Number Crunchers Are Ready to Serve You
Channel does not have the Albany market ‘locked’ because we
have the name Clear Channel.”—Dennis Lamme, VP/Market Manager,
Clear Channel Radio [Letters, Dec. 18].
of all: What does that even mean? Who has claimed that their
name alone is the problem? The problem, as I see it, is that
Clear Channel and other radio conglomerates like them have
squeezed everything which is peculiar off the airwaves. If
you came of age in the ’50s and ’60s, radio was where the
culture was exploding. The sounds of the South and rebellious
North, the sounds of black culture meeting white rebellion,
were what we knew as mainstream. Chuck Berry, Elvis, Jerry
Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Motown (featuring The Funk
Brothers, white and black musicians grounded in jazz and blues
who came together gloriously in that small studio in Detroit)
all laid the groundwork for the Rolling Stones, the Beatles,
the Beach Boys, and the Memphis and Muscle Shoals grooves
of Stax and Atlantic, which were soon to come. Aretha Franklin?
Where would Aretha Franklin—admittedly the single greatest
voice to emerge in American popular music in the last century—fit
in on the airwaves where Mr. Dennis Lamme, VP and Market Manager
Extraordinary, exerts his numbing, numbers-crunching influence?
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 Lamme,
in the same reply quoted earlier.
customer service to our listeners?” What does that mean? Does
that mean that if one hundred thousand of us call or write
the station and demand that Clear Channel seek out the new
voices and sounds that are almost totally marginalized by
his corporation and others like it, that Clear Channel would
dedicate a station or significant hours of programming to
those kinds of music?
please, please. Let us not forget that Clear Channel’s owners
are a group of Texas good old boys who are some of Junior’s
biggest financial backers. If they were serious about serving
the needs of their listeners, these jokers need go no further
than the annual South by Southwest Music festival in Austin;
50 miles up Highway 35 from their corporate home in San Antonio.
They won’t, and we shall remain unserved.
Heat, Few Consequences?” (Newfront, Jan. 22) we inaccurately
reported that Visions One Management Group is the landlord
for the house at 85 Morris St., Albany, which recently went
without heat for two weeks. In fact, Visions One had previously
managed the property for the landlord, but the landlord had
defaulted on the contract several months before this incident.
Visions One attempted to fix the heat anyway, although it
had no obligation to do so. Visions One had been reported
as the landlord in other news sources; we made several attempts
to verify this with Visions One, but the company did not return
any of our calls.
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