FCC Applications

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.

FCC Report 1/15: KROY Gets Deleted

The pending sale of Roy Henderson's 99.7 KROY Palacios TX to New Wavo II will not proceed as the FCC has dismissed its 2013 license renewal and deleted the station. The saga of KROY began in November of 2007 when it filed for a Silent STA after its tower site was dismantled. A 2009 CP to move to a new location was never filed for a license to cover in July 2012 and was Silent or operating without FCC authorization. In response to an FCC letter of inquiry, Henderson stated that KROY operated from March 1 through 9, 2013 and December 23, 2013 through January 2, 2014 at sites without a license or STA. That kept the station silent in the FCC's eyes from December 26, 2009 when its final STA expired and March 15, 2014 when it began Program Test Authority. The FCC determined that the station's...Read More

FCC Report 1/8: WUMD Preps Providence Move-In

Concurrent with the acquisition of 89.3 WUMD North Dartmouth MA, Rhode Island Public Radio has applied to move the station to Newport RI.

FCC Report 12/31

FCC Report 12/18: Identity Theft Leads To LPFM Deletion

The FCC has deleted the license for Spanish Tropical "Zima 103.5" WZMA-LP New Britain CT after the group the station was licensed for says it has never had any association with the station. The Hispanic American Cultural Council states that Lincy Castillo and two others used their organization's name to secure the CP and license for WZMA-LP, which signed-on in May 2015. HACC filed an identity theft report with the New Britain police on October 29 stating that they first became aware of the station after receiving a property tax bill for it. The filing states that Castillo's apartment and another organization, The New Britain Museum of American Art (which also states it has never had any association with WZMA-LP) were the listed addresses for the station. Lincy Castillo reportedly passed...Read More

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Announces Resignation

On the day Donald Trump will be inaugurated in as President, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will step down after three years running the agency. Wheeler will join fellow Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel in exiting the FCC as Trump’s administration takes over. Rosenworcel will exit on January 3 as her term expires and congress has not acted on her reconfirmation. The FCC will have two vacancies with two Republicans and one Democrat remaining. Prior to joining the FCC in 2013, Wheeler was a partner as Core Capital Partners and spent a decade as President/CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. Wheeler released the following statement: “Serving as F.C.C. Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life. I am ...Read More

FCC Report 12/11: MX Settlement Reached In St. Louis

Covenant Network and Salem Media have come to a settlement over their competing AM Revitalization applications for 96.7 in St. Louis. Salem applied for and has been granted a CP to move 95.1 W249CQ Colfax IN to 95.1 instead with 85w/157m rebroadcasting Conservative Talk "1260 The Answer" WSDZ Belleville IL. That will enable Covenant Network's 97.5 W248CH Belleville to make its move to 96.7 in Shrewsbury MO with 250w/263m rebroadcasting Catholic 1460 KHOJ St. Charles.

FCC Report 12/4: Nine Signal Shuffle Proposed In Northern Michigan

As part of a counter-proposal to his own application to add a new Class C2 on 97.1 in Gaylord MI, Roy Henderson's 99.3 WOUF Beulah MI applies to change city-of-license to Traverse City while upgrading from a Class C2 to C1 with 60kW/367m from the tower of WCMV and WPBN-TV outside Kalkaska MI. As part of that move sister 101.9 WLDR-FM Traverse City would change COL to Beulah, while two other stations would be displaced and four new allotments would be created.

FCC Report 11/27: A New Full Power FM For Fort Walton Beach

Clay Holladay's Northwest Florida Media is seeking to bring a new Class A signal to 106.9 in Fort Walton Beach FL. The addition of a new 106.9 allocation to Fort Walton Beach is made possible by Holladay's Gulf South Communications completing the downgrade of CHR 106.7 WKMX Enterprise AL from a Class C to C1, while moving eastward towards Dothan. Holladay sold a five station cluster in Fort Walton Beach to Cumulus in 2002 for $28.5 million. If the new allocation is granted by the FCC it will go into the next auction for new FM signals.

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