Noncom survives Spak attack


Mario Fiorucci and Richard Aston, citizens in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market, filed to deny the license renew of noncommercial WRKC-FM, owned by Catholic-oriented Kings College. They claimed that the station’s GM dismissed volunteer announcer Jim Spak and his three programs due to political disagreements. King’s College admitted that his comments were sometimes at odds with their philosophy, and that his commentary was available on another local station anyway. But King’s College needn’t have gone to all that bother. The FCC simply noted that it did not have the authority to interceded in the licensee’s programming decisions. The Fiorucci/Aston complaint was brushed aside, thanks to the First Amendment.