A conservative media watchdog group Monday delivered petitions with 15,000 signatures to the FCC urging the agency to block the sale of KRTH-FM Los Angeles to Infinity Broadcasting.
The petitions, filed by the Michigan-based Americans for Responsible Television, cite Infinity’s past scrapes with FCC “indecency” rules and the company’s syndication of shock-jock Howard Stern’s radio show as grounds for denying the sale.
“We have a broadcaster here who has no intention of deviating from a program formula that includes racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic and indecent material no matter what damage the show inflicts on young listeners,” said ART founder Terry Rakolta. “The FCC has the authority and obligation to protect the public’s interest from Infinity’s electronic pollution of our airwaves.”
Infinity recently announced plans to pony up $ 110 million to Beasley Broadcast Group for KRTH in what would be the largest stand-alone sale of a radio station in history.
The deal is awaiting FCC approval. Steve Lerman, a D.C. attorney who represents Infinity, declined comment on the ART petitions.