FCC Nixes Appeal Of Denial Of Michigan FM Application
June 15, 2014 at 3:54 PM (PT)
The FCC has denied SMILE FM's Application for Review of the denial of its application for a new noncommercial educational FM at YATES, MI.
SMILE's initial application proposed a directional antenna; the Commission found that the antenna violated its rules and the proposed station was impermissible under the U.S.-CANADA Broadcast Agreement. SMILE amended the application, but the Commission then ruled that YATES was not a licensable community. The appeal was dismissed as to the initial count as procedurally defective because it was based on arguments not raised earlier, and the Supplement was dismissed as untimely. The Commission concluded that according to its rules, SMILE FM had not demonstrated that YATES is a licensable community.
In another decision by the FCC, CHICAGO PUBLIC MEDIA's appeal of the grant of a new noncommercial FM at ANTIOCH, IL to BVM HELPING HANDS over CPM's application for a new NCE FM at KENOSHA, WI has been denied by the FCC. CPM's argument involved the pre-2009 prohibition of interference with analog Channel 6 television stations without consent letters from the affected stations, which was eliminated on OCTOBER 27. 2009. CPM pointed to alleged defects in BVM HELPING HANDS' letter obtained from FOX affiliate WITI-TV/MILWAUKEE and what it called the unfairness to applicants whose filings were dismissed before the change, but the Commission said that CPM had not demonstrated error by the Commission.