In a speech at the Progress and Freedom Foundation, Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays mentions Katrina relief to underscore the importance of Big Radio in times of emergency.
We were "literally, the lifeline to thousands who were trapped in the flood waters along the Gulf Coast," Mays told an audience of well-paid industry analysts. "It was free radio professionals who opened impassible roads and waded through life-threatening waters to restore broadcasts."
Amidst the accolades, Mays forgets to mention his radio stations' less than heroic performance in Minot, ND.
No matter. The real problem for his radio colossus is that their service to the public is "crippled by at-times suffocating regulations." Increasing the station limit, he said, will let this work continue by "making the playing field level."
Forgive my math, but how does allowing one company own up to twelve stations in a single market balance out?