NAB Lauds Clear Channel's 4-Station Donation In MMTC Ownership Diversity Plan
July 21, 2009 at 11:10 AM (PT)
The NAB EDUCATION FOUNDATION has endorsed the new partnership between THE MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL (MMTC) and CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO aimed at promoting diversity in radio broadcasting. CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO is donating four AM stations, which will be used by MMTC in partnership with NABEF's Broadcast Leadership Training program, to give minorities and women in broadcasting enhanced station management opportunities.
CLEAR CHANNEL will donate four silent AM stations, KYHN-A/FORT SMITH, AR, WLVE-A (formerly WTFX-A)/WINCHESTER, VA, KMFX-A/ROCHESTER, MN, and WHJA-A/LAUREL, MS, to the MMTC in a program called the MMTC-CLEAR CHANNEL Ownership Diversity Initiative.
"In cooperation with the NAB EDUCATION FOUNDATION's Broadcast Leadership Training Program, MMTC will use the stations for training and to incubate new minority and women broadcast owners," MMTC Pres./Exec. Dir. DAVID HONIG said. "CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO's generosity and support creates an enormous opportunity not only for our own training programs, but for minority and women broadcasters who would not otherwise have the means to operate their own stations. We look forward to working with CLEAR CHANNEL through this ongoing program to promote diversity in radio broadcasting."
"Today's announcement provides a great boost to NABEF's mission of increasing diversity in broadcasting," NABEF Pres. MARCELLUS ALEXANDER said. "NABEF's Broadcast Leadership Training program has helped more than 150 radio and television broadcasters strengthen the skills necessary to acquire stations and advance their careers. The MMTC-CLEAR CHANNEL Ownership Diversity Initiative will further that cause by providing our radio graduates with hands-on leadership experience."