Panel Discussion: Protecting Public Air Waves

In an age when media is being redefined every minute of every day by everything from satellite to the internet, public air space is just as important now as it has ever been. With increased competition from these new competitors in addition to more traditional information sources such as publications and television, broadcast radio finds itself looking for new strategies to maintain and grow its listening audience. Furthermore, satellite and internet radio have increasingly more latitude in terms of their programming. Broadcast radio however constantly needs to strike a balance between freedom of speech and offering programs that speak to its current audience, which in some cases is made up of mainly school-age children, while behaving responsibly in public airs space towards that audience. Our panel discussion will begin to address these as well as other related issues such as language, blending of adult issues and content delivery as part of a community dialog.

Invited Panelists include:

• Moderator: E. Stevens Collins, National Sales Manager for WPHI and WRNB, Radio One

• Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania State Representative – 203rd Legislative District

• Lisa Fager, President and CEO, Industry Ears, Washington, DC

• Sandra Dungee Glenn, Commissioner Philadelphia School Reform Board and President of American Cities Foundation

• Loraine Ballard Morrill, News and Community Affairs Director, Clear Channel Radio Philadelphia

• Dr. Jacqui Sadashige, Director, Integrated Pluralistic Arts Education Program, University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Partnerships

Location: PNC Conference Room., 3rd floor, 1600 Market St., Phila., PA

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2006, 6 PM to 8 PM

Refreshments provided after discussion.

For further information contact: Damon Roberts (267.972.2451) or Sterling Johnson (215.990.3291)