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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:22 AM
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How do I petition the FCC? Our local PBS station is being sold to a religious broadcaster!
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 10:35 AM by Lorien
Can someone here please tell me how so send a petition to the FCC.gov? I've searched their site and can't find a link.

WMFE sale: Dallas religious broadcaster is the buyer


Jose Fajardo is in charge at public broadcaster WMFE. Photo credit: Sean Pitts/Orlando Sentinel

Daystar Television Network, an evangelical Christian broadcaster based in Dallas, plans to buy public television station WMFE-Channel 24 for about $5 million, several sources knowledgeable about the deal said Sunday.

WMFE announced Friday that it was selling the PBS station because it is no longer financially viable. Jose Fajardo, WMFE president and CEO, said he couldnt confirm the buyer and price until the information becomes public in a Federal Communications Commission filing. The information could be released today.

Daystar bought Dallas PBS station KDTN in 2004, but it failed in attempts to purchase KOCE, which is now the main PBS station in the Los Angeles area. The public can object to the WMFE sale by petitioning the FCC and raising concerns at fcc.gov. Daystar officials could not be reached Sunday night.

More: http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblo...

BTW- Fajardo is a Right Wing nutjob who hated working for PBS, but he was so incompetent that no one else would have him.

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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:30 AM
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1. Daystar searches for "mus carry" stations so that they'll be on all local cable networks.
Then, they have lots of guaranteed households who can view their "pray for pay", 24 hour, beg-athons.

They bought a great little local channel here, guaranteeing that they'd provide local coverage also, and switched it to their HQ lineup except for one local Sunday morning service. Not sure if they're still doing that.

They're pure greed. They're the "religious" rich.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:37 AM
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2. We already have FIVE religious stations like that in Orlando
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 10:37 AM by Lorien
but no other PBS station that can be accessed by anyone without cable.
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 07:03 PM
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22. We have alot of religious stations. I feel like we are being taken advantaged of. I don't want all
those religious channels. We finally got a catholic channel in my rural area. We only have one catholic church in my town. But I don't want all those religious channels. I wish they would let us take them off and let us choose other channels in their place.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:58 AM
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3. Anyone?
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 05:47 PM
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16. Try this
mbinfo@fcc.gov

They should at least be able to tell you where to go, so that you can tell Daystar where to go. :evilgrin:
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:40 AM
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4. I have no idea but why not call the station and ask them how you can best help.
Good luck.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:40 AM
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5. So He Runs the Local PBS Station Into the Ground and Sells it to the Fundies
BTW- Fajardo is a Right Wing nutjob who hated working for PBS, but he was so incompetent that no one else would have him.


Perhaps this was his mission all along, to run the PBS station into the ground so they would be 'forced' to sell to the Fundies.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:26 PM
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6. Could be. His coworkers said that he hated anything "liberal" and had no interest
in most of the programming. I wouldn't be surprised if he was embezzling from the studio. It was great before he took charge. Now Orlando will just be another hicksville.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 01:18 PM
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7. Seriously? Religion replacing PBS?
Edited on Tue Apr-05-11 01:37 PM by alp227
I just read about this on Broadcasting & Cable. It was disappointing enough to learn about another PBS station going down, but now a religious network buying it? When society's been corrupted enough by religion, and Fox News and the right-wing fundamentalist noise machine have successfully controlled the American political dialogue and intimidated our politicians? Really? Is this what we need now?

So HOLLER AT THE FCC! I don't know if you can receive the secondary PBS stations in Orlando as they're located in other places in the metro area.

It seems that most of the reps in the Orlando area are Republicans, including "Taliban" Daniel Webster, but you can maybe get something productive from Corrine Brown.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:59 PM
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8. That is Much of What is Behind the Push to Kill off Public Broadcasting
The fundie broadcasters are waiting in the wings to grab up all those stations on the cheap.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 05:31 PM
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13. meanwhile PBS Newshour anchor Jim Lehrer just won a Natl Press Award
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 06:54 PM
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20. Indeed. I truly miss Grayson. He would have helped us fight against this. nt
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:05 PM
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9. This AGAIN?!
Those slime very nearly succeeded in hoovering up KOCE in Orange County. Good thing we stopped them -- KCET in Los Angeles just left PBS in a dispute over membership fees, so KOCE is now the flagship PBS station in SoCal.

