93.7 FM San Francisco Liberation
750 LaPlaya #852, San Francisco, CA 94121
Contact: Richard Edmondson, 415-750-1714
For Immediate Release
Radio Wars: SFLR plans response to NAB,
KFOG engineer's attacks
Oct. 2, 1997
San Francisco Liberation Radio, a 40-watt micro
broadcasting on the city's west side, will air a series of responses to
attacks on micro radio by the National Association of Broadcasters
"We and Free Radio Berkeley were specifically
singled out at the
NAB convention in Las Vegas earlier this year," said SFLR co-founder
Richard Edmondson. "Someone at FRB obtained a tape of that convention
and passed it along to us."
He said the tape reveals that Bill Ruck, chief
engineer for two
prominent San Francisco commercial radio stations--KFOG and
KNBR--attended the NAB convention, giving a slide presentation during a
panel discussion on "pirate radio."
"What this tape shows is that Mr. Ruck is essentially
for the FCC (Federal Communications Commission)," Edmondson said.
The presentation, in front of a high-ranking
FCC official, included
photographs clandestinely made of the building fronts of both SFLR and
The NAB, a trade organization representing
outlets, has taken a strong position against micro radio, calling upon
its member stations to seek out "pirate" broadcasters in their areas and
turn information as to their identities and whereabouts over to the
"We feel that the NAB is a very warped, very
organization with a we-own-the-airwaves mentality," Edmondson said.
Sitting on the panel with Ruck were Beverly
Baker, chief of the
Compliance and Information Bureau of the FCC, and Jack Goodman, vice
president of the NAB's Policy Council.
"This tape makes very clear the intentions
of the corporations and
the government with regard to micro radio," Edmondson said.
KFOG and KNBR are owned by the Susquehanna
Radio Corp., a
Dallas-Ft. Worth-based corporation which also owns stations in Texas,
Georgia and Ohio.
The NAB tape, along with SFLR's response, will
air during SFLR's
week-long fund raising marathon October 13-19. The marathon begins at 4
pm Monday the 13th.
SFLR's signal can be heard mainly on the west
side of San
Francisco, from the beach east to Masonic--7 days a week from 4pm-10pm.