A major media company in the USA that owns a very large percentage of national radio stations, concert venues/bookings, and billboards. Clear Channel dominates the radio and concert industry and has been under criticism for unethical business practices and is under investigation for monopolistic behavior.
DJ's for Clear Channel Communications recently condoned acts of violence against cyclists sharing the road. A major protest is planned for Thanksgiving day, known in cycling lingo as a "Critical Mass" to be staged nationwide. Clear Channel also sponsored a number of pro-war rallies during the biggest worldwide anti-war protest in history. Info is available at http://www.clearchannelcriticalmass.com
According to Clear Channel insiders, the company is a carefully chosen risk-management company, as are many entertainment entities. As a result, Clear Channel rarely works outside a framework which defies consumer data and product projections. Much like formulaic Hollywood movies that are made cheaply and have a near-guaranteed return, Clear Channel's activities have made the radio sound "vanilla," or adequately good. This has also resulted in much of the "soul" of music many complain about being removed for radio listeners and why the radio stations sound the same in all parts of the country.
It is also reported that employees make considerably less than when the company was owned by SFX, which was purchased by Clear Channel.
- ClearChannel Bites
- Eric Boehlert, Radio's big bully, salon.com, April 30, 2001
- Eric Boehlert,Tough company, salon.com, May 30, 2001
- A google web directory related to Clear Channel Communications
Quoted from the Clear Channel Web site:
MYTH: Clear Channel Radio restricts playlists and issues corporate mandates.
REALITY: Clear Channel Communications does not issue mandates with regard to individual artists or songs. Clear Channel Radio stations are managed and programmed locally based on extensive audience research.
REAL REALITY: But for some reason, all radio stations from city to city sound exactly alike.
MYTH: Clear Channel banned The Dixie Chicks, The Last DJ, and Imagine.
REALITY: Clear Channel does not issue. mandates with regard to individual artists or songs. Clear Channel Radio stations are managed and programmed locally based on extensive audience research. In all three cases, Clear Channel radio stations play these songs more times than any other radio company.
REAL REALITY: Clear Channel tried and failed to boycott certain anti-war songs including John Lennon's Imagine and many others.
MYTH: Clear Channel Radio restricts airplay of new artists and new music.
REALITY: Clear Channel Radio stations. have steadily increased the number of unique artists and songs played in approximately 50 formats nationwide. Between 1998 and 2002, Clear Channel Radio stations increased the number of unique songs played by 15,315 and the number of unique artists by 3,093.* Clear Channel stations in 70 markets devote airtime specifically to showcase new talent and some stations devote their entire format to local artists. And the Clear Channel New Music Network assists artists in getting exposure to producers, agents and record labels � currently, more than 10,000 bands are represented and the Network�s Web site streams eight channels of music (clearchannelnewmusicnetwork.com).
REAL REALITY: For some reason, in Houston, Texas where Clear Channel's corporate offices are based, all the music sounds the same. Radio is repetative, boring, and only interested in hit makers and nationally recognized artists. Information about local bands and local shows are uncommon at best. To find out about local shows and artists, you must look on the Internet or "Houston Press" as the radio is of no help.
MYTH: Clear Channel denies airplay to artists who refuse to tour with Clear Channel Entertainment and/or perform at the company�s venues.
REALITY: There is no connection between what gets played on the radio and what concert tours or venues are chosen by artists. It is crucial for us to have good relationships with artists, but even more importantly, we must have outstanding relationships with our audiences. There isn�t an artist or a tour or a concert out there that is valuable enough to disrupt the relationship we have with our radio listeners and ticket buyers.
REAL REALITY: Major artists have reported anonymously to Rolling Stone and other magazines to be afraid of going against Clear Channel's activities for fear of being quietly blacklistied. This is possible as it is difficult to determine if an artist becomes unpopular, resulting in their music being played less or if an artist becomes unpopular because their music is played less.