After 9 Years, FCC Rejects Challenge To Shreveport Move-In
August 19, 2013 at 4:48 AM (PT)
It took nine years, but the FCC has finally rejected ACCESS.1's challenge to the move of CUMULUS Top 40 KQHN (i97.3) from MAGNOLIA, AR to OIL CITY, LA, in the SHREVEPORT market.
The Mass Media Bureau had ruled in 2004 that the move did not trigger the then-existing TUCK test because OIL CITY was sufficiently independent of SHREVEPORT; however, CUMULUS did submit a TUCK showing anyway ACCESS.1 disagreed with the Commission's decision, challenged the TUCK showing, and added that the bureau should have adopted its proposal that community of license changes should require a certification that the station would not pick an antenna site that would provide "substantial service" to the adjacent urbanized area and alleged that CUMULUS had engaged in misrepresentation in asking for first local service priority for OIL CITY and then filing a modification to cover the SHREVEPORT market.
Another complaint about the station's downgrade in signal to avoid interference with air traffic control at BARKSDALE AFB was mooted when a subsequent community of license change was granted to move the station to WASKOM, TX, still in the SHREVEPORT market.