Thursday, May 03, 2007

Cult attacks High School!

I recently got a hostile comment from a religious fanatic that did not approve of my take on the RB Schools manuvers in the midwest. To recap: A large satcasting religious group attempted to seize airtime from underfunded highschool stations illegally and fails. the fanatic actually informed me that RB Schools is owned by EMF, which I did not know, and makes the manuvers even more heinous.

I've hit this topic before, but it was reassuring to see logic and fairness rule at the FCC. My take, before we get to an update on their movments... I thinkthat jesus can be on the radio, it's ok. But My preference is that it be in the hands of a local religous group, with locally originating programming and not be satellite fed religious programing. The NCE stations are traditionally for local groups. taking airtime from them and giving unto an undeserving group from another community is wrong. Thankfully I, the law and the FCC agree.
I have Quote here verbatim from Radio Journal, so no one can claim that "I" inturpret the events innaccurately. I think we can all agree it's a reputable tip sheet, well worth the weekly read:

The next chapter in the never-ending Indiana share-time saga. We’ve reported on Marty Hensley’s attempts to force many of Indiana’s school-owned noncom FMs into involuntary share-time arrangements. The FCC’s routinely shot those applications down — noting that the stations in question are now operating 24 hours a day, immunizing them from share-time challenges. But Hensley’s not giving up. He filed for “recon” — petitions to reconsider the FCC’s licenserenewal grants for high-school stations WEEM, Pendleton, IN (91.7), WBDG, Indianapolis (90.9), WRFT, Franklin Township, IN (91.5) and WHJE, Carmel, IN (91.3). The FCC rejected all those petitions, noting that it had already rejected Hensley’s claims. Those included claims that the school stations violated the RICO statues when they coordinated their efforts to fight Hensley, and a claim that the schools violated Indiana law by having the wrong officials sign their applications. So the school stations keep their licenses — but at how much taxpayer cost for legal fees?

Another share-time applicant loses, this time in Illinois. “RB Schools” has been the other major player, besides Hensley, in the Midwest share-time battles. It just lost its attempt to force a share-time against Millikin University’s WJMU, Decatur, IL (89.5) — but at a price for WJMU. The FCC found that RB hadn’t properly attempted to negotiate a voluntary share-time with
WJMU, as it was required to do. It dismisses the RB application. But it also admonishes Millikin for improper “ex parte” contacts with the Commission, including asking two area Congressmen to intervene on the school’s behalf.