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Decrying Corporate FM in Haverhill

Advocacy film to be shown, followed by panel discussion

A new advocacy film, “Corporate FM: The Killing of Local Commercial Radio,” will be shown at Chunky’s Cinema Pub, in Haverhill, Mass., this Wednesday. It will be followed by a panel discussion.

The film is by Kevin McKinney, produced by Jill McKeever. In a release they explain: “Corporate FM is about what happens when a city loses a communal microphone. Radio’s broad coverage gives it the ability to unify huge populations. Unlike Facebook, satellite radio or Web-based music sharing apps, locally owned terrestrial radio can reach thousands of people across all incomes and ages in a local region at the same time with a message that is relevant to them at that moment.”

The panel discussion will be moderated by radio enthusiast and writer Scott Fybush, who contributes to Radio World (which is not involved in the event).

McKinney will be joined on the panel by Dan Kennedy, assistant professor, Northeastern University School of Journalism; Donna L. Halper, associate professor of communications, Lesley University; William J. Macek, owner of WPKZ(FM), Fitchburg, Mass., and a New England radio owner/operated for 22 years; and Marc Lemay, communications manager, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, and former WHAV(FM) news director.

The event benefits WHAV. Tickets are $60 for WHAV members and $85 for nonmembers.