Clear Channel Book Hits Stores Tomorrow
April 14, 2008 at 9:11 AM (PT)
THE NEW YORK TIMES has reviewed the new book "Right Of The Dial: The Rise Of CLEAR CHANNEL and the Fall Of Commercial Radio," by ALEC FOEGE.
"I was not out to do a hatchet job," he writes in the preface, but rather to get to the bottom of a company that I suspected had gotten a raw deal as its bad publicity had snowballed."
The reader need wait only three paragraphs before FOEGE renders his final verdict: "Having spent a lot of time talking to some of the company’s most prominent critics, as well as some of its most devout supporters, I have concluded that CLEAR CHANNEL is indeed to blame for much of what it has been accused of." While unable to refute the conventional rap against CLEAR CHANNEL, he finds it responsible for a "McDONALD’s approach to radio programming, that makes one city’s offerings largely indistinguishable from another’s."
The MAYS family, which founded and still runs CLEAR CHANNEL, has long been reluctant to talk to journalists, and FOEGE has fared no better than previous suitors.