Clemons wants to go on legally

Donna Halper
Sat Apr 19 02:18:59 EDT 2014

On 4/19/2014 1:23 AM, Kevin Vahey wrote:
> It is all political now - if the White House calls the US Attorney and
> tells them to drop the case and return everything to Clemons, what can the
> FCC do?

Umm, why would President Obama do that?  He is first and foremost the 
president, and getting involved in the problems of one station in one 
community would not be a wise move for him.  As for the FCC, they have 
not been very proactive about public service or serving one's community, 
or else the five giant conglomerates that dominate much of radio would 
not be simulcasting the same programs in city after city and doing NO 
(or minimal) local programming to the communities that make them so much 
money.  Frankly, while I agree that the black community needs a station 
that is live and local, I have a difficult time feeling sorry for Mr 
Clemons, who used his station to promote his own bid for mayor, and who 
never even paid the fine he was assessed way back when the FCC first 
contacted him about his pirate station.  Radio Free Allston got taken 
off the air much faster than Touch 106-- and RFA also distinguished 
itself for doing wonderful public service for its community; yet it was 
ordered off the air, and that was the end of it.  Mr. Clemons is not 
being persecuted. He has a number of supporters in important places, but 
he also could get a group together and buy a small station-- which I 
have not seen him even try to do.

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