FCC Renews CC's KOA, Binghamton Licenses Over Objections
September 14, 2007 at 11:55 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL (JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.) gets its license renewal for Talk KOA-A/DENVER approved by the FCC over the objection of JOHN RAVETTI. The Commission rejected RAVETTI's contention that CLEAR CHANNEL "shirked" its duty as an EAS station on several occasions, notably the 2002 HAYMAN Fire, during which, RAVETTI claimed, KOA did not activate the EAS system. The FCC noted that EAS is activated not by stations but instead by national, state, or local authorities, and therefore KOA did not fail to meet its responsibilities, because no EAS activation was sent by the responsible agencies. The Commission also rejected RAVETTI's contention that the station shirked its responsibility by not airing other weather emergency reports, pointing to the FCC's policy not to interfere with programming decisions.
The FCC also granted CLEAR CHANNEL's application to renew the licenses of its six stations in the BINGHAMTON, NY market over the objections of WILLIAM HUSTON, KAREN GLAUBER, and KEVIN BUNGER, who alleged that CLEAR CHANNEL is too big, not local enough, operates for profit, does not give public access to airtime, did not cover allegations of payola against it in its news coverage, and was missing a list of contracts from its public file. The Commission answered that CLEAR CHANNEL is in compliance with ownership limits, did have the list of contracts in its public file, was not bound to cover the payola investigation, and otherwise was in full compliance with the rules.