FCC Rejects Complaints, Renews Five Licenses
July 13, 2007 at 10:59 AM (PT)
The FCC has renewed the license of THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK Religion WDQN-F/DU QUOIN, IL over the objection of MICHAEL SCOTT CLEM, who alleged that an error in the station's 2003 assignment application that incorrectly classified THREE ANGELS as a for-profit rather than a non-profit corporation should have blocked the renewal. The Commission characterized the error as de minimus and granted the renewal.
The Commission also renewed PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY's license for noncommercial KRPS/PITTSBURG, KS over the objection of STEPHEN DILIBERTO, who complained that the station is an NPR affiliate and that NPR is "staffed by Zionists, Jews, homosexuals, purveyors of popular culture... promoting their personal ends" and programming "propaganda" for war in the MIDDLE EAST. He also complained that the station's airing of CHRISTMAS music violated the separation of Church and State. The FCC ruled that it has no jurisdiction over NPR, a non-licensee; does not generally get involved in programming; and that the CHRISTMAS music is not prohibited by the Constitution.
In another license-renewal case, the Commission rejected WILLIAM CROZIER's objection to the renewal of CREATIVE EDUCATIONAL MEDIA CORP. INC's license for noncommercial Religion KMSI/MOORE, OK, which CROZIER complained carries no local programming except for weather reports, did not cover the aftermath of two tornadoes that hit its city of license, would not carry an interview with the local Congressperson, programs too much of the music composed by CREATIVE President DAVID INGLES, that CREATIVE is misrepresented as an "educational" company, and that the station aired promotional announcements that constituted commercials.
Another FCC ruling saw the Commission reject DESERT COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE BROADCASTING's objection to the license renewal of SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT's noncommercial KCRI/INDIO-PALM SPRINGS, CA on grounds of a lack of local programming and also rejected the group's challenge to the Commission's grant of permission to operate KCRI as a 100% simulcast satellite of its KCEW/SANTA MONICA-LOS ANGELES. The Commission likewise rejected DCRB's challenge on the same grounds to the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA's renewal for noncommercial classical KPSC/PALM SPRINGS, a satellite of KUSC/LOS ANGELES.