Two Petitions To Deny Filed Against KPLU/Tacoma-Seattle Sale
March 15, 2016 at 12:47 PM (PT)
Two Petitions to Deny have been filed against the sale by PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY of News-Talk-Jazz KPLU/TACOMA-SEATTLE to the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON.
RON WATERS' filing calls KPLU a "rare bird... one of the few radio stations left in the country with a Jazz/Blues format," and complains that the sale negotiations were conducted in secrecy; he also wonders where the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON's News-Talk KUOW/SEATTLE came up with the $7 million purchase price and why a station with that money would need to fundraise.
CAROL MACKINNON's petition terms the sale a "prohibited contingent application" that is contingent upon the failure of a community group to raise the funds to purchase the station itself, and alleges that the processing of the sale application would "waste precious Commission resources and impose an unwarranted burden on the Commission staff." She also alleges that the deal "blatantly" violated the Communications Act by not conducting public broadcasting business in public session with advance public notice, and asks the Commission to defer acting on the application until the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING has had a chance to rule on a complaint in that regard. And she raises public interest issues, also complaining about the deal's secrecy.