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April 15, 2003

NY AFTRA Gains Strike Authorization in Clear Channel Dispute

National Board Urges All AFTRA Talent Not to Appear on Clear Channel New York Stations

The National Board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) has unanimously granted strike authorization at Clear Channel radio stations WLTW, WKTU, WAXQ and WWPR in New York.

The National Board also adopted a resolution urging "its members to refuse to make any appearances, perform or grant interviews for any of the Clear Channel owned stations in New York, until such time as Clear Channel has reached an acceptable collective bargaining agreement with AFTRA". The Board has also urged all other artist unions to adopt similar resolutions. SAG passed a similar resolution at its National Board meeting on April 14, 2003. Actors' Equity Association President Patrick Quinn supports a similar resolution and will present it to the Equity Council at its meeting on April 15th. Notice to AEA members of this request will appear shortly on the AEA website.

AFTRA has been attempting to negotiate a renewal contract with WLTW since March 2002; with WKTU since December 2000; with WWPR since June 2001, and WAXQ since November 2002. The company seeks to obtain the right to replace live, AFTRA-represented announcers with out-of-state non-union announcers through the use of pre-recorded announcements produced at below market rates through a process known as "voice tracking." AFTRA represents approximately 100 professional announcers at the five Clear Channel-owned stations in New York.

A "Keep NY Radio Live" rally will be held on Thursday, April 24 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at New York's Bryant Park (42nd Street and Avenue of the Americas) to protest Clear Channel's plan to take the hometown voices out of New York City radio.

For more information, call the Broadcast Department at New York AFTRA, (212) 532-0800 or visit the website, www.keepnyradiolive.com

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