The Clear Channel stations in my area...
...& what they are going to do to help cycling here in Siouxland.
As many of you know I am part of and have helped form a non-profit organization called The Siouxland Trails Foundation to benefit the rec. trails and bike routes here in the Siouxland area. Part of this will involve the media in all its forms.
Part of my responsibilities to help this ride take place is to come up with a budget so the foundation knows what it will cost to fund the ride. Part of my responsibilities is to contact all of the media venues to find out wht, if any cost is required to have them involved, ie: a article in the paper, a story on the TV news and a live broadcast from any of the radio stations. So far it will not cost anything for the foundation to utilize the media in this fashion.
Part of the radio media in this area includes 5 Clear Channel Stations, 2 of which I listen to on a regular basis. They are well aware of whats happened at the Clear Channel stations on other areas regarding the comments, and suggestions made by the DJ's, especially the station in Cleveland & they are aware of The meeting between John Hogan, & the executive director of the LAB, & the results of that meeting & what will be done about the problem.
After contacting Clear Channel here in Sioux City the person I talked to wants Clear Channel to be the sole radio sponsor of the ride. What that means at this point I do not know. There is a foundation meeting on the 25th at which time we will discuss who we want to be the media sponsors. Should we decide it is to be Clear Channel then me or another member of the foundation will meet with the appropriate people at Clear Channel to discuss how they will help us with this event.
Now this has very little if anything to do with Clear Channle making amends for the mistakes made at other stations ubt it certainly does not hurt them.
In fact it has more to do with Clear Channel working with a non-profit organization, in this case The Siouxland Trails Foundation, to better improve this particular community. Which IMO is part of what a radio station should be doing for/with a community.
So contrary to what some of you may think about the Clear Channel stations through out the country they are not all bad. And its unfair to put a label on all of them for the mistakes of a few.