Federal Communications Commission

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Clay Jenkins and Inmate Groups Push Dallas County to Stop Profiting from Jail Phone Calls

    They successfully fought contract provisions that would have banned in-person visits at the Dallas County jail while the county made money from new video visits. Now exonerated inmates, prison rights advocates and County Judge Clay Jenkins aim to make the county among the first in the nation to stop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Lakewood Parents Nix School-Roof Cell Tower, But Their Cell Phones Are the Bigger Danger

    Congrats to the concerned parents of Lakewood Elementary. Seriously. You guys piled into a public meeting and shot down a Dallas ISD proposal to stick a Verizon cell tower on the school's roof. That's how democracy's supposed to work. Good on DISD, too, which has the bureaucratic heft to plow throug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

    Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music was created in places like Los Angeles, New York and London in the mid to late '70s. Aside from the music, either live or on record, the big screen provided another medium to convey what punk truly stands for: not giving a fuck what anyone els ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Online Radio Station Deep Ellum On Air is Trying to Expand

    Independent internet radio station Deep Ellum On-Air prides itself on contributing positively to the entertainment scene now in the music-rich neighborhood, and finds its purpose in supporting local musicians, comedians, and the businesses. This independent internet radio station isn't without its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Libertarian Senate Candidate John Jay Myers Files A Complaint With the FCC, Will Still Not Be Debating Tomorrow Night

    A few weeks back we told you about John Jay Myers, the Free Man-owning, big government-distrusting Libertarian candidate for Senate, who believes he's being unfairly excluded from a Belo debate that will feature his two major-party competitors. After a small protest in front of WFAA's Young Street h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Venture Capitalist Says Anonymous Emailers Who Told Clients He Would Steal From His Own Mother Owe Him $100,000

    Zahed Lateef was a born entrepreneur. His family emigrated to the United States from India as a kid, and he was soon hard at work. He established a lawn-mowing business when he was 11 then, after graduating from high school a year early, launched a company that bought and sold repossessed tugboats ... More >>

  • Film

    June 28, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Almost Three Years After FBI Raided Downtown ISP, Its CEO Is Found Guilty of Conspiracy

    ​Way back in April 2009, you may recall, FBI agents raided Core IP Networks, an enormous Internet service provider HQ'd out of 2323 Bryan Street downtown. It made national news, in part because the feds' raid temporarily disabled some 50 clients' Web sites. At the time, the FBI would only say sear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    NBCUniversal to Make "Strategic Investments" in Stations It Owns, Operates, Including KXAS

    Ben Russell​Friday afternoon Uncle Barky noted that KXAS-Channel 5's made a new hire: reporter Ben Russell, fresh off a five-year stint at a CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, PA. His first day's today. But if reports out of New York today are true, Russell won't be the last hire made at the NBC owned-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Nico Martini Ditched Football For Theater and Somehow Worked His Way Into HD Radio

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans , where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move. Nico Martini​ Although we normally only see Nico Martini in his trademark short-bill painters' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    The Story of N.W.A.'s "Boyz-n-the-Hood" and The First Time It Ever Earned Radio Airplay

    ​Today marks the 20th anniversary of John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood, the film that, in many ways, put the tragic world of Los Angeles street culture into our nation's collective consciousness. Really, it's a point relative to nothing other than the fact that it might make a few of us feel old. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    T Bone Burnett To Be Honored By The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy In Ramp-Up To 2011 Grammy Awards

    T Bone Burnett​The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy swears it's kind of a big deal, having created a "best practices guideline" and leading various charges, etc., since forming 10 years ago. OK, whatever. Doesn't really matter.Because, if nothing else, what it's doing in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    One Way the NBC-Comcast Merger Could Change the Way KXAS-Channel 5 Makes News

    KNUS99.comUsed to be a time when Chip Moody and Harold Taft were all the "hyperlocal" you needed.​Everything I've learned about the more-n-likely-to-happen Kabletown ... pardon, Comcast-NBC merger I've learned from 30 Rock. Well, OK, not everything: This morning's New York Times alters our attenti ... More >>

  • Music

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    For the First Time, The Man Who Blew the Whistle in DISD E-Rate Scandal Talks

