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WSCR -- (AM) Chicago, CBS News & Clear Channel

KMOX- (AM) St. Louis, Rush Limbaugh 11AM--2PM

KXNT- (AM & FM) Las Vegas, CBS News & Clear Channel schedule

WBCN- Charlotte -- (AM) Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram

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WHPT- Philadelphia -- (AM) Conservative talk radio

KDKA- Pittsburgh -- (AM) Local talk radio

KPTK -- Seattle - (AM) Seattle's Progressive Talk

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KMJ - Fresno -- (FM) KMJ Now, conservative talk radio

I saved the best for last because, who cares if recording artist's are created and produced like cheese doodles. It was Joni Mitchell, who said it,

"I was a free man in Paris
I felt unfettered and alive
There was nobody calling me up for favors
And no one's future to decide
You know I'd go back there tomorrow
But for the work I've taken on
Stoking the star maker machinery
Behind the popular song"

Big deal, so what, if the song and the video, the record company, the radio station and the distribution network are all co-mingled. So what, if there will never be another Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash or Waylon Jennings, and so what if executives in suits an ties decide who makes music for the masses and so what, if an artist imbued with talent and gifted with insight, languishes in obscurity because they're too tall or too short, too fat or don't fit the marketing plan. Putting a corporation in charge of art is like putting cannibals in charge of children.

This is nothing, really, in the grand scheme of everything, your food, your media and the entertainment for millions, all in the hands of a scant few. It is the illusion of a free market, what free market? Why the one owned and operated by huge corporations, the same ones who own the newspapers, the magazines, the radio and TV stations. It is all controlled, every aspect of it. Women buy most of the groceries in this country; women's magazines published by mega corporations fill their pages with recipes and advertisements for brownies and cookies. Good mothers feed their families, Jell-O or Bird's Eye or Mrs. Paul's. To lose weight, try Crystal Light or drink bottled water bottled by""

This is what Capitalism does, it feeds us crap then it blames us for it. Why are thirty percent of adults obese in America? Gee, I just don't know? Why is there an epidemic of juvenile diabetes? Gee, I just can't figure that one out, can you? Hundreds of millions of dollars spent to sell products which are for the most part junk, with the message, "Buy some today" reinforced over and over and over again.

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One more, you'll like this one, I promise. Clear Channel Communications earned over $6.2 billion last year, half of those revenues came directly from radio broadcasting. Clear channel owns 866 radio stations, it syndicates over 90 radio programs including, the Rush Limbaugh Show, Glenn Beck and the Sean Hannity Show. These syndicated shows air on 5,800 radio stations and reach an audience of over 200 million. Many, if not most of us, are already well aware of Clear Channel's philosophy and its reputation. I didn't mention Clear Channel just to kick around right wing Bozos, there is another reason, a much darker and even more astounding reason than the fat ass and big mouth shows.

I will give you a shiny nickel if you can tell me without looking, who owns Clear Channel? I'll even give you a hint, There won't be any Mormon or Mitt Romney jokes on the Billy Bob and Booger head show on Clear Channel programming, because Clear Channel is owned by none other than Bain Capital. No kidding, no sh*t, a free market, yeah right!

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