FCC Rejects Townsquare's Bid To Take Back 3 In Iowa From Trust
March 27, 2015 at 1:18 PM (PT)
The FCC has also dismissed as inadvertently accepted for filing the application of TOWNSQUARE MEDIA to take Top 40 KKHQ (Q92.3)/OELWEIN, IA; Classic Rock KCRR/GRUNDY CENTER, IA; and Country KOEL-F (K98.5)/CEDAR FALLS, IA back from the CEDAR RAPIDS DIVESTITURE TRUST, headed by ALLEN L. BLUM. The stations had been assigned to the trust for sale within two years as part of the acquisition of several stations from CUMULUS MEDIA; TOWNSQUARE filed for the re-acquisition when the stations were reassigned to the WATERLOO-CEDAR FALLS market from the CEDAR RAPIDS market, but the Commission noted that its policy requires a two-year waiting period after NIELSEN/ARBITRON changes market definitions. TOWNSQUARE requested a waiver of the waiting period because the change reinstated a previous market definition, but the FCC said that the change was instigated by TOWNSQUARE and it benefitted from the move, "clearly the type of situation the Commission had in mind when it adopted the two-year waiting period."
In filings with the FCC, KSID RADIO, INC. is selling Country KSID-A, Classic Rock KSID-F, and K239BE/SIDNEY, NE to SUSAN ERNEST and JAMES BERNARD ERNEST's DEAD-SHORT BROADCASTING, LLC for $620,000 in a promissory note. KSID RADIO, INC. is owned by the estate of the late MARY ELIZABETH YOUNG; her estate issued 25% interests in the company to four children, ELIZABETH J. KUMM, DAVID S. YOUNG, BARBARA J. GUTSHALL AND SUSAN M. ERNEST. ERNEST and her husband are acquiring the stations.
And GERALD R. PROCTOR has closed on the sale of K288FY/LIVINGSTON, TX to LAKE LIVINGSTON BROADCASTING, INC. for $17,500.
The license of LARAMIE MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING, L.L.C. for KIMB-A/LARAMIE, WY has been cancelled at the licensee's request.
Low power FM construction permits have been granted to:
- THE JACKSONVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST, JACKSONVILLE, AL
- TRI-COUNTY COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING FUND, PHOENIXVILLE, PA
- CENTER OF HOPE, INC., ANNISTON, AL
- AFRAMSOUTH, MONTGOMERY, AL
- UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS AMATUER RADIO CLUB, RICHARDSON, TX
In CANADA, the CRTC rejected CITY CHURCH HALIFAX's application to increase the power of low power Contemporary Christian CIRP (LIFE 94.7)/SPRYFIELD, NS from 50 to 700 watts ERP, upgrading to Class A. The commission said that the change would put a signal into the HALIFAX market, not the intent of the original allocation. A previous attempt to move CIRP from 94.7 to 97.5 FM and from 50 to 454 watts was rejected for the same reason in 2013.
And the CRTC granted THUNDER BAY INFORMATION RADIO INC.'s application for a tourist information station at 90.5 FM in THUNDER BAY, ON. The new station is actually an upgrade of an existing exempted low power station to a protected Class A1 station with 250 watts.