Former FCC Commissioner: radio lags in minority ownership.

Andrew Barrett, who served as FCC Commissioner during the administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, wrote an editorial recently for the Chicago Defender, a newspaper primarily for the African-American community. In the article, Mr. Barrett calls on the FCC to come up with a solution to a problem that has existed at least since his term of service in the late 80s and 90s: “During my tenure [at the FCC], the economic plight of Black businesses and the challenges relative to radio advertising were understood and debated but never remedied. But with today’s racial discourse I hope significant progress can be made to improve the disparities that exist among the have and have-nots controlling the radio frequencies.”