Democratic drop-in


FCC Chairman William Kennard dropped in on the Democratic National Convention while paying a visit to his family in Los Angeles last month. At the time, FCC folks would not confirm whether the chairman, a card-carrying Democrat, attended the event, saying only that Kennard was "on vacation" and that they didn't know what exactly he was doing. "One time I called him, and he was at the beach," a staffer said. But Gore campaign sources confirm that they gave floor passes to Kennard and his wife, Deborah. As to the whereabouts of other Democratic FCC commissioners: scattered.


DTV stations progress report

The digital rollout continues but has begun to stall, as smaller markets prepare to come online. Currently, 151 stations are digital, 25 more than were in Broadcasting & Cable's April update.