ABC News Radio Gives Affils Chance To Talk With FCC's Martin
January 12, 2009 at 12:41 PM (PT)
ABC NEWS RADIO gave affiliates an opportunity to interview FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN one-on-one TODAY (1/12) to talk about the FEBRUARY 17th digital TV transition and other matters.
Among the affiliates taking advantage of the ABC arrangement were CITADEL Talk KGO-A/SAN FRANCISCO, on which MARTIN told ED BAXTER and JENNIFER JONES that broadcasting's "unique asset" is localism and that he thinks "it's important to try to make sure that radio doesn't lose it's local feel"; JOURNALTalk WTMJ-A/MILWAUKEE, where he told GENE MUELLER and JOHN JAGLER that he opposes the incoming OBAMA administration's plea to delay the TV transition because "The main problem is not actually the date. It's the coupon program ... but there is an easy solution to that. They can pass a law to give that program additional resources"; and CH HOLDINGS Talk KTRS-A/ST. LOUIS, on which MARTIN told MCGRAW MILHAVEN that the reason for pushing the transition to digital by paying for the converter box coupon program was that "When we took those airwaves back and sold them we raised almost $20 billion. The whole voucher program was only going to spend $1-2 billion, so you still received it being a net beneficiary of the switch."