October 11, 2001
Lawyers Guild Challenges LPFM Applications
source: Radio Business Report
National religious organization Calvary Chapel has been very busy filing applications for low power FMs. Now the National Lawyers Guild Center on Democratic Communications, the Microradio Implementation Project and the Prometheus Radio Project have been just as busy objecting to them. At least 32 proposed Calvary Chapel FMs drew informal objections.
posted on October 11, 2001 04:45 PM
The Guild's (et al) two-part objection claims that Calvary's local licensees are not substantially different from the national organization, and have not demonstrated that in each case the broadcasts will have "a distinct local presence and mission." They note that in most of the Calvary applications, a boilerplate description of local broadcast intent is used. "Despite these generalities," they write, "there is no mention of anything 'distinctly local' in this statement of educational purpose. The applicant does nothing to distinguish its 'distinct local purpose' from that of the national Calvary Chapel, nor does it satisfactorily explain how it intends to distinguish its programming from that of the national Calvary Chapel or the Calvary Satellite Network."