Radio: Political Pall

Candidates who had planned to carry their fight to the people next year over the nation's 3,165 radio & TV stations may be in for a shock. The Federal Communications Commission last week handed down a ruling that could set political campaigning back to the pre-radio era.

The ruling was directed at New Orleans' station WDSU, whose broadcast license was up for a routine renewal. Last year, in a mayoralty campaign, WDSU refused to let Candidate Alvin Cobb make a radio speech because the station's lawyers decided that some of his proposed statements were obviously libelous. The refusal, said the FCC, was...

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