RA­DIO COALI­TION

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A group called the Free Ra­dio Coali­tion has been formed to fight the pos­si­ble reim­po­si­tion of the so-called “Fair­ness Doc­trine,” Ra­dio Amer­ica Pres­i­dent James Roberts said Feb. 24.

Chair­ing the coali­tion will be vet­eran broad­caster, Ra­dio Amer­ica talk-show host and for­mer San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock.

“The re­in­state­ment of the mis­named Fair­ness Doc­trine would con­sti­tute a mas­sive as­sault on our cher­ished First Amend­ment rights and should be of con­cern to all Amer­i­cans, re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal or re­li­gious per­sua­sion,” Mr. Hedgecock said.

The group hopes to hold a sum­mit con­fer­ence of ra­dio talk-show hosts and re­li­gious broad­cast­ers in Wash­ing­ton to plan a co­or­di­nated strat­egy.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also plans to or­ga­nize ex­pert tes­ti­mony in the event that the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion or con­gres­sional com­mit­tees hold hear­ings on the Fair­ness Doc­trine.

Mr. Roberts and oth­ers in­ter­ested in the is­sue, in­clud­ing ra­dio talk-show hosts G. Gor­don Liddy and Blan­quita Cul­lum, will hold a re­cep­tion Wed­nes­day evening for Mr. Hedgecock in Wash­ing­ton.

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