FCC Rejects License Challenge to WKQI - Radio World

FCC Rejects License Challenge to WKQI

The FCC Media Bureau has renewed the license of Clear Channel station WKQI(FM) in Detroit over the objections of a Christian group.
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The FCC Media Bureau has renewed the license of Clear Channel station WKQI(FM) in Detroit over the objections of a Christian group.

This appears to be one of several cases being cleared out by the commission that have been made moot or otherwise affected by the consent decree between the FCC and various big radio groups.

Word of Faith International Christian Center said the renewal of WKQI should be denied because the station had engaged in a pattern of willfully broadcasting indecent language. It cited a fine issued in a case against WIHT(FM) in Washington, also owned by the company, and separately complained about the alleged broadcast of indecent language in a prank call to a 24-hour prayer line on WKQI(FM).

The commission said the first case was not related to the Detroit license and that allegations of misconduct by Clear Channel at WIHT(FM) “are not relevant for consideration here.”

Word of Faith also failed to provide details about the broadcast on WKQI, the FCC found; but even if it had, the commission said, it would be barred from consideration by the consent decree with Clear Channel on possible broadcast of obscene, indecent or profane material.

The 2004 broadcast was aired before the effective date of the decree so it wouldn’t be considered anyway.

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