FCC Yanked High School Radio Station Broadcast Licenses

from the not-very-scholarly dept

Micromaster writes "While much of the tech world is focused on internet distribution for video, radio, and podcasts, the world of FM Radio is still alive and strong. So it makes sense to provide experience and learning at the Public School level to students as a way to learn broadcasting and communication skills while providing a public service. Many high schools have been on the air for years broadcasting local news, school information weather and other items of community interest. However, with limited frequencies available, large commercial and non-profit organizations are petitioning for and taking over frequencies used by these public school stations. The New York Times recently reported that in the past year alone at least 20 schools have had to fight off challenges to their licenses. One such station, WAVM-FM has been broadcasting since the early 1970's and has lost its license, pending appeal to the FCC, to the California-based religious group Living Proof Broadcasting." While, these days, it almost seems like students would be better off going with internet distribution anyway, it still seems extremely questionable to take away this high school's license.

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    Thomas, 16 Jan 2006 @ 11:42am

    Re: frequency allocations

    The FCC process involves looking at how the public interest will be best served (well that's how they put it at least). And in their beauracratic wisdom they determined the Christian station would reach more people (~2000 from their app) than the currently existing station. If all things had been determined to be equal between the applying stations (there were more than just the Christian one) it would have gone to a point system which the High School probably would have won since points are awarded for being localy based and affiliated with a school (the high school was the only applicant who would get those points).

    The high school station is essentially being punished for being located in a smaller town than the rival proposition. The public comment period for this ended Nov. 4th and the station is awaiting the results of the appeal. Hopefully they were able to garner enough public comment to avoid being turned off.

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