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Community meeting on the FCC Payola settlement, Mar. 26

Many musicians, music fans and media activists have followed with interest the story of the recent FCC Payola Settlement (for more info on settlement check out articles at reclaimthemedia.org or daveyd.com). The settlement between the FCC and the largest commercial radio owners, was reached alongside a side agreement in which radio owners promised to dedicate SOME airtime for independent music on commercial stations.

This is certainly good news for small labels and their artists, virtually locked out of airplay on most music stations. But many questions remain: Will stations feature more LOCAL/REGIONAL music? Will grassroots artists get a fair shake? Will the settlement make stations more accountable to local commmunities? How will the settlement affect commercial stations in our area, like KUBE? And what about the noncommercial, community broadcasters in our area?

206 Zulu and Reclaim the Media are hosting a town hall gathering on Monday March 26th, 7-9pm, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (17th and Yesler, Seattle) to consider these questions and to develop a community statement responding to the issue.

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