TV station tells FCC that ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Rawhide’ and ‘Wagon Train’ have important themes

TV station KJWP fought for five years to get permission to move from Wyoming to Delaware. It finally won the battle last year, in part by pledging to offer community affairs programming for the Wilmington area.tvshows “It looked to us like there was a dearth of locally based news coverage in Delaware,” the station’s attorney said.

It appears that KJWP is still working on its locally produced community affairs shows as it’s now telling the FCC that “Star Trek,” “Wagon Train” and “Rawhide” address “matters of importance to its community of license.”

KJWP Issues/Programs List
First Quarter 2014

KJWP, Wilmington, Delaware, has determined that the following issues are matters of importance to its community of license:

1) International conflicts/civil wars and related arming of combatant parties
2) Prejudice and race relations
3) The place of technology vs. man in society
4) The importance of the rule of law vs. the rule of persons

These issues were addressed in the following programs aired on KJWP. While they were presented in the guise of a fictional show, each program made important points about the issue presented, provided compelling illustrations of the points made, and offered an avenue for further discussion.

Program: Star Trek: “The Omega Glory”
Date: March 1, 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m. Duration: 60 minutes
Issue: International conflict/civil wars/arms
Description: The Enterprise investigates the disappearance of another starship and discovers a planet where the inhabitants are immortal and engaged in a strange parallel of Earth’s Cold War period./CTONIN

Program: Star Trek: “A Private Little War”
Date: February 1, 2014 Time: 9:00 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Issue: International conflict/civil wars/arm
Description: Kirk becomes involved in an arms race when the Klingons equip a native people with superior weapons.

Program: Wagon Train: “Alias Bill Hawks”
Date: March 15, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Issue: Prejudice and race relations
Description: Bill Hawks travels to a desert town to visit an old friend, an Indian who has a ranch there. However, upon arriving on his friend’s property, he discovers that it is under the control of the local townspeople, who are drilling for water, and that his friend is nowhere to be seen. The townspeople are unwilling to give him any information, and in fact display outright hostility towards him, leading Hawks to suspect that his friend may be in danger or even dead.

Program: Rawhide: “Incident of the Shambling Man
Date: March 1, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Issue: Rule of law vs. rule of persons
Description: When a delusional old man attacks the passing drovers, his daughter-in-law enlists Gil and Rowdy’s help with the powerful ex-boxing champ. The marshal, who made the town safe, is now drunk on his own power, enforcing petty rules.

Program: Star Trek: “The Ultimate Computer”
Date: March 15, 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Issue: Place of technology vs. man
Description: Starfleet uses the Enterprise to test a new super-sophisticated computer, but it soon develops a mind of its own

* “There’s little local flavor at this point on KJWP” (delawareonline.com)
* Claim: “Wagon Train” makes important points about race relations (fcc.gov)

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