Media Ownership Workshop - Public Interest Group Panel, 11/3/09
Kristin Thomson, Future of Music Coalition
Kristin Thomson is a community organizer, social policy researcher, entrepreneur and musician. After graduating with a BA Masters in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware in 2001, Kristin joined the nonprofit Future of Music Coalition. She was co-author of FMC's 2002 study Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians?, the organizer of FMC's 2003 Analysis of Public Comments filed in the Broadcast Ownership Proceeding (which found 96.8 percent of comments filed at FCC opposed to further media deregulation), a contributor to FMC's 2006 study False Premises, False Promises: A Quantitative History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry, and lead author on two playlist tracking reports called Same Old Song (2009) that indicated almost no measurable change in station playlist composition at commercial stations over the past four years, despite policy interventions designed to increased independent label access. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, a concert promoter, and their son, where she also plays guitar in the lady-powered band, Ken.