KNEW Too Late; Refused TV O.K.
A permit to build a television station here has been denied the Inland Empire Broadcasting Company (KNEW) by the Federal Communications Commission at Washington, D.C.
Television Spokane, Inc. (operated by the IEBC), on Friday filed for a construction-operation permit for Channel 4. Yesterday, the FCC told the Associated Press in Washington the application could not be considered because it was filed too late.
The FCC lifted its ban on new station construction Friday—and granted permits to radio station KHQ, on Channel 6, and the Symons Broadcasting Company (KXLY), on Channel 4. The permits were granted to the Spokane firms at that time on the basis that they were uncontested.
Burl Hagadone, president of the IEBC, heads Television Spokane. Other incorporators were Roy L. Blair, Joseph Drumheller, E.C. Olson and Fred C. Rummel.
Still pending before the FCC is an application by Louis Wasmer, owner of station KSPO here, for a Channel 2 station. No other application for the same channel has been submitted to the FCC, as far as it is known here.
Meanwhile stations KHQ and KXLY are rushing plans for their TV stations. Just when Spokane residents will be viewing TV is uncertain—although good outdoor construction weather could permit Spokane TV by late fall.
Tuesday, July 15, 1952