FCC Rejects Appeal, Upstate N.Y. Station's Permit Cancelled
February 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM (PT)
The FCC has rejected the petition for reconsideration by CRANESVILLE BLOCK COMPANY, INC. of the cancellation of the construction permit for WKAJ-A/LITTLE FALLS, NY.
The station missed its construction due-date after weather had prompted the Commission to extend the deadline to DECEMBER 15, 2011; it said that after getting approval to move the station to ST. JOHNSVILLE, NY and starting construction, the contractor quit despite having been paid in full. CRANESVILLE told the Commission that "the only matters that currently prevent it from filing a license application are the need to install transmission cables on one of the towers3 and to perform proof of performance testing." However, the Commission ruled that because the FCC had not been notified of completion of construction nor received a Form 302 by an extended due date, the cancellation of the license and deletion of the call letters was warranted.
The FCC also rejected the petition as a waiver request, saying that CRANESVILLE had not presented "good cause" to waive the rules and allow the station to complete construction and go on the air.