FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai Visits KDKA
July 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM (PT)
FCC Commissioner AJIT PAI visited CBS RADIO Talk KDKA-A/PITTSBURGH for a roundtable with PITTSBURGH-area broadcasters WEDNESDAY (7/24), talking about the history of KDKA and asking "how we can ensure that what began in PITTSBURGH in 1920 continues to be a vital part of our media landscape."
PAI, as he has done several times since joining the Commission, focused on the woes of the AM band and once again touted his "AM Radio Revitalization Initiative," noting "very productive discussions with FCC (Acting) Chairwoman MIGNON CLYBURN about AM radio" and asserting, "especially when it comes to radio, we’re overdue for an overhaul. In fact, the last time we took a comprehensive look at our radio rules, MERRIL HOGE (former STEELER, now an ESPN commentator) was rushing the football and LOUIS LIPPS was catching it. Just as the STEELERS have long since moved on to ANTONIO BROWN and LE’VEON BELl, we need to update our roster of rules, repealing the ones that no longer make the cut.: He cited the requirement of reading contest rules over the air rather than placing them on a web page as an example of a common-sense update that should be enacted. He also called the delay od the quadrennial media ownership rules review "unacceptable" and called for the elimination of the newspaper-radio cross-ownership rule.
PAI also spent an hour live on the air with KDKA's MIKE PINTEK to talk about the communications industry.