FCC Chicago Media Ownership Hearing

The Federal Communications Commission announced the fifth public hearing on media ownership issues will be held in Chicago, Illinois in the afternoon and evening on Thursday, September 20, 2007.

4:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.

Operation Push
National Headquarters
Dr. King’s Workshop
930 East 50th Street
(corner of South Drexel Blvd.)
Chicago, Illinois 60615

The hearing will provide an opportunity for those in the Chicago area to discuss media ownership, including specific issues facing that local market.

Agenda and list of witnesses follows:
(All Times CST)

4:00 p.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks

4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion 1: Perspectives on Media Ownership

Charles Benton, Chairman, Benton Foundation
Karen Bond, Executive Director, National Black Coalition for Media Justice
Cynthia Canary, Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
John Chadwick, Vice President, General Manager, WREX-TV (NBC), Rockford, Illinois
Melody Spann Cooper, General Manager, WVON(AM), Chicago, Illinois
Marv Dyson, Director of Operations, WKKC-FM, Kennedy-King College; Founding Partner, Urban Radio Broadcasting LLC
Tom Langmyer, Vice President and General Manager, WGN Radio, Chicago, Illinois
Dorothy Leavell, Publisher/Editor, The Chicago Crusader
Dennis Lyle, President and CEO, Illinois Broadcasters Association
Doug Nowakowski, International Representative, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Silvia Rivera, General Manager, WRTE-FM, RadioArté
Dana Withers, President, Dana Communications, Inc., Benton, Illinois

5:30 p.m. Public Comments

7:30 p.m. Break

8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion 2: Perspectives on Media Ownership

Linda Sue Brown, TV News Producer, WBBM-TV
Kristine Laudadio Devine, Juris Doctor Candidate, Class of 2008, Northwestern University School of Law
Cliff Kelley, Radio Show Host, WVON(AM), Chicago, Illinois
John Lavine, Dean, Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism
Joyce McCullough, Publisher, NewsTribune, LaSalle, Illinois, and General Manager, WLPO(AM)/WAJK(FM), LaSalle, Illinois and WKOT(FM), Marseilles, Illinois
Milly Santiago, Former Reporter, WSNS-TV, Telemundo
Jim Speta, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
Patric Verrone, President, Writers Guild America West

9:00 p.m. Public Comments

11:00 p.m. Wrap-Up/Adjournment

The moderator will be Louis Sigalos, Chief of the Consumer Affairs & Outreach Division, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

See Chicago Speaks Out

Previous FCC public hearings in the current review of media ownership issues were held in Los Angeles, CA on October 3, 2006; Nashville, TN on December 11, 2006; Harrisburg, PA on February 23, 2007 and Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg, FL on April 30, 2007.

Mary Diamond (202) 418-2388
[email protected]