Bear in mind that those frequencies are reserved for noncommercial EDUCATIONAL use. Being told that I'm going to Hell 24/7/365 hardly qualifies as "educational". :eyes:

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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 05:34 PM
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14. There is precedent for stopping this
a different fundy group tried to buy Pittsburgh's secondary PBS station, with assistance from none other than John McCain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WQEX#Controversy

WQED's initial application to take WQEX commercial was rejected outright by the Federal Communications Commission,<10> leaving it to pursue an alternate plan by which the station was almost sold to religious broadcaster Cornerstone Television in 1999. The original plan was to move WPCB-TV from channel 40 (a commercial license) to channel 16 (non-commercial educational WQEX), with Paxson Communications buying channel 40 and converting it to a Pax TV affiliate. This move, which would have led to a $35 million payout being split equally between Cornerstone and WQED, was approved conditionally by the Federal Communications Commission in 2000, after lobbying by Republican Senator John McCain on behalf of PAX's Lowell Paxson, an intervention which Senator McCain would later deny having made. However, in response to vociferous concerns from members of the Pittsburgh local community, the FCC did impose one condition on the sale: half of Cornerstone's programming needed to be of educational value, effectively respecting the non-commercial educational condition of WQEX's existing license. Cornerstone flatly refused, abruptly backing out of the proposed deal. Religious programming doesn't qualify as educational if it's "primarily devoted to religious exhortation, proselytizing or statements of personally held religious views or beliefs," according to the FCC's ruling conditionally allowing religious broadcaster Cornerstone TV to take over WQEX and add educational content to the station. Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) abruptly reversed its position less than a month later removing the condition in response to intense political and legislative pressure (from whom, I wonder? -Ed.), Cornerstone withdrew its application and the sale was cancelled, keeping WQEX as a WQED-TV simulcast.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 06:53 PM
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19. Thanks for that. I'll send this to my friends who work for WMFE
This could give them something to work with as they fight the sale.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:09 PM
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10. Brevard Community College has a PBS station whose signal covers Orlando.
Edited on Tue Apr-05-11 03:10 PM by KamaAina
Might be wise to cozy up to them as sort of a Plan B.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 05:16 PM
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12. As, it turns out, does Daytona State.
So there's no way the fundies can turn Central Fla. into a Big Bird- (and Frontline-)free zone. Still, best to stop them here, before they buy out CBS or something. :scared:
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:14 PM
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11. Wait for the official filing to come out
possibly as soon as today. Instructions for public input should be on it. Use them early and often!
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 05:43 PM
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15. Read it and weep
Edited on Tue Apr-05-11 05:45 PM by KamaAina
https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/form...

still can't find the public comment section.

One of the directors is listed as a Lee Janzen of Orlando. Culd that be the golfer?! Edit: Yeppers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Janzen#Professional_ca...

Janzen has lived in various places in Central Florida since becoming a professional golfer. He frequently speaks about his Christian beliefs. :puke: Wonder if he tells his audiences he used to credit Tony Robbins for improving his game?
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 05:56 PM
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17. Here a Link to the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 06:51 PM
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18. Thanks Andy! nt
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 07:01 PM
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21. BTW, A Good Antenna Might Get You a Lot More PBS Stations
This one worked wonders for my TV reception:


Terrestrial Digital XG91

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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:17 PM
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23. Those EXACT same asshole tried to buy KOCE in CA
luckily they were beaten back but KOCE still has to have continuous fundraising because of the damage they did. :mad:
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:22 PM
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24. Maybe another avenue -- Like challenging the sale from an...
...organizational standpoint.

Did the stations have a lot of support and one guy ran it into the ground? if so maybe maybe help raise a legal or simply public support challenge.

Just a thought.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:23 PM
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25. Other fundies are going after noncommercial radio hard
Edited on Tue Apr-05-11 08:25 PM by KamaAina
especially NPR, of course. They briefly succeeded in knocking it off the air in Lake Charles, La.. by applying for a full-power station on the frequency the NPR affiliate in nearby Lafayette was using for a translator (repeater) station. (Full-power stations always take precedence over translators, as the fundies knew quite well.) Eventually the Lafayette station had to move its main transmitter site west, at considerable cost, in order to also serve Lake Charles.

Another favorite trick of theirs is to abuse the notion of translator stations, which are meant to provide coverage either in areas near the main station that are blocked by mountainous terrain, or at the fringes of the main service area (like Lake Charles). And yet somehow or other, there's a station in Twin Falls, Idaho that has a translator station on O'ahu. :wtf: (There may be one near you, too: it spews vapid Xtian pop and calls itself "The Effect". :puke: )
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:28 PM
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26. Propaganda disease is a devil that PBS never should have kissed
Now PBS is getting fucked and wondering- "why?... somebody save us!!!"
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