FCC Rejects Challenge To Emmis Indiana Licenses
September 7, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
The FCC has renewed the licenses of five EMMIS stations in INDIANA over the objections of the CHICAGO man whose battles against former EMMIS Alternative WKQX (Q101)/CHICAGO morning man MANCOW MULLER led to indecency fines against the company. The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES' ROBERT FEDER reports that the FCC cited EMMIS' consent decree payment of $300,000 in 2004 in rejecting DAVID EDWARD SMITH's challenge to the licenses.
"The EMMIS consent decree not only wiped out previous FCC fines assessed against WKQX and 35 pending complaints, but it quashed my right as a citizen to effectively be part of the process of making sure that our publicly-owned airwaves remain decent," SMITH complained. "The FCC does not actively monitor the airwaves, but relies on citizen complaints. What the FCC did to me in siding with big broadcasting is unconscionable."