September 7, 2011

The Heavy Rotation of Rihanna's Man Down Exposed (...and why your song won't get played on the radio)


"The record is a stiff!"

The radio program "We Ourselves Legacy Edition" on 89.3 WPFW Washington, D.C. talked to Paul Porter of Industry Ears.com.

The show covered issues of copyright, corporate ownership, cultural imperialism and the mechanisms (payola!) through which radio (media) determine what forms of cultural expression are to be popularized and to what end this process takes place.

"We Ourselves Legacy Edition" continues the thought provoking programming that began with its late host Ambrose I. Lane, Sr. The name of Mr. Lane's radio show came from a program that he had proposed at the 1966 White House Conference on Civil Rights to address social and economic problems among blacks. He passed away in September 2010 at the age of 75.

Listen to the program here, which begins at the 10:00 mark- Paul Porter gives a no holds barred interview on the music and radio industry and has a few choice worlds for one radio veteran in Atlanta. "All the African American community gets is syndicated music, jokes, and no news or information. We have no one on the level of Rush Limbaugh."

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