In a release yesterday, the National Hispanic Media Coalition announced the publication of an exposé into "Clear Channel Radio's appalling record of trafficking hate." The Coalition says that although the United States is more diverse than ever before Clear Channel Radio, "has a full lineup of hate pundits." In the report, the NHMC cites hate speech by hosts Rush Limbaugh, Bill Cunningham, John Kobylt, Kenneth Chiampou and others.
Earlier this month, Clear Channel announced a targeted partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Of New York City. Five stations donated "over $1 Million in media to attract new “Bigs” to mentor city's youth," according to the release. "The campaign will highlight the real need for mentors," said Clear Channel. "With a targeted focus on African American and Hispanic men in their early 20s to mid-30s, and aid the organization in matching volunteers (“Bigs”) with children in the program (“Littles”) to facilitate positive relationships that will have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people."
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment owns 850 radio stations across the U.S., in 150 cities. In Hawaii, Clear Channel owns seven stations, including KSSK. Last October, Clear Channel cut dozens of employees, "raising fresh concerns about the homogenization of radio programming,” said New York Times media columnist Brian Stelter.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) describes itself as, "a non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization created to advance American Latino employment and programming equity throughout the entertainment industry and to advocate for telecommunications policies that benefit Latinos and other people of color."