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B.U.I.L.D. Challenge to the Broadcasting License Renewal
of WNIA & WSAY

     During the early 1970's the B.U.I.L.D. (Buffalo, N.Y.) Communications Committee launched a campaign to get local radio and television stations to run more black oriented programs.  That campaign included efforts to eliminate programs that were derogatory in the treatment of blacks as veil as efforts to generate positive programs.  By 1975 the committee had decided to challenge the license renewal of a local radio station WNIA, because of its strong anti-black bias as reflected in its programs.  BUILD was joined by a Rochester group who challenged the renewal of Rochester station WSAY.  This collection contains papers and documents
pertaining to the aforementioned license challenges.

     The materials are divided into two parts.  Part one includes letters and other papers from the files of Mr. John Smith who was an active member of the BUILD communications committee during the time of the suits.  This section includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, etc. that pertain to the general work of
the committee.  Part two includes eleven bound volumes of materials pertaining to the actual proceedings of the hearings before the Federal Communications Commission.  This section includes an extensive collection of primary materials which were presented by the various parties during the proceedings.

This collection was indexed and microfilmed by John Pierce, C.E.T.A., Research Assistant 1978.

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Part One

            Unbound Papers from the files of John Smith (Member of the BUILD Communication Committee).  This section includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, etc., that pertain to the general work of the committee.

Part Two

            Includes eleven bound volumes of materials pertaining to the Commission records.  This section includes an extensive collection of primary materials which were presented by the various parties during the proceedings

Detailed indexes of Part 1 & 2 appear at the beginning and at the end of each reel of microfilm.


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