FCC Rejects Appeal, Cancels Florida FM Construction Permit
March 3, 2015 at 11:44 AM (PT)
The FCC has denied URBAN ONE BROADCASTING NETWORK, LLC's appeals of the denial of its request to have its construction permit for WURB/CROSS CITY, FL tolled and has canceled the permit.
URBAN ONE acquired the construction permit for the station from ALEX MEDIA, which had won the allocation in FM Auction 91, on MARCH 1st, 2013, with the CP set to expire on JULY 21st, 2014. On MAY 19th, 2014, URBAN ONE applied to change the station's class, antenna location, effective radiated power, antenna height and tower height, saying that it was having difficulties accessing its existing site. SUNCOAST RADIO, INC. filed a petition to deny the changes on the grounds that URBAN ONE failed to comply with the requirement of a National Historic Preservation Act review, and URBAN ONE said that it didn't need to do that because the installation would be temporary.
On JUNE 23rd, 2014, URBAN ONE filed its tolling request, and on JUNE 25th, it was denied, a day after its modification application was denied for failing the "slope" requirement for proximity to an airport, requiring URBAN ONE to get FAA approval for the tower relocation. URBAN ONE dropped its proposed height to 30 meters to avoid that requirement; the FCC then decided that the argument that the move was "temporary" would undermine licensing policies and rejected URBAN ONE's argument that "special circumstances" justified tolling the CP.