KUT Violating the Spirit of the Law

RECEIVED Tue., July 14, 2009

Dear Editor,
    The former subscriber to KUT (“Soul Being Ripped From KUT”) [“Postmarks,” July 10] is correct in complaining that the station is sounding more commercial rather than not-for-profit because of relentless, loud, prerecorded “announcements.” The current management at KUT justifies this programming with supposed listener statistics, but KUT is violating the spirit and possibly the letter of Federal Communications Commission Code of Federal Regulations Title 47, Section 73.503, defining noncommercial educational FM stations. If Austin KUT listeners, whether subscribers or not, are increasingly annoyed and irritated with this commercial direction, they can voice their concerns by filing an online complaint to www.fcc.gov or by using the mail-in form. KUT lives in a University of Texas “bubble,” under the Communications Department.
John Callaghan
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