Star Tribune from Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 27, 1990 · Page 13
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Thursday, December 27, 1990
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Star TribuneThursdayDecember 271990 13A Does free speech extend to a placard in a yard? St Louis Pott-Dispatch St Louis, Mo. A mayor, testifying at a hearing on the efforts of a woman to put an antiwar placard in her front yard, said Wednesday that the Constitution's guarantee of free speech doesn't extend to yard signs in her community. "I believe that sometimes the First Amendment can be overruled by other instances," Mayor Edith J. Spink of Ladue, Mo., told a federal judge. The Ladue City Council, citing the city's ban on yard signs, voted unanimously last week to deny Margaret Gilleo a permit for a placard that said, "Say No to War in the Persian Gulf, Call Congress Now." Spink testified that privacy, safety and aesthetics are primary in Ladue,-an affluent St Louis suburb. "I think aesthetics are extremely important, she added. Residents could express themselves in ways other than yard signs, Spink said. Under cross-examination, Spink said she opposed "any kind of sign." But Martin M. Green, a lawyer representing Gilleo, reminded her that in a deposition given a few days ago, Spink said she might not object to a sign that said "Free the Hostages," or "Give Up Dope." Mark G. Arnold, a neighbor of Gilleo and a lawyer at a St Louis law firm, testified that he would "frankly prefer" that Gilleo not have the sign. Arnold added that people who vandalize yard signs might drive through his driveway, putting his golden retriever and 21 -month-old son at risk of being hit by a car Police Chief Calvin Dierberg testified that motorists who see such yard signs might lose control of their cars. Gilleo also testified, saying that her sign was her way to get across her concern "about the dire situation in the Middle East" Dtstrilwted by Scrippt Howue News Scttk. 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The deal continues the rapid growth of the MPR network, which started in 1967 as a single, classical music station that broadcast from College-ville, Minn., to listeners in a 20-mile radius. Now the 19-station network reaches 96 percent of Minnesota and boasts the largest base of membership (66,213 members) of any public radio network in the country. MPR President Bill Kling said the network has sought a second FM station in the Twin Cities for more than a decade in order to boost the weak frequency from its news station. KNOW often can be heard no farther than IS miles from St. Paul. News programming will move to KSJN's 91.1 FM frequency, reaching listeners up to 100 miles away. Kling said that MPR's classical programming, now broadcast over KSJN, will move to WLOL's frequency, 99.5 FM, where it will have a clearer signal than is now available. A reading service for the blind, which is broadcast over a 91.1 subchannel and can be received with special equipment, will not move. Because of the change, MPR plans to remove almost all news programming from its classical station. "This will provide a significant benefit to all our listeners ... It is a big step forward for Minnesota Public Radio," Kling said. The announcement that WLOL would be sold to a noncommercial radio station came as a shock to WLOL's employees, who learned of the sale at an emotional meeting yesterday morning, said General Manager Lisa Fransen Bittman. She said it is too early to know where any of the employees, including on-air personal- No news quiz today Because of the holiday, the Star Tribune News Quiz will not appear today. It will return next week. Eleanor Mondale, one of three hosts of WLOL's morning show, already has some replacement work. She is slated to host a television show called "The Great American TV Poll," to be broadcast over cable TV next spring. The show, which will report on public opinion polls describing national lifestyle trends, was being planned long before the sale. Rose said Emmis has had WLOL on the market since September 1989 and initially had it priced at about $20 million. Although a change of format last year helped WLOL boost its market share from S.9 percent to 7 percent, according to one survey, Rose said the slowing economy and tight credit markets brought the price down and made it impossible to find a qualified buyer to continue WLOL's contemporary pop format According to the latest Arbitron ratings, released in October, WLOL tied for fifth place with KDWB-FM with its 7 percent share of listeners 12 and older. Leading was WCCO-AM with 16.9 percent, followed by KQRS-FM with 10.6 percent, WLTE-FM with 7.S percent and KEEY-FM with 7.2 percent MPR said the purchase represents one of the few times a commercial station has been bought by a nonprofit station. Kling said it could be accomplished only because of its for-profit operations, which sell MPR catalog items, produce Minnesota Monthly magazine and operate Minnesota News Network. Last year the for-profit operations, called the Greenspring Co., showed a profit of 52.9 million after taxes. Prohts over the next 10 years will be used to pay $7 million of the purchase price. The balance will come from the sale of the AM station and land MPR owns (with an estimated value of $2 million), and a special 25-year anniver sary fund dnve (expected to raise $3 million). 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