Undoing Radio Dereg?

Nearly everyone not employed by a media giant or a congressman would agree that the 1996 congressional deregulation of the U.S. radio industry has resulted in an epidemic of predictable, generic, and (for lack of a better term) bad radio. The Telecom Act of ’96 also gave rise to such radio monoliths as Clear Channel, which consider it part of their mission to do to small, independent stations what WalMart does to mom-and-pop dime stores. But now, the dynamic duo that brought you the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill appears to be on the verge of introducing Senate legislation to rein in corporate radio, and return at least some of the airwaves to the public.