Further Radio Consolidation Impacts Boston Communities

The Boston Globe’s Adrienne P. Samuels writes today about the recent sale of “the Hub’s only black-owned FM radio station, 97.7 WILD” by Radio One to Entercom Communications Corp.

“The radio market in Boston and its surrounding areas is only 6.4 percent black, according to BIA Financial Network, a Virginia company tracking the radio industry. Still, many black Bostonians said the sale will destroy a cultural connection with fellow urbanites from coast to coast.

. . . An undercurrent of the discussions about WILD yesterday centered on the value of Radio One, a 25-year-old company that owns 70 urban stations across the country.”

Read the article here (requires free registration).

For an interactive chart of Media Ownership in the U.S. visit Free Press: Who Owns The Media?

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