EXCLUSIVE: Is An LPTV’s Spectrum Slot A Matter Of Civil Rights?

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In August 2012, Tara Broadcasting — under the direction of “The Jewish Cowboy” known officially as Managing Member Clark Garen — acquired a low-power television station serving the Coachella Valley of Southern California for $85,000.

At 512 feet with a 3,000-watt facility at Channel 4, KAKZ-LD in Palm Springs, Calif., has since taken on life as locally focused “Coachella Valley Classic Television.” On its DT-2 signal is “Westerns 4U.” It is KAKZ’s DT-3 signal that has become a source of controversy — and a legal battle that has now led Tara to sue the area’s primary cable TV company over non-carriage of that signal. In Tara’s view, the denial of a coveted channel slot amounts to a  civil rights violation under California law.

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