The Public Value Test

FCC COMMISH Copps wants radio stations to meet a “Public Value Test.” By which, one presumes, he means his values. Because otherwise, when you think of it, commercial radio stations (also some public or non-profit stations as well) already are meeting a real public value test by staying commercially viable. Whether by donations, subscriptions, or advertiser support, they are drawing sufficient audience to keep the lights on and juice going to the transmitter.

It’s long past time for the FCC to go the way of the dodo and the passenger pigeon. Buh-bye, now. Don’t let the door pat down your ass on the way out.

By the way, we’re told as schoolchildren here in southwest Ohio that the last of the passenger pigeons — name of Heather or Ashley or Shaniqua or something — died in the Cincinnati zoo before you were born. Just thought you should know.

Apropos of absolutely nothing at all.

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