FCC: 'Amateur Operation' No Grounds For License Denial
January 25, 2008 at 11:12 AM (PT)
The FCC denies an objection by WILLIAM KNIGHT to the renewal of MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE's license for noncommercial Classical WWFM/TRENTON. KNIGHT's objections included his allegation that the station is a "wholly amateur organization" and that everything the station does "is done better by other local stations," and that the station showed "gross racial insensitivity" by airing a show about AL JOLSON during the weekend of MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY. The Commission said that nothing in the rules prohibits operation of a station by an "amateur organization" and that it does not interfere in programming.
The Commission also denied challenges by POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO and WXXY BROADCASTING, INC. to the grant of a new noncommercial FM to EAGLE'S NEST FELLOWSHIP CHURCH in HARRINGTON, DE; denied the appeal of GREAT LAKES COMMMUNITY BROADCASTING of the rejection of 17 applications for noncommercial stations in INDIANA, MICHIGAN, and OHIO; approved the move of ENTERCOM Sports KCTC-A (ESPN SPORTS 1320)/SACRAMENTO's night transmitter to the daytime site, reduction of night power to 500 watts, and change of city of license to WEST SACRAMENTO over the objection of D. SCOTT MCDONALD; and returned the major change application of QUORUM RADIO PARTNERS OF VIRGINIA, INC. for moving WSLA-A/WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV to BEXLEY, OH as inadvertently accepted for filing.