day.   Ask for more diver­si­ty in pro­gram­ming, more local bands in rota­tion (pick your favorites).  Ask for more diver­si­ty in the staff too by hir­ing peo­ple instead of tak­ing every oppor­tu­ni­ty to fire and cost cut.  Thank them for tak­ing your call.  Keep in mind that Cor­po­rate radio does not have live oper­a­tors at the phones out­side of 8AM-8PM M-F.  Some sta­tions have even less staff and are only there 4 hours a day!

If you want to write the sta­tion:

Enter the sta­tion call let­ters into whitepages.com to get the address for let­ters or google their webpage/facebook for emails. Tell them that you expect live, local DJs and local pro­gram­ing to serve the pub­lic inter­est, and that you want local music in rota­tion.  Ask them to put your let­ter in the “Pub­lic File”.  Then the FCC will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to read your let­ter lat­er. The fact that the air­waves are pub­lic prop­er­ty (YOURS!) means that you have the right to demand more ser­vice that ben­e­fits your local com­mu­ni­ty.

If you want to call or write your Con­gress per­son  or Sen­a­tor:

Click above links above (in red) to find phone numbers/Addresses.  Our sam­ple let­ter details a leg­isla­tive solu­tion to the mess that has become radio.  You may have to edu­cate them on why radio is not replaced by the inter­net rather it is hurt most by the cor­po­rate greed that has dis­man­tled it for quick prof­its.

Final­ly, share what you did on Face­book and Twit­ter and with us in the space below.  Your action inspires oth­ers.  Thank you!

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Dec. 5th is Radio Diver­si­ty Day! Call in for bet­ter radio!

 

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  • You definitely have my support in pushing for this day.

    I'm not just going to single out dance/EDM; there are MANY formats that are not represented in New York City (country, alternative - soon losing WRXP). And being in the most conservative radio market in the country (since the suits are here), it's only going to get worse as more spoken word formats will be taking over FM dial.

    Whatever resources you need from me, I am more than happy to help.

    Tony Santiago,
    Coordinator/New York Dance Music Coalition

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      Thanks Tony, You might post the local phone number of the consolidator in your area to your Facebook.