Feb 13, 2003

The theme of this year's Public Radio Collaboration (Nov. 1-9) is democracy in America.
WRYR in Churchton, Md., one of the first low-power FM stations to go on the air, is "definitely starting to catch on," says founder Mike Shay in the Baltimore Sun.
Frontline's cameras will not record jury deliberations in the capital murder trial of 17-year-old Cedric Harrison. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals yesterday issued its opinion in the controversial proposal. (Reports in today's Houston Chronicle and New York Times.)
Public radio stations will have their first chance in five years to file for translators on non-reserved FM frequencies. The FCC window is March 10-14 (release in PDF, text and Word formats). Communications attorney John Crigler believes this means the FCC will soon decide--possibly before the window opens--how to handle situations in which commercial and noncommercial broadcasters vie for the same frequency.
There's no escape from rant media: a Washington Post feature on "nasty name calling, vindictive invective and unrelenting venting" doesn't mention cross-channel exchanges between PBS's Bill Moyers and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News.