If Gallup were to poll Americans on which government agencies they most hate, the FCC would almost certainly be among the Top 5. Established in 1934 as custodian of the public airwaves, the commission effectively reversed course with its deregulation of the broadcast industry in the late '80s and '90s, paving the way for corporate conglomerates like Clear Channel to put an end to local and regional radio.• Hazlehurst, who also writes for our sister publication, the Colorado Springs Business Journal, is being honored for his column City Sage. Here's a cut from last week's, titled "FAC takes a different path":
For all the verbiage, there's one thing missing from [David] Dahlin's impressive skill set: the arts. He "considers himself an eclectic leader with diverse global experiences, and personal interests as an amateur musician, scientist, gardener, cook and philosopher," but he apparently has been detached from the city's arts community.The awards will be announced July 13 at the association's annual convention in Nashville.
Asked whether Dahlin was a member of the FAC, Hall said, "I don't know. I don't think the search committee even asked that question."