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KCSM-TV Sale Postponed
October 25th, 2012
On October 24th, the San Mateo Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to reject the final two bidders (of an original six) for the broadcast license for KCSM Television, bringing to an end an 18-month process by the District to try to sell the television broadcast license housed at the College of San Mateo since 1964.

Sale of KCSM-TV still in limbo; District holds out on public information request
American Federation of Teachers Advocate
September 30th, 2012
In May the District announced the upcoming sale of KSCM-TV, the noncommercial TV station it has owned and operated for 48 years. Their action was part of an epidemic of higher education institutions nationwide ridding themselves of educational TV and radio licenses. At that time, Media Alliance, a Bay Area public interest group that advocates for press freedom and media access and accountability, filed a public information request to make the list of bidders public.

MA Founding Member Gar Smith Publishes "Nuclear Roulette:The Truth About The Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth"
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
In Nuclear Roulette, award-winning journalist Gar Smith dismantles the core arguments behind this “renaissance.” Some critiques are familiar—nuclear power is too costly, too dangerous, and too unstable. Others may surprise, such as the industry’s historic links to nuclear weapons, its impacts on indigenous lands and lives, the unforeseen hazards of earthquakes and climate change, the costly challenge of dismantling plants, and the unsolved problem of storing radioactive waste.

GROUPS URGE CONGRESSWOMAN LEE TO PUSH BACK AGAINST KICKBACKS
Prison Phone Justice Campaign
A delegation of organizations from the California Bay Area met with the Deputy District Director of Congresswoman Barbara Lee to discuss the high cost of receiving a phone call from a prison, jail or detention center.

Petition Filed to Halt Sale of WRVU
Nashville, TN – July 5, 2012 – Attorneys Michael Couzens and Alan Korn, acting on behalf of WRVU Friends & Family, have filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny the renewal of license for the Vanderbilt University radio station WRVU Nashville.

What's Left of the Dial
by Steve HaruchNashville Scene
For a surreal stretch of hours last June, a radio tuned to 91.1 FM in Nashville did nothing but emit bottomless, hissing static. The erstwhile WRVU, which for decades beamed out an engaging, erratic mishmash of everything from punk rock to country classics, jump blues to hip-hop, had been sold to local NPR affiliate WPLN, its signal cut off abruptly.

Save KUSF and MA Advocate Against Loopholes in Fundraising Rules
Save KUSF volunteers and Media Alliance filed comments with the FCC pointing out loopholes in proposed rule changes which put public airwaves at risk of further consolidation.

MA and NLG-Committee on Democratic Communications File LPFM Comments
by Peter Franck, Daniel Senter and Mike LeeNational Lawyers Guild Committee on Democratic Communications
Media Alliance and the National Lawyers Guild Committee on Democratic Communications File Comments in Final LPFM Rule Making.

Low-Power Radio Final Rulemaking: Common Frequency Comments
by Todd UrickCommon Frequency
West coast radio support group and LPFM gurus Common Frequency submitted these comments to the final FCC rulemaking prior to the implementation of the Local Community Radio Act.

MA and NLG-Committee on Democratic Communications File Wireless Shutdown Comments
On Monday, April 30th, several prominent national and California groups filed formal comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) condemning the 2011 wireless shutdown by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).

Questioning the KCSM Sale
by Tracy RosenbergThe Advocate - AFT Local 1493
February 17th, 2012
As part of an epidemic of higher education institutions ridding themselves of educational television and radio licenses, the San Mateo Community College District has announced the upcoming sale of KSCM-TV, although not (yet) KSCM-FM, the district’s jazz radio station. Bids were due on February 14th to the District’s Board of Trustees.

LA Clearchannel hosts John and Ken Suspended for Calling Whitney Houston a Crack Ho
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
Los Angeles-AM shock-jock hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou were suspended by management at Clearchannel station KFI-AM in Los Angeles on Thursday, after referring to the recently deceased entertainer and singer Whitney Houston as a "crack ho".

Public TV For Sale
by Tracy RosenbergSan Francisco Bay Guardian
February 4th, 2012
The San Mateo Community College District Board of Trustees has announced the upcoming sale of its independent public television station, KCSM-TV. Some potential new owners are cause for alarm.

AT&T / T-Mobile Merger Bites the Dust
Washington DC - Signaling the tail end of a regulatory process that hasn't been going AT&T's way for some time, the telecom giant made formal the abandonment of plans to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telecom.

FCC Comes Out Against AT&T Takeover
by Media Action Grassroots NetworkPitchengine
On November 22nd, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski released a draft order recommending AT&T and T-Mobile appear at a hearing in front of an administrative judge before the $39 billion deal between the two corporate giants goes through.

Dept of Justice Files Suit To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
Earlier this morning, the United States Department of Justice announced that it would be filing a lawsuit to stop the planned AT&T purchase of T-Mobile USA.

Regulators Focus Eye on the Sale of KUSF
by Reyhan HarmanciBay Citizen/New York Times
When KDFC, the popular commercial classical radio station, was sold to the University of Southern California in January and bumped down to 90.3, the nonprofit end of the dial, hundreds of thousands of classical music fans lost the ability to hear the station’s offerings, thanks to the downgraded signal strength.

The Public Access Crisis
by Eric ArnoldAlternet
Public-access television has always had a low-budget, amateur reputation. Yet Rod Laughridge's alternative news program "Newsroom on Access SF" was anything but that. Though San Francisco's public-access station had its share of offbeat shows —- like the risqué DeeDeeTV, hosted by self-described "pop culture diva" Dee Dee Russell — "Newsroom" took itself seriously. Its mission, as described on its website, was to "bring community-based, community reported and produced independent news and interviews from a grassroots viewpoint — unhindered, uncensored and unaltered."

Where Are The Jobs AT&T Promised?
by Art BrodskyHuffington Post
While most of the labor union leadership has decided to blindly follow AT&T off of a cliff in the company's quest to conquer T-Mobile, it's refreshing to find that someone who has finally, if too late, saw the light. He, apparently alone, recognized the value of AT&T's promises of new jobs if the company gets what it wants. Zero.

California Public Utilities Commission Votes to Investigate California-Specific Impacts of Proposed AT&T /T-Mobile Merger
California Public Utilities Commission Votes to Investigate California-Specific Impacts of Proposed AT&T /T-Mobile Merger Commission Votes 3-2 to Support Commissioner Sandoval’s Proposal for Informational Proceeding

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