FCC Denies Challenges To Washington State AMs, Miami Sale; Sets FM Auction 94
September 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM (PT)
The FCC has denied four challenges to the power increase and new tower array at S-R BROADCASTING CO., INC. Sports KRKO-A/EVERETT, WA. The objections by STEWARDS OF THE LAND AND COMMUNITY, PILCHUK AUDUBON SOCIETY, CITIZENS TO PRESERVE THE UPPER SNOHOMISH VALLEY, and ROBERT AND ANGELA DAY were based on environmental concerns and, in additional counts rejected as being raised as prohibited new arguments on appeal, on the effect of the towers on migratory birds.
At the same time, CITIZENS TO PRESERVE THE UPPER SNOHOMISH VALLEY's objection to the grant to S-R sister CAAM PARTNERSHIP, LLC of a new AM in SNOHOMISH, WA (now KXXA-A) was also rejected both procedurally and on the merits.
Also rejected were a challenge by a group of listeners to the sale of Classical WKCP/MIAMI (then Religion WMCU) by TRINITY INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC. to CLASSICAL SOUTH FLORIDA (AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP). The complaints came in "several hundred postcard-style informal objections."
And the commission instituted a freeze on all applications, petitions, and counterproposals proposing to modify any of the vacant non-reserved band FM allotments scheduled for FM Auction 94 (“Auction 94 Allotments”) or failing to fully protect any Auction 94 Allotment. Separately, the auction was set for MARCH 26, 2013, with 117 FM construction permits up for grabs. Comments on the auction and procedures are due OCTOBER 10th, with replies due OCTOBER 24th.