Red Zebra Filing With FCC Responds To Challenges To WWXX Renewal
October 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM (PT)
RED ZEBRA BROADCASTING has filed with the FCC its response to the challenges to its renewal application for Sports WWXX/BUCKLAND, VA over the broadcast of the name "REDSKINS" in reference to the co-owned NFL franchise. In a release about the filing, RED ZEBRA CEO RICK CARMEAN said, "Our response makes clear that under the Communications Act and the First Amendment the FCC should not be in the business of censoring the content of radio stations. Any debate about the WASHINGTON REDSKINS' name and its meaning should be had in the free marketplace of ideas, not in the halls of the FCC or any other governmental agency."
WILEY REIN LLP attorney ANDREW G. MCBRIDE, counsel for RED ZEBRA, said, ‘We hope that the FCC will swiftly reject this transparent attempt to use the license renewal process to intimidate broadcasters across the country with the baseless threat that accurately reporting on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS football franchise by using the team's full name violates any law or FCC regulation."
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY professor JOHN BANZHAF III filed a challenge to the license renewal earlier this month; PACIFICA RADIO Variety WPFW/WASHINGTON "THE AMERICAN INDIAN'S TRUTHS" host JAY WINTER NIGHTWOLF (a/k/a JAY GOLA WAHYA SUNOYI), along with his producers LOUIS RAMON GRIMALDI and VERONA IRIARTE, this week filed to either join BANZHAF's challenge or be considered challenging the renewal on their own.