Reidy’s latest column for The Hooligan deals in part with the fact that Clear Channel not only own entirely too many radio stations, but also has a monopoly on concert promotion – imagine if Premier owned Austereo – and is now being sued for anticompetitive behaviour by NIPP (Nobody In Particular Promotions) of Denver.
CRUSHING PRESENCE? In Denver, where Clear Channel owns 628 billboard displays, the 3,600-seat Fillmore Auditorium, and eight radio stations, including all of the area’s rock stations, NIPP partner Jesse Morreale charges that “there’s way too much potential conflict of interest here.”
“Absolutely,” said Lee Larsen, regional vice president and Denver market manager for Clear Channel’s radio division. “It’s nice to talk about the good old days, before deregulation … but the reality is, things are a lot different now.
I’ve been in the radio business for 40 years, and my view is that radio has never been stronger, or better, for consumers than right now,” Larsen added.
From The Hooligan:
Which brings me to Clear Channel: Clear Channel pretty much owns everything. Any corporate rock band like Limp Bizkit or Creed would be nuts not to deal with Clear Channel when they come to Denver. All these bands are dependent on record sales to get them their next million. If they don’t deal with Clear Channel on their next swing through Denver, they might not get the support they need to pay for their Ferraris. Clear Channel has pumped their lame music into the ears of all the dullards across the country, so they feel obliged to pay back the favor. This is what this lawsuit is all about.
The local Denver concert promoters love music. The guys I know who work at the Bluebird wouldn’t have worked there all this time if they didn’t enjoy the being around the music scene. Can you say the same for ol’ whats-his-name at Clear Channel? No, you can’t because it’s a faceless corporation that only cares about packing you in their shitty venue to watch a shitty band. When’s the last time you heard a run down of the local shows on KBPI? For all I know KBPI could be broadcast from California and the DJ’s are told to say “Go Broncos!” once a week.
Clear Channel supports nothing local except itself. And until that changes, I cannot support Clear Channel. Oh and one more thing: Clear Channel is based out of Texas. For Christ’s sake, if that isn’t a good enough reason right there, I don’t know what is.