Thursday, March 18, 2010

Senator McCaskill weighs in on KFUO sale

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has joined her Show-Me State colleague Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond (R-Missouri) in expressing support for the classical music programming of KFUO (99.1 FM). In a post on the Culture Club blog yesterday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Sarah Bryan Miller published the following statement made by Senator McCaskill last week during a conference call with Missouri radio stations:
“I’m not aware what, if anything, we’ve heard back from the FCC on that, but I’m happy to look into it. I know that a lot of people have weighed in about it and this is another area that’s very interesting. With the FCC, it is the public airwaves, but there’s also a fine line between government control and the free market so it’s a little tricky but I love that radio station. I listen to it all the time at home so a bunch of us are trying to help.”
Senator Bond last week called for a congressional inquiry into the pending sale of KFUO, which has been controversial since it was first announced last year. The station currently is the only one in St. Louis that broadcasts classical music, and prospective owners Gateway Creative Broadcasting want to change the format to contemporary Christian music. There also have been questions about the structure of the deal, the financial wherewithal of the buyers, and whether or not all necessary information was disclosed according to FCC rules.

StLJN has been following the story because KFUO also is home to Don Wolff's long-running program "I Love Jazz," which airs on Friday nights. For links to past coverage, click here.

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