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October 8, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Oct. 8, 2012

City could lose a broadcast license

Ron Mott’s opinion article on Saturday, Sept. 29, was very interesting and informative. However, Mr. Mott did not know about another broadcaster who has a construction permit for 640 kHz in Terre Haute and who has no faith in this community to make the investments as Emmis Communications Inc. and Midwest Communications Inc. have.

Birach Broadcasting Inc. won a Federal Communications Commission auction for $52,000 for the former WBOW-AM 640 kHz frequency to be built in Terre Haute. A year later Birach Broadcasting is asking for a relocation of this station from Terre Haute to Peotone, Ill. Peotone is a village with a population of 3,385 and is just 40 miles from Chicago. Birach Broadcasting’s intention is to increase the power 16 times of what it was in Terre Haute and build four towers so most of Chicago and parts of northern Indiana can listen.

To purchase a station in Chicago costs millions of dollars, but Birach Broadcasting is getting the rights to build the station for a mere $52,000. I enjoy getting a bargain, but not at the expense of Terre Haute.

Citizens of Terre Haute need to write the Federal Communications Commission to stop this application by Birach Broadcasting. The information you will need is the following: Marlene Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. Southwest, Washington, D.C. 20554.

State that this is an “Informal Objection” to BMP—20120813ABI, Facility I.D. No. 136069. Write in the letter why you want 640 kHz to stay in Terre Haute, such as diversity of ownership, more types of programming, clearer signal in rural areas and at night, or the station covers a larger territory with programming. Refrain from being negative about Chicago.

A broadcast license is an asset to any community and it is up to the citizens to make sure it stays in the community. The FCC needs to hear from us by Nov. 1, 2012.

— Mike Ditto

Terre Haute

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