Is musical creativity compromised since Clear Channel owns most of the music radio stations?
Clear Channel Communications owns the vast majority of rock, hip-hop, country, pop, and other music stations. There used to be a time when most radio stations if not all of them were owned by individuals. During this time, many radio stations owners strived to have the first radio station to play popular songs that had a cutting edge music style. But nowadays with most radio stations owned by Clear Channel, it seems that there is more of a concern for ratings than there is more music creativity. The last time I heard, you have to pay $5000 to a radio station just for them to listen and consider playing your music which does not guarantee your music to hit the airwaves. Many people will tell you that there is no incentive to be creative and daring when you have to spend a lot of money for people just to listen to your music. I heard people in the radio industry say that a slight loss and ratings just for a short time causes huge implications and lost revenue. So as a result, you can safely say that people in the mainstream radio industry are afraid to take chances on playing new music that has a unique style. So here is the question, is musical creativity compromised since Clear Channel owns most of the music radio stations? Post a comment on this blog.