--On Saturday, February 1, 2003 12:16 PM -0500 Perfect Sound Forever
> Also realize what a bind that many artists are in because Clear Channel
> owns not only so many radio stations across the country but also
> Ticketmaster. This means that they can punish anyone with decreased
> airplay or logistical problems of mounting a tour. Even if there isn't
> documented cases of this (please tell me if I'm wrong!), the mere THREAT
> of such a thing is sufficient enough to silence people in the business.
If memory serves, this conflict of interest was Sen. Feingold's initial
objection to Clear Channel's expansion. In a different time, the Federal
Trade Commission might have nixed this development, but we live in the Age
NPIMH: Camper Van Beethoven, "Broadcasting Live From the
yodyne Coliseum, Strom Thurmond City, Mars"