FCC Rules Columbus Translator's License Expired
June 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM (PT)
The FCC has dismissed the appeals in the case of WILKS LICENSE CO. FM translator W272AT/COLUMBUS, OH and has ruled that the station's license has expired as a matter of law. The station went silent in 2010 because of interference to what is now FUN WITH RADIO LLC Alternative WWCD (CD102.5)/BALTIMORE, OH-COLUMBUS and FRANKLIN COMMUNICATIONS objected to a move to a new channel because it would interfere with third-adjacent AC WSNY (SUNNY 95)/COLUMBUS; the translator was granted the new frequency but FRANKLIN then filed a “Suggestion of Expiration” because the station had been silent for a consecutive 12-month period. WILKS said that the silence wasn't its fault, but the Commission has ruled that the silence was a business decision.
In another ruling, based on an objection from SAGA COMMUNICATIONS, the Commission has rescinded the grant of a construction permit to LAKE COUNTRY BROADCASTING, INC. to move FM translator W245BL/BROCKPORT, NY to DUNDEE and PENN YAN, NY in a multiple-hop move of the facility. The translator would have interfered with SAGA's AC WYXL (97.3 LITE ROCK)/ITHACA; LAKE COUNTRY invoked the "lack of population" exception but SAGA demonstrated interference on a major road.
And the Commission denied an appeal by GEORGIA EAGLE BROADCASTING of the grant of a license to cover the modification for Urban WMGL (MAGIC 107.3)/RAVENEL-CHARLESTON, SC by the LAST BASTION STATION TRUST, LLC, later transferred back to CITADEL's RADIO LICENSE HOLDING CBC, LLC. GEORGIA EAGLE BROADCASTING had previously unsuccessfully challenged the Commission's ruling that CITADEL could take the station back after modifying sister WNKT to move its community of license from ST. GEORGE to EASTOVER, SC and then modifying WNKT to change its frequency and move it from the CHARLESTON to the COLUMBIA metro. In the present case, GEORGIA EAGLE objected that the license was granted before its appeal of the case was complete, but the Commission said that GEORGIA EAGLE had not met its burden of proof that the Commission erred.