Local media

As I mentioned yesterday I attended a speech last night called Fighting for Air. The talk used radio as a example of what has happened with consolidation of media ownership and the potential dangers of the monoculture that is promoted by consolidation of media. With anecdotes including Minot, North Dakota where Clear Channel Communications' lack of staffing at all the local stations prevented emergency broadcasts from going out when a train carrying 10,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia derailed and residents could not be warned to stay inside away from the toxic cloud.