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have any comment on that?

Stanton:

In Austin? Absolutely fallacious. That assignment was made by a committee of FCC staff people. It never got to the full commission until the whole was locked up. It was done on a basis that was fully understandable. If I had to say anything about Johnson and the FCC I would say that he didn't even know it happened. At that time in his career, when that table of allocations was done, I don't think he even knew there was a VHF and a UHF assignment. In fact, I'd be almost certain that he didn't know it. He was scrupulous in his contacts with the commission, because he knew he was vulnerable. This isn't to say that he didn't know what was going on over there, because I knew what was going on over there. If you kept in contact with these people, you knew. You didn't influence what was going on, or if you did it was at your own peril. I certainly didn't try to do that, but I had a relationship with the chairman of the FCC, and with the members of the commission; that if they wanted information that they thought I could give them I would hot-foot it down and talk with them, or give it to them on the telephone. I had close relations with Wayne Coy, who was chairman of the FCC, with Rosel [H.] Hyde, a Mormon, who was just as straight as an arrow. These were honorable guys. There were some dogs in the group, sure, but Johnson was very careful.

Now, whether some of his people did things on his behalf, I don't know, because there's no way I would know that. But, on the VHF assignment to Austin, there just wasn't anything going on that was hanky-panky. In fact, when he applied for that license, you could have taken a penny postcard, filled it out and said, “I want the VHF license in Austin,” and you would have gotten all the forms and you could have filled them out yourself. There was no interest on the part of people to get licenses. It was an expensive game that nobody except





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