FCC Report 7/21

FCC Actions

The FCC has rejected Shelby Broadcast Associates petition for reconsideration to restore the license of the deleted 96.5 W243AP Mooresville AL. W243AP’s license was set to expire on July 1, 2018 after being silent for nearly one year when it applied for an STA in June. Its resumption of operations was filed on June 29 but on July 2 a new STA was applied for changing the location of the temporary facility. Following an FCC inquiry, Shelby admitted that it never operated W243AP from the first granted facility meaning it did not operate from licensed facilities for over a year meaning the license automatically expired. Shelby argued that the second filing was a coordinate correction and that the FCC should have allowed its resumption on June 29 to count.

The FCC has also rejected Justin Howze’s petition to deny for iHeartMedia’s translator application on 107.5 Modesto CA to rebroadcast 1360 KFIV Modesto. Howze’s argument was predicated on the fact that the application did not indicate the company’s status as a debtor in possession in bankruptcy despite the fact that the application was made before the company entered Chapter 11 and that it didn’t include a preclusion study to Section 5 of the Local Community Radio Act although the FCC’s Media Bureau cited that the commission and not the applicant are required to ensure that the LCRA’s mandates were met.

The FCC is amending the table of allotments to add a new Class A on 104.5 in Kahlotus WA following a proposal from Xana HD Solutions. The FCC has also issued a correction to its notice from June restoring 38 vacant allocations noting that 104.9 Oil City TX should be 104.9 Oil City LA.

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