November 30, 1999

The Twin Cities Radio Report

By Bob Berglund

Never Say Die. With the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) among the big lobbies against him, I told Beat Radio guru Alan Freed (no, not that Alan Freed) that he was surely dead in the water now that there's a bill before Congress to basically prevent the licensing of low-powered FM stations. Freed, of Minneapolis, would have nothing of my pessimism. A lost battle, sure, but he says the war continues. He has led the movement to license low-powered FMs since the Federal Communications Commission shut him down three years ago, and he's not about to stop. The powers that be insist these small outlets - now considered "pirate" stations - would interfere with those already licensed.

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