Perhaps the only thing more disturbing than your phone screeching an alarm tone as its screen flashes the words “Presidential Alert,” would be if the phones of everyone around you were doing the exact same thing at the exact same time. That’s what is going to happen on Thursday at 1:18 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Federal Communication Commission voted to eliminate a 77 year-old rule intended to ensure TV and radio stations serve the needs of their local communities. The vote on the so-called “Main Studio Rule” followed party lines, with all three Republican commissioners voting in favor of killing it, and both Democrats voting to preserve it. […]
Nicholas Johnson — who is likely the only Iowa City native who ever appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, in 1971 — foreshadowed his career as a troublemaking FCC Commissioner when he was an adolescent boy in the mid-1940s. “My first experience with radio was Allied Radio in Chicago,” Johnson recently told me. “This […]