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Decency Activist David Smith To FCC: Don’t Renew Emmis Licenses

David Smith, who has filed more than 60 complaints with the FCC against shock jock Erich "Mancow" Muller, who hosts "Mancow's Morning Madhouse" on Chicago's WKQX-FM, is objecting to renewal of licenses for the company's Indiana radio stations.

Smith has asked the Federal Communications Commission not to renew broadcasting licenses for Emmis stations, including WIBC-AM Indianapolis, which does not air the “Mancow” program. According to Smith, Emmis lacks the "basic character qualifications" required for a license.

"Our attorneys are confident that the FCC isn't going to find merit in the allegations,"
Emmis spokeswoman Kate Healey told the Indianapolis Star. “The complaint has absolutely nothing to do with WIBC.”

The FCC last month granted the station's request to renew its license for eight years, but rescinded the approval after discovering Smith's objection. Because the complaint was filed properly but had not been entered into the FCC's system, the agency returned the application's status to "pending," according to an FCC spokesperson.


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