Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 22:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV A couple of days ago we talked about how the RIAA and NAB are planning on asking US Congress to mandate FM radio chips inside every cell phone. This plan was met with some ridicule, so the NAB decided to write a blog post addressing the critics. Most of the post is overshadowed by an overdose of America's favourite national pastime: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. 9/11!
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Bull fracking $h*!
by bornagainenguin on Thu 26th Aug 2010 14:46 UTC
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Radio serves as an information lifeline during times of crisis.

I live in Streator Illinois, where we had a tornado touch down earlier this year and destroy almost half the town. Since the building I live in has no accessible basement I spent the hour and a half while the tornado was on its way in the nearby police station bathrooms. There were air sirens going off every ten minutes or so during the time we waited for the tornado to come and the all clear sign to be given.

In that time the local radio station was entirely oblivious to the drama outside. Instead of broadcasting weather reports they continued to remote broadcast a baseball game two states over. This is not the only time a radio station has dropped the ball in a crisis because their corporate owners have completely divorced it from the community around it...

Forgive me if I don't buy the NAB's story here. The truth is that they demanded (and got!) total control of the airwaves, effectively locking the public out. Every attempt by the public to add something or to put what they liked on the air was rebuffed by these corporate drones, from pirate radio to community powered radio, to internet radio, to satellite radio, to podcasting and now...they've made themselves irrelevant to the average person.

Just like the internet does with censorship people have begun to route around the self-inflicted damage the NAB has done and now the NAB wants to legislate their business model in hopes of clawing one last breath of air.... I say good riddance.


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