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Clear Channel Offers Free Air-time to Candidates

Clear Channel Offers Free Air-time to Candidates

Clear Channel Communications Inc. has had a series of voter registration and campaign initiatives and is now enacting a variety of strategic
initiatives across its divisions and in some instances partnering with independent organizations.
“Clear Channel is contributing more resources and personnel to getting out
the vote and covering the upcoming election process, the candidates involved and the issues that will impact voters’ decisions,” said interim CEO Mark Mays.
Clear Channel Radio sent a team of reporters and technicians to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and transmitted daily customized audio reports and text to its 125 news bureaus.
Clear Channel’s 37 television stations are providing 5 minutes of free airtime in prominent time periods, to all bona fide candidates in selected races in the 30 days leading up to the general election.
In addition, newsrooms will continue to provide expanded local political
Coverage and the company will facilitate and air town hall meetings and candidate debates, including questions from viewers and candidate interviews. When appropriate, programming will be shared with Clear Channel Radio stations and content will be augmented on the Web, including polling and voting information, candidate bios and statements and extensive election web content provided by Clear Channel Television Interactive.
In Cleveland, Clear Channel recently launched a program with the League of Women Voters that uses Clear Channel’s radio, outdoor and entertainment properties to encourage audiences to vote. In San Antonio, the company launched a similar effort that also includes personal appearances by Clear Channel radio and TV personalities in the community, to encourage voter registration.
As the media and entertainment partner for Declare Yourself (, a nonprofit, non-partisan youth voter’s registration recruitment program founded by Norman Lear, Clear Channel is
creating and implementing a series of initiatives across its radio, outdoor
and entertainment divisions as part of a year-long public awareness program
that educates young people about the importance of civic engagement and
“As of today, more than 800,000 people have downloaded voter registration forms from the Declare Yourself Web site and our partnership with Clear Channel has certainly contributed to this number,” said Norman Lear, founder, Declare Yourself. “Now, the most challenging stage is upon us – to ensure that those who registered actually go to the polls on Nov. 2.”