OK, it's time.I think everybody here gets it, except for you.
The FCC has tons of rules, about what broadcasters are, and are not, allowed to do. It, yes, can broadcast whatever it wants, WITHIN THE LIMITS THE FCC HAS SET. Unlike, say, a book publisher, who can print anything it wants.
Again: We're talking CONTENT here, not rules of being a licensee. Do you have any qualifications to argue this? What are they? Where are you coming from and why can't you grasp the concept of the fact that WE as broadcasters decide ou own content....there are NO guidelines on content except keeping it (my words) public friendly.
If tomorrow I want to broadcast radically right, or radically left, that's MY choice as owner. There are NO checklists, no guidelines (aside from public decency) involved in being a licensed broadcaster WITH REGARD TO CONTENT.
Do we have to have working (but worthless) EAS? Yes. Do we have to keep logs to prove compliance with our (electronic) license? Yes. Do we need to have monitored automation if not in the station? YES.
...does this have ANYTHING to do with our conversation here about content and AM being removed from automobiles (and the rumor/conspiracy) that this removal has anything to do with politics on AM? NO, absolutely NOT. You don't seem to be able to separate topics properly, nor address the core issue brought up here. YES, we have regulations that affect our not hurting other broadcasters, paameters for our transmissions and our radiation, but the FCC does NOT intervene in programming unless there are complaints, and they have to be FORMAL complaints lodged for specific reason, usually repeated viloations of some kind of public decency standard.
THAT kind of involvement we can agree on. Beyond that, programming, thank GOD in this country is up to the operator. Period. IF that ever changes, our country will be in deep SH*T. I earned the right to be a broadcaster from years of moving up the ladder. With it comes the responsibility to program what I BELIEVE is good for my community and audience, even the extended internet audience...and in that, the FCC has no choice, comment, or intervention unless we do something that by community standards is unacceptable. Broadcasters are not polled as to what programming they air at the time of getting a license, nor at renewal. We're not "required" to cover any particular kind of programming or issues. It's all up to us as programmers and owners. Again, Thank the good Lord this is still true in this country.
AM being removed from vehicles has NOTHING to do with types of programming that conspiracy theorists think the government doesn't like which is where we began. Not worthy of any more replies here, and hopefully I've educated a few people along the way.