Maybe it's technically "legal," but it certainly isn't ethical, according to the type of broadcasting system we have in the United States.
Care to elaborate on your claim that playing by the FCC rules isn't ethical? That is a pretty serious charge......
Also, this notion that EMF and others are hogging or hoarding frequencies is absurd. They had no preferential treatment from the Commission. They did not steal frequencies. In most cases they bought stations either from previous owners or through auction and at very fair prices. They have played by the Commission's rules and they have played quite well.
Well, have you LOOKED at the swamp of applications that have FLOODED the FCC office in the middle of the last decade from all these satcasters? There were TENS of THOUSANDS of them, 90% of which were dismissed for lousy technical data. But the satcasters didn't care. They just kept shoving them in. Often there were as many as six applications for different frequencies in the same coverage area.
Don't tell me that's not trying to hog or hoard frequencies.
You probably don't think they would get away with it legally, but they COULD. All it takes is ONE slip up on the FCC's part and any measure to correct that would be met with a vicious legal fight from the satcasters. And in such a deliberate
blizzard of paperwork (and an FCC bent over and saying "Thank you sir, may I have another" to these satcaster lobbyists, a Republican president and/or Congress, the room for error is pretty substantial. To have to sit there and read every application.....do you think deliberately overwhelming the system is "playing by the FCC's OWN rules"?
Show me where in the rule book that says it's kosher to be doing that. Because I don't see it.
The Commission also dealt with FAR more of these satcaster apps than those of community LPFMs.
They are NOT providing any LOCAL public service to their broadcast areas outside of Twin Falls - if even that. Or information.
I mean, it's Christian radio. Show me an area anywhere in the US that doesn't have it locally already....
Oh....you want "Christian alternative rock" on the radio.....Well GEEZ! Is it so hard for local religious stations to daypart a little? Or put something on an HD2 subchannel? Let's see, we got a mega ton of Salem stations not doing much to provide anything listenable.....
And the FCC's rules that allow this s--t to continue unchecked ARE unethical
. Just because you think taking a simple loophole for public broadcasters (and one that needs to be CLOSED) and EXPLOITING IT because they can do it is ethical doesn't mean it actually is (it's the furthest thing from "Christian" I can think of.)
Finally, KAWZ and KEFX are radio stations in TWIN FALLS, IDAHO. IDAHO I TELL YOU!!
What the hell are they doing HERE??!! If I want to hear any Idaho religious stations in the radio, I'll go online to find them.
THAT'S where they belong....