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George Jones, Big & Rich and more stars spoke out about radio consolidation during an FCC forum at Belmont University in Nashville, Dec. 11.

Most of the hearing focused on whether radio consolidation—essentially one company owning several radio stations in the same market—has harmed artists. Most believe that it has. George told the audience and the panel what he has heard from stations: that he can not get airplay because of his age and his traditional style of music. “I’m not against companies making money,” he said, while adding that most of those companies are being run by people who have little knowledge of country music. Cowboy Troy, the co-host of Nashville Star who has also suffered from lack of radio play, noted, “I certainly think that if my music is good enough for the Grand Ole Opry, I humbly submit that it’s good enough for the radio.”

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