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TV Park Issue to Be Discussed

September 23, 1952

Spokane Firms Due to Ask Space on Peak

The Spokesman-Review

Requests from Spokane firms for television transmitter-tower installatation space atop Mount Spokane may come up for consideration at today’s meeting of the State Parks and Recreation Commission at Seattle.

The session, called by commission director John R. Vanderzicht, will be an outgrowth of conflicting opinions regarding TV installations in state parks. It is understood here the meeting will be a closed one.

On May 12 the state attorney general’s office ruled the parks commission does not have the authority to permit such “commercial use” of a state park. There have been legal opinions to the contrary since that time.

License Given

Richard O. Dunning, president and general manager of radio station KHQ here, said yesterday that he has submitted a letter requesting space on the near-by mountain peak. KHQ won a Channel 6 TV permit on July 11.

Two letters requesting space on the mountain have been tendered by Ed Craney, general manager of the XL radio chain and station KXLY here. The initial letter was sent in May last year, and another followed early this month. Craney’s Spokane station received a Channel 4 TV license from the federal communications commission on July 11.

There was a report yesterday that Louis Wasmer, owner of KREM, also has requested such space. Wasmer and the Inland Empire Broadcasting Company (KNEW) now have applications for Channel 2 TV rights before the FCC at Washington, D.C. Wasmer could not be reached for comment about the space request at a late hour last night.

Today’s parks commission meeting has been called for 3 p.m.

Tuesday, September 23, 1952

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From → KHQ, KXLY, Pre-TV

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