Jul 17, 2009

"Spurious signals" trouble Colorado's KUNC

KUNC in Greeley, Colo., is dealing with "an unauthorized, local signal that has been sending out brief, spurious signals" and disrupting the NPR member's Denver transmission, according to a letter to annoyed listeners from g.m. Neil Best. Station engineers continue to search for the source; meanwhile, the station is switching to satellite delivery service.

No prison time for former NPR staffer charged in child porn case

Former NPR science editor David Malakoff, who pleaded guilty in March to a felony child pornography possession charge, will not go to prison, a U.S. District Court judge decided Thursday. Instead, Judge Ellen Huvelle sentenced him to five years' probation, 600 hours of community service and registration as a sex offender for 25 years. Evidence was found that he had illicit materials on his NPR computer between April and June of 2008; he resigned from NPR that June. Malakoff said he was raped as a boy and was attempting to relive the experience. Huvelle also ordered Malakoff to write a letter to the subject of one of the pornographic videos that showed a young girl being raped by her father. "You have more in common than you think or she thinks," Huvelle told Malakoff at the sentencing in Washington, D.C.