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The LA Weekly weighs in this week with Kate Sullivan's plea to save Indie 103. Realizing we're in the minority (even among LAisters), we have to say, no thanks. Because: 1. ClearChannel explicitly said its goal was to suck ad dollars away from KROQ -- to screw with the smaller conglomerate that owns KROQ. (Audio link). They don't want to create an alternative rock station: they just want to weaken and kill someone else's alternative rock station.

2. ClearChannel COULD keep Indie 103 going if it gave up one of its other 8 stations in the LA market. But they're attached to KBIG, KFI, KIIS-FM, KOST, Star98 and the rest.

3. There are so many musical alternatives now (iPod, satellite radio, music on ye old internet) that it doesn't make any sense that smart, creative Angelenos like Sullivan and rocker/blogger Dave Navarro (in photo) have fallen under the spell of a corporate behemoth that's just trying to crush the opposition.

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So while it might be just one tiny voice, we say: ClearChannel, who needs ya?

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