Independent Radio Syndicators, Networks, Journalists And New Media Organization Is Formed
September 20, 2012 at 5:52 AM (PT)
A new organization looking to represent Independent Radio Syndicators, Networks, Journalists And New Media, has launched with the mission statement, "For too long independent content producers, such as syndicators and networks representing satellite-delivered programs, along with independent news organizations and investigative journalists, have stood alone, subject to the whims of individuals and corporations which see their singular vulnerability of being alone in a tough media environment as a weakness to be exploited."
The Chairman of the group, MARK MASTERS, is the CEO of TALK RADIO NETWORK, and recently filed suit in U.S. federal court for the Central district of CALIFORNIA against DIAL GLOBAL (NET NEWS 8/28), alleging that the rival syndicator violated anti-trust and monopoly laws. MASTERS said in a press release, "This is a sad but necessary day for us. But the steps we take today are for the sake of the entire community of independent spoken word syndicators, and independent radio networks who depend on outside sale(s) representation for their very financial survival."
THE ORGANIZATION OF INDEPENDENT RADIO SYNDICATORS, NETWORKS, JOURNALISTS AND NEW MEDIA COMPANIES Pres. WILLIAM CRAWFORD released the following statement on the formation of this organization:
"Today, I am proud to announce a new non-profit organization designed to assist the community of independent radio syndicators, networks, journalists and new media companies. We have discovered an amazing kinship with most everyone we have spoken with about the issues this organization addresses. When the idea for creating this organization was finally floated about, the response was so overwhelmingly positive that we have molded [a] Mission Statement and Statement of Purpose out of the very input of the independents we have spoken with. The main purpose of the organization is to provide educational information and other support to its membership."
Chairman of the Board MARK MASTERS added, "Our purpose is not to focus on the radio broadcast distributors, which are the customers of our membership. For the most part, the distribution companies out there are great corporate citizens, from CLEAR CHANNEL to BEASLEY, to ENTERCOM, to CBS -- the feedback on these groups has been very positive."
CRAWFORD stated, "We are proud to roll out this new organization as an additional support system for the community of independent syndicators, networks, journalists and new media companies. We hope those in the community of independent syndicators, networks, journalists and new media companies that we have not spoken with yet will avail themselves of the opportunity to review our Mission Statement and Statement of Purpose."
Additional information on the organization, and the Mission Statement, can be found at www.independentradiosyndicators.org.