The debate over whether the Washington Redskins NFL franchise should change its name is spreading to the radio holdings of Red Zebra Broadcasting.
While stating that any use of the name by a broadcaster should be considered indecent, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt told Indian Country Today Media Network that the commission should should reevaluate whether or not Daniel Snyder is fit to hold station licenses. Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, owns Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland, “SportsTalk 570” WSPZ Bethesda MD, and “ESPN 950” WXGI Richmond (and LMA’s simulcaster 100.5 WZEZ Goochland, VA). The stations operate as the flagship for the team’s broadcasts.
The FCC should consider whether Mr. Snyder is fit to own radio station licenses given that he uses radio stations to broadcast an ethnic slur,” he said. “These licenses are owned by the public and they are given to individuals for the purpose of serving the public interest. The FCC does not give radio station licenses to felons; it doesn’t give radio station licenses to people of bad character. Historically, the FCC has been reluctant to give broadcast licenses to people who advocate racially intolerant positions.
INSTANT INSIGHT: This is a stretch, yet I think Mr. Hundt realizes this. He simply wants to create yet another way to force pressure on Snyder to rightfully change the name of the football team. While the team name is disrespectful and its use severely outdated, there is nothing criminal about it nor has Daniel Snyder done anything criminal. He is not a felon, just severely misguided on the continued use of the name.