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Friday, October 06, 2006

Freedom of speech selective on radio

Another article about the rot in mainstream media. Obviously, it starts at the top.

Longtime WLUP-FM Chicago personality Cara Carriveau has been fired ... after comments she made about the state of the radio business ... in the Chicago Sun-Times

Carriveau wrote, 'It's unbelievable how many Chicago radio icons are not currently on the air in this town. ... My heart goes out to those talented personalities, and I am empathetic to the many disappointed listeners. This situation is sad. Very, very sad.'

[The station's vice-president said] called Carriveau's comments 'the last straw' and added, “I don't think Cara is a fan of what's happening here. I want to have people here who believe in our industry and believe what we're doing is right.'

One deejay who will be getting a shot at some of Carriveau’s weekend/fill-in shifts at The Loop is former Mancow sidekick Jeff 'Turd' Renzetti. Nyren said, 'I'm a big fan of Turd.”

In a message to fans, meanwhile, Carriveau questioned whether free speech exists in her industry. ...

It would appear not... unless perhaps you're an advocate of scatological and other trash talk. Since it pulls in big bucks these days, there's lots of "freedom" for that on the air.

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