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iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Radio Has Agreed to Donate Stations to Help Minority Ownership

clear-channeliHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) will donate a number of AM station to the council through the MMTC-iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Ownership Diversity Initiative. Initially, iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) plans to donate AM KYHN in Fort Smith, Ark.; WTFX in Winchester, Va.; KMFX in Rochester, Minn.; and WHJA in Laurel, Miss. The council will work with Association of Broadcasters () Education Foundation’s Broadcast Leadership Training Program to use these for training purposes as well as incubate a generation of minority and women broadcast owners, says , president and executive director of the council.

For years, Honig and the council have been pressing their case before the Federal Communications Commission for regulators to award more station licenses to minority and women investors.   “iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Radio’s generosity and support creates an enormous opportunity not only for our own training programs, but for minority and women broadcasters who would not otherwise have the means to operate their own stations,” Honig says. “We forward to working with iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) through this ongoing program to promote diversity in radio .”

Earlier this year, iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Radio donated a radio transmitter to the council. “We applaud the MMTC for creating a program that helps minority broadcasters develop the skills and experience necessary to become successful broadcasters,” iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Radio President and John Hogan says. “We’re pleased these resources can help develop the generation of broadcasters.” The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that works to promote equality and in the mass media and telecommunications industries.

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