musicFIRST Angry CC Won't Air Their Ad
July 30, 2009 at 7:03 AM (PT)
The musicFIRST COALITION has released the ad they claim "CLEAR CHANNEL and other radio groups and stations across the country do not want you to hear." The 30-second script features MOTOWN legend DUKE FAKIR of THE FOUR TOPS.
"CLEAR CHANNEL's decision is further evidence of how corporate radio groups and stations are violating their public interest obligations," said musicFIRST Exec. Dir. JENNIFER BENDALL. "They are not the first to say NO. It just took them a little longer to reject our ad."
In JUNE, musicFIRST asked the FCC to investigate radio for "violating its public interest obligations."
This week, Rep. HENRY WAXMAN, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. RICK BOUCHER, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, weighed in, asked the commission to investigate allegations of broadcaster misconduct.
Here is the script for the ad in question:
DUKE FAKIR: Broadcasters earn billions every year playing THE FOUR TOPS and other artists.
ANNOUNCER: DUKE FAKIR helped define the MOTOWN sound with THE FOUR TOPS.
DUKE FAKIR: But artists don't make a penny when our music is played on radio.
ANNOUNCER: DUKE's right, thanks to a legal loophole AM and FM radio gets a free ride while satellite and Internet radio pay artists and musicians to play their music. A bill before Congress, the Performance Rights Act, will correct this injustice
DUKE FAKIR: All we ask is fair pay for airplay.
ANNOUNCER: Tell Congress to support the Performance Rights Act. Paid for by THE MUSIC FIRST COALITION.
ALL ACCESS has contacted CLEAR CHANNEL for a comment.