Two Congressmen Rip KFUO Sale
February 26, 2010 at 4:27 AM (PT)
Two Congressmen have weighed in on the controversial sale of Classical KFUO/ST. LOUIS by the LUTHERAN CHURCH-MISSOURI SYNOD to Christian station operator GATEWAY CREATIVE BROADCASTING, which plans to flip the station's format to Contemporary Christian.
The ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH's SARAH BRYAN MILLER reports that Reps. JOHN SHIMKUS (R-IL) and WILLIAM LACY CLAY (D-MO) made back-to-back speeches on the floor of Congress TUESDAY to criticize the proposed sale. CLAY called the proposed sale "a blow to the wealth of our region's culture and economy," while SHIMKUS, a member of the Lutheran synod, said, "the sale of our area's lone Classical music station does the church and the community wrong."
The FCC has yet to rule on the sale, and opponents of the deal have filed supplemental information with the Commission alleging that media broker ROBERT COX repeatedly attempted to get information from the Synod about the availability of the station starting last MARCH but was told the station was not for sale each time until the actual sale was publicly announced.