Philadelphia Suburban Radio Station Charged with Anti-semitism

Nineteen religious, civic and labor groups in the Philadelphia area, including Protestant, Jewish and Catholic groups, appealed today to the Federal Communications Commission for denial of a broadcast license renewal for a station in suburban Philadelphia which they accused of “anti-Semitic” and “anti-minority” programming.

The station is WXUR, of Media, Pa., which is operated by the Faith Theological Seminary, of Elkins Park, Pa. The petitioners requested the federal regulatory body to deny a renewal of the station’s license, which is due to expire tomorrow, or, “at the very least,” to hold a public hearing on the issue before renewing the license.

The petitioners who filed the brief with the FCC were: The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO; the American Baptist Convention; the American Jewish Congress, Delaware Valley Council; Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Pa., W. Va., Delaware Region; the Board of Social Ministry, Lutheran Synod of Eastern Pa.; the Catholic Community Relations Council; the Greater Philadelphia Council of Churches; Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia; the NAACP, Media Chapter; the New Jersey Council of Churches; the Philadelphia Urban League; and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

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