by Scoobie Davis
More Reasons That Clear Channel Is Bad For America
I recently wrote about my run-in with the godawful pro-Bush Clear Channel radio network. Here are some more reasons not to trust Clear Channel.
1. The Clear Channel station in Los Angeles (KIIS-FM) does homogenous rock and employs Rick Dees as a DJ.
2. KIIS-FM's $1,000,000 Contest is a sham. Clear Channel has TV ads in LA that claim that KIIS-FM is giving away $1,000,000 . Well, if you read the fine print, you'll find out that:
1) Winners don't actually win a million dollars. It kind of reminds me of the cold war joke by Ronald Reagan: Did you hear about the million dollar Russian lottery? The winner gets a dollar a year for a million years. Well, it's not quite that bad but the "million dollar winner" gets the choice between $25,000 for 40 years or a lump sum of $400,000.
2) The promotions for the contest strongly imply that it is a local contest. Not so. The rules state: "Company may conduct the Contest concurrently and simultaneously on several participating stations licensed to Company, and in various States, and Company may add or remove participating stations or change call letters of any participating station at any time during the Contest as announced on the affected station." Clear Channel has over 1000 stations. They don't state how many will be participating in the contest. This allows many Clear Channel stations to advertise the $1,000,000 giveaway (and drastically reduce the chance that a particular radio listener wins). Not honest.