FCC Rejects Appeal Of Texas Stations' Sale, Issues Fines For EAS, Tower Violations
January 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM (PT)
The FCC has denied applications for review of the denial by the Media Bureau of a Petition to Deny the grant of a sale by DFW RADIO LICENSE, LLC and BERNARD DALLAS, LLC of KFCD-A/FARMERSVILLE, TX and KHSE-A/WYLIE, TX to PRINCIPLE BROADCASTING NETWORK.
DAVID A. SCHUM, J. MICHAEL LLOYD, FRANK D. TIMMONS, CAROL D. KRATVILLE, BRIAN M. BROWN, ROBERT E. HOWARD, EDWIN E. WODKA, JOHN W. SAUNDERS, and RICHARD J. DRENDEL filed the applications for review; they were investors in THE WATCH, LTD, former owner of the two stations and DFW RADIO LICENSE, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary. THE WATCH and DFW RADIO defaulted on loans and agreements with D.B. ZWIRN SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND, L.P., which was the successful bidder at auction; after assigning the stations to affiliate BERNARD RADIO, it then sold the stations to PRINCIPLE. The objection termed the deal a prohibited reversionary interest, charged that ZWIRN took premature control of the stations, and failed to disclose the actual ownership of ZWIRN. The Commission rejected all three arguments, and the appeal was based on a news article alleging ZWIRN had withdrawn its registration with the SEC to conceal foreign ownership interests; the Commission also rejected that as speculative and meritless.
In addition, MEDIA MINING GROUP, LLC has been fined $6,400 for EAS violations at KRDD-A/ROSWELL, NM.
JUAN R. NIEVES, JR. has been fined $1,500 for operating an unlicensed station on 97.7 FM in SUMMERFIELD, FL. The fine was reduced from $15,000 for inability to pay.
RENACER BROADCASTERS CORP. was fined $20,000 for antenna painting and lighting violations in MARICAO, PR, while a $10,000 fine was proposed against OMAHA DIRT AND WIRE for similar violations in OMAHA, NE. The Commission also proposed a $10,000 fine against JAN GRAY d/b/a KZMX for a lighting outage at the tower of silent KZMX-A/HOT SPRINGS, SD.
THE L.R. RADIO GROUP, INC. got its $8,000 fine for public file violations at Talk KPIR-A (THE PIRATE)/GRANBURY, TX reduced to $2,875 due to inability to pay.
And the Commission has also proposed a $10,000 fine against BIRACH BROADCASTING CORPORATION for failure to enclose the tower structures for Brokered Ethnic WTOR-A/YOUNGSTOWN, NY with an effective locked fence. BIRACH said that the fence had been knocked down when the station engineer was clearing the site of weeds and brush.