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Bo Walker from Clear Channel contacted some locals to ask if we would attend a meeting this week to help them figure out how they could assist neighborhoods in our recovery process.

It will be interesting to learn what they have to offer. Of course, they could target folks scattered in the diaspora with broadcasts of various local meetings and, at the very least, announce meeting schedules. They could report on the impact of non-profits in post-disaster recovery. My friend Eva has already worked with them to broadcast PSA’s for the Latino population through the Hispanic Apostalate. I have spoken to Nathan Shroyer, who is a leader in the Neighborhood Planning Network and Pat Evans at the University of New Orleans Director of the International Project for Nonprofit Leadership to see what they would request of Clear Channel. At this time, it is rumored that WRNO is going to switch to talk radio. That might not be a bad thing, unless you’re into cutting edge mullet radio. I can’t seek through Rod Ryan’s show fast enough.

I thought maybe I should ask you too, as information consumers, how do you think Clear Channel could best assist us in disseminating information regarding recovery?

8 Comments so far

  1. Editor B (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    Explaining rules about putting trash on the curb could be helpful. People have taken to just throwing anything out on the curb at any time. A massive multilingual re-education campaign is in order.

  2. paul p (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 11:39 am

    WRNO is changing to talk radio. I called them about advertising. They don’t know when, but soon. The rep said that the execs were waiting to see what kind of talent they could get. He did say that Andre Trevigne was high on their list, as well as Rob Couhig. I need a talk radio station that has affordable advertising. WWL is way outrageous with their prices.

    Having a talk station on Fm that would announce the goings on and meetings and ideas around town would be somewhat helpful.

    I always find out afterwards when I see the events on the news.

    I could never figure out how people knew about these things.

  3. Jack Ware (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    Maybe they could buy up all the independently owned media outlets over a period of years and then start making decisions on a macro scale?

    That would be nice.

  4. Dan F (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    Clear Channel is all about clear channel.

  5. Heather (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    I think if Clear Channel started behaving like a normal radio station – announcing local events, discussing local issues, putting any sort of local flavor into their broadcasting would be a help. I see Clear Channel as the Walmartization of the radio, so anything that is the opposite of what they do now would be good.

  6. ashley (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

    I say they hire me or someone equally profane…

    Honestly, they’re just profiteers. Don’t think they’ll help anything or anyone, based on their track record. I hope they prove me wrong…but again, look at their record, in every single country where they do business.

    And ask them if they’re still boycotting the Dixie Chicks.

  7. Lili (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 12:09 am

    I am French and I’m studying in Loyola. I like this website, it is interresting to know what New-Orleans ‘s inhabitants think about their own city.
    (Sorry for my English, I have to improve it!)

  8. Laurie (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

    Bonjour Lili!


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