am sorry that Carole Renzi had a distaste for “monopolistic
corporations” [“Clearing the Air,” Newsfront, Dec. 4]. As
she states further into the article, Clear Channel is far
from monopolistic in this market. In fact, she has decided
to advertise with Albany Broadcasting, who owns more stations
than we do in the Albany market and several other businesses
in this market. Of the 30-plus stations that are available
in the Capital District Region, Clear Channel owns seven of
them. Nationally Clear Channel accounts for just nine percent
of the nation’s radio stations.
Clear Channel “vigorously claims” that all programming is
done locally, because it is. I have empowered the five individuals
that have the title of program director in Albany to be just
that. They are free to make their own decisions as to what
music does or does not get on their airwaves, as well as what
community events their respective stations will become involved
with, including rallies to thank and support the men and women
of our community that have served in the armed forces. Clear
Channel—both locally and nationally—has not conducted “pro-war”
rallies, but “pro-troop” rallies, and we will continue to
do so as some of our local men and women return home from
Afghanistan and Iraq for the holidays.
Clear Channel does not have the Albany market “locked” because
we have the name Clear Channel. Our top-rated results are
instead the result of the 150-plus employees that I employ
and their dedication to unprecedented customer service to
both our clients and our listeners.
Manager, Clear Channel Radio
you for printing Michael Van Allen’s moving and dramatic article
about his search for his birth parents and siblings [“Who
I Am,” Nov. 20]. Many people still do not realize the difficulties
adoptees have in obtaining the pieces of their personal history.
As an adoptee who also searched and found my birth parents,
I echo Mr. Van Allen’s sentiments about a system that blocks
an adoptee’s access to their information. I appreciate your
giving voice to adoptees who have much to tell us about living
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