On April 18 in Las Vegas, Lowry Mays, chairman of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, will receive the broadcast industry's "Distinguished Service Award." This is the same Lowry Mays who has obliterated local news and music, buying up 1,200 radio stations and scrubbing homegrown artists from their playlists.
Sadly, Mays is not alone. He's one among a cast of media kingpins who have climbed the ladder of success by placing their own political and business interests ahead of the public good. Now's your chance to give these shameful men the recognition they deserve -- by voting for your top pick for the first annual Big Media Hall of Shame.
Nominees include some of your favorites: Rupert Murdoch (of News Corporation, owner of Fox News), David Smith (of Sinclair Broadcast Group), Michael Powell (ex-chairman of the FCC) and other captains of industry. Don't see your choice of most shameful? Nominate your own.
Everyone who votes becomes eligible to win a free trip to the National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis, May 13 - 15 where the winners will be announced. Don't miss this chance to tell Big Media what you think of their man of 2005.
Go to www.freepress.net/hallofshame for more.