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Radio Survivor

Can US radio sur­vive even more con­sol­i­da­tion? The Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Broad­cast­ers is ask­ing the FCC to raise local radio own­er­ship caps in the 75 biggest radio mar­kets, and to get rid of lim­its entire­ly in the remain­ing 194.

The prospect of even less diver­si­ty on the air­waves has moti­vat­ed a broad coali­tion of music indus­try orga­ni­za­tions to cre­ate the Keep Local Radio Local cam­paign, to help lis­ten­ers tell the FCC not to fur­ther dereg­u­late radio.

Kevin Erick­son is direc­tor of the Future of Music Coali­tion, one of the co-spon­sors of this cam­paign, along with the music­First Coali­tion. He joins the show to explain why radio is still impor­tant to musi­cal artists and local com­mu­ni­ties, and why more own­er­ship con­sol­i­da­tion pos­es a threat.