August 6, 2009

Black and Hispanic Broadcasters Meet with White House Officials for Bailout

Minority radio stations aren't failing businesses begging for handouts; they're healthy enterprises, beset by a perfect storm of bad circumstances, that are in need of a lifeline. At a time when millions of African-Americans and Latinos need information and opportunities to get jobs and build businesses, let's not pull the plug on black and Hispanic radio.

Pierre M. Sutton, (son of founder Percy Sutton, pictured here) the Chairman of Inner City Broadcasting, Inc. Holdings, owners of WBLS and WLIB New York, writes an opinion/editiorial piece, "Obama, throw a lifeline to black and Hispanic radio", in the New York Daily News and reveals that a meeting on the topic of bailout occured in the White House.

-In a meeting today (Wed. August 5) with senior Obama administration officials, minority broadcasters will make our case for emergency federal assistance. We appreciate the administration's attention to these important issues thus far and hope for its help. Read more

1 comment:

  1. Percy Sutton retired as chairman of IBC in the late 1990's Son Peppy Sutton Is the chairman now of IBC Percy will always retain the title of Chairman emeritus, because he was the first under IBC, Peppy Sutton has always tried to play the play close it to the vest game when it came to wbls, wbls hasn't been the overall ratings darling in nyc radio for almost 3decades now, but they have continued in that time to show a strikingly go along to get along approach not a hit of the innovativeness that wbls was once famously regraded for, due to people like the late frakie crocker, and also the unsong brains of the successs of wbls GM Dorothy Brunson, this throw a life line is just another ploy for these companies who have lost touch with the communities they serve, to continue to play in the corporate radio business model that history shows has left them outside the bedroom door all the time, time is running out for the suttons fooling people who have conditioned themselfs into listening to repeater or syndicated radio because the owner may be black or brown like it's showing some type of brotherly love for the cause, while those owners just continue to live what they consider the all american dream, while u the listener is tricked every day 24/7.

    PS. It's interesting and sad that Peppy Sutton mentions the civil rights era, but neglects to mention the fact that people demanding, demonstrating, challenging the system in nyc during that time,was instrumental factor in nyc seeing it's first black owned radio station during the end of the civil rights era.


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