Clear Channel announced this morning they were giving four AM radio stations to a minority group...here's their press release with release from NAB following...

Clear Channel Radio today announced that it will donate stations and equipment to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) through a program called the MMTC-Clear Channel Ownership Diversity Initiative.

Earlier this year, the Company donated a transmitter to the MMTC and now plans to donate several AM stations, starting with the following:

  • KYHN in Fort Smith, AR
  • WTFX in Winchester, VA
  • KMFX in Rochester, MN
  • WHJA in Laurel, MS

“In cooperation with the NAB Education Foundation’s Broadcast Leadership Training Program, MMTC will use the stations for training and to incubate new minority and women broadcast owners. 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,” said David Honig, President and Executive Director of MMTC. “We look forward to working with Clear Channel through this ongoing program to promote diversity in radio broadcasting.”

“We applaud the MMTC for creating a program that helps minority broadcasters develop the skills and experience necessary to become successful broadcasters,” said John Hogan, President and CEO of Clear Channel Radio. “We’re pleased these resources can help develop the next generation of broadcasters.”

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WASHINGTON, DC - The NAB Education Foundation today applauded a new partnership forged between the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) and Clear Channel Radio aimed at promoting diversity in radio broadcasting. As announced today at MMTC's annual conference in Washington, Clear Channel Radio is donating several AM radio stations, which will be used by MMTC in partnership with NABEF's Broadcast Leadership Training program, to give minorities and women in broadcasting enhanced station management opportunities.

"Today's announcement provides a great boost to NABEF's mission of increasing diversity in broadcasting," said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. "NABEF's Broadcast Leadership Training program has helped more than 150 radio and television broadcasters strengthen the skills necessary to acquire stations and advance their careers. The MMTC-Clear Channel Ownership Diversity Initiative will further that cause by providing our radio graduates with hands-on leadership experience."

Established in 2001, the NABEF Broadcast Leadership Training program is designed for senior level broadcast radio and television managers seeking to advance as group executives or station owners. The program boasts an impressive track-record: More than one in three graduates have either been promoted to upper-level management or launched their own media company.

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