FCC Applications

FCC Report 3/26

FCC Rulings Educational Media Foundation's application for review of the grant of Razorcake/Gorsky Press' LPFM on 92.7 in Pasadena CA has been dismissed. EMF argued that the LPFM would create interference to its 92.7 KYLA Fountain Valley and it should not have been qualified for a second-adjacent interference waiver as it did not include co-channel interference in its filing. The FCC has denied WJBW Inc's petition to review a decision regrading the deletion of 104.5 W283AM Arcadia FL. WJBW sought to move W283AM to 104.7 in Jupiter FL rebroadcasting their 1000 WJBW Jupiter/West Palm Beach after purchasing it and another translator from Azure Media in November 2015. With its Silent STA set to expire on February 2, 2016 the company filed an STA to operate from a temporary facility the da...Read More

FCC Report 3/19

FCC Decisions The FCC has entered a Consent Decree with Katherine Bohn for an "illegal transfer of control" of News/Talk 1140 KVLI Lake Isabella, Country 102.5 KCNQ Kernville, and Classic Rock 104.5 KRVQ Lake Isabella CA. Bohn will pay $8,000 in a civil penalty over claims by Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa that following a deal to enter a Time Brokerage Agreement to Alta Sierra Broadcasting, the licensee failed to maintain a staff presence at the station. Charles Philome was fined $20,000 for operating a pirate station on 88.7 and 90.1 from multiple locations in Margate and Pompano Beach FL after previously being warned multiple times. Florida Community Radio's Application For Review against the grant of a new non-commercial station on 95.9 in Otter Creek FL to Citrus County Associati...Read More

FCC Report 3/12: Beasley Loses Challenge Against Tampa LPFM

Beasley Media's "Interference Complaint" against 100.1 WVVF-LP Town N' Country/Tampa FL filed in July 2015 for operating as a de-facto commercial station by running a Spanish Classic Hits format and not the "educational" programming it claimed in its application was dismissed by the FCC. The FCC struck down Beasley's argument that WVVF-LP "through a predominantly music format, has failed to advance an educational program" as "The Commission has previously accepted all-music formats as advancing an educational program". "Viva 100.1" did not get off the hook completely as it entered into a Consent Decree and $2000 fine for violating the Underwriting Announcement Rule on at least one occasion.

FCC Report 3/5: Station Downgrades To Enable Translator To Cover Salt Lake City

A series of contingent applications will see 105.5 K288GY Erda UT to increase to nearly full-market coverage of Salt Lake City, while two full-powered stations return to their previously licensed facilities.

FCC Report 2/26: KABC Seeks Higher Night Power

Cumulus Talk 790 KABC Los Angeles is applying to modify its facilities at its future tower sites as its current one is soon to be demolished.

FCC Approves Giving Translators More Flexibility From AM Distance

The FCC has approved the proposal detailed below expanding the flexibility of FM translators rebroadcasting AM stations. The Federal Communications Commission today expanded the site locations where FM translators can rebroadcast AM radio stations. The amended rule provides greater flexibility for an AM station to place a rebroadcasting FM translator in a location where it will better serve its AM station’s listeners. AM radio stations that want to improve their service area with a clearer signal can do so by using an FM translator, which receives the AM signal and re-broadcasts it on an FM frequency. This is particularly useful for the many AM stations forced to reduce their power at night, since the FM translator can operate at the same power 24 hours a day. At issue is a current FCC rul...Read More

FCC Report 2/11: Riviera Seeks STA To Accelerate Phoenix Translator Move

The FCC has quickly acted on the STA request made by Riviera Broadcasting to accelerate its move of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to Phoenix' South Mountain prior to the granting of its Construction Permit by denying it. The FCC states that "K27OBZ's problems do not justify STA for K241BQ. Nor does the STA request supersede the need for a construction permit before such changes can be made. Finally, we do not consider STA requests made for the convenience of the applicant." K241BQ cannot move to South Mountain until the application is granted. Original Report 2/12: Riviera Broadcasting is seeking Special Temporary Authority to expedite its relocation of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to the South Mountain Tower Farm just south of Phoenix. Riviera is in the process of acquiring K241BQ...Read More

FCC Report 2/5: Thirteen Indiana/Michigan Translators On Lookout For New Programming Source

Thirteen translators in Indiana and Michigan have gone silent after ending their deal to rebroadcast Progressive Broadcasting System's Christian AC 104.7 WFRN-FM Elkhart. Indiana Radio Watch reports that Friends of Christian Radio took 94.3 W232CK Gary, 95.1 W236BD Michigan City, 96.3 W242BM Kokomo, 97.5 W248AP Chesterton, 102.3 W272BZ Portage, 102.3 W272CZ Sheridan, 105.3 W287BE Greenwood, 106.7 W294BA Valparaiso, 107.7 W299AJ Marion IN and 96.3 W242BH Marshall, 100.3 W262AF Parchment, 101.1 W266AE Coldwater, and 102.5 W273BM Benton Harbor MI all filed silent STAs while seeking a new source to rebroadcast.

Entercom To Turn In KDND Sacramento License; Move CHR Format To 106.5

With the CBS Radio merger now its top priority, Entercom has decided to turn in the license of CHR “107.9 The End” KDND Sacramento rather than have the hearing hold up its CBS deal. Entercom released a brief statement saying. Entercom has submitted a public filing today voluntarily turning in license to operate KDND in Sacramento to facilitate the timely FCC approvals for the planned combination with CBS Radio. While, the 107.9 license will be shut down on Wednesday, February 8 this will not mean the end of the “End” format. The End will move en-masse to what is now Hot AC “Star 106.5” KUDL on Monday, February 6 at 9:00am. That would also be a slap in the face to petitioner Ed Stolz who has long been battling Entercom to have his 1996 sale of 106.5 for $...Read More

FCC Amends Public File Rules To Eliminate Paper Copies

The FCC has voted to eliminate the requirement that broadcast stations and cable operators keep paper copies of letters and emails from the public in their public files. Stations now have the option to place them in their online public file as they allow all broadcasters to keep all their information there and cease maintaining local public files. The Federal Communications Commission today eliminated two public inspection file rules. These rules currently require: (1) commercial television and radio broadcast stations to retain, and make available to the public, copies of correspondence from viewers and listeners; and (2) cable operators to maintain and allow public inspection of the location of a cable system’s principal headend. The Commission modernized public file rules for broadcast ...Read More

FCC Report 1/29: WDNC Applies For Downgrade

Capitol Broadcasting Sports "620 The Buzz" WDNC Durham NC applies to downgrade from a Class B to Class D while relocating to the tower of 1490 WDUR Durham with 1.5kW day/41w nights.

FCC Report 1/22: Mobile AM Looks To Remove Tower

A slow week for FCC applications sees a Mobile AM look to remove a tower and a Spokane AM on the move.

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