KMBH 'Scam' Spots Irk Potential Competitor
June 23, 2009 at 5:08 AM (PT)
RGV EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING noncommercial Classical-Talk KMBH-F/HARLINGEN-BROWNSVILLE, TX is airing messages warning listeners not to donate to a new public radio station set to debut in the market this year. The group VOICES FROM THE VALLEY, led by former KMBH staffers, split from KMBH over dissatisfaction with the church-owned station and is raising money to buy another station in the area and provide competition for KMBH.
The BROWNSVILLE MONITOR reports that KMBH is running spots calling VOICES FROM THE VALLEY "a scam or fantasy" and and warning, "If you or someone you know is contacted requesting a donation for Public Radio, which is not Public Radio 88FM, please report it to the authorities ... " Msgr. PEDRO BRISENO claims that the spots are not referring to VOICES FROM THE VALLEY and are in response to "a couple of vague reports about attempts to collect financial pledges for a public radio station."
VOICES FROM THE VALLEY's BETSY PRICE told the MONITOR that her group is not soliciting money from the public until a business plan is in place. The group formed over dissatisfaction with KMBH's limited NPR schedule and refusal to air a special about alleged child molestation by Catholic priests.