FCC Nixes Challenge To WJWL Sale
February 16, 2015 at 3:59 AM (PT)
The FCC has dismissed a petition for reconsideration by HOLA MEDIA of the grant of the sale by GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING of Spanish Variety WJWL-A (MAXIMA 900)/GEORGETOWN, DE-SALISBURY-OCEAN CITY, MD to ADAMS RADIO OF DELMARVA PENINSULA, LLC.
The sale was unopposed and granted on NOVEMBER 26th; HOLA then filed its opposition on DECEMBER 18th, claiming it holds a right of first refusal to buy the station, and claimed the delay in filing was because GREAT SCOTT denied it access to the public file. GREAT SCOTT said that the signatory to the right of first refusal died in MARCH 2013 and that it and ADAMS will honor the right of first refusal and have sent HOLA a letter with an offer to sell it the station. The Commission said that HOLA had ample time to object in a timely fashion, and even if the objection were to be considered, the matter is a private contractual matter beyond the scope of FCC consideration.
The WJWL sale was part of a larger deal by which GREAT SCOTT sold Classic Rock WGBG (BIG CLASSIC ROCK 98.5) and Adult Hits WJWK-A (SUE AM 1280)/SEAFORD, DE; WJWL-A and Active Rock WZBH (93.5 THE BEACH)/GEORGETOWN, DE; Country WKHI (HOT COUNTRY 107.7)/FRUITLAND, MD; and Top 40/Rhythmic WOCQ (OC104)/BERLIN, MD, plus translators Contemporary Christian W242AV (REACH FM, rebroadcasting WXHL/CHRISTIANA-WILMINGTON, DE)/SEAFORD, DE and Spanish Variety W262BF (simulcast of WJWL-A)/GEORGETOWN, DE to ADAMS for $3.15 million.