    Yacht ForumsIt ws Ruben Bohuchot's passion for Post Yachts, like the one seen here, that ultimately let to his downfall at DISD.​Danny Cain does not and never has worked for the Dallas Independent School District. He does not and never has worked for Hewlett Packard. And yet yesterday, two federal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    DOJ, FCC Settle With HP (For $16.25 Mil!) Over E-Rate Fraud In Dallas, Houston ISDs

    Ruben Bohuchot​Back in June 2009, you may recall, the Dallas Independent School District and the U.S. Department of Justice settled up over the misuse of funds provided to the district for the feds' E-Rate program, which was created in 1996 to give "affordable access to telecommunications services ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Re: FYI, Read This ASAP. OMG!

    The following is a prime example of my curse here on Earth. A fleeting thought sprouts into a mild observation, only to bloom into a thesis that eventually flourishes into a blog item with sports branches. My apologies ... Got a text the other day, the salutation of which was LOL. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Whitt's End: 1.16.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *My summation of Thursday's dramatic plane crash/rescue in New York's Hudson River: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!! *Found it funny that, although the crash happened at 2:30, Larry Kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Ayo of The Edge's Top 5 Low Carb Diet Saviors

    Disc jockeys work their asses off. While we're listening to a song, they're racking up breaks and answering the phone. While we're pressing the seek button during commercials, they quickly record and edit contest winner calls before scribbling down log information for the FCC folks. Even when they j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008

    Just Might Have to Give the CW News at Nine Team a Shot After All

    Terri Chappell's got herself a new boss. Broadcasting & Cable this morning takes note of big news on the local newscast scene: WFAA-TV's news director, David Duitch, is exiting the Belo building and heading over to ... KDAF-TV, where he'll be the news director for the CW's local affiliate on Channel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008

    Mark Cuban Will Be on the Interwebs Today, Courtesy the FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission's throwing a four-hour shindig at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh today -- and you're invited, virtually, via the FCC's audio-video homepage. The get-down starts at 3 p.m. Dallas time, and it should be intriguing: The subject matter's "Broadband and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Belo Corp. Now a Split Personality

    Well, you can't say you didn't see it coming. Exactly four months after Citigroup analyst Eileen Furukawa upgraded Belo Corp.'s stock from "hold" to "buy" based on the value of company's TV properties alone, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV's parent company announced, yup, it's separating its new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    Fake News is a Real Pain

    On October 9 we reported that the Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Division has sent Letters of Inquiry to all 77 stations mentioned in the Center for Media and Democracy's study, Fake TV News, concerning TV stations whose newscasts have used video news releases without identifying th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2006

    And Now, The Fake News

    In May, our former colleague Rick Kennedy wrote about the Center for Media and Democracy's report Fake TV News, in which the group blasted television networks and their affiliates for passing off paid-for news as The Real Thing--including, in one instance in February, our very own WFAA-Channel 8. Wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2006

    We Want Our Gay TV

    Here's some good news for fans of the cable networks Logo and Here!, two channels with content aimed at gay viewers that had been dropped from local cable programming when Time Warner Cable took over the Dallas cable from Comcast Corp. on August 1. That had some local viewers mighty pissed, as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2006

    Adios, Entravision

    Five local radio stations--four on the FM side of the dial, one from the AM--are being sold after their parent company went and lost $168 million in a single quarter. Yesterday, Santa Monica, California-based Spanish-language broadcasting giant (though now, not so much) Entravision Communications Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2006

    Who Hoak?

    Ever heard of Hoak Media? No? Me neither. Not till this morning, anyway. It's a Dallas-based broadcasting company that, according to its Web site, acquires and operates TV and radio stations in "small and medium-sized markets...that rank 75 to 200," as ranked by the A.C. Nielsen Company. Hoak Media, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2006

    One More Reason Why Houston Sucks

    Says in the Houston Chronicle that Houston-based conservative radio "pundit" and District 7 candidate for the Texas Senate Dan Patrick is coming to Dallas by Labor Day. (No, not the ESPN dude. Or the race-car chick, either.) Patrick's buying 25,000-watt KMGS-AM (1160), the "Smokin' Oldies" station b ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 19, 2004

    Wit on a Stick

    In the shallow pool of Dallas nightclubs, Spike gets deep