FDR Fireside Chat Reference In Scott's Tower Calendar

Peter Murray peterwmurray@gmail.com
Thu Mar 21 18:26:07 EDT 2013

I'll accept that Fox is fair and balanced in the same way that MSNBC and
CNN are fair and balanced. But that is not talk about radio, per se.

To what "phony brouhaha" are you referring? Drone strikes on US citizens on
US soil without due process? It seems pretty straightforward to me, but I
don't think that discussion is appropriate here. Of course, our Esteemed
Moderator (and maintainer of this reflector) has the final word on that.

That said, I would argue that most TV and Radio is driven by the desire to
have listeners, because from them comes revenue (whether in the form of
donations/membership, advertisers or other "support"). "Reality"
programming, current "news" media, talk radio (from wherever on the
spectrum) is, for the most part, done with shareholder value in mind. And
most companies with revenue dependent on broadcast properties are looking
at their revenue numbers with increasing concern (if not outright panic).

Independent broadcasters like Bob Bittner/WJIB are somewhat of an
exception, though in his case (in theory) he needs to pay the bills to keep
the transmitters on-air, keep his stations legal and himself housed and
fed. But he is only beholden to himself, so he can do what he thinks is
best. I would argue that the concept of the Fairness Doctrine is outdated
given the general availability of media these days. Sure, there is a
limited *broadcast* spectrum, but there are many other ways to get your
message out if you think you're under-represented. That was less the case
before the 1990s.

ObBostonRadio: It is too bad that WFNX did not try to leverage that
(clearly) passionate audience for support. They stuck with the
advertiser-only model, and their niche format just could not generate
sufficient revenue following that method.


On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM, Attorney Chase <attychase@comcast.net>wrote:

> Last point no matter who responds!
> Peter: At least they didn't have any obnoxious talk radio show hosts who
> created and keep going this phony brouhaha either. The essence of my
> comment
> has to do with how talk radio has ceased to be a force for social good and
> all sorts of propaganda shenanigans have gone on in the name of free speech
> but actually is yellow journalism designed to get ratings. At least with
> the
> Fairness Doctrine radio stations were required every now and then,
> especially in their news and in times of emergency to operate in the public
> interest and a socially responsible way. Tell me how Fox is "fair and
> balanced" and I'll show you a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.
> Joe: I didn't say the CSA combatants were guided by the US Constitution
> (which by the way hadn't applied the 14th's due process to the states at
> that point since the 14th wasn't enacted until after the final surrenders),
> I said they would be guided by their own CSA Constitution which did
> included
> it and apparently did. (See previous link to cite
> http://www.usconstitution.net/csa.html#A1Sec9  ) USA combatants of course
> were bound by the US Constitution.
> > Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:30:58 -0400
> > From: Peter Murray <peterwmurray@gmail.com>
> > To: Attorney Chase <attychase@comcast.net>
> > Cc: boston-radio-interest@tsornin.bostonradio.org
> > Subject: Re: FDR Fireside Chat Reference In Scott's Tower Calendar
> > >
> > Fascinating, but they didn't have any radio in the South. Or in the
> North,
> > for that matter! :)
> >
> > -Peter
> > Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:38:35 -0400
> > From: "A. Joseph Ross" <joe@attorneyross.com>
> > To: boston-radio-interest@lists.BostonRadio.org
> > Subject: Re: FDR Fireside Chat Reference In Scott's Tower Calendar
> > Yes, but the USA didn't recognize the CSA and was not bound by the CSA
> > constitution.
> >
> > A. Joseph Ross, J.D. | 92 State Street | Suite 700|Boston, MA 02109-2004
> > 617.367.0468| Fx: 617.507.7856 | http://www.attorneyross.com

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