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A Clear Conscience

To the Editor:

I 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.

Dennis W. Lamme
VP/Market Manager, Clear Channel Radio
Albany

A Search Rewarded

To the Editor:

Thank 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 adoption.

Marlou Russell
Santa Monica, Calif.

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