FCC Report 2/4: Pensacola Translator Dismissed Over Debts


97.1 The Ticket Pensacola WTKE-FMOmni Broadcasting’s License to Cover filed in 2016 to complete the relocation of 97.1 W246BN Atmore AL to Pensacola FL has been dismissed for multiple FCC violations including insufficient fee payments, delinquent debts, or debarment. W246BN was licensed to rebroadcast La Promesa Foundation’s Catholic 1230 WDWR Pensacola but most recently was operating as Sports “The Ticket” rebroadcasting 100.3 WTKE-FM Niceville/Fort Walton Beach.

New England Broadcasting Edu. Group’s 2016 application to relocate 88.3 WVCA Newbury MA to 88.1 Seabrook NH has been dismissed. WVCA filed the application in an attempt to break its time-share with 88.3 WBMT Boxford MA as the facilities would no longer overlap, however the FCC contends that rule § 73.56 l(b)(l) which states that share-time agreements “shall not include simultaneous operation of the stations” comes into play. That requires a new filing to break a time-share must come in a filing window.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.