A list of attendees at the Jan. 15 pre-bid meeting for KCSM-TV in San Mateo, Calif., reveals only one public broadcasting-related entity so far. Participating via telephone in the meeting were John Schwartz, Kevin Lindsay and Ken Devine of Independent Public Media, which attempted to purchase the station during its first sale attempt. A local entity aligned with IPM, San Mateo Community TV Corp., was one of two finalists the San Mateo County Community College District Board rejected in November 2012, citing lack of proof of financing. The board reopened the bidding process with a new RFP in mid-December that includes options for purchase, or sustaining the station and sharing in the proceeds when its broadcast spectrum is sold off in upcoming auctions. In related notes, reps from the district noted that the meeting is not required for all bidders, so other parties may be interested.
The public airways should be used for the good of society. I hope the college can find a deal that continues their tradition of community programming, training for their students and even more support for this important media by non-commercial entities in the future. This should be seen as an opportunity to broaden support for public broadcasting.