Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Report from Chicago

On September 19, FMC's Jenny Toomey and Jean Cook headed to Chicago to host the Rock the Media party at Delilah’s in Chicago. The culmination of a week’s worth of trainings in advance of the final FCC Media Ownership hearing in Chicago, the party brought media activists and music lovers together to enjoy local hip hop from DJ Sean Doe, and a rousing performance by Jon Langford and Co. Sitting in with the band was FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein on harmonica, who played Johnny Cash covers late into the night.

The next day, over 800 people turned out at the hearing the next day at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition HQ on the south side of Chicago. From that evening, here's one of the most eloquent voices for hip hop, KRS-1, voicing his concerns about media ownership to the FCC.

Listen to his entire statement here.

For more amazing and inspirational testimony from some of the over 200 local community radio advocates visit Stop Big Media. For Chicagoans, you can view coverage of the entire hearing on CAN TV (Channel 21) on Sunday, October 14th from 9am-5pm.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's interesting how so much of the thrust of FMC is against big media, yet there's no mention at all of big music and the evils it has caused. Big record labels, big music publishing. Big concert venues. Why is that? Why is big radio bad, while big music is good?