Media Action Center is a group of of concerned residents throughout the U.S. led by former Emmy-winning broadcaster turned media reformer Sue Wilson. We have successfully influenced policy at the Federal Communications Commission and at local TV and Radio stations throughout the country for more than a decade to ensure We the People are truly served by the publicly owned airwaves. (See the archive of our work under "older posts.") We successfully forced Entercom to give up its $13.5 million license to KDND for killing a woman in a radio water drinking stunt. We have a long-running action to label Alex Jones' radio show as the fiction it is, which has taken Jones' program off dozens of radio stations nationwide. We educated the Supreme Court in FCC v Prometheus Radio on critical information to #SaveLocalNews.

Please see MAC's 2018 Comment to the FCC (below) to learn why these actions are crucial to Democracy. Find full journalistic coverage of the Supreme Court case and our Amicus brief, Sinclair Broadcasting's shell game, Alex Jones, the Strange v Entercom trial and other public interest media issues at For background on how we arrived in this era of disinformation and what to do about it, see Wilson's 2009 documentary Broadcast Blues.

Who is the Don't Tell Clear Channel Band?

Who is the Don't Tell Clear Channel Band?

This story begins with Bruce Springsteen.

Bruce had given us permission to use his song "Your Hometown" in Broadcast Blues. But then the Boss released a new album and was embarking on his 2007-2008 Magic Tour, and his reps called to renege on the deal.  They said if Bruce played in Broadcast Blues, he would risk pissing off Clear Channel.  He was just embarking on the Magic Tour, and Clear Channel could retaliate by canceling the tour and not playing his songs on the radio. (Clear Channel dominates both radio stations and concert venues.) So no Boss in Broadcast Blues. (If Bruce Springsteen can't stand up to Clear Channel, who can?) 

Next, we needed an artist to perform the Broadcast Blues Theme Song, so we contacted some musicians in Nashville.  They said they could record the tune, but only anonymously, because if Clear Channel would ruin their careers if they found out.

In the end, we put together the anonymous "Don't Tell Clear Channel Band."

Who are the musicians? Keep guessing!

Listen to the Broadcast Blues Theme Song here on You Tube!